Keeping your Motorhome Level
Author: Malcolm Street
Setting up a motorhome at a campsite is generally a fairly simple process - but the biggest challenge is usually getting the motorhome level.
This can be done in a couple of ways, depending on the terrain and angle upon which you’re parked. If the ground is reasonably flat and level and you just want to shore things up, you may be able to use your motorhome’s corner stabilisers, if it’s fitted with them. However, if the motorhome is quite uneven, then you’ll need to use RV levellers to balance things out. These are used by driving the vehicle up on to the levelling device/s.
RV LEVELLERS AND HOW TO USE THEM
There are many different types of RV levellers on the market but the most useful, most common and easiest to use are wedges of sturdy material placed underneath a vehicle's wheels (by driving the vehicle on to them) to make it level.
Most commercially-available levellers, like those at RV Sales Centre, are made of hard plastic, rubber or aluminium with grip or teeth on the bottom.
The leveller, if used correctly, and gravity should keep your motorhome flat and from listing towards any downward slope.
Basically, you place the levellers on the ground in front of your motorhome’s wheels and drive on to them until the motorhome is level. It’s preferable, when using levellers, to try and keep at least one wheel on the ground, and you’ll find installing them easiest if you have a ‘spotter’ to tell you when the RV is level. Levellers may be rated for specific sizes or weights, so you should ensure any leveller you buy is suitable for your intended purpose. They are a relatively cheap piece of equipment and a vital investment for any serious motorhomer.
Your motorhome may come with corner stabilisers, however, it’s important to note that corner stabilisers are just that, and not to be seen as ‘jacks’ for levelling up a motorhome. There is a variety of corner stabilisers available these days but the most common is the “quick drop’ style, which is lowered by unlatching a handle and then adjusted with a winding handle. Another, less common type, requires fully winding up or down so, unless you really likes manual work, these are best avoided, if possible! However, a battery-powered drill with the necessary socket and extension piece can make this job a lot easier and, depending on how accessible the corner stabiliser is, a wheel cross brace can also be used for winding and works quite effectively (usually better than the winding handle).