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Old 07-24-2020, 08:19 PM   #1
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My wife and I are going to buy a bus and have tons of questions. One of the first she has asked is will we use leveling jacks. Do you guys use them on a bus? I am thinking boards under the wheels will do. It would taake a hyd jack to do the job i would think
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Old 07-24-2020, 08:23 PM   #2
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You don't really have to raise a bus off the ground to level it a lot of the time. Leveling jacks sound a lot quicker and easier than boards. A lot of folks use the plastic rv ramps.

Ideally a self leveling hydraulic unit off an rv of appropriate GVWR would be ideal.
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You can also buy those systems new. But for the longest time, maybe 35 years, all the campers and RVs our family had all had some 2x6s and some 4x4 blocks to level. For the money, I’d do the wood blocks. It’s really not hard.
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Thanks for the info
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Leveling can be a matter of "How much money are you willing to throw at it to make it easy?" From scrap bits of lumber and a cheap level all the way up to really expensive electronical hydraulic self leveling outriggers (such as large cranes have) and everything in between.


Ask yourself (and your partner) this: How much level do you need? I doubt anyone on this forum really *NEEDS* anything perfectly level to within a few microns. Most of us aren't setting up billiard tables either. For plumbing drainage and basic day-to-day living, within an inch or so, side-to-side and within a couple inches, front-to-back, will be "good enough" for most folks. As a long haul driver, I parked in many sloped lots for an overnight sleep and despite the slope, slept just fine (after a little getting accustomed to it).


Some folks want jacks instead of boards/ramps under the tires because it will greatly reduce movement from the springs and suspension as you walk around inside.
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I really dont plan on being parked on real unlevel ground i hope. I just know our oldcamper had them im just new to the skoolie world.
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I was wondering the same thing, as these buses can weigh quite a lot, and with some of the rear overhang getting front-back level would not be that simple.

You might need to make scrambled eggs instead of over-easy.. lol
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We usually have a pretty level spot, but when we need to level it up a bit we use a few 2x6 boards. We just keep adding them until we're reasonably good to go. It only takes a minute or 2. We had some fancy curved levelers but they were much more finicky than boards, so we ditched them.
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