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Old 11-12-2018, 01:42 PM   #1
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Leveling system question

Greetings. New to the forum so hopefully I am posting this in the right section.

This is the first time we've owned and RV with an auto leveling system which is friggin awesome.

My question is should I get some treated 2x6 wood pieces to have with us to place under the leveling feet just in case we ever end up on surface that is not 100% solid?

Anything else we should keep in mind or take with is to insure that leveling system remains 100% effective when we're traveling?

TIA!
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Old 11-12-2018, 02:19 PM   #2
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I have never used anything under my pads in the 5 years I've had my DS30 and I've leveled on all types of surfaces. Although I see many people using wood and/or lego type leveling blocks. I never use auto, too much back and forth with that mode. Strictly use manual and a small leveling float on the floor right behind the engine cover. Also see if the bathroom door stays put when opened part of the way. I level the front, then the rear, then the left or right sides marking sure all for jacks are touching the ground. Best wishes, and happy trails!
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Old 11-12-2018, 02:45 PM   #3
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I have never used anything under my pads in the 5 years I've had my DS30 and I've leveled on all types of surfaces. Although I see many people using wood and/or lego type leveling blocks. I never use auto, too much back and forth with that mode. Strictly use manual and a small leveling float on the floor right behind the engine cover. Also see if the bathroom door stays put when opened part of the way. I level the front, then the rear, then the left or right sides marking sure all for jacks are touching the ground. Best wishes, and happy trails!

Great feedback! Thank you. Didnít dawn on me to use manual and control how the leveling happens
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Old 11-12-2018, 02:57 PM   #4
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Greetings. New to the forum so hopefully I am posting this in the right section.

This is the first time we've owned and RV with an auto leveling system which is friggin awesome.

My question is should I get some treated 2x6 wood pieces to have with us to place under the leveling feet just in case we ever end up on surface that is not 100% solid?

Anything else we should keep in mind or take with is to insure that leveling system remains 100% effective when we're traveling?

TIA!
Some RV parks with "Blacktop Sites" Demand that Pads be placed Before using Hydraulic Levelers! If you look at blacktop sites you will see the "Depressions from NOT using large Pads"! Youroo!!
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What make and model is your RV?
There are a lot of tips and tricks for the various leveling systems and you'll definitely want to hear from the people who have your unit . . .
One quick tip on the auto level is to make sure no one is moving around inside the unit while leveling as this will result in false readings as the auto leveler does it's thing (thereby increasing the time and cycles to get your unit level).
Enjoy!
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What make and model is your RV?
There are a lot of tips and tricks for the various leveling systems and you'll definitely want to hear from the people who have your unit . . .
One quick tip on the auto level is to make sure no one is moving around inside the until while leveling as this will result in false readings as the auto leveler does it's thing (thereby increasing the time and cycles to get your unit level).
Enjoy!

FR3 30DS. Thanks for your input!
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Old 11-12-2018, 10:48 PM   #7
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FR3 30DS. Thanks for your input!
I installed SnapPads on my FR3 28DS. They are made from recycled rubber. They will not slip in concrete or asphalt. I also have two 4x10x24 treated wood blocks left over from my Class C, but I rarely use them.

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Boondocking Richardson Highway 65 miles north of Valdez, Alaska.
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If the ground is not level, park with the front a little lower than the rear. Never lift the rear wheels.

I love my SnapPads.
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Old 11-12-2018, 11:15 PM   #8
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Wow we have a 28DS also. With Snap pads! They are great on Gravel too. They protect the foot of the leveler.
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Never knew about these Snap Pads. Genius! I use Hush Pads and I keep some 4x6 blocks with me as well. I do not like to have my jacks fully extended. I also carry Camco RV Tri-Levelers as I also do not like to take my front wheels off the ground. We do quite a bit of desert camping and mother nature does not tend to make the earth anywhere near flat and level.

https://www.campingworld.com/hush-pa...h-leveling-pad


https://www.walmart.com/ip/Camco-RV-...ellow/29764486

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I installed SnapPads on my FR3 28DS. They are made from recycled rubber. They will not slip in concrete or asphalt. I also have two 4x10x24 treated wood blocks left over from my Class C, but I rarely use them.

SnapPads in action:
Boondocking at Cabela's Store in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Level with only the left front wheel was off the ground.
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Boondocking Richardson Highway 65 miles north of Valdez, Alaska.
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Level with both front wheels are off the ground.
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If the ground is not level, park with the front a little lower than the rear. Never lift the rear wheels.

I love my SnapPads.


What size did you put on ...I have a 30 ds and think they use the same foot ...are they both the same size front and back...
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