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    Need tips on leveling 5th wheel

    Hi,
    We recently purchased a 2010 Sundance 287RL. We have never owned a 5th wheel and was wondering if there are any tips on how to level it properly. The first time we took it out, we did not seem to be able to level it from side to side. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    I use the lego style blocks, and level it up to the countertop in the kitchen. Usually works pretty good for us. I usually try to leave it a fraction low on the door side, then when I slide out the 3 slides on the other side, it levels right out.
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    This is how I get the job done. Others will have their method, but in the end we all wind up level. First thing is to go to your local Walmart or dealer and get some of those stick on bubble levels. Then get your rig level, by using wooden planks, or plastic leveling blocks under the tires on the low side, by using a level on the floor inside the coach. I used a six foot level. Once you are satisfied that it is level, go to the front of your coach and above the garage door, centered above the door, stick one of your new bubble level to the wall. Be sure it reads level when you attach it. There is also available, a large bubble level that attaches to the pin box. Once your bubbles reflect level, each time you pull into a campsite you can look at the level and tell how much you need to add under your tires to get the rig level. Hope this helps.

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    5th wheel leveling

    Thanks for the tips. What about the front jacks on the fifth wheel? Is a tripod a good thing to have? Does any one use the SteadyFast system?

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    I tried the tri-pod on the king pin and felt no appreciable difference. I purchased the JT Strongarm stabilizers and have noticed a huge difference. I also put screw jacks under the frame, by the wheels. This makes a big difference as the frame doesn't flex on the springs. I don't tighten them too tight just enough to keep the frame from flexing. Good luck and don't be afraid to try different things. Many people swear by the king pin tri-pod and so many different methods work for different people. Find what works for you.
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    Like the others have said, level side to side first using level blocks or wood. After you unhook you can level frontto back. Always use the front landing gear to get the unit leveld front to back. The rear stablizers should never be used for leveling the unit. They are just for stablizing. Enjoy and have fun.

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    Although expensive, the JT LVL-1 works great. Rather than installing the sending unit on the floor under a cabinet, I just taped it to the kitchen counter in the center of the rig. Reads both side to side and front/back. You can tell at a glance, before getting out of the TV, how many inches you need to raise either side to get level. Then use it at the jack switch to get front/back done.

    I installed the Ultra-Fab Eliminators and Elephant pads on my rig, and use a screw jack in front of the tires, as well. Don't have a king pin stand.
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    If you level side-to-side with the slides retracted (in) you will be out of level when you edxtend the slides (if they are both on one side like my 2800 Sundance) since the center of gravity changes. With the slides in you have to set the side with the slides a little high.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 05Winger View Post
    Hi,
    We recently purchased a 2010 Sundance 287RL. We have never owned a 5th wheel and was wondering if there are any tips on how to level it properly. The first time we took it out, we did not seem to be able to level it from side to side. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    We also have the 287RL. I find the pin level works best for me, each mark equals one inch of blocking needed (or dig out that amount). Like the others have said level side to side then front to back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 05Winger View Post
    Thanks for the tips. What about the front jacks on the fifth wheel? Is a tripod a good thing to have? Does any one use the Steady Fast system?

    I use BAL bi-pod. (http://norcoind.com/bal/products/con...in-bipod.shtml ). It is easy to set up and really stabilizes the left to right movement. Also known as "two sticks and a chain". Be sure to buy the padlock that goes with the stabilizer which gives some security from theft.

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