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T_Stark

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Hello,

I value a quick set up and am interested to know if anyone else is tired of stacking rocks to have a level sleeping surface. I'm considering building a mechanical system to auto level my roof top tent at the push of a button.
I'm curious to know what everyone's solution is for sleeping flat. Does anyone have anything fancier than leveling blocks? I am out in the weeds with this idea? Thoughts and feedback appreciated, thank you!
 
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Longshot270

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My dad carries a set of boards to put under the tires. I took it one step further and drilled dimples in the bottom and put small bolts in the top so my set would stack and lock similar to legos.
My preferred option now is cheap galvanized stacking stabilizer jack stands. The set supports up to 6000 pounds so more than enough to finish leveling a vehicle that’s reasonably level to start with. Depending on the height and expected terrain, I’d put some boards under them.
 

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As long as my head is higher than my feet I’m good. Sleeping with my head lower than my feet gives me weird dreams. Ive seen guys actually beak out a bubble level and spend a great deal of time getting perfectly level. I can’t be bothered. If it were important to me, I’d figure out how to use a pair of air bag suspension helpers mounted on the axles and a way to easily inflate one or the other to set up, then easily deflate when breaking camp. Something like this. E1EF4B37-8E09-49A8-B847-5E8D2E5593B3.png
 

samba

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As long as my head is higher than my feet I’m good. Sleeping with my head lower than my feet gives me weird dreams. Ive seen guys actually beak out a bubble level and spend a great deal of time getting perfectly level. I can’t be bothered. If it were important to me, I’d figure out how to use a pair of air bag suspension helpers mounted on the axles and a way to easily inflate one or the other to set up, then easily deflate when breaking camp. Something like this. View attachment 217303
Totally .. in the past, I have had to ground camp on inclines, and i usually make sure that my head is higher than my legs.
As for leveling the RTT, anything more than leveling blocks or traction boards would be too much effort for very little and incremental comfort.
 
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On my pickup truck it was leveling boards. 24 inch long 2x8's screwed together to form a series of steps four high. that gave each one 2-8 inch of lift. used that method for years.
 
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lhoffm4

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I purchased scissor jacks and mounted them to the 4 corners of the trailer. They are very easy and quick to deploy and serve multiple functions: levels the trailer, stabilized the trailer from excessive movement when I’m up in the tent or on the roof deck (my roof rack is extended to give me a deck) and they can lift the trailer high enough to change the tires if needed. The jacks I bought are rated to 5000lbs and extend to 30 inches. I paid @$120 for the set of 4.
 

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I purchased scissor jacks and mounted them to the 4 corners of the trailer. They are very easy and quick to deploy and serve multiple functions: levels the trailer, stabilized the trailer from excessive movement when I’m up in the tent or on the roof deck (my roof rack is extended to give me a deck) and they can lift the trailer high enough to change the tires if needed. The jacks I bought are rated to 5000lbs and extend to 30 inches. I paid @$120 for the set of 4.
On the very first tour I led several years ago, a poor fellow had leveling scissor jacks. One the very first trail, one of them was ripped off, the other was removed before any further damage could be done. How have you hung yours to prevent this?
 

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On the very first tour I led several years ago, a poor fellow had leveling scissor jacks. One the very first trail, one of them was ripped off, the other was removed before any further damage could be done. How have you hung yours to prevent this?
I did not hang them, I welded some angle brackets to the frame of my trailer and keep the jacks in the tongue box. I just seat them when setting up camp. This way they are safe AND I can use them on either the trailer OR the truck OR on someone else’s rig to change a tire or level their rig if they are camping with me and they need help. I have 4x jacks. If my trailer stays hooked to my rig, I usually only need two jacks to level/stabilize my trailer. If I set up base camp and disconnect the trailer to run some trails, I can use the jacks to level/stabilize the trailer,lift the trailer and remove a tire (to prevent/deter someone dragging off my trailer). I also plan to weld up a removable hitch to harden my trailer a little as a target, but that’s another topic of discussion altogether...
 
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I just use leveling blocks when it's on my bed rack and the leveling posts when one trailer. A few years ago a guy on the Tundra forums tried (succeeded?) doing an automatic leveler. I followed it, what I remember it took a a long time plenty of cash and several iterations before he got it to work (not sure if he still has it. One of the problems was dealing with weight tolerances off-road.