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Old 05-01-2019, 03:03 PM   #1
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How do you level your bus?

We're primarily using Argobus for boondocking in the Sierra Nevadas and Tahoe National Forest, meaning we'll be parked on sloped terrain off the side of logging roads. I don't want to roll off my bed, so what's the best way to level the bus? A couple of planks of wood under the tires? A few hydraulic bottle jacks? Weld some scissor jacks to the frame? Or maybe a couple of these fellas?
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Old 05-01-2019, 04:56 PM   #2
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I pulled 4 tent trailer spring latch stablizing jacks from a dead trailer, substituted hydraulic rams for the jacking portion, and plumbed them to a hand operated "Port-A-Power" pump via a 4 gang valve. About $100 in parts and materials
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The hydraulic line in this pic does not lay on the ground in the final installation but connects to the steel lines from the pump.
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Old 05-01-2019, 05:20 PM   #3
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I pulled 4 tent trailer spring latch stablizing jacks from a dead trailer, substituted hydraulic rams for the jacking portion, and plumbed them to a hand operated "Port-A-Power" pump via a 4 gang valve. About $100 in parts and materials
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The hydraulic line in this pic does not lay on the ground in the final installation but connects to the steel lines from the pump.
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very ingenious
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Old 05-01-2019, 07:55 PM   #4
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I like to park only in level ground.
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Old 05-01-2019, 09:39 PM   #5
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My bus floor, and I assume many, slope towards the front so I'm always looking to compensate when parking. I've been scheming on a way to adjust the front of the bed to level it when on uneven ground.
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Old 05-02-2019, 02:45 AM   #6
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My bus floor, and I assume many, slope towards the front so I'm always looking to compensate when parking. I've been scheming on a way to adjust the front of the bed to level it when on uneven ground.
'be easier to slip some shims under a mattress than level a bus - lol
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Old 05-02-2019, 12:47 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by ol trunt View Post
I pulled 4 tent trailer spring latch stablizing jacks from a dead trailer, substituted hydraulic rams for the jacking portion, and plumbed them to a hand operated "Port-A-Power" pump via a 4 gang valve. About $100 in parts and materials
Jack

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The hydraulic line in this pic does not lay on the ground in the final installation but connects to the steel lines from the pump.
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That's genius. Would this also work to jack up the bus to replace a tire? I'm trying to knock out two birds here.
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Old 05-02-2019, 02:12 PM   #8
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Probably not enough stroke to overcome spring/axle sag.
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Old 05-02-2019, 02:51 PM   #9
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Probably not enough stroke to overcome spring/axle sag.
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perhaps blocking the bus after lifting as far as possible, then blocking under the jack for further lift would work if the jacks are strong enough?
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