Spend a little time on campsites and aires around the UK and Europe and you’ll soon become familiar with the levelling phenomenon.
Soon after each motorhome arrives, its engine will restart and the revs will rise, clutch slipping frantically as the driver (usually the husband) attempts to drive up his wedges until the motorhome is horizontal, without driving off the top of the wedges. Normally, the driver’s wife will be standing outside watching and making helpful hand signals – it’s definitely a team sport…
So is it really worthwhile?
How Useful Are Levelling Wedges?
For the uninitiated, levelling wedges are wedge-shaped plastic ramps that you drive onto to enable you to lift up one or two wheels on your motorhome and get it horizontal.
Obviously they do have their uses – they allow you to park on a slope and but still enjoy having a horizontal motorhome! Many people also appear to have motorhomes that don’t actually sit horizontally, even on flat ground. (The main culprit here appears to be large Fiat coachbuilts which often appear to be ‘nose down’.)
On the other hand, in the last 18 months, we have spent a total of about 10 weeks away in our motorhome and have only seriously wished we had wedges two or three times. Despite this, some people appear to use them every day – perhaps our experience is partly due to us getting into the habit of choosing the flattest spaces to park in.
In truth, the main reason we don’t have them is that storage space is very tight in our small van. We probably would have a set if we had more storage space – but I still am pretty sure I’d only use them 50% of the time or less. The odd few degrees off the horizontal never causes us any noticeable difficulties with sleeping, cooking or washing – so we don’t bother that much.
Do you level or do you manage without?