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February 9, 2021

What Happens If Your RV Is Not Level?

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Have you ever wondered what happens when your RV is not level? Do you want to know how you can ensure your RV to be leveled properly? Keep on reading to learn more.

In this article, aside from learning what happens if your RV is not level, we are also going to take a closer look at how to automatically level your RV, how you can level your RV manually by yourself, and some of the things that you need for the process of having your RV leveled for you.

If your RV is not level correctly, your refrigerator will fail to work, the plumbing system will cause a lot of problems, accidents will most likely occur in the kitchen area, and sleeping in an uneven RV can be very frustrating.

Please keep in mind that every single piece of information that I'm about to share with you is completely based on my personal experience as an RV owner, so you know that you are getting 100% authentic advice from a real RV owner. So, with that being said, let's jump right into the article now.

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What Happens If Your RV is Not Level?

Please note that most of the propane refrigerators available on the market right now will not function normally as usual if they are not positioned on a flat surface and leveled properly. On top of that, running a propane refrigerator when it is not leveled the right way can actually cause a lot of damage to the refrigerator, which means that you won't be able to use it for a long time.

It's just a question of when the refrigerator finally stops working. The same goes for if you're using standard mini-fridges as these types of fridges would be required to be leveled properly. The reason being is that the refrigerant contained inside these fridges will not work as it is expected to because it needs to circulate in the fridge, and in order to make it circulate properly, something must be done to make sure the fridge is not positioned at an angle.

If nothing is done to fix this issue and the fridge is allowed to operate at an angle, then the fridge's level of efficiency will decrease, and it will eventually stop working altogether. Next, you will also face a lot of plumbing issues if your RV is not leveled properly. The first thing that you might notice is that the readings of the tank are not displaying the accurate readings that it was supposed to show you, and not only that, the water will also be unable to flow effectively like how it used to be.

Even if you don't actually care if you damage or lose something in your RV that might cause your refrigerator and the plumbing system to shut down, you will most probably want to fix the level for safety concerns. This is because any type of recreational vehicle that is sitting at a certain angle will potentially lead to an extremely dangerous kitchen space. Just ask yourself this, would you like the hot chocolate that you just made a few minutes ago to spill as you have a tilted dining table? I don't think so; hence, it's a good idea to make sure that you level your RV well before going for a trip.

How to Automatically Level Your RV?

Some towable RVs and the majority of Class A RVs would usually have a default hydraulic system that allows you to easily level your RV with just a push of a single button. It will automatically make any kinds of adjustments that are needed by utilizing the hydraulic jacks to conveniently elevate the points that are uneven that are available around your RV.

These auto-leveling systems are great; however, you should always keep in mind that it's always a good idea to find a decent location that is fairly level before you can decide to push that button. Hence, it's highly recommended for you to bring along with you a bubble level for the trip so that you will be able to know for sure that the spot that you decide to park is fairly level.

The first thing that you might want to do just as when you arrived at your desired destination is to position the front part of your vehicle to the lower side of a parking space or a campsite that has an uneven surface. What you will have to do next is to ensure that the position of lower points of your RV is located at the front part of the vehicle as by doing this, you will have the ability to level your recreational vehicle by elevating the front part of it instead of its rear end.

Please note that this is one of the things that you must do to ensure your safety, as when you park your RV, only the wheels that are located at the backside of your vehicle remains locked. Your RV has the potential to accidentally roll on its own if you raise either both or even one of your rear wheels off the ground. Just in case you are inexperienced in leveling an RV and unsure of your decision, then it's highly recommended for you to use the parking brakes whenever you need them and chock the front wheels. Once you have done all of these steps, then it's safe to allow you to finally press that button to automatically level your RV.

How Can I Level My RV Manually?

Most of the Class B and C RVs would not have any auto hydraulic leveling system, so there's no choice except to have your RV leveled all by yourself right when you have arrived at your destination. The first step is by getting your bubble level as you will need to use it to check the current level of your RV, starting from right to left followed by front to back.

One of the perfect spots to place your bubble level is the countertop. QUICK TIP: Sometimes, you can have your RV leveled by simply elevating uneven points available onto a pair of elevating blocks; hence it's highly recommended for you to double-check your level starting from right to left and followed with front to back.

After that, in a case where your level is uneven, specifically only from back to front, then one thing that you should do is to raise your back or front wheels by driving onto a pair of blocks. Which wheels (the front or the back wheels) that need to be raised onto a pair of blocks entirely depend on what the bubble level displays so you might want to learn how to interpret a bubble level before going on any of your trips.

Just in case you have an uneven level, specifically only from right to left, you should increase the elevations of the two of your left or right wheels. One way to do this is to simply drive your RV onto a pair of blocks. Again, which side of the wheels that you might want to raise entirely depends on what the bubble level tells you. Just in case your level is uneven from right to left as well as from back to front, you should adjust the level by simply elevating one corner up on the blocks.

Keep in mind that you should always start by searching for some nice spots that are flat so that you will be able to easily level your RV manually by yourself. On the other hand, if the level of a particular spot is extremely off to the extent that it requires you to drive onto a stack of more than three blocks, I would highly suggest you find a new spot. This is one of the indications that you may use to determine whether the spot that you are about to park your RV on is safe for you or otherwise.

What are the Essential Things to Have to Level an RV?

Essential Things You Must Have to Level a:

Towable RV

  • One bubble level
  • Preferably two leveling blocks
  • Wheel Chocks

Important Note: Wheel Chocks are extremely important as most towable RVs don't have their own parking brakes or transmission equipped with them by default.

Motorized RV

  • One bubble level
  • Two leveling blocks (2 by 6 inches)

With those things packed in your bags, you should have everything you need to level your RV when you have arrived at your destination later on.

What is the Difference between Leveling and Stabilizing?

The purpose of having your RV leveled is to make sure that your trailer is positioned on a level surface when it is parked. Leveling blocks and jacks help you to support the total weight of the trailer. On the other hand, the purpose of stabilizing is to help you fix your RV position in a certain location when there is a strong wind blowing from the outside or when you are moving around inside your RV. One way that you could use to stabilize your RV is by using the stabilizing jacks. These jacks will help you to prevent any movement that could potentially topple your RV, although it is not meant to be used to support the total weight of the trailer.

How Hard It Really Is Leveling an RV?

For beginners that have never levelled an RV before, it could be quite frustrating and annoying at first, but once you have successfully managed to have your RV leveled manually by yourself, things will become a lot easier. Most of the veterans who have mastered the art of RV leveling will tell you that they can level any type of RV within just a few minutes.

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Hi there! I'm a 30-year-old RV owner. My wife and I started our RV journey back in 2013 when we had our first son. The first RV that I purchased was the 2007 Tiffin Allegro. One of the things that I love the most about this lifestyle is that it allows me to travel to multiple places with my family while having the comfort of being at home in my lovely RV. Currently, we're using the 2016 Forest River Grey Wolf 26DBH Travel Trailer, which we tow behind our truck.

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