There are several reasons why leveling an RV is necessary. Many of your rig’s systems don’t function properly when it’s not level.
Avoid Damage to Your Refrigerator
Your refrigerator needs to be level to function properly. RV refrigerators are generally absorption refrigerators and are different from home refrigerators. Running your fridge while unlevel can cause damage either immediately or over time, hastening an expensive replacement. RV refrigerators easily cost more than $1,000.
Door Sticking? – Leveling an RV Can Help
RVs are built on a level surface so when they are not level there may be just enough flex in the frame to make it difficult to open and close the doors. This causes excessive wear and tear. If you have slide-outs you’ll be more prone to leaks when not level. A little bending can cause the slightest gap where water can get inside. Water is an RV’s worst enemy.
Proper leveling increases your comfort. If my trailer is not level I feel like I’m falling out of bed. It’s the most disconcerting feeling and can ruin your sleep. It’s amazing how just being out of level by a small amount can really make you feel like you’re walking uphill.
It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect
Now that I’ve laid all that out for you I’ll fess up to the fact that I don’t always level my trailer when I stop for the night. Here’s what I do if I’m making an overnight stop and not disconnecting the truck and trailer. I find the most side-to-side level area and park. Then I put a block under my tongue jack and raiser the front end up if I need to level front to back. I can almost always get level enough by doing that.
I have a handle little device called LevelmatePro that allows me to see how level my Airstream is from my smartphone. I can move around a parking area and easily find the most level area. This allows me to overnight without unhitching and with minimal leveling.
There are safe ways to level your RV. We’ll cover that in another post.
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