A Balancing Act: How to Level a Travel Trailer like a Pro


Hey there, asphalt aficionados! It’s me, Bob “The Whiz” Johnson, back again to empower you with the knowledge you need to keep your RV living experience smooth and level. Get ready, because we’re diving deep into the science and art of balancing your travel trailer. Remember, balancing is the key to a happy RV life – it’s like the secret ingredient in your grandma’s world-famous apple pie. You don’t want your RV appliances going on strike or chasing a deviant egg across your countertop, do you?

First things first, you’ve got to pick your ideal spot. This isn’t just about finding a patch of land that looks straight enough to play a round of golf. Consider the view you’d like to wake up to each morning, the path of the sun if you’re harnessing solar energy, and the level of privacy you want from your camping neighbors. Trust me, you don’t want to be breaking bread with them at dinner time, not unless you’re planning a potluck​.

Once you’ve got your spot, unhitch your trailer and start the leveling process. Side-to-side leveling comes first and it’s all about the right tools. You’ll need leveling blocks or a leveling ramp, and a trusty 4′ level or a LevelMatePro​. The latter is a godsend that connects to your phone via Bluetooth and tells you how much lift to add, saving you some guesswork. You’ll feel like a kid with a new video game!​​

Next up is front-to-back leveling, which is achieved using your tongue jack. This is where you’ll appreciate an electric tongue jack that’ll save your arms from a workout. Think of it as a power tool for your RV​.

After your travel trailer is balanced like a ballerina, it’s time to ensure it stays that way. Stabilizer jacks are your friend here – lower them to the ground or a leveling block, but remember, they’re only for stabilization, not for leveling​​.

If your RV is equipped with a slide-out, make sure you only deploy it once your RV is perfectly level to keep it on its tracks. It’s like trying to slide into a pair of jeans that are just right – any imbalance and it can go off course​​.

Now, why is all of this so important, you ask? A leveled RV isn’t just about comfort, it’s about functionality. Your RV fridge, stove, and slide-out depend on it. Imagine trying to cook when your pan slides off the stove, or your fridge refusing to cool your drinks because it’s not level. It’s a domino effect you don’t want to start​​.

In conclusion, remember, leveling your RV is an art and a science that gets easier with practice. So, don’t get discouraged if it takes a few tries. Keep at it, and you’ll be an RV leveling pro in no time. Safe travels, level sites, and remember, keep your life and RV in balance!


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