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BFL13

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Posted: 05/20/22 05:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Update--21 May

In the photo you can see what is driving me crazy [emoticon]

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Before I levelled it all ( I thought) the whole thing was low on the left and to the front. So I drove up on a Rhino ramp front left and fixed all that according to the levels back on the camper.

But now looking at it all from the front, it looks like the camper is leaning to the left, when in fact it is almost level, and the truck cab is leaning to the right.

So the truck must be twisted between the cab and the box? Is that possible? If so is it bad for the truck? Or am I going blind?

How should I be levelling it if that is bad for the truck? Use more Rhino ramps, set just so here and there, so it comes out right with the camper looking level vs the truck cab? What a PITA! Or does it matter?

Thanks.

* This post was edited 05/21/22 12:18pm by BFL13 *


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Posted: 05/20/22 05:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not blind. TC isn’t level. Start with…is the ground level?


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Yes, it’s possible for the frame to be twisted. It’s also possible that you need bed bushings or the TC is slightly heavier on side from water etc, so it is leaning.

I think you could also use a variety of suspension adders like airbags, timbrens, supersprings, or sumosprings to level it.

I’m assuming you have have verified that the air pressure is the same on both sides.


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Posted: 05/20/22 06:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I could put the hydraulic jacks down and use them to level the camper ( for the fridge), but AFAIK you are not supposed to leave them pumped up and holding long term?

So the truck really is twisted? It looks OK when both front tires are on the ground.

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Posted: 05/20/22 07:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is the driver side rear wheels up on blocks or just the front wheel?

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Only tire up is the front left. Levels on back left corner of camper say the camper is almost level now with the truck front left up on the ramp

I suppose I could put ramps to both left sides to get it right sideways and then add more height to both fronts to get the front up. You can put planks down under the ramps to make them higher, so more planks under left front than right front in this case I guess.

But does being twisted really hurt the truck is the question for the lazy guy. [emoticon]

* This post was edited 05/20/22 07:44pm by BFL13 *

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Ok, so you’re aware it’s twisted because you only ramped up the front wheel.
It won’t hurt anything, frames are designed to twist within their elastic range. That’s why truck beds are separate from the cab. So stuff like this or off roading doesn’t buckle sheet metal.
Personally, I’d wouldn’t leave it like that indefinitely. Not that I really think it would harm anything, but stress over time does affect steel differently than short duration. It’s called plastic deformation or creep.
That said, there were many times with our TC, I’d just pull one front or back wheel onto blocks to level up “good enough” for a night or weekend and not an issue.


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Without knowing all the details, that looks like more twist than I would expect to see in this situation, with an older camper on a 2500 truck. When you move next time, get the rig on level ground and see how it all checks out.
It would not surprise me if there was an additional mechanical issue - e.g. a broken spring, or a bed mount or cab mount rusted out or broken.
Frame damage could also cause this, but I think that is unlikely. But then I don't know what the truck has been through during its lifetime.


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Posted: 05/21/22 06:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's how mine looks every time I go camping. The truck is run up on blocks and leveled the best it will be and the camper is lifted off the truck and leveled separately. Once the camper is as level as it will ever be I lower it a little bit to put some of the weight back in the truck bed. I wish I had a pic but it looks just like that and it is no big deal. Literally decades of doing it just like that with three different trucks. Good luck, Joe

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Posted: 05/21/22 07:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With just the drivers front tire up on a ramp, it might be nothing more than the springs on that tire being compressed making it look funny.

Get the camper off and take a look when it's on level ground with no ramps under it.


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