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I thought this might be an interesting question to pose.

We have blocks, and use them when we think they are necessary. The main reasons are to make sure the fridge is level, and also so that waste water goes down the plug holes. 

I appreciate that if someone is on a campsite, and not moving for a few days, they would want to have the van level. However it never ceases to amaze us that often on an aire people park up for the night and spend almost as much time parking their van on blocks as they do staying there!

On one occasion there were six vans parked with us, all without blocks, then a German van arrived and they spent ages rummaging in their garage, then once they had extricated their blocks they fiddled around parking the van on them. - The rest of the van owners all sat there watching with amusement! The aire seemed perfectly flat to the rest of us! 

I just wonder if sometimes people’s mind-set is that they need blocks.....even when they don’t! 







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We used to carry them Lin when we first started out in this hobby but found we could usually get level enough by getting the low wheel on a grass bank or kerb to get somewhere near level, but more often than not I pull in somewhere, ask Liz if it feels level, if yes, then the handbrake goes on and we forget about it.
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Our van is naturally nose down at the front so I do level up quite often, mainly because if I don't then I tend to roll down to the windscreen in my sleep overnight and start rattling the blinds as we have a front drop down crossways bed, especially if I've had a few.[smile]

I used to be a mobile crane op in another life and it was important to get level before a lift so I've had plenty of practice over the years and I've got a pretty good 'eye' for it.

For the van I've rigged up a simple spirit level in the cab by the drivers seat and it only takes a few minutes max to get the chocks out if necessary and get level.

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I try to get myself as level as reasonably possible without the use of levelling blocks as I’m always a bit worried I’ll drive off the end of them. If I can then get a flattish area so much the better, if not then I’ll try to keep the nose lower so I’m not trying to sleep “uphill”

you’re right, it’s nice to watch others faff around when they don’t really need to  it helps pass the time with a laugh. 

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I've always carried ramps, but do not use them unless I have to, I have found that the majority of aires are usually pretty flat areas, but in the UK it's not always the case and it's good to be able to stop somewhere where there is a great view and not have my beer glass slide of the end of the table on the few occasions I put it down that is, 😉. Phil
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Bloody trouble maker coming on here muttering.
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I purchased two sets from fiama when we started out I think we used one set of them about three times the others have never been used got them in1997 and they have resided under the fixed bed in the Moho I sold last year, they now live in the unused end of my kitchen with all the other might come in handy lol.
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We bought a Hugh set or levellers not to take in the van, but to drive up onto so´s Hans could get under the van easier for whatever it was he needed to do.
Very rarely used any when away, but we carried the normal size set just in case.

I remember when we were In Slovakia on a sloping pitch, not one level spot anywhere and he found some wood for me to drive onto to extend the choc height because the they weren't high enough.

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As we are nearly always Wilding, ours really get used.
Was camping under canvas 100 years ago and watch somebody use a Spirit Level when erecting his tent! We got through a good bottle of wine before he’d finished. Sadly he was British.

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I was very nose down and had to use them to get the fridge to work quite often. I replaced the front springs with the Comfort ones from SAP. What a difference front is now over 2 inches higher, ride is much better although there is a little more roll on bends and I can now leave the ramps at home.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Woody

On one occasion there were six vans parked with us, all without blocks, then a German van arrived



A couple of years ago I was in the beautiful and flat rest area of Innhavet in Norway.
In front of us the beautiful landscape of the fjord.

A huge three-axle Burstner motorhome comes. Brand new and beautiful in its golden color.

The owner pulls the blocks out from the garage, obviously four, and starts parking.
Ten minutes back and forth with his wife to report the position (it would not have been better to park in reverse and use two blocks under the front wheels ?)
Then he pulls out the awning, chairs and a small table
Hopefully for a glass of sparkling Italian prosecco.
That didn't taste because it changed his mind, put everything back in and left.

Mysteries of motorhoming.

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p.s. I hope he is not a user of this forum, the license plate was yellow and it was not a Dutch one.

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It wasn’t us Max! [crazy]
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Somewhere near level will do

A lot of owners swear by the E&P levelling jacks at over 5 grand, now go wash your mouth out Paul, a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
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I'm with Squiffy, if the beer glass doesn't slide off the table it's level enough!!
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If you get the angle just right you can simply slide out of bed in the morning. 
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Blocks where no good in this instance and yes I did roll out of bed during the night.
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It shouldn't be allowed to have pitches which are so out of level.
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He is by the water tap so guess that isn´t a pitch. If you shunt around a bit on grass you can usually find a decent spot.
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Looks more like it’s sunk into the ground, van to heavy probably all the beer is stored that side 😂 
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Looks more like it’s sunk into the ground, van to heavy probably all the beer is stored that side 😂 


My thoughts exactly Alan. - Party at Barry FJ’s then! 🤣

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It was at Houghton Mill Easter 2018, last pitch available, tried to drive on but immediately got stuck, the site is next to the river Ouse and was in flood so the water table was high, no hardstanding on this site.
The NT warden had a 4x4 and towed me on for my 3 day stay, there was no way I could get traction to get onto blocks, he had to tow me off as well.
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We stayed there eons ago when we had a caravan (sorry). It was a caravan club site then, National Trust now I believe?

Lovely site, except at high water obviously [smile]

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Houghton Mill reminded me when we used to go there, not with the caravan because it was near enough for day trips. I looked up a video taken there at the lock with out 2 white GSD´s in 1993 blimey I was so slim.

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...tried to drive on but immediately got stuck...


Once at Flesk campsite in Killarney (IRL) I saw three or four motorhomes bogged down to the hubs.
The owner going forth and back and forth from the reception with his 4x4 off-road vehicle.

Needless to say, all Italians [eek]

I thought that these things could only happen to us [biggrin]

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