Last Updated on February 10, 2023 by Douglas
Leveling a travel trailer side to side is an important skill for any RV enthusiast. It ensures that your trailer is not only level while parked, but also that it will remain level while in motion, which can prevent damage to the trailer and its contents. Knowing how to properly level a travel trailer side to side can also save you time and money in the long run if you ever need to make adjustments or repairs due to improper leveling. In this article, we will discuss why it is important to level a travel trailer side to side, what tools you need, as well as a step-by-step guide on how to do it correctly.
2. Why Leveling a Travel Trailer is Important
Leveling your travel trailer is essential for many reasons. First, it ensures that all of the weight of your trailer is evenly distributed when parked at an RV park or campsite. This prevents any damage from occurring due to uneven weight distribution when the trailer is in motion. Second, it makes loading and unloading items inside of the trailer much easier since there are no slopes or inclines that may cause items to slide or fall off shelves or cabinets. Finally, leveling your travel trailer correctly will ensure that all of your appliances and fixtures are working properly since they are designed for use on a level surface.
3. Tools Needed for Leveling a Travel Trailer Side to Side
There are several tools needed for leveling a travel trailer side to side:
• Level – The most basic tool needed for this job is a standard carpenter’s level with two bubble vials (one horizontal and one vertical). This tool will help you determine if the surface you’re parking on is even and if the ground underneath your wheels needs adjusting so that your RV remains level while parked at an RV park or campsite.
• Jack Pads – Jack pads are used underneath jacks or stabilizers when raising or lowering them in order to keep them from sinking into soft ground or damaging asphalt surfaces when parking at an RV park or campsite.
• Jack Stands – Jack stands are used in conjunction with jack pads in order to raise and lower jacks/stabilizers safely without damaging surfaces below them.
• Wheel Chocks – Wheel chocks provide extra stability by preventing movement of the wheels once they have been positioned correctly during leveling process.
4. Step-by-Step Guide on How to Level a Travel Trailer Side to Side
1) Park your RV in an area with relatively flat ground so that it does not have too much slope either way (front-to-back or left-to-right). If necessary, use blocks under the tires of one end of the RV so that both sides are as close as possible before beginning the leveling process (this will make things much easier).
2) Place jack pads under each jack/stabilizer before raising them up so they don’t sink into soft ground or damage asphalt surfaces below them when adjusting height levels later on in the process (jack stands may also be used depending on how high you need each jack/stabilizer raised).
3) Use carpenter’s level with two bubble vials (one horizontal and one vertical) placed on top of each wheel hub one at a time (make sure both wheels on same axle are checked together). Adjust jacks/stabilizers until bubbles within both vials line up perfectly indicating that wheel hub is now perfectly leveled (repeat this step for all four corners of RV).
4) Place wheel chocks around each wheel after they have been leveled so that they do not move out of position during transit (this provides extra stability).
5 Tips and Tricks for Easier Leveling of The Trailer
1) Make sure all four corner jacks/stabilizers are adjusted evenly when checking levels with carpenter’s level – this will ensure even weight distribution across entire length/width of RV once leveled correctly; otherwise some areas may be higher than others causing sloping floors inside living area which may cause items inside cabinetry/shelving units shift during transit resulting in broken dishes etc…
2) If possible use additional blocks under tires at one end of RV before beginning process – this helps ensure both sides remain as close as possible throughout entire process; otherwise more adjustments may be needed if sides become uneven while leveling
3) Use jack pads underneath jacks/stabilizers before raising them up off ground – this prevents sinking into soft ground which could result in uneven levels being achieved 4) Use wheel chocks around each tire after they have been leveled – this provides extra stability by preventing movement during transit 5) Test levels again after driving short distance – sometimes slight adjustments may be needed due adjustment from road vibrations etc…
Leveling a travel trailer side by side requires patience and attention but can be done easily with proper tools and techniques described above! With practice and experience, soon enough you’ll become an expert at quickly getting your trailer perfectly leveled every time!