A question we’ve often been asked is: do we need campervan levelling ramps? The short answer to that is – yes. In our opinion, they’re an essential bit of equipment!
Levelling ramps – our personal experience:
When we first went away in our campervan, we made the mistake of doing so without any campervan levelling ramps. Big mistake!
We’d figured that we’d find a nice flat pitch and that would be it. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way. After half an hour of inching forward then backward, then turning left a bit, right a bit – we gave in. The bubble in the spirit level stubbornly refused to stay in the middle and things were still rolling off the surfaces.
After a strange night’s sleep, dealing with the feeling that we were about to slide out of bed at any moment, we knew we couldn’t carry on like this. Needless to say, we corrected our rookie mistake pretty sharpish and when we got home, we ordered ourselves a pair of levelling ramps. They are now an essential part of our campervan equipment, and I tell you something – we wouldn’t be without them. They are worth their weight in gold!
Why do you need levelling ramps:
- They’ll give you peace of mind. When arriving at your campsite for the night, you won’t have to obsess over how flat your pitch is. Having levelling ramps means you can pick a pitch with a bit of a slope and not have to worry.
- It is a lot more comfortable actually being level. (No more funny walks as you head to put the kettle on.) It is also quite disconcerting to get into bed and find that you are sloping: it doesn’t make for the most restful night’s sleep.
- Some of your appliances will need to be level in order to work correctly – fridges in particular. In fact, some fridges will actually stop working if they are not level.
- It’s also easier to cook when you’re on a flat plane, especially when using oil or hot water.
- If you’re not level, then water won’t be able to drain properly and you’ll be left with a puddle in your sink.
- A campervan fitted with an onboard water tank should be level for the water pump to work properly and not lose suction.
Choosing the best levelling ramps for your campervan:
To make choosing the right levelling ramps easier, we’ve done the legwork for you and found the Fiamma Level Up Kit with storage bag available on Amazon.
The Fiamma levelling ramps have good reviews and will help keep your campervan perfectly level.
- They are strong and lightweight.
- They won’t corrode as they are made of UV-resistant polyethylene.
- They have ridged surfaces to grip the vehicle’s tyres.
- They are easy to clean.
- They also come with a storage bag, so you don’t need to worry about getting mud in your campervan when storing the ramps inside.
Add ons to your levelling ramps:
The Fiamma Level Up Kit can be paired with the Fiamma level chocks.
- The chocks lock into the ramps to stop your campervan from rolling backwards.
Another recommended add-on to the Level Up Kit, is the Anti-slip plates.
- The anti-slip plates help to stop the wheels from spinning in wet conditions when driving onto the ramps.
Both of these items come in matching grey.
How do you use campervan levelling ramps:
To answer the question, watch the video below. It shows the Fiamma level up kit in use.
As you’ll see, the stepped increments make it easy and gentle to mount the levelling ramps. The top ‘stop’ is another great feature as it will prevent you from driving off the end of the ramps. One more nice touch is that the storage bag for the ramps is also big enough for the chocks and anti-slip plates too.
I’ll let the pictures do the talking…
- If your campervan is too low at the front, place the ramps in line with your front wheels, then drive forward onto the ramps. If the back of your campervan is too low, place the ramps behind and in line with your rear wheels and reverse your campervan back up the ramps. If the vehicle is tilting left to right (or right to left) and you’re not able to turn the campervan 180 degrees, then put the levelling ramps under one side only.
- In wet weather, and when you are on a grass pitch, then it’s a good idea to position your campervan so that you can reverse up the levelling ramps. That way when you are ready to leave, you can roll off the ramps giving you a bit of momentum and helping you to avoid wheel spinning.
- Another thing we find useful is the spirit level app we have on our phone. We position it on a flat surface on the dashboard, that way we can see it as we are levelling the vehicle.
- Lastly – don’t forget to use your chocks!
I hope this post has given you enough information about campervan levelling ramps (and how you use them), to help you make up your mind if you need them or not.
Hint: You do! 🙂
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