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Message posted by Dave48716/5/2007 at 4:24pm
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What is the best way to level your caravan on site?  What are the best 'chocks' to buy for this purpose?  Is a spirit level necessary?

Message posted by scuba16/5/2007 at 4:30pm
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 Go on up on a cheese wedge Caravan Leveller Set - 1 Pair Caravan awnings and accessories or piece of wood to level van from side to side or use a metal leveller and use jockey wheel to level caravan from front  to back. Yes use a spirit level.



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Message posted by SoundsDigital16/5/2007 at 4:31pm
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level lengthways with the jockey wheel before lowering the corner steadies. Sideways you need to tow one whel onto a ramp. Personally, I never bother and just keep my head to the high end of the bed. I begrudge buying leveling ramps as they come in a pair and I only ant to raise one wheel. It seems ridiculous buying two unless you have a motorhome or twin axle van.
Never try to level using the corner steadies.

I have a short spirit level in the van now, but used to use a plastic glass of water and line the water meniscus up with a line on the glass. (Meniscus is the water level. I just had to use it as I thought I'd never get the chance again to show my vocabulary off )

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*Meniscus* is hard to drop in a conversation. Well done



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Message posted by SoundsDigital16/5/2007 at 4:38pm
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I could have just posted the word meniscus, but then I would be accused of procrastinating.

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Message posted by mackz16/5/2007 at 4:44pm
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We have had to use two leveling "cheese wedges" on a single axle van before now as there was a dip in the pitch right where the wheels had to go (very tight spaces so no other option). Once you lower the jockey wheel as far as poss and you are still tipping backwards the "cheese wedges" and locking bits with them worked a treat. Not the only van that had to do this so I can quite understand them coming as a pair.

Message posted by Paul + Wendy16/5/2007 at 8:36pm
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When it comes to leveling your van check the level across the axle first before you unhitch from the car, if it needs to go up by an inch or two then I use a short length of scaffold board (about a foot long) higher than this then a ramp is best. Always put the ramp in front of a wheel and pull on to it using the car, by hand never works very well unless you have a few people. Then unhitch and by using the jockey wheel get the level right on the length of the van and always use a small spirit level, the best place believe it or not is across the sink top in both directions.

Message posted by JTQU16/5/2007 at 10:32pm
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For checking sideways I find using the spirit level on the vertical wall of the van much easier than finding a true horizontal external surface. Not my idea but saw somebody doing it ages ago and copied it and found it so easy and obvious. Check the longitudinal on the horizontal rail for the awning skirt.

Message posted by godsgift69uk17/5/2007 at 5:29pm
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I use a can of beer to check wether the van is level or not. I check in each direction. When the can stops rolling I then drink it. I don't believe in taking items not needed

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Message posted by Sheltie17/5/2007 at 8:50pm
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Once you are sure you have parked and locked the car try a small glass of whiskey on the kitchen unit you will see if the whiskey is level in the glass, if it,s not drink the whiskey, pour another just to check if the last measure was correct, check for level if it,s still off try again, after a few attempts it will not be so important and you will get a good nights sleep anywhere.



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