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Old 05-12-2014, 10:08 PM   #1
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levelling a.parked 5th wheel

I have read threads on levelling with tow veh. but alas i have none and other than awaiting the local camping dwaler to come out with rheir big whopping truck, is there a way to SAFELY level her? She is great front to back but side to side she could use another 2x8 under one side. ANY help is appreciated. Thank you in advance. Diana
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:19 PM   #2
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You could jack it up as if changing a tire, and put the 2x under one tire, move jack to the other tire and repeat.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:27 PM   #3
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You could jack it up as if changing a tire, and put the 2x under one tire, move jack to the other tire and repeat.
Yep, exactly how I'd do it.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:34 PM   #4
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I hate to sound like a girl...oh wait i am...but im scared yep i admit... if i 1. pull the slides in...2. pull up back stabilizers then 3. Pull up front ones that she willl tip.onto her nose....i cant believe i said that out loudly.
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Iam DETERMINED to conquer this fear as.i will be living.in her and. sure i will have to.do this periodically.
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Some settling may occur. Leveling side to side is a normal check. I like to use the fridge as a reference point. Refrigerators should be level for proper and extended operation. Sliding a 1X8 or 2X8 under the low side maybe required. A good bottle jack will do the trick. Just put the jack under the frame, a flat section near the tire. A good bottle jack (20 ton) store's easily. And, it has the needed height. After deciding on what size of blocks to use, make sure you got the other side blocked and or locked prior to jacking.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:43 PM   #7
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She is on 2x10s and yes chocked. long.term goal is putting the 10x10 deck close, and eventually putting a roof over w/ 3 or so ft crawlspace/workspace room
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:51 PM   #8
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Pulling the slides in isn't necessary.

Raise the rear stabilizers a few inches off the ground.

Place jack under axle at the U bolts if a tube axle. The U bolt is the brightly colored bit that looks like a big U.



If it's a torsion setup, place the jack under the frame near the tire. In the photo, see the piece of metal the hoses are tied to? That, just under the frame rail is where you put the jack.



Take wood under the trailer with you, once the tire clears enough to slip the wood under the tire, slip it under and let the tire down. Repeat for the other tire on the same side.

Check the level, add another as necessary.

Now, there's nothing to be worried about. Since you're not removing the tires even if the jack slips the trailer isn't going to fall on you. Don't be careless, but there's not much to worry about either.

Finally, put your stabilizers down and you're set.

If you don't want to, it shouldn't be hard to find someone that can do it for you.
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So i dont need to pull the front stabilizers up then? And thank you SOOOOMUCH!!!!! Living in the "boonies" alone, chasing loose cows and horses thru the 900 acres of swamp behind me at 1am doesnt bother me but yeah i admit this first levelling does so thank you so much foor all of the help yall have given me. What a wonderfull group this is.
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If it's hydraulic, it will balance out easily. I'm not sure how the mechanical stab jacks work, but I believe there's some play in them that allows for side to side.

Don't worry, you'll be fine.
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