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What's The Proper Leveling Procedure For A Travel Trailer

by Rich Cohen
(Long Beach, Ca)

How to Level a Travel Trailer

How to Level a Travel Trailer

How to Level a Travel Trailer
What's The Proper Leveling Procedure For A Travel Trailer

Hi,

I have a very basic question. I have a 19' travel trailer and I'm new to trailering/RVing.

I'm afraid I have bent the crap out of my "C" style jack stands. So before I replace them, I want to know the proper procedure for leveling the trailer.

So I put the front foot down, and then go to lower the back jack stands, then the front. Then I go inside and check my level in the fridge or freezer.

See that it’s not level go back outside and the frustration begins.

Please tell me what I should do.
Thanks,
Rich

ANSWER: Hi Rich, first I would like to welcome you to the RVing lifestyle and let you know that I feel your frustration. The simple rule of leveling a Travel Trailer or 5th Wheel is to level side to side first and then level front to back.

I know it sounds easy, but I know how frustrating it can be when you first start doing it. I will tell you that it will become quite easy after you have done it a couple of times.

The first thing I would suggest you do to make it easier is to install some RV Level Indicators on the outside of your trailer, so you can use them to get the trailer level rather than having to go in and out of the trailer to check the level.


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Depending on how level your campsite is you may have to pull the trailer up on some Leveling Blocks to get the sides of the trailer level. By adding or removing blocks you should be able to get it Level. If your trailer has any slideouts they should remain closed until the trailer is fully level and stabilized.

Tire Chocks

Now that you have got it level as possible use Tire Chocks (pictured above) to chock the trailer wheels.

Now you can unhook your trailer and use the Tongue Jack to level the trailer front to rear. finally you can deploy the trailer stabilizers. The scissor stabilizers are only designed to keep the trailer stable and they should not be used to level the trailer as they could damage the stabilizers or the frame of your trailer.

If your Tongue Jack and stabilizer Jacks have to travel a long ways down it can stress them or damage them. To prevent damage you should pile up some RV Jack Pads or pieces of board to decrease the distance that your jacks have to travel. It is a good practice to always have at least one jack pad under each jack, so that the jacks do not sink into the ground or cause damage to the surface of the ground they are sitting on.

Andersen Camper Leveler

There are some simple leveling systems available that make leveling your trailer a lot easier one of those systems is called the Andersen Camper Leveler (pictured above). The video below shows how easy it is to level your trailer with the Andersen Camper Leveler System.



Once the the trailer is leveled you can open any slideouts your trailer may have and deploy the slideout stabilizers (if so equipped).

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I hope this helps.

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Leveling
by: Joe

If you have a Trailer where you have just the axle wheels and the crank-jack on the front with the four stabilizers on the corners... Remember they are Stabilizers, not jacks, so don't try to level with them, just get them to seat firmly AFTER you level to keep everything stable. Do not be tempted to crank them more to balance the trailer, they will bend. Plus, raising or lowering a single corner at a time is not a good idea unless you have a level on the front and back and compare them to make sure you are not Twisting your frame. The typical RV fridge needs to be level to within about 3 degrees to function properly.

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Easier Leveling
by: Joe

I use the RV LEVEL (search for MadeByJoe on Amazon) to view my levels while adjusting. No more running around looking at bubble levels. Super convenient.


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Don't go crazy
by: bill

Contrary to what some may tell you, the trailer does not have to be perfectly level. Getting it close is OK. I carry a couple of 2x8's to go under the tires for side to side leveling. I angled the ends to make the tire ride up more easily. This should get you ball-parked in.

Front to rear is a breeze with the front jack - however - I still carry a chunk of 6x6 to rest the bottom of the jack on. For stability, it is best to keep the jack length as short as possible.

If you are going to use wood to level, I would recommend using pressure treated.

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stabilizer jacks
by: Anonymous

The trailer needs to be leveled side to side first, by using levelers under the low side tires. The use of a level mounted on the front of the trailer makes this easier. Place chocks.The trailer can then be unhitched and leveled front to back using the front hitch jack. The stabilizer jacks can now be lowered until they are snug. Any slides can now be deployed. stabilizer jacks are designed to stabilize, not for leveling.

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Leveling
by: Anonymous

It should be noted that the scissor jacks & other jacks found on travel trailers & 5th wheels are STABILIZERS not LEVELING JACKS. Trying to lift the corner of a 5000 to 12000 unit will give you more than bent stabilizers, it will probably give you a combination of back problems and torn rotator cuffs.

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Leveling with a slide?
by: Anonymous

What about if you have a slide? Should you extend the slide first before leveling or should you extend it after you level and run your jack stands down?

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travel trailer jack system
by: Anonymous

a friend of mine just bought a 2003 travel trailer and it did not come with the toolfor leveling the trailer. The jack stands are bolted to the frame on all 4 corners. The leg that goes to the ground has a metal disc about 7 inches round on the jack stand system. I will call it a treaded rod is incased in a metal housing with about 6 inches showing. This screw rod has a groove made in it that the tool would lock on to and then turn it to bring down the leg. He had to use a pair of channel locks to get the screw to turn. Where can you purchase and what is the type of handle called.

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