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Posted: 01/24/12 10:55am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think that's fairly close, my driveway is steep.



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vacuumbed wrote:

If it doesn't clear the approach would steel casters be the answer?


Depends. The casters will stop the hitch from scraping but will also lift the rear end. Lift it enough and you'll lift the drive wheels off the ground. You also run into the problem of dragging the front end and the axle starts to make the transition.

If the coach has an air leveling system consider inflating it to the maximum to get the house higher off the suspensions and give you more room. Drag the back end enough and you may get hung up and will need to be pulled off. Go slow, use a helper and working of communications before you start the test run.


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wny_pat wrote:

15 degrees??? That is pretty steep!! Are you sure? If the ground raises one foot in three feet of length then you are close. That is 66 feet higher that the road level by the time you get up there.


The OP said 15% not 15 degrees! As Cargeo said... big difference.

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Dale.Traveling wrote:

vacuumbed wrote:

If it doesn't clear the approach would steel casters be the answer?


Depends. The casters will stop the hitch from scraping but will also lift the rear end. Lift it enough and you'll lift the drive wheels off the ground. You also run into the problem of dragging the front end and the axle starts to make the transition.

If the coach has an air leveling system consider inflating it to the maximum to get the house higher off the suspensions and give you more room. Drag the back end enough and you may get hung up and will need to be pulled off. Go slow, use a helper and working of communications before you start the test run.

I was told that on this 96 Monaco it cannot be raised above normal ride height. I think it requires some expensive air suspension modification.

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Well..Is it fifteen degrees or fifteen per cent??

Inquiring minds want to know.

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two-niner wrote:

Well..Is it fifteen degrees or fifteen per cent??

Inquiring minds want to know.

15%, not degrees.

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Dale.Traveling wrote:

vacuumbed wrote:

If it doesn't clear the approach would steel casters be the answer?


Depends. The casters will stop the hitch from scraping but will also lift the rear end. Lift it enough and you'll lift the drive wheels off the ground. You also run into the problem of dragging the front end and the axle starts to make the transition.

If the coach has an air leveling system consider inflating it to the maximum to get the house higher off the suspensions and give you more room. Drag the back end enough and you may get hung up and will need to be pulled off. Go slow, use a helper and working of communications before you start the test run.


NOT a good idea. Very few frames were designed to accept a substantial load to the hitch area. Figure it was designed to handle rated tongue weight with a reasonable safety margin. But, that is a far cry from lifting much of the weight of the rear of the coach!

Plus, it will stick down further, reducing clearance even more.


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Read the first post and you will clearly see it says 15% not 15 degrees.


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vacuumbed wrote:

If it doesn't clear the approach would steel casters be the answer?


Um, no. They'll just minimize the damage if it drags. Usually they actually decrease available clearance. If they don't break off or dig in (normal), they may even lift the rear of the coach high enough to remove traction from the drive axle.


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SacsTC wrote:

Check with Jim or Scott at Source1. They were talking about making up a kit for this purpose when I was there last Sept. Don't know if they actually did it or not. I had to do it to mine for my driveway.


The above post from a different thread is the answer I think. I called Scott this morning and he said he could put together a kit for me for about $250-$300. This is to raise the air suspension temporarily above normal ride height to clear the approach. He was very helpful.

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