Dos and Don'ts of RV Levelling

19 July 2018

Levelling an RV is a surprisingly easy process once you know what you're doing! Many new RVs here at Stones are equipped with an auto levelling system which takes all the guess work out of it. Simply press a button that says 'level' and your RV will do the work for you. If your RV isn't equipped with this feature, read on to learn how to properly level an RV manually!

Often times people make the mistake of using their scissor jacks or stabilizers as levellers. These are not meant to support the weight of the unit and they should not be used to level. Doing so can even cause damage to the frame of your RV.

 

ScissorJack

Say it with me - Scissor Jacks should be used to stabilize NOT level!

 

Instead, buy levelling blocks. Here at our parts store we sell a few different types of levelling blocks, like this set from RV Traveler's Choice.

Leveling Blocks

You can also use lumber scraps which can be a great and inexpensive option, though you may find it more difficult to build ramps with loose wood than the stability provided by the interlocking blocks.

Side to Side Levelling:

  • Once your RV is placed where you want it, you're going to first level the rig from side to side.  
  • Grab your level and place it on a flat surface on the RV from side to side - the rear bumper works well. This will tell you which side needs to be raised to make the unit level. 
  • Place your blocks or lumber beside your tires on the side that needs to be raised to 'mark' your tire placement and pull the RV slightly forward.
  • Slide the blocks or lumber into position where your tires were. You can build a ramp like this to reach the height you need - the more off centre the bubble in your level was, the higher the ramp will need to be. 


leveling3

 

  • Back the RV up onto the blocks/lumber and check to see if the RV is now level. Repeat the previous steps adding or removing height if necessary. 
  • Add a wheel chock to the front of the tire before unhitching to prevent the RV from rolling forward. We sell these wheel chocks in store.

WheelChock

  • Unhitch from your tow vehicle.

Front to Back Levelling:

  • Place your level on the RV step or window frame to measure front to back levelness. 
  • Use the tongue jack or front landing gear to raise or lower the front of the camper until it reads level.
  • Now you can lower your stabilizer jacks until they feel tight. Depending on how much height you've had to add to the sides, you may need to add blocks under the jacks as well. 

Now that your RV is level from side to side and front to back, you're ready to start camping! Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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