Using Caravan Levelling Ramps With The eLam Level App

The essential guide to caravan levelling ramps and getting level fast. How to use and benefit from these indispensable tools for stability. Caravan levelling ramps used in conjunction with the awesome Elam Level app make it fast and simple to get your caravan level first time every time.

Introduction to Caravan Levelling Ramps

Caravan levelling ramps are a must-have accessory for your caravan. Caravan levelling ramps play a crucial role in ensuring stability and safety when parking your caravan on uneven ground. In this guide we’ll explore everything you need to know about caravan levelling ramps, from their importance to tips for choosing and using them effectively.

Caravan Levelling Ramps Dual Axle Caravan

Caravan Levelling Ramps Dual Axle Caravan

Importance of Using Caravan Levelling Ramps

  1. Ensure Stability: Levelling ramps help to keep your caravan level on uneven ground, preventing uncomfortable tilting and swaying.
  2. Prevent Damage: Parking on uneven surfaces without levelling ramps can put undue stress on your caravan’s frame and suspension, leading to potential damage over time.
  3. Enhance Comfort: A level caravan means you won’t roll out of bed in the middle of the night and you peas won’t all end up on one side of your dinner plate! By levelling your caravan, you create a more comfortable living environment inside.
  4. 3 Way Fridge Operation: It’s crucial to effective operation of your 3 way fridge that your caravan is both level and stable. If your caravan level is out of whack then your 3 way fridge won’t work. Level caravan equals cold beer.

Types of Caravan Levelling Ramps

  1. Single Axle Levelling Ramps: Designed for caravans with a single axle, these ramps offer ease of use and portability. They are ideal for smaller caravans and provide adequate support on most terrains.
  2. Double Axle Levelling Ramps: Suitable for caravans with dual axles, these ramps offer increased stability and support across a wider surface area. They are built to accommodate heavier loads and provide added durability.

Caravan Levelled On Sloping Ground

Caravan Levelled On Sloping Ground

How To Choose The Right Levelling Ramps For Your Caravan

  1. Consider Weight Capacity: Ensure the levelling ramps you choose can support the weight of your caravan.
  2. Check Compatibility: Check that the ramps are compatible with your caravan’s axle configuration. Make sure with dual axle caravans that the ramp will fit between the first and second wheel. Lots of ramps come in two sections for this reason.
  3. Look for Durability: Invest in quality levelling ramps made from sturdy materials to withstand rugged terrain.
  4. Wheel Chocks: Look for caravan levelling ramps that include working wheel chocks. No point in getting everything level only to have it roll back off the ramps.
  5. Consider Additional Features: Look for ramps with anti-slip surfaces and safety features for added peace of mind.

Jockey Wheel Used In Conjuction With Caravan Levelling Ramps

Jockey Wheel Used In Conjuction With Caravan Levelling Ramps

Tips for Using Caravan Levelling Ramps Effectively

  1. Assess the Slope: Before setting up, assess the slope of the ground and determine the low side. Pay consideration to whether your ramps have enough height to provide required levelling.
    Position Ramps Correctly: Position the levelling ramps perpendicular to the direction of travel and drive onto them slowly and steadily.
    Secure Placement: Engage the handbrake and chock the wheels on both sides to prevent any movement.
    Use A Shovel: A shovel can be just as effective as ramps. For example if your ramps aren’t high enough to provide the levelling you need you can dig out under the wheels on the opposite side to the ramps for additional height adjustment.

eLam Level Screenshot

eLam Level Screenshot

The eLam Level App​

The developers of the eLam level app and levelling device idea came up after many family camping trips over the years. Finding a level spot to park the camper trailer or caravan can be a tedious guessing game. They developed the eLam app to save time setting up so you can focus on what matters. The portable levelling device connects to the app displaying clear calculations which detect level ground that suits your caravan and maximum caravan levelling ramp height.

