The idea of leveling your new travel trailer may seem daunting, but you can get this done in 12 easy steps. The process is worth mastering as it’ll mean a more comfortable stay for you and help equipment such as your refrigerator run more efficiently.
To level your travel trailer left-to-right, use leveling blocks under the tires to raise the trailer on the left or right side as the slope demands. For front-to-back leveling, use the trailer’s A-frame jack to raise or lower the nose of the trailer.
There are a range of options for leveling blocks, from the simple to the advanced. But we’ll show you those options too. As well as a few other accessories to consider.
How to level your travel trailer in 12 easy steps
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Leveling left to right
Different Types of Leveling Blocks
Leveling blocks come in a host of different styles. These range from simple weather-treated wooden boards through to electronic automated leveling systems. Take care to purchase a system that is sufficient for the weight of your loaded trailer.
Dig a Hole
If you are boondocking, then an option may be to simply dig a hole to lower one side of the trailer. Not an option on established campsites though.
We use a range of 6” by 2” boards of differing lengths. We can build a ramp as needed for more height. Make sure you get weather-treated boards that are smoothed, not rough cut.
Building Block Levelers
Building block levelers are one step up from wooden blocks and look like flattened LEGO bricks. Add blocks as needed to create the correct height.
The advantage with ramps is that you don’t need to estimate the height needed - as long as you stay within the range of the ramp, typically 4” of height. Drive slowly onto the ramp as your helper simultaneously checks the vertical level on the trailer.
These blocks are probably the easiest option if you are on your own, but you’ll still have to leave your vehicle and check the vertical level.
Light Trailer Tire Leveler
This is only an option for light trailers, up to about 1500lbs per axle and 15” tires. It works rather like a conventional jack; you wedge the jack next to your tire and ratchet upwards.
Electronic Automatic Leveling Systems
These are advanced systems that basically take all the work out of leveling. Typically 4 jacks are installed on the trailer to replace the role of both the blocks and standard stabilizers- all controlled from a touchpad or your ‘phone.
The Role of Your Travel Trailers Stabilizer Jacks
The four small scissor jacks at the corners of your travel trailer are there to stabilize the trailer after you've leveled. They should not be used to push the trailer into a level position. Their role is to lessen the wobble on a trailer that has already been leveled.
Other Accessories to Consider
Fitted Bubble Levels
You can fit bubble levels on to the outside of your trailer that will help speed up the process slightly.
Electronic / App Levels
There are also electronic levels that will communicate with an APP on your phone to confirm that your trailer is level.
Tire Locking Wheel Stabilizer
As the name suggests the wheel stabilizer’s function is to provide an extra brace between two tires and adds to the stability of your trailer. It is not technically part of the leveling process. However, we’ve found that our trailer just maintains level and stability better when we add this device after stabilizing the trailer.
Leveling for a Trailer with a Slide-Out
All the leveling and stabilizing needed should be done before extending any slide-outs from your trailer. Sometimes a slide-out can move the left-right level slightly. As you get used to leveling your trailer, you might find a pattern and can set the initial leveling slightly higher or lower as needed.
Should a Travel Trailer be Level when Towing?
It is recommended that your trailer is level when traveling as this reduces sway, helps stability, assists with braking performance, and is simply safer. Use the hitch to raise or lower the trailer as needed.
Leveling a Travel Trailer and Deciding on the Best Leveling System for You
As you can see, there are a host of options when it comes to equipment to help you get your travel trailer level. Overall you’ll be looking for a balance between durability, price, weight requirements for your trailer, and ease of use.
The process to level your travel trailer is always the same though: