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Well, I just used my new AF1150 for the first time, and I learned a few things and have a question.
Things learned: THIS IS MUCH EASIER THAN TOWING AND MANEUVERING MY OLD FIFTH WHEEL!!!
Need to stop at Walmart for a few things? No problem? Need fuel? No problem. No more "oh my God... Am I gonna be able to get in and out of there?" stuff.

Also learned: even after checking everything 3 times (heck- I was only going to be gone for 2 days playing some shows) you still miss stuff.

Note to self: Next time bring sheets and pillowcases
Yes, the cover was on the bed, so yes, I thought I had put the sheets on. Imagine my surprise when I crawled into bed, pulled the cover back, and found myself looking at the mattress cover I had put on 2 weeks ago Let me tell you, that cover is scratchy without sheets.

Learned: Wet bath is no problem, plenty of space, but I think the trailer should be slightly lower in the rear to help drainage.
Wipedown was easy once it drained.

Now the question: When I got to the site where I was parked, it was on a slight slope which put the front of the truck about 6 inches higher than the rear.

I released the Fastguns (very handy) and raised the rear end with the jacks. Took about 30 seconds. I did not use the front jacks, but left the front of the TC resting on the bed. (Yes, I did check to make sure I wasn't "crimping" the TC against the back of the bed wall)

Is this okay to do, or should I have raised the coach with all 4 jacks?
It was only a few inches to level the coach (and most of the leveling was achieved just by allowing the truck to raise up as I took the load off). I felt comfortable doing it, but wasn't sure if this was a bad move.
Any and all advice is appreciated as always,

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Congratulations and good job on a mostly unevenful first trip!


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gitpicker2009 wrote:

Well, I just used my new AF1150 for the first time, and I learned a few things and have a question.
Things learned: THIS IS MUCH EASIER THAN TOWING AND MANEUVERING MY OLD FIFTH WHEEL!!!
Need to stop at Walmart for a few things? No problem? Need fuel? No problem. No more "oh my God... Am I gonna be able to get in and out of there?" stuff.


That's exactly how I felt after my first trip with our new TC from the 5th wheel. Congratulations on your new camper.

I use the Camco plastic tri-levelers plus a board if I need a lot of adjustment to level the TC.


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gitpicker2009 wrote:

...should I have raised the coach with all 4 jacks?
It was only a few inches to level the coach...


There's probably no 'always' method to leveling the camper and for a little lift, you probably did o.k. for the situation.

But, letting them all touch the ground is the probably the safest way to approach a leveling situation like that, even if two of them really don't lift anything and just snug things up.

If all 4 have pressure on the ground, you will not notice any movement when moving around in the camper.

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I personally never unhook the camper fastguns once loaded. For leveling I have 24 of those big lego blocks (3 packages from Camping World) plus 6 chunks of 2*10'' of about 16'' long. So I've never had a problem getting the truck basically level. I then lower all four jacks down until they are touching enough to keep the rig from moving if we are staying more then a night. Another trick I've done for side to side leveling is take air out of one of the air bags (with the in cab controler)


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I'm glad to hear you are getting on well with the new camper. I also love the fact I can get into town, park in any store car-park, and drive down narrow dirt roads with it.

I've got a couple of plastic ramps designed for levelling motorhomes. They are pretty good, light, but bulky to store:



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gitpicker2009 wrote:

Learned: Wet bath is no problem, plenty of space, but I think the trailer should be slightly lower in the rear to help drainage.

Now the question: When I got to the site where I was parked, it was on a slight slope which put the front of the truck about 6 inches higher than the rear.

I released the Fastguns (very handy) and raised the rear end with the jacks.


See any connection here?



We prefer to be a little bit higher in the front anyway...more comfortable sleeping.
I can't tell you the last time I messed with the jacks...that's another advantage of the TC. I can usualy figure out a way to park so we are in a comfortable position...no need to mess around too much.
I do carry these if needed, infinite adjustment up to 4" of height, if I need more than that...I'll move;
A scrap piece of 4 x 4 cut 16 " lg...works great, price was right...easy to carry.

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I just use firewood to level; there's always some about...


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I like having the jacks down for stability, otherwise, I get motion sickness when anyone moves around.

We will park, remove quick guns and store in locked storage, put jacks down, level, then nose up a bit. Takes no more than 3 minutes or so. If the site is quite unlevel, or sloped, will use levelling blocks so truck is fairly level, and so basement doesnt get crimped.

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Congrats on the maiden voyage.
I prefer to keep the camper bottom in full contact with the truck bed for less stress on the frame of the camper. I keep 2x8's cut 16" long to drive the truck onto for leveling. We also prefer a slight "nose up" attitude for sleeping.


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