Setting Up, Installing & Using The eLam Level App​

Setup and installation is easy and takes less than ten minutes and you only need to do it once – unless you changed caravans then you’d just do it again. I’ll go through it for you step by step. In certain instances it doesn’t matter if you do it in a slightly different order. It literally takes longer to read the below than it does to do.

eLam Level Installed In Internal Cupboard

eLam Level Installed In Internal Cupboard

Initial Setup

  1. Download the app to your phone from Google Play or the Apple App Store.
  2. Open the eLam Level app on your phone, select ‘Find Devices’ and connect to your device.
  3. Select the ‘Settings’ button on the bottom navigation bar and enter your measured Axle length and Jockey wheel to axel length (as shown on the diagrams). For dual axle caravans measure from the centre of the 2 wheels to the jockey wheel.
  4. Then select your closest ramp height and change any other setting to your preference.
  5. Before positioning the eLam Level device in your caravan with the double sided tape, ensure the following steps have been completed:
    1. Place the eLam Level device on a horizontal surface with the arrow facing towards the front of the van. We have installed ours on a shelf inside an internal cupboard at the front of our caravan where it’s easy to get to.
    2. Try different locations in your van for best connection (preferably as close as practical to the front of the van and higher up if possible).
    3. Reverse towing vehicle close to the draw bar and from the drivers seat open the app and check that it connects. If you have trouble connecting you can try different device positions in the van.

Calibrating The Device

  • Manually level your caravan or trailer using ramps or jack and the jockey wheel. Use whatever means necessary be it a spirit level, an app on your phone or the wife yelling at you when she reckons it’s level because we all know that when she says it’s level it’s level no matter what any other scientifically proven method says! Make sure you get it the way you want it to be because this is the “level setting” you’ll use from now on when levelling with the app. Don’t stress too much because if you need to change it later on just repeat this step.
  • Once level select the “Calibrate” button in the app. Wait until calibrated. That’s it. You’re done.

Levelling Your Van

  • Place your phone in a cradle on your car dash.
  • Select the “Start Levelling” button when ready to find the best camping position.
  • When the indicator is in the orange zone, you can place your ramp(s) on the lowest side of the van.
  • Move the van slowly up the ramp/s allowing time for the indicator to settle at different points.

About The eLam Level Device

  • Mount anywhere on a horizontal surface
  • No wiring required
  • 5+ year battery life (with moderate yearly use)
  • Uses 2 x CR2477 batteries
  • Bluetooth low-energy device
  • Low power consumption when On and not connected (30uA)
  • Extra-low power consumption when Off and not advertising (13uA)
  • IP67 waterproof
  • Dimensions 67mm x 41mm x 15mm
  • Colour led to indicate device status
  • Off – Red led flashes 3 times
  • On – Blue led flashes 4 times
  • Connected – Green LED stays on

The eLam Level App

There are two versions of the eLam Level App available.

eLam Level v1

  • Caravan and RV support
  • Connects to your eLam Level device
  • Quick setup
  • Accuracy to 0.1 degrees
  • Colour indication when within ramp height
  • Colour indication when level
  • Find level ground while driving
  • Configurable connection timeout
  • Save hitch angle when uncoupling
  • Can connect to multiple eLam devices
  • Supports metric and imperial measurements
  • Upgrade to eLam Level v2 with Cloud Support directly through the eLam Level app
  • v1 Price As Of 26.04.2024 $125 incl GST

eLam Level v2 with Cloud Support

  • Comes with the same features as the v1 model, with these additional features.
  • Saves your device settings in the cloud
  • Connect to your device from any Android or IOS device without losing your calibration or other settings
  • No need to recalibrate or update your settings when connecting from different devices
  • Support for device firmware upgrades
  • Save Home and Away hitch angles
  • Power of your device through the App
  • Future enhancements will be available in this model only
  • v2 Price As Of 26.04.2024 $165 incl GST

eLam Level App ​Specifications

  • The eLam Level app and bluetooth low energy leveling device enables you to level your caravan or trailer without continually having to leave your car to check if you are level.
  • Lets you know when you are parked in a position where you can place your wheel ramp and achieve a level position.
  • No wiring required.
  • Battery life 5 years .
  • Adjustable device connection timeout through the app for extended battery life.
  • Power supply: 2 x CR2477 button cell batteries
  • Place anywhere in your caravan or trailer on a horizontal surface.
  • IP67 waterproof ratting.
  • Save hitch detach angle for easy reconnection to towing vehicle.
  • Highly accurate to 0.1 degree.

​Conclusion: Improve Your Caravan Experience with Levelling Ramps & The eLam Level App

Investing in quality caravan levelling ramps is essential for ensuring stability and safety during your travels. By choosing the right ramps and using them effectively, you can enhance your caravan experience and enjoy peace of mind on every journey. Teaming up your caravan levelling ramps with the eLam portable levelling device makes it even faster and more accurate.