Levelling your Motorhome
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Levelling your Motorhome with hydraulic systems
Although it's not mentioned very often, levelling your motorhome quickly becomes second nature to a motorhome owner. As the name suggests, the task is carried out with the purpose of ensuring that your motorhome is horizontally level when stationery, even if you are parked on slightly sloped ground. Not only does it enhance the stability of your motorhome in adverse weather conditions, it's also contributes to better shower tray drainage and makes it easier to empty your waste tank.
Because a Chausson motorhome is built from the most durable material, it can be used throughout the year in all weather conditions. The Chausson includes efficient heating along with IRP insulation, resistance and protection technology.
This means that you could find yourself parked up on unstable ground caused by wet conditions. For this reason, we recommend that you invest in Hydraulic levelling systems to keep your Chausson motorhome stable while you enjoy the comfort inside.
Motorhome hydraulic levelling systems
Traditionally, levelling is done with a pair of levelling wedges. The motorhome is either driven or reversed onto the wedges until it's horizontally level. If you are looking to level your motorhome without the hassle of carefully manoeuvre your vehicle (don't drive off the top of the wedge), you can count on TC Motorhomes (Chausson) to provide motorhome levelling systems. We recommend a fixed hydraulic levelling system together with modern electronic equipment.
This makes it quite easy to level a home within a few minutes. Our major suppliers are chassis accessory specialists such as Goldschmitt and E&P hydraulics; chassis manufacturer AI-KO. Glid-Rite and AS air suspension are also common suppliers because their products are the UK manufactured and of high quality.
To level a motorhome, the devices used are four chassis mounted extending legs that are either controlled manually or electronically using a computer. The degree of a slope that a levelling system can deal with will depend on the following three factors:
- The length of a motorhome
- Available fixing points
- The particular levelling system you have installed
Therefore, you should check in advance to determine whether the system you are about to use can do the job well. For instance, a traditional levelling ramp can provide an estimated lift of 115mm under the wheel. However, hydraulic lifts can provide a lift more than 115mm under the wheel depending on the system you are using. In addition, you can supplement the legs with blocks although you might affect the stability of your motorhome.
Costs and benefits of hydraulic levelling kits
A fully automatic hydraulic levelling kit that is fitted costs between £5,000 and £7,000. However, you can get a manually controlled system e.g. from Glid-Rite at £3,450. To most people, this can be a lot of money, but you can find value if you travel often in your motorhome.
There are other additional benefits to installing hydraulic systems; most automatic systems have a manual operation option. This means that you can lift up one side/corner if you need to rather than auto-levelling. As a result, if you would like to change a wheel or your waste tank has a problem, you can simply use a manual operation.
In case you are considering jacking the weight of the motorhome off the tyres to deter theft or during winter seasons, remember to use axel stands because most systems are not recommended when working under a motorhome. In addition, if you have sturdy legs, you can stabilize your motorhome especially if you live in a stormy or windy area. It is evident that some motorhomes sway or move a little bit from time to time and the only way to fix that is by levelling your home.
Motorhome levelling systems have two main disadvantages; cost and weight. Although the system can be affordable, it can be quite heavy. This weight will be added to your motorhome in addition to passengers and luggage.