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Old 07-31-2019, 03:42 PM   #1
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Help leveling a parked skoolie....

Hello friends, so my skoolie has been parked and used as storage for two years but now I want to start using it as an office space. It isn't very level though and I really don't know how to fix this! The nose is probably two feet lower than the rear end. How can I get it up onto blocks (if blocks are even safe for that matter) or raise up the nose/lower the rear without having to buy big heavy duty ramps and/or dig a big hole for the rear tires? I've been at a loss for this for two years but now I really need the bus and need to get this figured out. The bus runs fine so moving it is not a problem. Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-31-2019, 06:12 PM   #2
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Hello friends, so my skoolie has been parked and used as storage for two years but now I want to start using it as an office space. It isn't very level though and I really don't know how to fix this! The nose is probably two feet lower than the rear end. How can I get it up onto blocks (if blocks are even safe for that matter) or raise up the nose/lower the rear without having to buy big heavy duty ramps and/or dig a big hole for the rear tires? I've been at a loss for this for two years but now I really need the bus and need to get this figured out. The bus runs fine so moving it is not a problem. Thanks in advance.
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you only have to lift the front wheels one foot if you put the rear wheels in a one foot deep hole
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Old 07-31-2019, 07:14 PM   #3
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Here in Southwestern Oregon, we have to watch out that we don't create a sinkhole from doing something like this, but you might be safer from sinkholes in Texas.
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Old 07-31-2019, 08:09 PM   #4
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Hurricane season notwithstanding...
Sinkholes in FL can be a killer, tho!
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Old 07-31-2019, 08:21 PM   #5
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Well I'm out in AZ now and from what I know sinkholes aren't really a problem here....we did dig out a depression for the real wheels and that helped...we just want to make sure we can still drive the bus out so the hole can't get too deep obviously. So this idea is a great start....still working on it though since it is such a big difference in height.

Tomorrow I will rent a heavy duty jack to see what we can do with the front end.
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Old 07-31-2019, 08:29 PM   #6
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We had quite a few sinkholes around here this spring, including some fairly spectacular holes in state highways causing multiple injury accidents. The weekend after I brought the bus here to the coast, it rained almost 7 inches in less than 48 hours.

The place where the bus is parked was cut into a sidehill, originally starting with an after school project that went on for a while when my brother and I spent a few hours a week for a few weeks digging with shovels and a wheelbarrow to make a spot to turn around after backing out of the garage. I think I was 14 and he was 12, so that's been a while.

After the big rain in early April I went poking around with a crowbar looking for subterranean holes anywhere near where the bus was parked. I didn't find any, so the bus is still there.

Oh, and I should point out that when I was poking crowbar holes in the dirt near the bus, I was very careful not to make any holes near near enough to the dripline that they got the runoff. That would just be inviting trouble.
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Old 07-31-2019, 08:48 PM   #7
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Hurricane season notwithstanding...
Sinkholes in FL can be a killer, tho!
We have those in Philly, too. In the 19th century they rerouted many of the creeks into sewers and then filled the beds (poorly) and built gridded neighborhoods over them. Now the old creeks are reappearing on maps in the form of collapsed houses and streets.
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Old 07-31-2019, 09:10 PM   #8
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Would something like this be adaptable enough to work?

Always thought this was an interesting idea. Is it adaptable to your situation?
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Old 07-31-2019, 09:11 PM   #9
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Here on the Oregon Coast these sinkholes happen near the meeting point of sunami flood plains and the slowly uprising coastal plateau that the flood plains slowly and inexorably cut into.

I've long seen it as life in an earthquake zone. That awareness came onto me rather quickly one Saturday morning in the spring of 1964, when my father forced me to get up early and go fishing with him, on a rock sticking out into the Pacific.

Earlier that morning there were 7, as I remember it, people who were drowned in their tents in a state park about 3 miles from where we were fishing. There was no radio in my dad's pickup, so we didn't know any of this.

What we got hit with while we were out there on that rock was a lower intensity wave from an aftershock. If my dad had not been paying attention to the incoming waves we would have been washed off that rock. He told me to run like hell and I did.
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Old 07-31-2019, 11:36 PM   #10
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Oh my, those look amazing! Now to find someone to build them for me ����
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