One element of RVing that you need to get right the first time is leveling your rig. We have you covered with a quick guide to leveling your RV.
Best Practices for Leveling an RV
When it comes to effective leveling, here are some tips that you can follow to make the process easier:
- Park as close to level as possible – The more evenly you start, the less work it will take to get everything in place—and the sooner you can settle down and enjoy camping
- Park with the front end of the RV facing downward – Your rear wheels are the ones that lock when you’re in park, so you want to keep them on the ground. If the front end of the RV is on the lower end of the slope, you’ll be able to lift them instead as you level.
- Always use blocks or jack pads – Using these items will help prevent your jacks from sinking into the ground and keep away damage from the parking pad. And, yes, your jacks can even descend into asphalt if the weather is hot enough.
- Avoid slick and icy surfaces – No matter how evenly you level out your RV, slippery surfaces are prone to making your RV jacks slip out of place. This setup will be harmful to your balance (and for the longevity of your jacks). Avoid these areas as much as possible.
- Always follow your manufacturer recommendations – RV manufacturers give us owner’s manuals to know how to handle our travel trailers and motor homes, so make use of them! We’ve outlined a common approach to how to level an RV, but what’s in your owner’s manual always takes precedence. Be sure to ask for best practices when renting an RV as well.
Pro Tip: Please keep in mind that leveling your RIG is one of the most important steps in the setup process. It’s critical you read all of your manufacturer’s instruction and safety manuals prior to using any ONE or a combination of this equipment.