How to Level an RV

Leveling an RV for beginners and experts

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••• Leveling a RV ensures that not only are you on an even surface, but that your RV doesn't sink into the ground. gaspr13/E+/Getty Images

Let’s get on the same level: Can you guess where we’re going with this? I want to talk to you about leveling your RV. This task has been the boon of many an RVer as they toil to level their RV.

It doesn’t have to be too difficult. In this guide, I’ll talk about why it’s important to level your RV and some techniques to make this task easier. Then, we’ll all be on the same level at the RV park, campground, or resort.

Why You Have to Level an RV Right

You’d like to remain level for personal comfort. No one likes sleeping on a leaning bed or watching your food slide off the table. A more solid reason to keep level is to maintain an important appliance: Your refrigerator. 

The RV refrigerator - an absorption refrigerator - needs to be level to allow chemicals inside the refrigerator to flow. Not only will operating an RV refrigerator on an uneven surface cause it to malfunction, it may also cause permanent damage. This will force you will find yourself shopping for a new one. We recommend keeping a circular bubble level on top of your refrigerator to make sure that the fridge is level while operating. 

Now that we know the importance of staying level, we need an easy way to achieve it. If you’re lucky, your RV will have built-in hydraulic or electric levelers with stabilizers, but for the rest of us, we’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way with blocks. 

Leveling an RV with Blocks

The number of leveling blocks you will need will depend on the ground you’re parking on. Most RV parks do their best job to keep the sites level, but if you’re into dry camping chances are that you may have some uneven ground to deal with. 

What you use to level is your choice. Some RVers carry simple pieces of lumber along with them but we recommend getting something more stable, such as RV leveling blocks which are available at many camping, outdoors, and even some big box stores. The advantage of using RV blocks is that they’re built for the job. Using planks or lumber may cause stress on the tires if the entirety of the weight is not distributed over the whole tire. 

Take a walk around the RV park before you start the leveling process to give you an idea of where your RV might need some help. Pull the RV into the spot just a few feet from where you intend on parking. Place the blocks underneath the wheels with your best guesstimate on what will level everything out. Try to leave at least one tire on the ground at all times to keep the RV stable.

Relax the brakes and try to let the idle of your engine roll your vehicle up onto the blocks. Keeping a bubble level on your RV dashboard is an easy way to gauge how far off you are. If you’re off a little, don’t worry, back up and try again, and before you know it, you’ll be able to get your RV level first try. Check the bubble level on your refrigerator to make sure everything looks good, too.

Now you have a level RV, so you can sleep and not worry about having to buy a new fridge.