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Old 05-20-2014, 08:22 AM   #1
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Little advice for a newb

Good morning our first trip in the new Cherokee 265B 5th wheel is Friday, still looking for set up tips /leveling hook ups ETC.
Thanks for the help!

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Old 05-20-2014, 08:25 AM   #2
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Level side to side first with your choice of levelers. "I use legos" "lynx levelers" some use 2◊6 boards I find them 2 heavy and bulky..... then level front to rear.
Then put your stabilizers down.


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Old 05-20-2014, 08:33 AM   #3
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be sure to block the wheels, fore and aft well, before unhooking. both sides isn't a bad idea either.
Learned this the hard way last year. I use X-chocks to reduce shake and when removing them the trailer rolled on one side...the ground had apparently sunk under the TT. Scary feeling when you're on your knees and the TT starts to go for a ride!

I too use 'legos' as they are lighter and more adjustable than boards, easier to store, and I have small (12" or so) pieces of 4x4 post- I use them under each stab jack and under the tongue jacks (landing legs in your case). Can also be used as wheel chocks in a pinch. 6 to 8 pieces are all you need.
every once in a while you may park somewhere that the jacks don't reach the ground, and the less you have to extend them the better anyway.
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:16 AM   #4
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Do you have leveling bubbles mounted on your unit yet? if not, buy some and level your unit where it is parked and then mount your leveling bubbles. This will make the on site leveling process a lot faster. Level it at home with your slides in and then mount your leveling bubbles. At your campsite your level bubble with the leveling boards should be offset about half a bubble to the right (your right when you are facing the front of the unit toward to the back), when you pull your slide out, the bubble will line out and you will be truly 'level'.
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Old 05-20-2014, 11:11 AM   #5
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I've had crap luck with the mounting bubbles. I got a 2' level from home depot and just use that instead, usually on the floor inside the door or counter.

Due to the slide and stab jack locations I put my jacks down before opening the slide.
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I've had crap luck with the mounting bubbles. I got a 2' level from home depot and just use that instead, usually on the floor inside the door or counter.

Due to the slide and stab jack locations I put my jacks down before opening the slide.

What seems to be the trouble with mounting the level bubbles? Your 2 foot level will get you close, but with your length and side to side, I use a 4 foot level for the first tuning set up and then mount the bubbles in the correct location (for me). I use two bubble levels, the first is mounted in the front about 6-8 inches from the drivers side (right side when facing the camper looking back). The second is mounted on the non-door side, 6-8 inches from the front. Anyone standing at that corner can see both bubble levels at once and the vehicle driver can see the person standing there in his mirror (no blind spots). As stated above, when leveling with boards under the tires (side to side) I have the front bubble a half bubble mark off to where the bubble is to the right of top dead center. When running out the slides (I have two), the weight of the side will level the unit out. front to back done with tongue jack. This is when I now extend the stabilizers and scissor jacks. If done before this, more tilting weight will be on the slide side jacks and the non slide side will be slackened because of the tilt.
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Let the water spigot run a minute before hooking up drinking hose to flush any gunk or deposits from the pipes. If you have a voltmeter check power at post before hooking up power cord. Have fun this weekend!
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the bubbles I've tried fall apart, fall off, are inconsistent...had them on my last camper and this one. worked better on the popup than this TT.
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