Beat the Odds of Gravity with Motorhome Levelling Ramps
Even though summer is officially over, it’s still camping season in my calendar and I actually prefer the breezier months of the year to go camping because as the heat in summer is unbearable. However, a little bit of rain can affect how and where you’ll be able to park your motorhome, as the ground will be wet and slippery and the surface may become uneven. It can be inconvenient if your motorhome doesn’t have a hydraulic or electric leveler, but this is not something to really fuss about as there’s an alternative – motorhome levelling ramps.
There’s a great confusion about which motorhome levelling ramps are the best. In this article, we’ll look at some of the available options and talk about how to level your motorhome manually. The goal of the leveling process is to lift a few tyres up on the leveling block. If you don’t have a hydraulic or electric system to do it for you, this is a great option.
When leveling your motorhome, it’s important that you have at least one tyre firmly on the ground. The other tyres can be adjusted to level the overall unit. If you camp in modern RV parks, leveling won’t be a concern. However, state and national parks are a different story as they can be uneven and you’ll definitely want to have as many as 3 leveling ramps with you. Here’s a brief explanation on how the process goes.
Park a few metres from where you want to actually stay. Step out and examine the ground to decide how many ramps you’ll need and on which side. Place the motorhome levelling ramps against the tyres you want raised. If you stack them, make sure to put them together like stepping legos so you can drive up them. Get back in your motorhome and slowly accelerate up the ramps. Once you’re on them, evaluate your situation and see whether the unit is even. If it is, set up your parking brake and turn off the engine. If it isn’t, readjust your motorhome until you get it right. Be patient, it can take a few tries to get it right.
Wooden and plastic ramps are the most commonly found types on the market. The wooden ones are cheaper but not ideal, as they are water sensitive, heavy and prone to splitting. They’re also difficult to pack, as they’re rather bulky. Plastic ones are lightweight and easy to pack, however, their quality varies from model to model. It’s best you check each type and read online reviews. The most important things to consider when shopping for leveling ramps are their cost, size, weight and strength.