Truck levelling

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Truck levelling

Postby Rusape » Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:00 pm

What do all use/recommend for levelling the truck when stopped?

I have seen photos of everything from rocks, to plastic RV 'steps' to hydraulic rams.
I see the advantage of the hydraulic rams as it also allows wheel/tyre changes, without having to resort to a jack, so a double use solution.
I have also seen air bags on a couple of builds, but not sure if they give sufficient lift to actually level the truck.

The idea of a relatively simple robust system, that doesn't require much maintenance or take up too much storage space would be my preferred solution and if it serves more than one use then even better.

That leaves Hydraulic rams or air bags( softer suspension) seem like a good solution.
Is there anything else out there anyone has come across?

What say ye all?


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Re: Truck levelling

Postby bromleyxphil » Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:30 pm

L. I know they say only 1500kg per wheel but they take much more than that. The honeycomb structure makes them very light and very grippy.

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Re: Truck levelling

Postby Ivan C » Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:51 pm

I'll probably carry a few off-cuts of 9x2 timber - low-tech,versatile and easily replaced. Also useful as stackable pads for a bottle jack and levelling the bottom of entrance steps, if they rest on the ground.
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Re: Truck levelling

Postby Rusape » Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:52 pm

Phil, how much space do they take up? Are they difficult to store/carry?
I assume you need to carry 4? Do they stack up on each other to give higher lift?

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Re: Truck levelling

Postby DaveS » Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:00 pm

Bit left field, but could you utilise your spare wheel carrier rig? Thinking fold down, adjustable legs. Admittedly I guess that only sorts the rear... hmmm...

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Re: Truck levelling

Postby Rusape » Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:07 pm

DaveS wrote:Bit left field, but could you utilise your spare wheel carrier rig? Thinking fold down, adjustable legs. ...


Dave, Not sure I quite understand what your idea is?
Are you suggesting attaching legs to the hydraulic rear lift?

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Re: Truck levelling

Postby DaveS » Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:10 pm

Yes, I was wondering if you could essentially dual-purpose the lift (wasn't sure if your rams work under power in both directions, so could be used to lift the back of the truck when lowered). Could be completely mad of course ;-)

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Re: Truck levelling

Postby Rusape » Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:02 pm

DS, that won't work on my setup. The hydraulics are not designed to lift more than a ton.

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Re: Truck levelling

Postby crinklystarfish » Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:27 pm

Hardwood planks, pretty much as Ivan says. It's all we've ever carried but we'll utilise rocks etc if in such surroundings. Soft wood is OK but is damaged really easily.

Hydraulic levellers would just not have worked in many of the overnighting spots we've stayed at - unless the 'feet' of the rams had been spread on something like, err... hardwood planks (precarious-crusty-top-layer-of-sand example in the pic).

The versatility aspect Ivan mentions is also bang on. Ours have real-world helped stop the jack sinking into soft ground (and on one occasion melting French tarmac).

They are also genuinely easy to keep clean and comparatively easy to stow.

I suppose, as is so often the case, it depends on the kinds of places the truck will be stationed. I can see an argument that if you're regularly in places where self-levellers are able to be deployed without spreading ram mass on planks, you might be better served by a conventional RV / motorhome.

More generally, bear in mind ground can often yield slowly. All may seem well when going to bed but you could wake up with one ram or more well and truly buried...
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