On the level.

Getting the motorhome level when on a site can be a bit of a ‘faf’ at times.

With a caravan fore and aft levelling is easily done just by adjusting the steadies and some times using levelling ramps to get one side or the other lifted a bit, all fairly simple with two wheels.

A motorhome, with its long wheelbase, four wheels and greater weight takes a bit more thought and on some sloping or uneven pitches can be almost impossible to get completely level.

We haven’t worried too much in the past and have got used to climbing uphill to get to bed. As long as our heads were higher than our feet in bed we were OK, although doors would swing shut on you, the fridge didn’t work to full efficiency and in our previous vans the water wouldn’t always drain quickly from sinks or shower. We have also had nights when high winds would rock the van on its suspension so much we thought it might actually blow over.

All that is in the past now that we have had E&P hydraulic levelling jacks fitted to Celine.

Four jacks are bolted to the chassis and the hydraulic pump and electronics are hidden away in a ‘dead’ space under the seats. There is a control panel by the drivers door and a separate remote control which can be used outside the van. When we arrive on site it is just a matter of pressing a button and the jacks deploy and automatically level the van. Should the site be too uneven for auto levelling the remote control will indicate it and we can move to a more even pitch or use the manual controls to get as level as possible. Brilliant!

Rear jack

Rear jack ready for action.

Pump and electronics all installed.

The ‘works’ installed at the back of a locker in ‘dead’ space. No storage space has been lost.

The 'Gubbins'

The ‘gubbins’. All rather complicated.

 

Control panel by the door

Control panel mounted just inside the drivers door.

Should the slope be too severe I have ‘bodged’ a couple of jack pads to increase the lift, using a hardwood log and bits and pieces from the shed. Total cost = zero.

Home made jack pads.

Hi-tech jack pads and retrieval device (an old broom handle plus hook).

Jack pads in action.

Jack pads in action.

It even has the option to tilt the vehicle when draining the waste tank to speed up the process and make sure the last drop of waste is eliminated.

The vehicle is now supported on its jacks when on site rather than its suspension so there is no movement when walking around inside and no rocking when the wind blows, as least that is the theory. We have only had a few nights on jacks so far and no wind to speak of, so time will tell.

Motorhome on stilts.

Motorhome on stilts.

 

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