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Old 05-20-2016, 03:25 PM   #1
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Driveway Slope

This may be a dumb question but...

We purchased a new home and I and wondering if the slope of the driveway is to steep to park our camper? Does anyone have any experience, pictures advise that will help us determine if the driveway is to steep to park the camper without the tow vehicle attached. We would like to park it there while we are getting ready for camping or in between weeks in the summer...may be dumb but...I know this group can help me out!

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Old 05-20-2016, 03:34 PM   #2
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Not a dumb question but also impossible to tell from a head on photo how much slope is in your driveway.

What is the height difference from where the back of the camper would sit to where the front will be?
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:35 PM   #3
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No, it's not too steep...



If you are truly concerned, after you chock the wheels and level the unit up, screw an anchor (like used for dog runs or awning tie downs) into the ground and attach your break away cable to it. That way if, for some reason, the camper decides to depart the pattern, the cable will be pulled, the brakes will activate, and it will stop.
I've done that in my brother's driveway which is very steep, but it proved unnecessary, though it made me feel better.

I'd say that the only driveway that is too steep is when you can't raise one end high enough to level because the other end is grounded.
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:37 PM   #4
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We have a sloped driveway. Make sure you put some kind of blocks in front of the back set of wheels. I put a concrete block or two under the tongue so it's not totally extended or beyond how high you can get it. Our trailer is 32 feet long so you should not have a problem. The slope on your pic does not look any worse than ours. You will need to try to back in on an angle. Do not back in to straight. You can straightened it in the driveway or your bumper will hit the driveway and then your tongue or hitch will hit the road. Coming at it from an angle will lessen that problem. I will see if I can find a pic later.
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:41 PM   #5
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You can use your hitch jack (if you have one), leveling jacks and leveling blocks as needed. Just remember to retract and remove them before pulling out!

Also be sure to use wood blocks under all jacks to protect your driveway.

If you will be using the refrigerator, you need to have the unit level for it to work properly.

Probably the biggest downside to leveling it in the driveway is the extra effort involved if you have to pull it out now and then to get vehicles or other stuff into or out of the garage. If you can plan ahead on that, you may be able to avoid that extra work.
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I think mine is steeper than that. Ill take a picture when I get home. You should choke the wheel, put the TV in neutral, and let the RV seat against the chokes. Unhooking the weigh distributing bars can be a challenge if the kink in your driveway is at the hitch.
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Not a dumb question but also impossible to tell from a head on photo how much slope is in your driveway.

What is the height difference from where the back of the camper would sit to where the front will be?
My son is taking pics...I will get some better ones when I am home
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How awesome is the forum!
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:55 PM   #9
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Pfffft!!! That is NOTHING! Fuggeddaboudit!
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I have a pretty nice hill for a driveway....store mine there no problem...just make sure you securely chock the wheels and you'll be fine.


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