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Old 01-27-2015, 07:42 PM   #21
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As a newbie at this, you should think about taking a deep breath and calming down.
These are not major problems and can very simply be worked out to your own satisfaction with a bit of trial and error. Try some of the suggestions here. See what works for you. Then continue to do what works best for you. Not being perfectly level is not a disaster. As others have said, just get the frig as level as you can and you will be fine.

Remember you are camping. It isn't supposed to be perfect. It is supposed to be relaxing. If you are truly new at this, you will find that there are many other things that aren't necessarily within your control that have the potential to bug the heck out of you. Drunk neighbors, loud generators, barking dogs, dogs pooping in your campsite, black flies, mosquitoes, RV parts breaking unexpectedly.

You can let all of this bother you and make you fed up and go Ugggggggggggggggg. You can choose to let these dictate having an unpleasant camping experience, or you can let much of it roll off your back and find a way to enjoy your camping experience. Fight the battles that you decide truly need fighting and let most of them just pass. The choice is yours to make.

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Old 01-27-2015, 08:27 PM   #22
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I think the previous posters have pretty much covered the topic.

I like to have the front of the trailer a little bit high so that rain and condensation from the a/c runs off the back of the trailer instead of dripping on me when I am going into the front storage compartment. Also the curbside should be a little higher if you would like the water to run off on the streetside of the trailer.

I also use different lengths of 4 x 4's under my stab jacks. The more a sissor jack is extended the more motion it is subject to. The added benefit is that you don't have to crank them down very far.

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Old 01-27-2015, 09:42 PM   #23
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I'm kind of a Newbie myself. In my opinion, all of the information given in the replies is very good. I use 2'X6' (beveled on each end) under the tires and 2"X4" stacked under the stabilizer jacks...I don't like them fully extended.
All that being said. I think the best advice came from Dewey....relax..things happen make it part of the adventure.
A suggestion I would make on the stabilizer jacks. If you don't have one , they make a socket that goes on the end of a battery operated drill....best invention ever.
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Old 01-27-2015, 11:28 PM   #24
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I carry Lynx levelling blocks for both wheels on the low side to level side to side, chock the wheels on both sides, level front to back with the tongue Jack, lower all the stabilizers on to levelling blocks and just enough to raise up about a 1/2" after contact. Works for me
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Old 01-29-2015, 08:33 AM   #25
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You can purchase a leveling block from most RV suppliers for side to side. It is very heavy plastic w/3 levels. You back up onto it (on the low side), 1 level at a time, until your camper is near level side to side (I use a level on the rear bumper). Then I level front to rear w/the jack and then lower the stabilizer jacks (I bought plastic pads made for them). It works good for me.
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:29 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by wags999 View Post
It's camping.. close is good enough...heck after a few days it won't be level anyway.
NO WAY!!!! This is where I have a little OCD. I will spend an hour to level the camper if I have too... Front to back, side to side, it MUST be level. farther more, it better be placed perfactly on the site. If its a pad of some sort, it will be perfactly parallel to the edges, if just an open space, where ever it looks best on the site, awning/door always facing away from the road...
I have been known to level other peoples campers if they are staying in our group. Had an uncle who just parked the camper and called it good. I get there and get ours all set up, and told him I was going to hook theirs back up and get it level for him.
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Old 01-29-2015, 11:16 AM   #27
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2010 Eagle 318RLS: Uggggggggggg!!!! My eyes grow weary of reading so many articles on how to properly set up the travel trailer. I don't know who to believe anymore. I don't know what to believe anymore. Even videos contradict each other.
Good information vs Bad information

It is interesting to observe the responses to issues with the various RV systems. Be it refrigeration, propane, electrical, plumbing, entertainment or towing systems.

So many of these spark differing opinions and even controversy. The ones that are of most concern are those where the information is based on what the responder has heard somewhere rather than based on actual experience or facts and a solid understanding of the system in question.

Then, to add to the confusion, a thread with a large number of responses will contain both accurate and incorrect information. How can the originator of the thread know what to believe?

To those making a response based on a good understanding of the system involved it does get frustrating, sometimes to the point of being argumentative, when his information is refuted by someone who is passing along bad information due to a limited understanding of the system.

Don't misunderstand. I have no doubt everyone who offers advice does so with a sincere belief they are providing accurate information.

If only there were some way to identify members who are really knowledgeable on a particular RV system. I have no idea how something like that could be implemented. To long time members it probably becomes apparent after a while who the most knowledgeable members are in specific areas. But that isn't much help to the guy who just bought his first RV and joined the site.

As one of our members, RVhiker, uses in his signature: "There's lots of advice and information in forums... sometimes it is correct." Determining what is and what is not can be daunting task for the newbie.

There is no solution to this dilemma. It is only an observation.
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Old 01-29-2015, 12:48 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by Plowtoy View Post
NO WAY!!!! This is where I have a little OCD.
A little? That's like saying, Monk has a little OCD. Hope you know I'm kidding. Do it any way you like.
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Old 01-29-2015, 06:18 PM   #29
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one thing I would add for sure is I use between the wheel chocks that tighten between the wheels to make sure the wheels don't move when it comes off the ball... if not for the safety chains I would have lost mine down the hill one time when it rolled off the leveling blocks. better safe than sorry. I also liked the guys idea of putting the vehicle in neutral after the wheels are chocked to relieve the pressure on the ball, something I will do in the future
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Old 01-29-2015, 07:58 PM   #30
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how do you chock the wheels on the lynx leveler ? , Well, do you have to if you chock the other side of the trailer ?

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