Before the electricity.
Before the water.
You must level your RV.
If it is not level the refrigerator won’t work. That is very true. In fact, your refrigerator might permanently damage itself and cost you an easy $1000.
If you are not level, it will affect your sleep, your balance, the toilets, showering, and almost every single aspect of living.
You absolutely positively must do all you can to get the RV as level as possible. Spending an extra 15 minutes getting the darned thing level will save you so much pain down the road.
Most of us have 5th wheels or travel trailers rather than big daddy auto-leveling class a systems. So spending a few moments reading up on leveling your RV is a pretty good investment. Read on friends!
Some RV52.com articles on leveling your RV:
- Basic RV Leveling
- Leveling our 5th Wheel
- Never ever do this, especially with a 14,000 pound 5th wheel
- About the 5th Wheel leveling system
- RV Rear Leveling Jacks
- 5th Wheel Landing Gear – from Your 5th Wheel RV – The Exterior
Leveling your smaller RV using a manual system – the old way
There was one question that was really dogging me : If you have leveling jacks on the four corners of the RV, but aren’t supposed to use them for leveling and you need to level the RV from left to right…
…what do you do about the wheels of the RV if your left to right is not level?
- The wheels DO NOT LEVEL left to right.
- The jacks on the four corners only provide SUPPORT for sagging, not lift for leveling.
- The jacks are correctly named STABILIZER jacks.
- The FRONT JACK on the tow bar is the jack you should use for leveling front to back.
HERE is the correct leveling procedure, which I’ll put in as SHORT as I possibly can so that you can see it is very simple.
- Park the RV so that the left to right of the RV is level. You may have to park the wheels that are on the LOW side of the RV on something – like a wide board (or two or three).
- Suspend your disbelief that there is not a better way – at least on some RV’s.
- Disconnect from the tow vehicle.
- Crank the main tow bar hitch UP or DOWN so that the RV is level from front to back.
- Crank down EACH stabilizer jack so that it kisses the ground, then give it a little more pressure so that it just supports the corner and doesn’t LIFT it.
Some RV leveling system instruction manuals:
- PowerGear Manual RV Leveling System Users Manual and Guide
- IntelliJacks RV Leveling System Users Manual