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Old 04-13-2018, 09:20 AM   #1
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Talking Levels for Trailer

I would like to mount a level visable from the rear view mirror. The one on the back is blocked by our bike carrier. I know the topic has been beat around before. With the Anderson levelers, seems like a nice low tech way to go. A lot of the levels get marginal reviews. I don't want drill holes for sure. Some are pretty ugly. Looking for recommendations.
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Old 04-13-2018, 09:32 AM   #2
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I'm ready to get some also, but saw some negative comments about Andersen (?). I'd buy the Andersen stuff, but why not ? The Camco wedges seem a little "small" for my liking.
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:12 AM   #3
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I installed the Hopkins Never Fade Two Way Graduated Level on my trailer. I can see the bubble from the rear view mirror and I like that is doesn't fade like the green ones.

https://www.etrailer.com/Tools/Hopkins/HM08526.html

I replaced the adhesive on the back with 3M double sided tape and it's been on the trailer for a year. Oh, and used a 4 foot level to set it as the ones that came with the trailer were off a little. I used the floor of the trailer as the reference - that's the part I wanted level when parked.
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:28 AM   #4
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I used the floor of the trailer as the reference - that's the part I wanted level when parked.
I use the countertop for level reference. All horizontal planes are close, but I hate it when my eggs or pancakes run to one side of the pan.
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Where did you mount them? Visable from door mirror or center mirror? Do you think big enough to see with pickup as a tug? Thanks.
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:45 AM   #6
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I mounted the front level centered above the light - looking through the rear view mirror, I can maneuver the trailer until level.

The side level is mounted near the front of the trailer - that way I can run the trailer jack up/down until level while watching it. I also mounted one of the Escape levels that I removed to the side of the jack so I could get it close before having to reference the level on the side.
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I use a Level Master, it's easy to see in the mirror. Having a 5th wheel I use the additional mount, you'd have to read on the Web site how to mount it on a regular trailer.
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I use a Level Master, it's easy to see in the mirror. Having a 5th wheel I use the additional mount, you'd have to read on the Web site how to mount it on a regular trailer.
The level master was one of my choices too -- I just couldn't come up with a good way to mount it without putting holes in the trailer. All the really big levels seem to require screwing them to the trailer which was something I wanted to avoid.

The Hopkins is easy to see from the truck rear view mirror, not as great as the level master, but good enough and it mounted with double sticky well enough to not come off.

[edit] I did a google and found out that a new level master is out that might work without having to make holes in the trailer.

Wheel Masters: Level Master

The Level Master II is plastic and it may be able to mount using double sticky. Next time I see one at the local RV store, I may try it.
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A friend has that one mounted w sticky on the front of his Aframe. He reminded me that the ball inside goes to the low side vs the bubble which goes to the high side.
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I use the countertop for level reference. All horizontal planes are close, but I hate it when my eggs or pancakes run to one side of the pan.
I agree. I brought along a 2 foot level on this last trip and was using the floor for reference at first. But then I noticed that the eggs were going to the back of the pan. I started to use the countertop for reference and realized when it is level the floor is a 1/2 bubble nose down.

Good discussion as I want to replace the tiny level by the door that came with the trailer. Thanks all for the recommendations.
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