A good many RV parking sites are less than perfectly level, and that means there’s a good chance that leveling and stabilizing is necessary when settling in. Once you’ve found the perfect place to park that RV, you must then take to the task of getting your RV squared away. Leveling an RV provides the important benefit of preventing you from feeling like you’re sleeping on the side of a sand dune at night, or watching those round fruits bound jovially off of countertops while you’re preparing meals. In addition, RV refrigerators need the stability of level ground to function properly. Without a level RV, you’ll find that perishable food of yours feeling mighty tepid in no time.
Standard rigs often come with leveling ramps or blocks, and a small bubble level to help you determine when the RV is balanced.
Types of Stabilizing Jacks
Many travel trailers and fifth wheels come readily equipped with stabilizer jacks. High-end motorhomes and trailers often come with hydraulic self-leveling systems that manage this on their own, but not all rigs have this convenience. There are a few types of stabilizing jacks on the market, each with their own level of complexity and ease:
- Stabilizing jack stands: These stands are portable and fairly economical, but require you to duck under your RV and carefully place them every time you set up camp.
- Permanently mounted hand-crank jacks: These jacks, most commonly of the scissor jack variety, are permanently affixed to your RV’s frame, making is simple to crank them into place when you’re ready to set up camp.
- Permanently mounted electric jack stands: These jack stands are the easiest and most hands-off (albeit pricier than the manual versions above) and allow you to set them up with the push of a button.
- Make sure that your jacks can support the amount of weight you are attempting to stabilize.
- It can be helpful to place a piece of wood underneath each jack to ensure each jack has stable footing. This is especially helpful on sandy or rocky ground.
- Place or lower your jacks into position.
- Extend the jacks until they are in contact with the RV and the ground. If your jacks are manual, hand-crank them a few more times to make sure they are secure.
Using your stabilizer jacks properly and ensuring that they have solid footing and are securely positioned will keep you level during your stay and get a good night’s sleep (and enjoy incident-free cooking). The proper use of stabilizers will make your stationery time in your rig unwavering comfortable for as long as you choose to settle in one spot. When you’re ready to move on, simply reverse the steps, and go along your merry way.