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Levelling is something that many motorhomers and caravanners take very seriously. I do not always bother levelling myself, but there are certainly times when a set of levelling ramps can make all the difference between a comfortable evening and a less comfortable one. Being close to horizontal is also important for anyone running their fridge on gas, as gas-powered fridges do not work efficiently unless they are fairly close to level.
I recently received a set of levelling ramps to review that are quite different to the majority of products on the market. Milenco’s Quattro levelling ramps were new in 2009 and are visually and structurally quite different to most other levelling ramps.
A Look At The Levels
The Quattros are unlike any levelling ramps I have ever seen before. ‘Standard’ levelling ramps tend to be yellow, moulded plastic affairs that are about 40-50cm long and 10-15cm high. The Quattros dwarf such ramps and are 78cm long, 20cm high and 24cm wide. They are also black and constructed rather differently to conventional levels, with a solid base plate and a very strong lattice-style upper structure:
The longer, higher design means that you would have to be parked on quite a steep slope before you ran out of levelling ability. The Quattros get their name from the four ‘pockets’ on the ramp, which are designed to help your wheels sit stably at different levels without chocking. According to Milenco, the ramps’ lattice design improves strength, provides excellent grip and reduces the weight of these large ramps. The Quattros have solid bases, whose large surface area should mean that they do not sink into soft ground as easily as smaller levelling ramps can do.
Anyone using these levelling ramps for the first time may be surprised at how much effort is required to get a motorhome to drive up them. You do have to give it a bit of welly and slip the clutch if you are to drive up the levels slowly and avoid the risk of going off the top (something that would not be desirable, given how high these levels are). I also found that on wet tarmac, very sensitive control of the clutch/accelerator was necessary to stop the grips slipping on the tarmac and moving under the wheels.
The lattice design of the Quattros provides a high level of grip and they seem very strongly constructed, although my small van was nowhere near the weight limit for these levels, which is 1,500kg per wheel (i.e. a 6,000kg motorhome or 3,000kg caravan). Each level weighs in at 3.8kg – not bad for their size and strength, but quite hefty all the same.
When driving onto the Quattros, I did find that it was harder than I expected to ‘feel’ when my wheels were in one of the pockets, but it would probably get easier with practice. As it was, I drove up higher than necessary then had a look and rolled back slightly until the wheels were in one of the pockets.
The Quattros come with a strong storage bag that has a carrying strap – a nice touch and useful if you need to keep the levels in the living section of your ‘van when travelling.
Milenco’s Quattro levelling ramps are substantially different to most others on the market and their extra height means that they can provide a greater degree of levelling than most. They seem very well made but are quite large and heavy – an important consideration for storage and ease of use, especially for people with smaller motorhomes and caravans.
I like the pocketed, grippy design and the levels’ generous 24cm width. The extra width means that even the wheels of quite large motorhomes will fit safely and comfortably onto the levels, without requiring ultra-accurate positioning.
The storage space required for these ramps means that Milenco Quattros are probably best suited to larger motorhomes and caravans, but they should work well for any vehicle. Their generous size and strong, grippy design should work well on all types of ground.