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Tricks for leveling campers (side to side)

Discussion in 'General Recreation' started by MTdmax2003, May 9, 2008.

  1. MTdmax2003

    MTdmax2003 Recruit

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    Who has good tricks or ideas for leveling your campers side to side? I have no problem with front to back. We end up camping on uneven areas with my 5er and I haven't come up with good ways to level it side to side. I can get it level side to side but then I have trouble getting the camper hooked back up to the truck because the king pin is at such an angle.
     
  2. SaguaroKid

    SaguaroKid A(ACLU) Mojo Man

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    A side pivoting 5th wheel plate helps?
     
  3. MTdmax2003

    MTdmax2003 Recruit

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    Unfortunately, my 5th wheel plate doesn't pivot side to side, only front to back. Any idea how much a side pivoting 5th wheel plate would cost?
     
  4. SaguaroKid

    SaguaroKid A(ACLU) Mojo Man

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    I'm not sure but you may have to get the whole hitch?
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2008
  5. HDpullingpower

    HDpullingpower Hellion

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    Have you tried bottle jacks and stands..then you can lower back to original height to hook up.:idea:
     
  6. truckie481

    truckie481 Dagum

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    I carry pre cut 2" X 12" lumber that is the length of the distance from my front wheel to the rear wheel (so both wheels fit on it) and then I pull in to the site determine what side needs to be raised, back up far enough to place the boards down and then pull up on to them. With a bit of time you can be pretty acurate.
    I have a reese 16k with slider that pivots, I paid less than $700 for it new.
     
  7. SaguaroKid

    SaguaroKid A(ACLU) Mojo Man

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    Independent front jacks would be nice.
     
  8. WYOMAX

    WYOMAX New Member

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    Dig a hole for your tires on the high side.
     
  9. skiandplay101

    skiandplay101 Refugee

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    X2 on the 2x12 for the tires and my front jacks have the adjustable slides with many a holes for when you are hitching or unhitching. Just look at the ground before you try to unhitch. Rear jacks also help alot.
     
  10. Ozzie

    Ozzie Snow looming...run!! Moderator

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    I use the 2x's also...with a level on the front of the trailer so I can see how much lumber is needed. Staggering the boards so one wheel is on one, and the other on two splits the difference too.
     
  11. DunesRunner08

    DunesRunner08 Banned

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    I have dual guages and switches for my airbags...I can level it side to side and front to back that way
     
  12. MTdmax2003

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    How many 2X's are you guys talking about? stacking them 2 or 3 high?
    Thanks for the good ideas. I wish I had the air bags. That sounds like that would be the easiest.
     
  13. blizzardplowman

    blizzardplowman Crowd Control Staff Member Moderator

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    I carry 3 2x in the truck bed, use what ever I need when we pull in the site, works great. My hitch pivots side to side also.
     
  14. HDGMC

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    Take the same number of 2x's that level the trailer and place a 2nd set on the same side under the rear wheel of the truck. You may want to drill some small holes and drive some spikes into the ground to keep the driven wheel from pushing the board(s).

    You could also carry a straight 2x6x8' and place it on edge at the point that you want the rear axle of the trailer to be after you have parked. Use a level on the board to determine how many blocks will be needed to provide a level platform. Set those blocks and back the trailer in. Just before the trailer climbs the blocks, set the same number (or similar according to terrain) in back of the rear axle of the truck. Back the trailer and truck onto the blocks.

    (If the road is crowned and you want to use the leveling board, simply place a block under each end of the leveling board, then figure out how far out of level the pad is and use the appropriate number to level the trailer.)
     
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  15. MTdmax2003

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    Thanks for the great ideas! I'm itching to go camping now! :driving: Unfortunately too busy next weekend. Too many kids activities going on.
     
  16. truckie481

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    I carry two 2x12 that just fit in to my longest compartment and a bunch of 12x12 pieces for the down riggers.
     
  17. MGlickLBZ

    MGlickLBZ Agent Quack Smacker

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  18. richard cheese

    richard cheese the MAIN muff hugga

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    i only camp in the sand, and the sand makes it easy to shovel from underneath the tires of the high side...for you...you might need to crank the jacks for more than just "stability", if you know what i mean
     
  19. MGlickLBZ

    MGlickLBZ Agent Quack Smacker

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    You mean when the spousal unit pukes all over the bed?:smileydan:
     
  20. havns3

    havns3 friction lover

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