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Posted: 07/08/04 10:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Okay, here goes the newbie again. I saw your replies to Janice about leveling and everyone said to use the legos to level side to side and then put down the landing gear. My husband thought he was supposed to level using the landing gear, so he put more legos under one of the legs than the other to try and level--a frustrating process. Is this okay or is it going to hurt the fifth wheel?


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Posted: 07/08/04 10:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get tires on boards or legos to level side to side, unhook, then level front to back.




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If I understand correctly, blocks were put under the front jacks? That would be wrong and probably caused no damage.
Put legos or a 2x6 board 5 foot in length under the wheels that are too low....then pull forward or back up as needed to put the tires on the board- legos. Use the front jacks to level the trailer end to end. This can be done after disconnecting from your tow vehicle.

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Posted: 07/09/04 06:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've never tried it that way but IMO you can easily damage the lift mechanism doing that... Still say level side to side first, before unhooking from the truck, then unhook and use the front jacks to level front to back. Good luck..


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Don't forget to chock the wheels. Jeff


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I assume you have level indicators on the side and front of the RV. If you don't, go buy some, level the RV using the Freezer shelf as the datum, and install the indicators.
Then, figure out how many inches are associated with each mark on the front indicator (side to side level indicator). Then when you pull into a site you can immediately tell from the indicator how many boards you will have to put under the low side.
After you get the rig leveled, side to side and front to back, let down the stabilizers to `stabilize' the rig; not jack it up or level it...


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Our set-up routine is as follow:

Back/pull in.
Check for left & right level. If not level, pull up & use 1 or 2 1x12's ~ 6 ft in length to get level.
Unhook.
Lower jack to get front to back level.
Put stabilizers down just firm enough for stability, not to level.

We have the stick-on levels on the back bumper and tounge. They are quick, easy to see, and accurate.


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Posted: 07/09/04 08:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Erk. We've used the stabilizers for years to level the trailer - no blocks. It seems like we just never encounter a site where we really need to level up high. Sounds like I'd better talk the DH into getting a set of leveler blocks. That said..

Generally, I level front to back, then side to side. Takes me about five minutes. DH once tried doing it the opposite way and he was still swearing half an hour later!


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I do it just like Liss.

Back into the site and check side-to-side.
Pull out the necessary boards (I carry 1 1x12 and 2 2x12's for this). I was in a state park site 3 weeks ago that required 3 inches of lift on one side to get level.
Place the boards next to the tires, then pull forward to clear them.
SWMBO scoots the boards into position, and I back onto them.
Unhitch and use the landing gear to set front-to-back.
Lower rear stabilizers till snug.

Most TT's and 5er's should be leveled side-to-side using boards or legos under the wheels....the stabilizers ususally aren't strong enough to be used to lift one side of the trailer and not blocking under the wheels can cause the trailer frame to twist, possibly enough to cause damage.


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There is one thing that I think was missed. Once you level side to side -- on a fifth wheel since the front jacks come down together, you would pull out the pin of each leg and lower the legs of each jack (in case they are not even) you may have to put a small piece of wood to make both legs level -- That way you don't torque the frame of the fifth.

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