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Old 06-11-2018, 07:58 PM   #1
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Our first camping trip in our new 233S Roo!

Well we picked Memorial Day weekend for our first EVER camping trip with a trailer, our new 2018 233s Roo. This is our first Trailer. Decided to stay pretty close to home, just in case about an hour away. Planned on 3 nights, but the Friday before was raining so we waiting until Saturday morning to leave. Had a great trip, no issues with the Roo. Had a funny story though. The site was much more sloped back to front that I guess I would have expected. I backed the trailer in no problem (leveled it side to side), put in the x-chocks, REALLY TIGHT, got all unhooked, etc. THEN, when I went to level front to back, hmmm, the front jack didn't have enough travel to get it level, not even close! I had used all of my leveling blocks to get level side-to-side SO, as I stared at this sloping trailer, what to do? I first found a HUGE ROCK and put it under the jack, after re-connecting to truck!. That worked but the wife wasn't happy with that, afraid the trailer would slip off the rock! Ok, Ok, so I went and found two railroad ties (probably 12x8) and used them under the jack. That worked. Ok great, the trailer is now LEVEL! Then I went to put down the stabilizer jacks. Hmmm. Back ones no problem. Front ones, NOPE, not a chance! LOL. Back to the drawing board. I went searching AGAIN, found two BIG LOGS! Take a look at the picture. Hilarious. Oh well, I now own a new Anderson leveling solution and extra leveling blocks as well. Other than the "interesting" experience of the sloping site we had a great time.
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Old 06-11-2018, 08:20 PM   #2
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Nice, another great Roo story!!! We did our maiden voyage the weekend after Memorial Day and our new 24ws worked great with no issues as well.

Glad to hear the the lack of troubles with the new ones, maybe they are improving their build quality a bit. Here’s hoping!!!!
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Old 06-11-2018, 08:28 PM   #3
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Going old school is an option...

Going old school is an option...

I have those andersen levelers that my new 5er will require me to chop them due to the shorter space between the axles. Being a cheap cuss, I am going to sell them.

It is handy to have a truck with a full size bed so this was an option for me. I went back to boards for leveling. I have a few 10ft 2x10 in the garage, so I cut one in half, lopped off a foot from one piece, 45 degree cut the ends on both pieces, clamped them together so I could drill all the way thru them and made dowels to keep them together when I need both. The dowels are cut shorter than the height of both boards together to account for the rocks that may want to make them poke out above the boards.

Still thinking about using a small hole saw to lighten them. I realize that may make them split but I still have two more boards to learn with. I used them just this past week and used my legos for the rear stabs
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Old 06-11-2018, 08:37 PM   #4
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I too had to chop the Anderson levelers short a bit, but I have played with them and they seem to work fairly well. I've heard good reviews and some that didn't like them. But I think I'm going to use them for a while and see how that goes. I don't really have a good storage solution for long 2x10s. I use a Suburban TV and my Roo doesn't have a good storage location for them. I also installed (after our first trip) an RV Level 4 blue tooth leveling helper. I'm an engineer and my wife says I like the toys as much or more than they camping!! That could be true I have only played with the RV Level 4 in the driveway but it worked pretty good.
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I'm a gadget guy too. I had to learn to use my "levelmate pro" with the phone app. I found that I should put the rig where I want it, get out, set my leveling gear near where it would be used and pull forward. Get out again, place the tools where they go with the measurements provided by the gadget and then put it back. That has been working for me. Good luck with your learning.

I cut one board in half and and shortened the other half. Max length is under 5 foot. Just saying you could reduce the board lengths...
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Welcome from SW Virginia !!!

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Thanks for the tip on using the Levelmate!
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Thanks for posting! Brought home our new 233S last night and leveling in the drive I noticed the height of the stabilizers and assumed an additional set of the leveling blocks was coming soon....
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I use the Anderson levelers on our 233. I also have a big plastic storage bin I carry that is full of cut pieces of wood that I can put under the tongue jack and stabs. You know you are too dedicated to your camper when every piece of lumber you see laying around you think "Hmm, I could cut that into 4 pieces and that would give me more options for the stabilizers."
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Thanks, I'm learning fast!
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