rv Education 101
How to Level your Travel Trailer
I’m Mark Polk, and today, I want to talk about and demonstrate how to level your travel trailer at the campground. For today’s demonstration, we’ll be using this Keystone Passport travel trailer. Let’s start right now.
The first thing to do when you arrive at your campsite is position the RV on the site and level it. Lots of folks se blocks of wood to level their travel trailer, but there are products like these stackers and links levelers designed to make the job of leveling the trailer quick and easy.
Position the trailer on the site so you have access to all of the campground connections, and so there’s room for the slide-outs to open without obstructions. Check for overhead clearance when positioning the RV on the site. Check to see if the travel trailer is level
from side to side using a carpenter’s level or bubble levels mounted on the trailer. If one side is lower
then the other side, use the leveling blocks to raise the side that is too low. Just lay several of the blocks out and stack the interlocking pads until you achieve the desired height you want.
With the trailer positioned where you want it and level from side to side, chock the trailer wheels so the trailer cannot roll in either direction. Next, disconnect the trailer from the tow vehicle. There are products like this trailer tongue jack stand by Valterra Products, or this automatic Flip Jack flip by Fastway Trailer Products that are designed to support the trailer tongue without worrying about it sinking into the asphalt or ground on a hot or rainy day.
Now, use the trailer tongue jack to level the trailer from front to rear. The only thing left to do is to stabilize the trailer. Lots of travel trailers come equipped with stabilizer jacks already mounted to the trailer’s frame. If not, there are portable models available. Keep in mind that stabilizer jacks are only designed to help stabilize the trailer from rocking and wobbling when you move around inside. They are not designed to support the weight of the trailer. Put a leveling block under each stabilizer jack for secure footing, and lower the stabilizer until it makes firm contact with the ground. Then give it about one additional turn.
That’s how easy it is to level your travel trailer. After a few trips to the campground, you’ll be proficient in no time at all. Remember to always chock the trailer wheels, and never park or attempt to set the trailer up on an incline or on a grade.