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Old 07-27-2015, 10:32 AM   #1
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How level do I need to be?

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I'm new to this forum and looking for some advice. I have a 2013 Winnebago Vista 27N. I love the leveling system but not sure how level I really need to be. Previously, I had 5th wheels so leveling was done with a hand-held level as best I could get it - which I'm sure wasn't perfect. Most campsites I have been in with the Vista, I have been able to level perfectly. However, on vacation this year, my site wasn't level and the front tires were off the ground to get level. I ultimately used some blocks under the front tires to raise them up a bit and then leveled - which did work. My question is - before leveling my system showed that I was 1.7 degrees off. That doesn't seem like a lot and it felt level inside. I'm just wondering if I really need to level perfectly and if there are any guidelines to leveling a MH. I see many pull in and don't even bother to drop the levelers so maybe I'm worrying needlessly.

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Old 07-27-2015, 11:13 AM   #2
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...I'm just wondering if I really need to level perfectly and if there are any guidelines to leveling a MH. I see many pull in and don't even bother to drop the levelers so maybe I'm worrying needlessly.

June
nope. if the human beings inside the RV are comfortable (not rolling off the bed or feeling like you're walking up or downhill inside the RV) then the fridge will be happy and if you have a residential fridge then no one needs to be happy except the humans.
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Old 07-27-2015, 12:12 PM   #3
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I like to be as level as possible, I don't like my doors not staying where I put them and the feeling of going uphill or downhill no matter how slight. It is not very hard to achieve but I always put wheels on blocks if needed and never have them off the ground. I try to get the coach as level as possible without the use of the jacks to begin with and fine tune with jacks. The jacks to me are the main stability of the coach so when people walk around inside the coach stays stable.
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Old 07-27-2015, 12:15 PM   #4
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Check your refrigerator spec. That is the most sensitive device. A serious off level condition can also be a problem when cooking. Other than that I try to keep my feet lower than my head. ;-)
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Old 07-27-2015, 12:41 PM   #5
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Just my experience with numerous RV's over the years, but the main reason I fuss over leveling is the gas absorption refrigerator installed in most RV's I've owned.

These things need to be real close to level to operate properly and to keep them from self-destructing which can cause serious problems. For example, Norcold states that their unit should be level within 3 degrees side-to-side and 6 degress front to back. Just me, but I level the fridge....and everything else pretty much takes care of itself. When travelling, leveling and cooling perfomance is not an issue due to the operational nature of these things. IMO, folks that don't bother about leveling their fridge properly are usually those that complain about cooling performance or have premature cooling unit issues down the road. It may take a few minutes more to do it right, but it is time well spent. Just MO.....
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Old 07-27-2015, 01:52 PM   #6
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Always level our Class A

We have always had auto levelers so it is easy to level our Class A and always level when we stay. Now that we have slides (3), we ALWAYS level first to protect our slides; and then put the slides out. And when leaving, we pull the slides in and then jacks up. We also like the doors to stay open and things not rolling around on counters so we level. We have a residential frig this time. We NEVER level with wheels off the ground; we will change campsites if needed! We don't care that others don't level, we just have always taken excellent care of our MH and one way is to LEVEL!
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Old 07-27-2015, 02:09 PM   #7
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When we got our 32' Georgetown, there were no level indicators anywhere with view of the driver's seat. I bought two of the el-cheapo stick-on ones.With the RV on our driveway (which slopes maybe 6" in 25'), I put a carpenter's level in the bottom of the fridge and got the rig levelled to within 1/10 of a bubble in both fore/aft and side to side.

I then stuck the two level, with the bubble showing level, one on the lower edge of the central TV cabinet and the other on the side window ahead of the driver's door. Although our leveler system had an auto mode, I didn't care for the way it worked. Most times it lifted the RV too high. with the two small levels, it was as quick to do the job manually.

Our rig had four jacks which always worked in pairs.
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The best as few members wrote, is to level manually even if you have "auto leveling option" ! Try to get your RV as level as possible and then lower your hydraulic jacks just to stiffen your suspension.
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Old 07-27-2015, 03:49 PM   #9
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Your owners manual might shed some light on leveling. Typically if you get one of those little round bubble levels available everywhere and place in on a rack or bottom shelf of the refer and most of the bubble is in the circle you will be fine.
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Old 07-27-2015, 06:48 PM   #10
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There are 2 reasons to be as level as possible, the RV fridge and the slideouts. The RV fridge (gas absorption) needs to be as level as possible and the chassis needs to be as straight as possible in order to extend and retract the slides correctly. If the chassis is twisted you can cause damage to the slideouts which may ruin you vacation if it doesn't come out or go in correctly. The lodger the slide the worse it its.

Get yourself a bubble level or as I have an electronic one (I had it in the 5th wheel) and check your level prior to putting out the slides.
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Old 07-27-2015, 07:00 PM   #11
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:welcome:

I see your already getting all the advice , you need , so nothing I can add there.

Just wanted to say , Hi
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nope. if the human beings inside the RV are comfortable (not rolling off the bed or feeling like you're walking up or downhill inside the RV) then the fridge will be happy and if you have a residential fridge then no one needs to be happy except the humans.
Yep, this is the correct answer with the newer (than about 2000) refers.
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Old 07-27-2015, 07:19 PM   #13
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I put a level on the bottom of the fridge freezer. We level the whole planet to the fridge. The 17 year old fridge causes NO issues and it runs 31 degrees on setting of 3 (of 9). Have a fun and fulfilling life.
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Old 07-28-2015, 07:53 AM   #14
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Thanks!

Thanks for all the helpful replies. I did note that one of you mentioned that you don't use the auto leveling. Neither do I as it always put the coach way higher than it needed to be. I have been using the manual level. I think I was just being obsessive since I have a little light to tell me when I'm level vs my old trusty bubble. In the instance I mentioned where I was not level, the bubble level in the fridge was 90 percent in the circle so I was probably fine. Just new to a MH and its gadgets after having 6 5th wheels. Thanks again. This is a great forum!

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