Leveling Your RV

If you wake up in the middle of night to find you have rolled off your bed and into bathroom, or when you sit down to enjoy a meal you slide off your seat and land into your food… you may need to level your RV.

Well, you just arrived at your campsite from a long journey and you have a hundred things to do to get prepped for the night. You may not even notice it at first, but your RV is leaning to one side or rocks when you walk in it. It’s one more thing to do, but leveling your RV is an important part of the set-up and will make your stay much more enjoyable. I’m going to give some good tips on how to level your RV correctly.

Install RV Bubble Levels

First, go purchase two RV bubble levels. These levels will be most accurate when they are placed on the axis they are measuring for. For longitudinal leveling (Front to Back), install the level over the axle on a single axle coach or between the axles on a double axel coach. For latitudinal (side to side), install the level on the centerline (the coupler) in the front or on the rear of the RV.

Choose a Level Campsite

When you arrive at the campsite and park your RV in the space. Check both bubble levels mounted on your RV. If you feel you want to, carrying a standard carpenter’s level can help too. If the site seems to be really uneven you may want to change campsites. When you find a space close to level, know that you will be able to fix that with blocks and jacks.

Let’s first level your trailer from side to side (Make sure your trailer is still hitched).  Once you have the side to side level, then you will unhitch and level the front to back. Let’s get started.

Raising Your RV with Leveling Blocks

Before you unhitch, place RV leveling blocks underneath the tires on the downhill side. I recommend to use a brand like Camco leveling blocks. These blocks are strong enough to support the weight of your RV and are small enough to be stacked right. These blocks are available at your local RV parts store. Make sure the tires are centered and rest fully on the blocks. If the tires hang over the blocks, it can damage the steel belts in the tire. Or if the tire is bulging over both sides of the blocks it will put a lot of weight on the sidewalls; which can, over time weaken the walls. The sidewalls are the weakest part of the tire. Make sure you protect your tires by blocking correctly. This will keep you driving safely down the road when you hitch back up. After you have a correctly placed the blocks slowly drive up onto them.

Leveling with Jacks

Once your RV is on the blocks, chock your wheels and unhitch. Next we are going level your RV from front to back using your front leveling jacks to minimize bouncing. Now, extend your rear stabilizer jacks just enough to prevent your RV from any rocking. Stabilizer jacks are only there to help stabilize (If your RV only has stabilizer jacks, they will help stabilize and minimize bouncing, but will not be helpful with leveling your rig). Keep in mind that you can purchase aftermarket stabilizer leveling jacks that will both level and stabilize. Be sure not to crank too much on the stabilizers (Just enough so that it is not raising your RV but meeting it) or they will bend under the weight of your coach. The goal is to add additional support to aid the RV’s suspension so all the weight is not resting on the tires and to keep it from jiggling when you’re moving around inside.

Extra Tip: If you’re parked on a soft surface like dirt or sand; it’s a good idea to place blocks underneath both the jacks and tires for additional support.

Well, we learned about bubble level placement, choosing a great place to set up your RV and how to level with blocks and jacks. I sure do hope this helps keep your RV stable and level. Remember, correctly leveling your RV is a great way to both protect the tires and give you an enjoyable experience!

 

Robert Norman
Author: Robert Norman
Robert Norman works for Valley RV Supercenter in Kent, WA and has been in the RV business since 2013. Robert shares his experiences with the public writing about RV tech tips, how to's, destinations and culture. You can see more of Robert's articles at NWRVenture.com.

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