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I just bought a used class A motor home (30’ Itasca). Some campsites I’ve been in with my TT have hardly been lever to say the least. I noticed that it doesn’t take much of an incline for my leveling jack to lift the coach off the ground.

What do you people do in a situation as I’ve mentioned?

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It's best not to lift your wheels off the ground, especially the rears (drive). Use manual leveling and make small adjustments. It doesn't have to be perfect.


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Carry some 2x12 or better 2x16's to drive your low wheels onto so that you start fairly level. Then level so that your wheels aren't hanging in the air. It may be necessary to put a few boards under your jacks depending on how much travel your jacks have.


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On my rig the "auto level" has a hard time when the pad is not even close to level its self. Manual level you can adjust the rig so as not to have the wheels off the ground.

I never raise the rear wheels off the ground. They are your brakes and and your stability for the rig. If I have to raise the front off the ground I put either wood or legos between the tire and the ground.

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Lift the front wheels off the ground is no cause for concern and won't damage the RV. Putting boards under the wheels will help to stabilize it a bit, but its not necessary.
The one thing we do when traveling in our class A is book pull thrus in private RV Campgrounds that indicate level sites in their descriptions or reviews. This generally works.


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Carry some 2X boards and a few bags of Legos. Your location is listed as east coast? If you go inland a 100 miles or so from GA to ME your chance of finding a true level site are slim, at least at any state park or USACE campgrounds.

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As long as the rear wheels stay in the ground (parking brake) you will be fine for a couple days. If you have to lift the rear be sure you have good wheel chocks on the front wheels.


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I always level with the leveling jacks ... if one or more tires are off the ground I chock the one(ones), that aren't.
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dodge guy wrote:

As long as the rear wheels stay in the ground (parking brake) you will be fine for a couple days. If you have to lift the rear be sure you have good wheel chocks on the front wheels.


In times past I have had to work under a truck on a slope, with the rear jacked off the ground. Chock the front. Release all brakes, including parking. If it does not move, or more likely, moves a little and stops, this will make sure the slope of grade doesn't sideload the jacks.

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Go to a lumber store, buy you a 2x12 or two, and cut it up into a bunch of squares. Throw a bunch of them in your outside storage.

When you first get to a site, check how level you are before turning on the hydraulic jacks. If you are way off level, set some blocks up and drive whichever side is lowest onto some blocks. Get it as close to level as you can with blocks, first. Use rest of the blocks under the jacks to limit how far they have to extend.

I don’t like to ever lift any wheel off the ground, front or back. Can put too much lateral stress on jacks, and makes the RV more shaky inside. Tires (all of them) being on the ground (or on blocks) gives you more lateral stability.

Oh, and expect that every so often, your blocks will crack and become firewood. That’s why you cut up several blocks, so you have some spares when that happens.


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