While there are multiple benefits of sleeping with your feet slightly elevated there quite possibly may not be anything redeeming about sleeping in any position that has you involuntarily rolling one way or the other. It is also frustrating to sleep in a way that has you slowly inching towards your headboard all night long because your mattress is elevated in addition to just your feet. But that isn’t the only dilemma you may have if your tiny house on wheels isn’t level. You can also face issues with gas-powered fridges going warm, doors shutting at random and sticking when closed, and even stress on your hitch stand from the weight instability. These 5 tips can save you from insomnia, spoiled food, haunted doorways, and bent jacks.
LEVEL THE LEFT AND RIGHT
Once you and your tiny house have arrived at the desired spot you need to start the unhitching and parking process by leveling light and right. To do this you will want to first want to just back up to where you want the house to sit. Then with a bubble level (one that is attached to your house on the front side, in the center), determine if you need to raise the house either on the left side or the right. If you see you will need to do this in order to level, pull your house forward, put a set of Andersen levelers down on the proposed site of your house, on the side that needs lifting. Then roll your house back (while watching your bubble level), and stop when the bubble is in the center of the level. Insert the chocks that come with the Andersen levelers, and you should be level from left to right.
LEVEL THE FRONT AND BACK
At this point, you will want to disconnect your tiny house from the town vehicle. Do so by raising the tongue of the trailer using the hitch handle. Once your trailer hitch has cleared the ball of your town vehicle, pull the vehicle forward and clear of the house. Then lower the hitch to a point you feel is level. This part can be a bit tedious to fine tune but is necessary. Using a Torpedo Level placed inside on your floor (as close to center as possible) you will want to raise and lower the tongue jack until your level shows true. If you need more lift than the tongue jack will allow, try using a block of 6″x6″ hardwood or a solid cinderblock. Once your house is level front to back, carefully adjust your scissor jacks (also known as stabilizer jacks) to tighten up your trailers’ position. You want your scissor jacks to be snug to the ground.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Scissor jacks are for stabilizing your tiny home. They are not designed to lift the weight of the house in its entirety or to level the house. Under strain, they will break.
There are two steps to stabilizing your tiny house. The first is to adjust down the scissor jacks welded to your tiny house trailer. You may even want to place Andersen Tough Pads under the feet in order to protect the ground or pavement during your stay. A good rule of thumb is to lower the scissor jacks until they reach the ground. Then turn your handle 1/2 a rotation for security. Don’t force them to move more. These help take the weight off the tongue jack. For true stability though you may want to employ a set of Stack Jacks from an auto supply store. Placing these underneath key points of your house and raising them to firmness will help keep your tiny house from rocking as you move across the floor.
LOCK YOUR HITCH
Even though you will be back and forth to your house regularly it is a good idea to lock your hitch to keep your tiny house from being driven off at any time. The perfect solution is a trailer lock like the TRIMAX UMAX100. Made of solid hardened steel this trailer lock has a ball that fits up inside your trailer hitch and a ratchet lock that slides down keeping the hitch secure so that no ball can be inserted.
ROLL OUT THE WELCOME MAT
While not technically part of leveling or locking, rolling out the welcome mat may be the most important part of saying, “This is no trailer. This is home!” When you have leveled your tiny house from left to right, front to back, dropped the stabilizers, and locked the hitch, put out your weather-proof Patio Mat, a few comfortable chairs, and grab a drink. It’s time to do some living!
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