Automatic levelling for motorhomes- is it a gimmick? Is it worth it? Should you invest?? Never fear, dear reader. We are here to make questionable decisions with our money and give you the lowdown so you can decide for yourselves!!
How did I get myself into this??
You would think, after years of visiting boat shows, that I would understand the risks involved in bringing Mr WB to a motorhome show. So many gadgets, gizmos and electronic devices promising bigger and better things. All in one big happy hall? I mean come on- I was asking for trouble. Or, as it turns out, asking to pay a fortune on… well… hydraulic legs.
Learning about Automatic Levelling for Motorhomes
Yep, Mr WB was merrily enjoying the NEC Caravan and Motorhome show when he spotted something which made him positively giddy with excitement… hydraulic stabilising legs for a motorhome. Uh, say what?
He dragged me over and, whilst I looked on incredulously, he explained that they (whoever THEY are!) fitted a tank under the van and 4 sturdy metal legs (I think they’re steel… but honestly I kinda tuned that bit out). Then, from INSIDE the motorhome (he took great care to say that bit several times), we could lower the legs when we parked up and level the van. No more adjusting plastic ramps in the rain and me trying to convey that he needed to reverse another inch whilst on my hands and knees in the mud… he took great care to repeat that bit too!
He showed me the clever machinery on the stand and the salivating salesman positively quivered with glee at the sheer excitement on Mr WB’s face. It was this quivering which led me to ask the important question… How much did this system cost exactly?
So, how much does Automatic levelling system for Motorhomes cost?
£4,495. But don’t worry, that includes VAT….!!
Seriously…. no words. You want to spend HOW MUCH?? On WHAT?? When we already have a set of perfectly reasonable plastic ramps??
One major downside of having a husband who earns more than I do (not difficult, I admit, as I now don’t work!) is that it’s very hard to say no to his little face when he’s begging. And this was some serious begging. He even bought me ice cream.
Which Automatic levelling system for motorhomes did we choose?
For those of you in a hurry, I’ll skip the next 3 months of debate, conversation, heated discussion, door slamming, sulking and attempts to show me how much better it will make our lives! All I could see was our promised holiday to Canada going down the pan. But, inevitably, the ice cream and begging won, and we were booked in to get hydraulic legs fitted to our motorhome, Wanda.
We decided to go with the MA-VE system- I believe there are 2 or 3 other systems which do similar things, but the biggest reason we liked MA-VE was because we could operate the system whilst still inside the motorhome. Some other brands require you to get out to set up the levelling… honestly, if you’re going to do that, what’s the point?? Also, MA-VE say they can transfer the system to a new motorhome should you swap your vehicle at any point in the future. You just need to be careful which chassis you get- but they can advise you further on this.
We dropped Wanda off at the factory in Liphook- I believe there are several possible places you can get it done around the country, and 4 days later we have legs fitted to our motorhome.Seriously, she is now a transformer.
I’ll be honest, on first test they seem very easy to use and there’s definitely a noticeable difference in the stability of the motorhome. But the truth will be our adventures this summer and whether or not we feel that the money is worth it. I shall remain sceptical for as long as possible- possibly forever. First off- GERMANY– let’s see how it does there.
IMPORTANT POINT- We received absolutely no sponsorship or money from MA-VE at all- this and all reviews are entirely our own.