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Posted: 11/12/20 11:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If the rear of a Class C needs to be raised to level up when parked, is it necessary to raise all the wheels? Or is it adequate to get 1 tire on each side to the right level?

So far all my sites have been very close to level, but that won't last, for sure.


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You need to keep the rear tires on the ground due to the parking brake holds the rv from rolling. Its ok to use the rears just don't over do it and stress the jacks.

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bobndot wrote:

You need to keep the rear tires on the ground due to the parking brake holds the rv from rolling. Its ok to use the rears just don't over do it and stress the jacks.



Jacks? What jacks? I don't have leveling jacks and they are not really common on smaller C's as best as I can tell.


And if the rear tires have to stay on the ground, and the rear is too low, how can a person level up?


Not clear to me what you are saying here.

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If you are staying for a short time (such as a weekend) I think levelers under one of the duals in the rear would be OK, but if you are staying longer, then levelers under both tires would be best. I use the ramp type levelers.

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coolmom42 wrote:

bobndot wrote:

You need to keep the rear tires on the ground due to the parking brake holds the rv from rolling. Its ok to use the rears just don't over do it and stress the jacks.



Jacks? What jacks? I don't have leveling jacks and they are not really common on smaller C's as best as I can tell.


And if the rear tires have to stay on the ground, and the rear is too low, how can a person level up?


Not clear to me what you are saying here.


I thought you had jacks on your rig. They have become popular on shorter class C's, FR 24 ft models have them .
Its ok for you to just place a board or two under the rear wheels. For added safety block the front wheels .

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If you need to level the rears on a Class C be sure to support both tires on whichever side you are lifting. There is no problem placing blocks or other lifting devices under 2 or even all 4 rear wheels so long as both on each side are supported. In seven years I have never had to go higher than 2 yellow leggo blocks high and properly centered your tires are not going anywhere.

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It is always best to put both tires up on the levelers,thus evening up the load on the tires and the wheels.

I found that The Tri leveler work very well.

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We always support both tires of our duals equally. I think that is best practice.


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tobydad wrote:

If you are staying for a short time (such as a weekend) I think levelers under one of the duals in the rear would be OK, but if you are staying longer, then levelers under both tires would be best. I use the ramp type levelers.


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coolmom42 wrote:

bobndot wrote:

You need to keep the rear tires on the ground due to the parking brake holds the rv from rolling. Its ok to use the rears just don't over do it and stress the jacks.


Jacks? What jacks? I don't have leveling jacks and they are not really common on smaller C's as best as I can tell.

And if the rear tires have to stay on the ground, and the rear is too low, how can a person level up?

Not clear to me what you are saying here.


We don't have jacks on our Class C, either. In fact, I would never have them - as their mechanism hangs down too much when retracted and could hang up when we travel off-highway boondock camping.

With leveling blocks of course you can lift up the entire rear end while still having the rear tires (via park gear and the emergency brake) hold the vehicle in place sitting on the blocks and the blocks aren't going to move on the ground with all that weight on them.

My leveling blocks have three step levels and I made them myself out of redwood. I carry five of them along for the worst case situation of having to raise the four tires in the rear and one tire in the front ... which I've had to do a few times.

I position them such that when I drive forward onto them or back up onto them, each tire will wind up being on the proper step of each block (it took a lot of practice to learn how to estimate what the effect of each step level would be, level-wise) so as to make the motorhome "about level". I have North-South and East-West levels mounted - one on the dash and one on the driver's side door - so I can monitor both bubbles as I drive slowly up onto the correct block step for each tire.

I "calibrated" the two levels by parking the loaded motorhome on a level surface, and then mounting the bubble levels on the cab dash and driver's side door with their bubbles perfectly centered.

My whole approach above has worked well for us for years.

* This post was edited 11/14/20 01:22am by pnichols *


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