|Item Weight||0.8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||6.9 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches|
|Item model number||8525|
|Manufacturer Part Number||8525|
|OEM Part Number||08525|
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Hopkins 08525 Graduated Level
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- Designed to take the guesswork out of RV leveling
- Markings indicate how many inches are required to raise or lower a trailer or vehicle
- Optional screw holes for permanent mounting
- Self-sticking adhesive back
- Easy to use
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Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation makes your towing experience simpler and more rewarding through innovation and value. Hopkins offers a variety of towing solutions including vehicle wiring kits, adapters, vehicle and trailer connectors, breakaway systems and much more. Today, more than 40 percentage of retail category sales are generated from Hopkins innovations. The Graduated RV Level is designed to take the guesswork out of RV leveling.
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Let's take the guesswork out of leveling.
With the Hopkins Graduated Level you can easily tell at a glance the number of inches required to level an RV. The markings indicate the number of inches required to raise or lower trailer or vehicle. Optional screw holes or self sticking adhesive back makes installation simple. Comes with 2 levels, a 'C' level and a '3' level. One level is specifically for side-to-side while the other is for front-to-back adjustment.
Where to install each level:
Use image at left for placement:
For front-to-rear level use level 'C'. Scale identification is found at left end of scale. Install 'C' level on either side of vehicle (Figure A).
For side-to-side level use '3' level on front or rear of vehicle (Figure B).
Quick and simple installation.
Use the image at left and the following instructions for easy, ideal level installation.
- Step One: Level camper or trailer with a carpenter's level.
- Step Two: Thoroughly clean area you have chosen to attach levels.
- Step Three: Peel cover to expose adhesive pad.
- Step Four: Center bubble in vial and press into place (Figure 1). Level may be removed and repositioned.
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Hopkins Towing Solutions, a division of Hopkins Manufacturing, was founded in 1953 and is located in Emporia, KS. Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation is recognized as the automotive industry's leader in towing electrical products. Living by their mission, the company's focus continues to be making the towing experience simpler and more rewarding through innovation and value.
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Top Customer Reviews
My problem is with the crappy tape on the back of the level. The level comes with a strip of foam tape on the back of the level. The problem is the foam tape is too thick, causing the level to stand off from the camper about 1/16", or just enough to allow the level to twist it's positioning and move it off of center. This gives a false reading of about 2 - 3 inches out of level.
I corrected the issue on the levels I purchased by stripping off the factory tape and applying a thinner double-sided outdoor tape. Now my levels work as expected. If I had not had to make the modifications myself I would have given this product 5 stars.
There are two pre-drilled holes that I suspect are to screw the level to the camper if you want, but I didn't want to drill holes in the side of my camper.
There really isn't much to go wrong as far as product failure is concerned. Accuracy is up to you with the initial installation.
Recommended method of installation is to get your trailer level/RV, front to back, and side to side. Once you have your trailer true, install the graduated levels in locations which will show you front to back level (placed on the side of the trailer) and side to side (place on the front or back of the trailer). Make sure the bubble indicates "level" by being in the center point of the tube.
Installation should be done once all your components are "stressed" as they will be for trailer/RV use (I.E. front tongue on a travel trailer, all the normal weight sitting on the winch foot, or in the case of 5th wheels/motorcoaches, landing gear down), try to place the levels on the RV in clear view of the winch/landing gear controls to enable leveling without having to relocate to a different location to view the levels.
I accomplished this on a travel trailer by placing one level on the very front center, and the other on the side of the frame tongue close to the winch. Though small, with sharp eye-sight, you can take advantage of the one on the front of the trailer as you position the trailer to see if you can establish a level side to side stance as you near your desired location.
On my 5th wheel, my landing gear controls are on the front corner of the main body. I placed one on the side of the rig for front to back level, and another right around the corner on the front side (for side to side level) still within sight of the controls, as well as from the truck cab for backing up. Even though the level is off center, if it is installed properly with the trailer level at the time of installation, it will work fine.
As far as the graduated scales are concerned, you will have to find your "scale" for adjustments, as it depends on where the levels are placed in reference to the center of the pivot points.
The levels come with a self adhesive foam strip on the back for placement as well as two holes for screws if you wish to drill holes in the side of your rig. I go with the adhesive strip route, as I don't like unnecessary holes. The only negative with the adhesive strips is they will flex if stressed and it can put the levels off level, though this only happened to me with the first pair after the foam tape aged a few years.
One last comment . . .the green bubble tube will fade from extended UV exposure. It will not interfere with the accuracy, just makes it a little harder to read.
If you are looking for larger levels which can be read from a distance, I know they are out there, but I have no experience with them to make a comparison. I do not wish to clutter the appearance of the rig with large levels.
I haven't checked yet to see how the numbering on the scales relate to the rise/fall needed on my camper but will edit this review once I'm sure.
For example, it is simple Trigonometry to determine how many inches the coach is out of level simply by using the formula for right-angles and solve for one side. The input values are the angle (determined by the level) and distance from the level to the point at where you want to know how many inches of lift are needed.
For the side-to-side level, the 1" markings are pretty accurate as long as you put the scale in the center of the coach, as most coaches are within an inch or two of width from another. However, for the front-to-back level, even though you put the scale in the center, the result will vary wildly due to the length of the coach. Using this level on a 18ft coach will result in a far different measurement than say a 35ft coach.
Also, if you don't put the level in the center (in the side or back), then the two ends of the coach will be different. For example, if the level is in the center, then when the level measures 1" off level, that means 1" on either front or back. But if you put the level off-center, then the level reading 1" might truly be 1/2" on one end, and 1 1/2" on the other. Again, it is simply a principle of Right Angles in Trigonometry.
Also, do not rely on the self-adhesive backing as over time it can move. As hard as it may be for you to do, drilling a couple holes and inserting screws into the levels is the best bet.