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Levelling ramps 1 week 12 hours ago #465439

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First time I’ve used a levelling ramp with a caravan tonight, we couldn’t release from the tow hitch, do you have to use the motor mover .
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Levelling ramps 1 week 12 hours ago #465440

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Yes it can happen at times. Have you made sure the car is relaxed away from the hitch. The bellows should be extended but not so far that it is “pulling” the van. If not just move the car forward a smidgeon. Also when trying to free the hitch even with the bellows extended release car handbrake when trying to unhitch. But do have someone in the car if there is a risk that it could roll away.

Another approach is car and van handbrakes on full. Lift tow hitch handle, lower nose wheel to ground open rear hatch or boot and sit on it. Then bounce hard trying hard not to damage car. Tow ball should free.

Stabiliser arm must be fully retracted off of the ball. Failing that try readjusting on the ramp back and forth with mover.

It’s a good idea before you hitch up to ensure the stabiliser pads and ball are clean.
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Levelling ramps 1 week 12 hours ago #465444

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Its a sensible idea to have some chocks to help keep the caravan wheel from trying to roll down the ramp. This can also allow the hitch to relax before releasing
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Levelling ramps 1 week 11 hours ago #465446

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I have stopped carrying a ramp. I find that a couple of boards is usually enough.
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Levelling ramps 1 week 11 hours ago #465448

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Thingy wrote:
I have stopped carrying a ramp. I find that a couple of boards is usually enough.

Precisely Thingy , we have never used a leveling ramp in 5 years , like you I have a few bits of chocks in my front locker which I use one each for the steadies and a 2 foot long bit for the wheel just to give it a bit elevation if needed .
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Levelling ramps 1 week 10 hours ago #465450

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As OCsays, , reverse the van up the ramp until the other half say its just too much, then put a chock in front of the ramp wheel, caravan brake on and just ease forward until the hitch bellow relax, then wind the jockey wheel down until released from the car. Unhook the brake cable and relax a bit. Level the caravan front and back, hook up the electrics, stabilizers down, make a cup of tea or in my case have a beer. Then do the rest.
Another learning curve.
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Levelling ramps 6 days 13 hours ago #465485

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Never used levelling ramps,I use flat pieces of wood,you can make them yourself very cheaply also they are much less difficult to use than ramps.
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Levelling ramps 6 days 11 hours ago #465497

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bertieboy1 wrote:
Never used levelling ramps,I use flat pieces of wood,you can make them yourself very cheaply also they are much less difficult to use than ramps.

I don't agree, one piece of wood , not high enough,, drive offf reverse back on , still not high enough, off , on too much faffing around. . . Reverse onto a ramp until the Boss says its correct. Jobs done.
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Levelling ramps 6 days 11 hours ago #465499

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With a spirit level you can make a guesstmate, one board, two or three. No shunting. If the pitch is that cockeyed that you need more, pick another pitch.
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Levelling ramps 6 days 10 hours ago #465503

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We are on dry land, You have an inherent Spirit level. :P
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