Not all campgrounds or RV parks spots are created equal. Depending on the site, your travel trailer just won’t sit level and this can cause all sorts of issues from your refrigerator malfunctioning to your tires sinking into the ground so that you can’t pull out when it’s time to go home. Leveling a travel trailer isn’t hard to do it, it just takes a bit of patience.
What You Need to Manually Level a Travel Trailer
In order to level a travel trailer properly, you want to ensure you have two levels on board when you travel. One level will be used for going left to right, and the other will be used for going front to back. You really need both to ensure you’re properly leveled. It makes a difference, especially when sleeping at night.
You can purchase travel trailer levels at any RV outlet store or online. For travel trailers, or any type of trailer, you’ll place both levels outside. One will go on the passenger side of the front of the trailer left to right,while the other will go on the driver’s side front to back. This will give you the most accurate measure if you’re level or not, especially after making adjustments.
Another item to have on hand is a wheel chock. Keep at least one with your travel trailer at all times. The wheel chock ensures that your tire will not move once you get it set up on the leveling blocks. If your whole site is uneven, you may need more than one for the safest setup.
In order to use wheel chocks, you'll get your travel trailer in place on the leveling blocks, then place the wheel chock opposite the blocks. While experts go back and forth on whether you need more wheel chocks, it really depends on where you're leveling your travel trailer. It never hurts to have more than one wheel chock on hand in the event of getting an especially uneen site.
You’ll also need leveling blocks, another item that can be bought online or at RV outlet stores. Before you buy your leveling blocks, measure the width of your trailer tires. You want to ensure your leveling blocks are wider than your tires for easier leveling. A 12-piece leveling block set allows for three blocks per tire minimum, depending on the type of travel trailer you have. Depending on the campground or RV park, and how level their sites are, you may need a second set of leveling blocks.Some RVers utilize wood blocks, lumber and other ways to level their travel trailers, but until you get the hang of leveling your trailer, use leveling blocks, it’s much simpler and less frustrating.
Many travel trailers come with pre-installed stabilizing jacks, like Lippert Components Power Stabilizer Jack, that make it much easier to stabilize your RV once level. A stabilizing jack isn’t meant to level your trailer, and anybody who tells you otherwise doesn’t know what they’re talking about. A stabilizing jack is designed to keep your trailer steady when you walk around inside of it, after leveling it. While most of these get the job done, if your travel trailer doesn’t have one installed, you can opt to get one or you can utilize a manual or electric stabilizing jack.
Interested in auto leveling? Watch the video below to learn more!