Do It Yourself RV

RV Leveling Tips That You Should Know

RV leveling is important for two reasons. For one thing, your RV will be way more comfortable when it's level.  Maybe more importantly, being unlevel can also lead to your absorption refrigerator overheating and catching fire. Here are some RV leveling tips to help speed up the process.

Research your campsites

Check out reviews on RV LIFE Campgrounds to see how level campsites are at a particular location.


Always level side-to-side first

Level your RV side-to-side before you chock your wheels. You'll use your tongue jack to level front-to-back after your rig is level side-to-side.


Use leveling blocks 

You can use blocks of wood or plastic leveling blocks when you are leveling side-to-side.  However, the easiest way to level your RV is with Andersen-style leveling chocks.


Use a bullseye level

Using a bullseye level allows you to see exactly which side of the RV needs to be raised. You can simply leave it in place when it's time to level front-to-back.


Try a level mate pro system

The Level Mate Pro system uses a Bluetooth-enabled electronic leveling sensor to send a message to the Level Mate app on your phone.  Simply mount the sensor somewhere inside your RV, set it to your preferences using your smartphone, and calibrate it. 


Never use stabilizer jacks to level your RV

Stabilizer jacks aren't strong enough to take the weight off your RV. Trying to use stabilizer jacks to level your RV can result in damaging them or the frame of your RV.  Don't do it!


Use your automatic leveling system

Many RVs now come with automatic leveling systems that will level your RV with the touch of a button. Then the RV does all the work of leveling the RV using hydraulic jacks.


However, many RVers claim these systems raise the RV too high, and they prefer to level it manually as much as possible.  If you are using auto-leveling, you'll still want to find a flat area to park your RV. The following tips will help you use auto-leveling on your RV.


– If there is any slope on your campsite, park with the front of the RV at the lowest part of the slope.  – Consult your owner's manual. – Always use jack pads under your hydraulic jacks to help displace the weight of the RV. – Always chock in front and back of each of your wheels. – Use the auto-leveling control panel to see which corners of your RV are low and press the corresponding button to automatically level them.