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joshkendrick

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Posted: 08/03/21 12:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello

First time posting on the forum, so please be patient with me [emoticon]

We have a 2017 Jayco WhiteHawk 25BHS. It's a travel trailer, not a 5th wheel. Our tow vehicle is a 2019 Ram 2500, gas, Tradesman trim. We've taken it out on probably 20? camping trips, including we just got back from living in it for 2 weeks in Colorado.

I have 2 questions that are kind of related to the same issue: just from looking at the RV head on, it appears that it kind of leans to the left. It's not a lot, maybe an inch rise from left to right looking at it head-on.

I know it's important to have it level when you have it set up and youre using it, for the appliances, comfort, for the slideouts, etc. What I'm trying to determine is

1) how important is it that the travel trailer be "level" when towing?

2) how important is it that the travel trailer be level when it's just sitting unused on level ground?

Of note, we got 2 new axles and all new tires replaced in the last month, but this lean was there before that work was done. It may have been like this since we owned it and I'm just now noticing it..

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Posted: 08/03/21 12:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Level while traveling as it relates to appliance is a non issue. In storage, unless you leave the RV fridge on being level a non issue, but try to park on level or near level ground.


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Posted: 08/03/21 01:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Agreed. When towing it doesn't matter from an appliance standpoint but I wouldn't want my TT not to be level stopped on flat ground. IMO that issue should have been fixed when you purchased new axles and tires. Get it repaired now.


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Posted: 08/03/21 01:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most roads are "crowned", especially non-interstates, plus with rocking, swaying and bouncing you're not likely to be perfectly level while traveling. Plus 1 inch is Not a whole lot off.
Over the years, I've probably had not more perfectly level sites than I can count on one hand, I do try to get close.


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It would be kinda impossible to tow level , movement is good for absolution refrigerators ! When parked the manufacturer sez if you can walk around comfortably
, that is close enough !

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While underway level doesn't matter and would be virtually impossible to achieve anyway. When TT is not in motion and you have a RV absorption fridge it is good to be as level as possible, although a couple of degrees either way is OK, compressor fridges level is not as critical.

As for comfort how level your rig ends up being is totally your call with fridge concerns aside, with our 33' TT we do like a bit of front end tilt on entry door side to promote runoff. There has been a few times where being unlevel for a short period was something we could not control, our Dometic survived.

I will say that on our TT there is a slight lean as well, we have been down many a logging road and across plenty of dips over the past decade. We can't remember noticing it when we purchased new, after all these years it tows great going down the interstate so I don't give it much thought.

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Our storage pad is ten feet wide and is sloped with one side about an inch high for drainage. None of our trailers cared even if the fridge was on. You might also be seeing the effects of one side having all or most of the storage for heavy items. Fridge and pantry on one side can throw it off a bit. I would not be concerned about an inch difference.


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OP, if the lean is that noticeable, imo, figure it out.
If you’ve already trashed the axles then they were probably loaded to max or more and you may have sagging springs on one side. Especially, since it’s not normal to need new axles.

Regarding level, it’s whatever is comfortable for you and the only appliance that it really matters for is the fridge and the specs are generally 3deg one direction 6 deg the other +\- Read the spec for your fridge. As long as you don’t exceed that you’re not harming anything.
Those specs are “way” out of level too. 3deg 3/4” per foot.

Note that is for static operation. Won’t prevent you from towing up or down a steeper slope.


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Thanks all for the quick and helpful responses!! A good sanity check is always appreciated

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Posted: 08/03/21 06:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My storage lots in Texas and Nevada were all level concrete, asphalt or gravel however my TT was not until I adjusted the air in my tires for all 4 to be same.

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