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Posted: 08/16/20 02:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

6" high at the front is 1 degree slope front to rear. What is the problem with a one night stop?


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Posted: 08/16/20 02:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2 x 10's (or 12's) are even better. Easier to hit when backing up.


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Posted: 08/16/20 03:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Curly2001 wrote:

Just have the standard front jacks and rear stabs. Nothing fancy, darn it.


Then unhitch and level
Should only take a few minutes


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Nothing fancy? Measure from landing legs to center of tandem, in feet. Divide that by 2 feet, the length of your level. Set trailer where you want it. Put level on the floor crosswise. Lift end of level to center bubble, and measure end to floor. For every quarter inch, you need inch of block added on that side.
If you don't want to unhook, turn the level to check how much the tires need to come up. (Your first calculation time how far you need to lift end to center the bubble)
Now, on each side build your stack of boards, beside the tires, so the top of stack is lined up with centers of axles. Move the rig forward or back, then slide the stacks in line with tires. Move rig to the top of stacks, crank landing gear to just touch ground, unplug light cord.
If you get your trailer level, you can mount a level on the front so you can in mirror. Then jack up, put boards under tires, can calibrate that level in 2X.
While trailer is level, mount a bubble where you can see while working the landing gear. Dad had another level mounted on a magnet, stuck to side of pin box. When he pulled the TV out he would rotate to center the bubble. Ready to hook up, jack to CTB, height is right.

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Old-Biscuit wrote:

Side to Side Leveling can be accomplished using boards/legos etc under the LOW side Tires

Front to Rear Leveling is by using the Front Landing Gear Legs to raise/lower front of 5th wheel to level and stablizing using rear legs

Or using 'Leveling Jacks' if 5vr is so equpiped

BUT any Front to Rear Leveling requires unhitching from truck


Just how much NOSE High are you?
How UNLEVEL is fridge with the Nose High?

OP was talking overnight stay to sleep still hooked to TV. This is the reason I worked to get our 5er level when towing.
Front to back hooked to TV can be done with 2X6’s or blocks.


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Many times the assigned spot slopes toward the rear. For an overnight, I have pulled in instead of backing. I have power cords and water hose if necessary to hook up.


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I use the plastic yellow lego blocks to lift my trailer up to 1 1/2" on one side to level side to side. Can't see why they can't be used on all four tires and lift the entire trailer for an overnighter without unhitching. They are lightweight and can be stacked for easy storage.

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Posted: 08/16/20 10:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just use leveling blocks under all 4 tires. drop the landing gear enough to stop the front from bouncing and lower the rear stabilizers.

I don't unhitch for a quick overnight stop, I do unplug the 7 pin so the trailer wont draw on the truck battery.

Chock the trailer wheels and set the parking brake in the truck.

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Posted: 08/17/20 04:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Long term, you should fix the nose high situation.

But otherwise the simplest solution is boards under all 4 wheels as long as it doesn't require too many (1 or 2 boards should be fine)...5-6 boards I wouldn't trust. That will lift the rear of the trailer leveling it out.


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As soon as I pull into the parking area we are going to overnight, I scan the area looking for a spot that has a slight slope to it and allow me to partially open my slide. I'll park to where my truck is pointing down slope. If needed, I'll put blocks under the landing gear and raise the FW level with the landing gear. More times than not, I don't need to raise the landing gear.

I have a bubble level on the side close to the landing gear switch. There has been times when I'll pick a spot, get out to check the bubble, then either pull forward, back up or pick another spot to get the bubble close enough to level to where the landing gear will trim it out.

Leveling side to side is a different matter.


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