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Old 05-06-2024, 04:56 PM   #1
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how to calculate height for leveling blocks

My last trip ... where we did all moochdocking and boondocking the places we stopped came with some interesting angles for parking...

so I will now invest in some 6 x 2 treated wood planks/blocks

gotta be some easy way of doing the math to determine how high I need to lift in order to be reasonably level

My Iphone has the bubble level app... tells me degrees my trailer is leaning
AND .... I know my trailer is just on 8 foot wide (close enough)
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thinking back to all that useless math they tried to teach us in school
you can use TRIGONOMETRY

or just find a good slope calculator
https://www.omnicalculator.com/const...levation-grade

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It just so happens that over 8 feet @ 1 degree slope
will have a rise of 1.675 inches

For me .... I reckon will be close enough to use 1.5 treated wood for every degree the phone says I'm leaning

if you want a bit more height ....
most of the uneven campsites will probably be dirt or gravel ....
kick/scrape some loose stuff under the board if you are fussy

going out to Hardware store tomorrow
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Using the Phone Bubble Level app and accuracy

my phone is not flat
NOR are most surfaces in the trailer (even the frame)
getting the phone to be accurate and REPEATABLE degrees results was PITA

One reading would be 2 degrees the next is 5 degrees... nuthing was moved too!
Make up your mind apple.


solution...
I have a 2 foot spirit level... constructed like a I beam
Laid the level on it's face to make a H instead...... then put the phone on the level
The H shape supports the phone more evenly with no rocking
The length of the level evens out the trailer surface

NOW I get repeatable measurements ...
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PS ... yes I know can buy a digital level but this will work for now.
/Me: = Tightwad
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Before auto-level, I always used this type of permanently mounted bubble level (front and side versions). Told me at a glance how many inches of blocks I needed. Cheap and easy.
https://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-08526...saAuNKEALw_wcB
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Old 05-06-2024, 05:23 PM   #3
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For 40 years I have used a cheap 24" carpenters level across the floor or on the siding and can estimate by eye how many 2x's to put under the tires.

Been always close enough for government work.

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Before auto-level, I always used this type of permanently mounted bubble level (front and side versions). Told me at a glance how many inches of blocks I needed. Cheap and easy.
https://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-08526...saAuNKEALw_wcB
x2 I use the orange lego levelers, and 1 block = 1/2 line on bubble. In order for this to work you obviously have to get the unit leveled somewhere and stick on the bubble level showing level.
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Old 05-07-2024, 11:18 AM   #5
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These work great! One on the front and one on the side.
From Amazn: Hopkins Towing Solutions 08526 Never Fade Two Way Graduated Level, Black

Always level left to right, then front to back.

I put our TT in the location desired, noted the amount of adjustment needed, got the blocks ready beside the wheels on the low side, pulled the trailer forward about 6 ft., put the blocks in place, and backed the trailer onto the blocks. I'm done with the L to R leveling. Then using the tongue jack, do the same for front to back.

I carry 4 pieces of 2 x 8 x 4 ft plus one piece of 5/4 x 4 ft pressure-treated lumber to which I've beveled the ends for easy access on and off. I've gone a step further and added some 1" dowel pegs and matching holes to keep them from sliding. See the pixs.

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Old 05-07-2024, 12:56 PM   #6
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I use Level Mate PRO. It tells me in inches how far the camper is off from level.
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Old 05-07-2024, 02:41 PM   #7
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I carry a 2 ft carpenter's level. This is approx. 1/4 of the trailer width. Bring a few 1/4" thick blocks. Each 1/4" block under the end of your level equals 1" across the trailer.
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Old 05-08-2024, 06:20 AM   #8
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I use Level Mate PRO. It tells me in inches how far the camper is off from level.
Too easy, and from the convenience of the truck. Then add in a set of curved levelers.
Find a spot four inches or less out of level and slip the levelers under the wheel.

I have not been in a spot yet more than four inches out of side to side level. I may start to carry one longer piece of wood(enough for both tires) just in case I do come across it in future travels.
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Old 05-08-2024, 10:04 AM   #9
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This is why I love the Anderson leveling wedges. I just keep pulling up over it until wife looking at bubble level on trailer yells, 'you're good!'. Worse case scenario I put the wedge on a board if it wasn't high enough the first time.
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Phone App

This is what I use: https://caravanpartsandapps.co.uk/CaravanLevelQR.html. It's only for iPhone or iPad and is in the App Store -- no Android version. Perhaps there is something like it for Android.

Basically, it does the math for you. Can tell you the result in Degrees, Inches or Centimeters, or Blocks. Just enter some dimensions for your trailer and use. your iPhone/iPad as a level.
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I use a simple bubble level on the A-frame and a curved cam ramp which works great.
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I don't get lost in the weeds during the leveling process. Don't need any apps, just a bubble level and eyesight. As long as the bubble is between the lines, it's good to go. Never have had a problem with stuff rolling off the counter or table, and the frig works just fine.
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Lay a 2' level across the rear bumper. Take 1/4" blocks of wood (the large Sherwin Williams stirring stick is 1/4" thick) to level. Each 1/4" block represents 1". I used Lynx Levelers which are 1" in height. 3 1/4" blocks to level ment 3 Lynx Levelers to level trailer. I now have 'Autolevel'
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tried the bumper ... it appears to be 3 degrees out more than the rest of the trailer

not unusual for my model....
the pocket for the sliding bathroom door
top of door 1 inch inside the pocket bottom of door is 1 inch OUTSIDE the pocket
close the door... it's level with frame..
annoying... need to rebuild the pocket and jamb... out of plumb by a mile.


The only thing I will be worried about is.... I got a slide , I like my trailer to lean towards the slide incase it rains... water will drain out instead of entering through the seals etc

Furnace... I actually used it first time last trip.
it played up a bit so will take more care for leveling IF we are sing the furnace... (hoping that solves the problems we had)


12v Fridge ... Not worried about how level it is
reckon those buggers will work upside down.
Did hear some friends In Aussieland are using them and they work downunder !

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built me the wood ramps as shown in pics above ........4 1/2 inches total rise (3 planks)

they are heavy though... will be glad when they dry out from the pressure treating.
until then, when I use em... you can call me Arnold!
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I hate to say it but it was a hundred bucks well spent. I really enjoy mine.
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Before auto-level, I always used this type of permanently mounted bubble level (front and side versions). Told me at a glance how many inches of blocks I needed. Cheap and easy.
https://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-08526...saAuNKEALw_wcB
X2, level,your trailer like you want it then install these to read ď0Ē.
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How to Calculate Height for Leveling Blocks

If you use a set of Anderson Levelers you don't need to do any extra work. After you level up a few times you know just how far you need to back on or pull up on the levelers - they are a snap to use.
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If you use a set of Anderson Levelers you don't need to do any extra work. After you level up a few times you know just how far you need to back on or pull up on the levelers - they are a snap to use.
I use Anderson and a 2í carpenter level. Iíve only needed more on one occasion.
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Level mate pro has my vote as it takes the guesswork out of it. There is enough to do when setting up after a long day of driving to have to figure that out.
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I know everybody busts on Camping World, but they put bubble levels on front and side of camper without even asking them. Right where I need them when tweaking the level with the power jack. Thanks Camping World!
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