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CR CRUISER

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Posted: 04/21/14 08:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We just arrived home from our trip down the Pacific Coast Highway. We overnighted at 11 different state parks along the way. The parks, especially in Oregon, were fantastic. They were laid out well with no issues backing the fifth wheel into each site.

The common problem that we found at every site was that the parking pad was anywhere from 1 to 5 inches off level side to side. Front to back level is not an issue. That is easyly taken care of with the front jacks. But when they are out of level side to side, it then involves getting out the stacking blocks. Put the trailer up on the blocks then find that there was too many or too few. Redo it again until it's level.

I can live with an inch off level for one night but 2 or 3 inches is just too much. The last sight we stayed in Washington was at least 5" off level. It had been a long drive and I was too tired to get out the blocks. Just after we got set up, the skies opened up and it was a torrential downpour. The trailer was so off level that the top of the slide was angled in towards the house. There was a flood of water running in the slide and out the door. I just pulled the slide in and went to bed.

I don't know if the private parks have the same issues with their sites but to me it is a pain that I can do without when I'm trying to relax and enjoy my vacation. Besides, I'm tired of being able to only have half a bowl of soup.

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Posted: 04/21/14 08:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yep. You gotta get the blocks out. Or get some auto levelers.


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Adding a set of hydraulic automatic leveling jacks would probably make your life a lot easier in most parks. They're not cheap though...


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Were the site paved or unpaved IE store, gravel etc.

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We have camped at every Oregon State Park on the coast and most of the Washington ones also...many of them multiple times and have never seen any of them that much out of level...maybe 1 or 2 Lynx Levelers at the most.

Were your sites paved? Where did you find ones that were 5 inches out of level?

(not saying that you didn't, just interested)


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When I first get close to where I want to unhook, I will put my torpedo level on my counter and raise the level to see how much one end needs to be raised to make it level. I will multiply that gap by 8 (feet) since my level is about 1 foot long and my overall width is about 8 feet. So if my level gets raised up about 1/4 of an inch, then I will block up one side 2" and we're good to go.


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We have one of these. http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/ite......../jumbo-level-with-mounting-bracket/30939Each mark is 1" out of level. All I have to do is back in, look at the level and get out the appropriate amount of blocking. It also has a front to back level built in.

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Have not hit many that unlevel. But yeah, even private RV parks some times can be quite unlevel. Just have to be prepared with boards and/or blocks.

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I've been to a few private parks where leveling required raising the front wheels off the ground. This required blocks under the hydraulic jacks and for safety, blocks under the wheels. When possible, I ask for another site, but that is not always possible. I understand the cost constraints in publicly funded campgrounds, but there is no excuse for a private campground to advertise a site that is not even close to level. It would be nice if the camping guide books(Trailer Life, AAA, etc) would show in block letters SITES NOT LEVEL, and rate accordingly...I really think this is more important then how clear the signs are, or even neatness of showers.
JMHO

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You should fix your slide. I don't think a slide should leak if it's open or closed all the way.
The level on the front of our TT also has a mark for every inch out of level.





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