How to level a motorhome or caravan

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Proper leveling of a motorhome or caravan is quite an important element of using these vehicles. Usually, we use overrun wedges and hand-lowered paws for this purpose, but the precise setting of the motorhome is quite laborious and time-consuming. The solution to this problem began to appear some time ago in the market of add-ons and accessories for residential vehicles - these are hydraulic self-leveling supports.

The power is in the hydraulics

These supports are powered by a hydraulic pump that can easily lift even a 7.5-ton vehicle. Thanks to them, you can level the vehicle without unnecessary effort, which results in a comfortable rest in bed and will end the troublesome rocking of the motorhome when getting in or out.

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Where do we mount it?

In the case of a motorhome, such supports are mounted directly to the dedicated places of the vehicle frame specially designed for such a solution, while in the case of caravans, the mounting system is slightly different. This difference is mainly due to the fact that the trailer must not be lifted on the "feet" only - it may collapse the floor! Dedicated hydraulic leveling systems for trailers consist of 4 supports installed in place of the factory ones, and 2 special vertical supports, which are mounted directly on the axle, which allows for safe lifting of the trailer.

Phone controlled

Most systems level with an accuracy of 1 centimeter automatically, or give us the option to do it manually using a special remote control or - what is new - an application installed on a smartphone or tablet.

There are several manufacturers of the solution described above available on the market. The more famous ones are E&P Hydraulics and Goldschmitt AG - their offer includes not only leveling systems but also other useful "gadgets" for suspensions mainly used in motorhomes. One of the companies in Poland where we can purchase and install leveling systems for camping vehicles is the company Elcamp from Krakow.

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Bartosz B.
Bartosz B.

I am a fan of motorization, especially the camping one. I like searching for new products and gems in this market.

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When we have a motorhome with a minor or larger accident, or we intend to buy a collision car, it is always worth contacting a proven service, specialized in repairing motorhomes. The Elcamp company from Krakow, known as a manufacturer and seller of motorhomes and a distributor of car parts and accessories, also runs a camping car repair service. Not only what's outside Most often, during a collision, elements of the outer skin of the car are damaged. The effects, however, can be much more serious. It is always worth checking if the equipment inside the vehicle and installations: water, gas, electricity, TV and others have not been damaged. The next stage of repair is the replacement of damaged parts . It is safest to get a specific, new part directly from the manufacturer. Elcamp gives a guarantee for all work performed, unless the repair at the customer's request was not carried out in accordance with the recommended technology. Then no one will take responsibility for any future faults. The biggest enemy of any building is its leakage . The vast majority of motorhomes have "sandwich" coverings. After a collision, check if there are any leaks through which water enters the interior, causing the frame to rot. In the event of damage or leakage of the roof, we will usually have nothing else to do but replace it with a brand new one. This usually takes a lot of time and money. Is the repair worth it? In the autumn and winter period, the workshop is working at full speed. A company with as much experience as Elcamp undertakes every repair of a damaged vehicle . Clients usually ask two questions: about the cost and duration of the work. Unfortunately, post-accident repair can take up to several months . This is due to the fact that not all parts are available "out of stock". The cost obviously depends on the degree of damage to the vehicle or its equipment. When the initial cost , which is usually estimated at the first inspection, exceeds the value of the car, it makes no sense to undertake repairs. Repair expenses are, of course, a river topic. They can be up to 100% of the market value of the vehicle. It is worth emphasizing, however, that it is not synonymous with the actual selling price - well-kept cars, repaired with the use of original parts, reach prices above average market prices. Please check before buying Sometimes it's a good idea to buy a used vehicle. However, be careful with new (or almost new) cars at bargain prices . Then we can almost be sure that they have had an accident. Of course, you can do something with them, but it is important to know about a possible collision. The purchase of an accident motorhome can even be profitable, provided that the vehicle is thoroughly inspected and, during the inspection, as much damage as possible related to the incident (or even earlier) is noticed. It even happens that the cost of post-accident work is lower than in the case of non-damage repair. Remember that previous defects are easy to hide in a damaged car, in which the seller will not allow us to connect, for example, electricity or gas during the inspection, explaining that the installations may be out of order. Sometimes it is of course true, but in this way we are deprived of the possibility of checking individual pieces of equipment. Haste is a bad advisor To find a used motorhome in good condition, you need to spend some time searching for it. It is rare that the first copy that catches our eye is actually worth buying. Here there is a small problem - buying a car abroad. Since we are going far and spending money to see the car, even if it does not correspond to the description, we often decide to buy it anyway. This is a serious mistake. When we are not specialists ourselves, it is best to opt for an advisor - it is an expense much lower than the unexpected repair later. Elcamp's experts often advise on the purchase of damaged or used cars, both at the company's headquarters and at the seller, at the request of customers. However, as they say themselves, nothing can replace a car inspection in a professional service prepared for the comprehensive service of camping vehicles, which has all the necessary equipment. Thanks to them, it is possible to detect defects that even an experienced specialist will not notice with the naked eye.