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Old 05-31-2016, 09:24 PM   #1
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Interesting dilemma level TT or level tongue?

Interesting dilemma when figuring coupler height. We have always leveled the WJ forward/aft using a 3' level placed on the flood between the front door and the ref. (pic#1) Today I placed a speed level on the TT tongue and noticed a difference in readings between the two levels (pics #2 & #3). The difference having the tongue level is an approximate 2" in height of coupler. WEIRD

Question: is it better to have a level TT or a level tongue when setting up your SLWD hitch system????
It would seem to me if I use a level tongue in this case our TT would be lower in the aft.....not good on tires, etc.

What do you think.
Thanks for your inputs.
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Old 05-31-2016, 09:39 PM   #2
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I would go with the level on the floor , you could use the tongue l where the level if you remember where the bubble lays. What does side to side look like on the hitch compared to the floor?
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Old 06-01-2016, 07:52 AM   #3
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Have you checked the floor of the trailer with the same level that you used on the tongue or vice versa to see if the difference is in the levels and not the trailer? I have 2 torpedo levels, like the one in pic 2, and they each give me a slightly different measurement.

I always level mine when I'm going to measure the coupler height by measuring the side of the trailer to the ground in the front and again in the back and making the measurements the same by raising and lowering the tongue. I have a WJ also and it has a strip down the side where the side of the trailer joins the skirt, I measure there. This way the trailer is parallel to the ground and the coupler height will be the same regardless of the levelness of the ground.
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Have you checked the floor of the trailer with the same level that you used on the tongue or vice versa to see if the difference is in the levels and not the trailer? I have 2 torpedo levels, like the one in pic 2, and they each give me a slightly different measurement.

I always level mine when I'm going to measure the coupler height by measuring the side of the trailer to the ground in the front and again in the back and making the measurements the same by raising and lowering the tongue. I have a WJ also and it has a strip down the side where the side of the trailer joins the skirt, I measure there. This way the trailer is parallel to the ground and the coupler height will be the same regardless of the levelness of the ground.
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I like the idea of measuring distance of the TT from grd....
I'll double check the consistency of the two levels.
thanks for the tip
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Old 06-01-2016, 08:42 AM   #5
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I used a 2' level on the floor when I set up my WDH to ensure the trailer was level. Measuring is a good way to go also. The small 6" level in IMHO does not give an accurate indication of level over the 29' from back to tongue on my rig.
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Old 06-01-2016, 12:59 PM   #6
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Everything that requires the trailer to be level is related to the floor - your refrigerator and the gravity flow pipes, plus of course your comfort. So, I go by the floor and use a 2' level. In mine, I noticed that the level on the floor is slightly different than on the countertop.
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A fairly level spot helps as well. My hitch instructions says to measure frame to ground at the extreme front and extreme rear with trailer on level ground. But it isn't rocket science.
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Level the fridge.

If the floor is close to that call it a weekend and camp happy.
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Level the fridge.

If the floor is close to that call it a weekend and camp happy.
You know what else is a good indicator?
Cabinet doors and bathroom doors! I swear I have gotten the TT level at a few readings, and the doors will sway one way or the other if you open them half way and see what they do.
Plus I like just a "slight" up hill on the bed. If I sleep with it slightly down I get a head ache. Just my 2 cents worth.

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I thought it was about setting Ball height? Not about a soufflé turning out poorly.
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