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Message posted by TerryB13/3/2008 at 9:47pm
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I've been looking at my Dandy and checking how level it is and something occured to me and I knew someone here would know the answer!

I maybe having a blonde moment but do I need levelling ramps for my folding camper?  The reason I ask is that it currently isn't level on my drive - the jockey wheel needs to go lower than is physically possible! I'm not worried about it for now but on a site when I'm 'living' in it do I need them? Also should I try and get it level across the camper as well? You can probably tell I used to be a caravaner were this was important.

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Message posted by kipperkid13/3/2008 at 10:03pm
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have you got a fridge in it - they can object if they aren't level. Other than that it comes down to your tolerance for living on a slope!

We certainly had a set of ramps when we had a folding camper - most of the time we could get level by choosing pitch carefully and using the jockey wheel but sometimes we still needed the ramps......

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Message posted by cobblers7113/3/2008 at 10:06pm
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hi terry it`s agood idea to have leveling ramps some camp sites are uneven and it will take the strain of your legs on the van when putting them down when leveling it up

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Message posted by kimmie13/3/2008 at 10:07pm
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Dont forget when your using it to pitch with the wheels across the slope, which means you will need levels on one side. So you rely on the brake as little as possible.

We were advised to do this just in case the brake failed!!!

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Message posted by Jan P13/3/2008 at 10:08pm
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I can't be doing with sloping Terry so we have ramps. We sleep from left to right so levelling on the jockey wheel doesn't help the beds.

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Message posted by TerryB13/3/2008 at 10:27pm
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Thanks folks, unfortunately I no longer have my caravan ramps so I'll have to look for some new ones.

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Message posted by art b13/3/2008 at 10:34pm
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we always seem to get our dandy level with out ramps, most sites we have been on are quite level...

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Message posted by alsparker14/3/2008 at 11:37am
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Hi terry

they couldnt hurt love , better safe than sorry and all that.


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Quote: Originally posted by kimmie on 13/3/2008
Dont forget when your using it to pitch with the wheels across the slope, which means you will need levels on one side. So you rely on the brake as little as possible.

We were advised to do this just in case the brake failed!!!

I also carry a pair of chocks in case I have to pitch down a slope, as Kimmie say's, don't rely on the brake. Only had to use them once so far.

Ray.


Message posted by Valk_scot14/3/2008 at 7:59pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Toad1 on 14/3/2008
Quote: Originally posted by kimmie on 13/3/2008
Dont forget when your using it to pitch with the wheels across the slope, which means you will need levels on one side. So you rely on the brake as little as possible.

We were advised to do this just in case the brake failed!!!

I also carry a pair of chocks in case I have to pitch down a slope, as Kimmie say's, don't rely on the brake. Only had to use them once so far.

Ray.


I always pitch up and down a slope, because if you go sideways it's a nightmare to get the awning set up. I use brakes plus chocks...in fact, I chock my wheels just about all the time. There's always a chance some muppet will fiddle with the brakes. If the slope is so extreme i'm doubtful about the chocks plus brakes holding, then I ask for another pitch.


Message posted by Alfred E Newman14/3/2008 at 10:36pm
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Terry...the Dandy bed legs tend to dig themselves in..well mine do but I am a  bloater!..find yourself five offcuts of ply..one for each leg and one for the jockey wheel and put the legs on these to avoid that sinking feeling..if you are feeling in a DIY mood get nine pieces and using a hole cutter cut a hole in four of them the same size as the plastic feet on the leg ends then glue and screw these four to the other four and then the feet will sit in them without moving..these can be stored under the transit cover so they are the first thing you get to

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Message posted by TerryB14/3/2008 at 10:49pm
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Thanks Alfred, I was thinking off that - used to have some for the caravan so I'll see if I can dig them out.

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Message posted by snackman15/3/2008 at 1:24pm
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if you are feeling in a DIY mood get nine pieces and using a hole cutter cut a hole in four of them the same size as the plastic feet on the leg ends then glue and screw these four to the other four and then the feet will sit in them without moving..these can be stored under the transit cover so they are the first thing you get to

Very good idea Alfred  Top tip im guna make em now...



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Message posted by 4happycampers15/3/2008 at 7:22pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Alfred E Newman on 14/3/2008


Terry...the Dandy bed legs tend to dig themselves in..well mine do but I am a  bloater!..find yourself five offcuts of ply..one for each leg and one for the jockey wheel and put the legs on these to avoid that sinking feeling..if you are feeling in a DIY mood get nine pieces and using a hole cutter cut a hole in four of them the same size as the plastic feet on the leg ends then glue and screw these four to the other four and then the feet will sit in them without moving..these can be stored under the transit cover so they are the first thing you get to

My DIY dad made me some last year for us but of course I designed them and we are as pleased as punch with them, we really put them to the test as we do not exactly fight at feather weight if you know what I mean. We told my dad to make a sack full and we would sell them at camp sites, I think they would go like Hot Cross Buns!!! HMMMMMMM HOT CROSS BUNS .




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Message posted by GC998715/3/2008 at 7:40pm
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As for levelling I use 6 pieces of 18mm ply all 6" wide but of increasing length with a hole drilled in one end and a piece of rope through the holes to hold them together. Then you just select hoe many youwant and drive up the ramp formed by them.

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Message posted by 3rackhams16/3/2008 at 5:35pm
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HI we had trouble a few years ago wheels & feet sunk after our 10 night stay so now we have rubber slip mats for the wheels & small lumps of hard foam for the bed legs & feet we also chock the wheels


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