There are various types of motorhome & caravan levelling ramps available on the market from several manufacturers. I have tried some of these over the years. However, I now find my own made version of levelling ramps works best. It needs a bit of hard graft during the manufacturing process and a bit of down right cheek – see below!
The DIY motorhome & caravan levelling ramps
This is not rocket science but it can be a bit of hard work at first. All that is needed id some timber – I managed to obtain the last piece from a chap who was sawing planks of wood into logs for his log burner. The cost of this piece of wood, which turned into a pair of motorhome & caravan levelling ramps was just £1! I have in the past obtained timber from free of charge from skips and waste bins at local timber yards – one place even cut the wood for me!
The difficulty stems from sawing the wood at an angle. This piece of wood measures three inches high by about 12 inches deep, so sawing at an angle does take some effort. However it is made all the easier using a joiners work bench. When making my own levelling ramps, I try to ensure the sloping edge is as gentle as possible. Consequently, the motorhome can be simply driven onto the levelling ramp.
The advantages of this type of levelling ramp must of course be the minimal cost. However, I also like my wheels to be on a flat surface rather than the slope of a plastic ramp. I tried a levelling ramp that was of a step design but I did not feel this was as stable as parking on solid wood. My Kontiki 679 does however weigh close to five tonnes. The disadvantage of the home made wooden type levelling ramps relates to the weight of the wood. This may be less of a problem for a motorhomer than a caravanner.
Since writing this article in August 2011, I had to replace the original home made set of motorhome & caravan levelling ramps to due weather damage and general wear and tear. I saw the same chap again and we did a deal for a pound. This time, he offered to cut them for me using his electric saw!
Where could I buy the plastic levelling ramps?
There are various manufacturers of motorhome & caravan levelling ramps and Fiamma does seem to be one of the big players.
The sloping levelling ramps as shown in the Amazon link offer the advantage of lightweight design. These could also be used as a ramp so that you can drive onto a plank of wood so that your wheels are on a flat surface. This saves the man power in sawing the timber. The plastic yellow ones are quite light weight, but as stated above, they did give way under the weight of the motorhome which I hasten to add, was not a heavy tag axle!