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level the van before beginning buildout?
Hi Everyone, Ive started my build out. Im framing everything with 8020. I decided before installing the 8020 framing that everything should be square to the floor, for aesthetics, comfort, and so that sliding mechanisms will operate correctly. For example I am making a my platform bed adjustable height, basically 4 vertical 8020 4.5 cm "posts", bed platform frame will slide up and down.
So, in order to make everything square to the floor I had two options: use a framing square (would have to be a large framing square) to line everything upto the floor; or perfectly level the van based on the floor (basically place level on floor of van) using jacks/jackstands then install everything level to the earth using standard levels and a cheap bosch laser level (amazing device). I decided to use the second option and level the van first since this seemed like it would be easier and less error prone. Leveling the van to within standard center bubble tolerances was much more difficult than I had imagined. You really need 4 adjustable jacks as every time you raise one corner you affect 3 others due to the suspension. I know it sounds easy but trust me its not, of course my driveway is not perfectly level, it slopes just enough to drain water as most do. Ive decided the van cannot move until everything is framed out. I can do cabinet doors and panels and lots of other work that doesnt depend on the van being level after its framed out.
Just wondering how others have dealt with this issue, or how have you avoided having to deal with it? I searched the archives and didnt find any mention of this although in my searching I did learn that the PMs come from the factory with a floor that slopes towards the front of the van (higher in the rear). This is okay with me, after installing upto 1000 pounds of camper stuff I am hoping it will be more level. At some point maybe Ill look into raising the front of the vehicle using spacers or some other option.