youtubePages have been written about How to Correctly Level Your RV, front to rear and side to side to keep the absorption refrigerator happy and functioning properly. In fact, you will find a wealth of information in books and on the internet as to why it’s important to level your RV and how to properly do so. Proper leveling is not only important for the refrigerator but also can play a part in proper operation of;  the slide-outs, entry doors closing properly, shower and sink drains, etc.

Those are all valid reasons for leveling your RV and I agree with most of the methods for doing so.

However, RV absorption refrigerators are not as temperamental regarding level as they once were and sometimes having your RV slightly off level one way or another can be advantageous.


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Let’s look at some possibilities:

Bed: Many prefer to sleep with their heads elevated slightly higher than their feet which can easily be accomplished by leaving (when leveling) the end/side of the RV containing the head of the bed slightly higher.

Bath Tub: Being slightly off level can allow water on the perimeter edge of the tub to run back into the tub rather than onto the floor.


Slope Your RV So Water Runs Back Into the Tub

Bathroom Door: If your bathroom door is on hinges, being slightly off level can determine if it stays in the open or closed position when not latched. Remaining in the open position can be an advantage for those of us that get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Gutter Drips: Being slightly off level can determine where rainwater flows and drips from the roof eliminating annoying dripping sounds near sleeping areas.

Slide-outs: Being slightly off level can assist in rainwater flowing away from slide out seals diminishing the possibility of rainwater entering your RV

Potable Water Tank: When your potable water tank is just about empty, leaving your RV low on the pickup side of the tank will allow your water pump access to the last couple gallons of water.

Stove Top: Maybe your stove top isn’t plumb with other parts of your RV, leaving your RV slightly out of level may allow for even distribution of grease in the pan when you’re frying something other than it flowing to one side.


Tilting Your RV Might Level Your Frying Pan

Plumbing: Waste water main may drain better when your RV is tilted one way or another. Examples include water running down shower drains and better evacuation of the black tank when dumping.


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Unfortunately, not all of the possible advantages listed above may be obtainable in the same direction of tilt compelling the owner of the RV to choose which is most important to them or dictated by weather and/or campsite surroundings.

Dave Helgeson
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Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.

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