Leveling requires a certain amount of acquired skill, but once you get the hang of it, the process gets a whole lot smoother. For those with RVs like the Full House
by DRV Suites or the XLR Thunderbolt
by Forest River, leveling is as simple as the push of a button. If you are one of the many that don't have a luxury self-leveling system built into your RV, it's a little more of a challenge. To help you keep it on the level, check out these RV leveling tips!
Why Does It Have To Be Level?
If it was only a matter of comfort, you might find yourself forgoing the leveling process, especially if you're just camping out overnight. Unfortunately, if you don't level your RV, you'll have to worry about a little more than just your morning eggs rolling off the counter and breaking. You could also risk breaking your RV's refrigerator. For optimal efficiency and proper operation, your fridge should be as level as possible or your cooling unit could sustain damage. If your RV has slide outs, retracting them when your RV is uneven could cause increased wear and tear on the internal components. By making sure your RV is level, you won't just ensure that items stay in their place, you'll also keep your refrigerator running properly and your slide outs extending smoothly!
Before you hit the road with your RV, you'll want to make sure you have a few items packed along to help you with the leveling process. Bubble Level:
Invest in a quality level and always carry it with you when you go RVing. This device will ultimately indicate how to best go about getting your RV level. Consider permanently affixing one to the inside of your refrigerator or somewhere else within your interior. Levels can be found in long rectangular designs, or in small compact versions which are best for mounting in a fixed location within your RV. Wooden Boards:
For campers on a budget
, wood boards can easily be used as levelers. This option is not only cheaper, but it can also be more convenient, as wood is readily available. The downside to using 2 x 10s is that the wood boards can be blocky and difficult to store in the small space and shapes of RV compartments. The wood can also soak up water, so it is best not to use these if you are planning on staying in one spot for a long duration. Leveling Blocks:
Unlike planks of wood, these blocks are designed to withstand large amounts of weight and pressure. These Lego-like squares are made of high-strength plastic that snap together with other blocks, allowing you to create ramp-like configurations to park your RV on top of. When not in use, leveling blocks easily unsnap and can be stored away in the provided carrying case.
Check out these tips before you level your RV to not only ensure that you are doing it properly, but also most effectively! The Order Matters
You will always want to begin the leveling process by making sure your RV is level from side to side first. Check with your bubble level to know which side needs to be raised. Only once your sides are level should you start focusing on getting the front and back of your RV level too. Stabilizers Are Not Levelers
Don't think of these two separate components synonymously, because they're not! Stabilizers are used after your rig is leveled, and they operate to reduce the bounce, wobble, and rocking that can occur. Using your stabilizers to level your RV will only cause damage, not only to the stabilizers themselves, but to the overall structure of your unit as well. Shop Wisely
Wooden blocks may be cheaper than purchasing leveling blocks, but there are some advantages to going with an aftermarket product that is designed for its intended use. To save yourself some money, shop around at super centers before resorting to a specialty RV store when buying your leveling blocks. Be Supportive
You'll want to make sure that your wheels are supported completely by either your leveling blocks or your wood boards. If they are not large enough to support the entire footprint of the tire, you will increase the wear and tear on your wheels by weakening the sidewalls. No part of the tire should be hanging over the side of your leveling blocks. Stay Grounded
You should always keep at least one tire directly on the ground, meaning that you should never have more than 3 tires up on a leveling ramp. With one wheel on the ground, you will have a stable starting point to work from when establishing consistency throughout the other corners. Use Wheel Chocks
After you have leveled your RV, place wheel chocks against the tires to keep your RV from rolling. Of the common mistakes made by RVers
, forgetting to remove wheel chocks definitely makes the list. Be sure to remove these before you drive your RV off of the leveling blocks. Communication Is Key
The leveling process is a whole lot easier with two people, but only if they have a knack for communicating with one another. Not only can working as a team make backing up and maneuvering a lot easier, but it will help you to level your RV in a jiffy! Leveling Starts Wherever You Stop
The spot you park your RV will impact the difficulty of getting it level. Older campgrounds are notorious for having uneven sites. Likewise, with primitive camping locations, you'll never know what kinds of slopes and slants you'll find. Make sure you have enough leveling blocks or wood planks to get the job done.
RVing is supposed to be stress-free
, but if you don't know how to level your rig properly, it can quickly turn into a headache-inducing endeavor. Keep these tips and tricks in mind the next time you need to level your RV, so you can quickly set up camp and start enjoying the more pleasurable parts of the RVing lifestyle!