Have you ever parked your camper and discovered that something doesn’t feel quite right?
Well, you are likely noticing that your motorhome is not level. Many modern campers are equipped with auto-leveling systems, but that does not mean all campers have this feature.
Regardless of if your camper does or does not have an auto-leveling system, you will benefit from reading this informative article that details all the important things you need to know about leveling your camper.
Here’s The Answer To If It Is Difficult To Level Your Camper Without Moving It:
You can level a camper without moving it if you use a wedge system or auto-leveling system. It only takes between 5 to 15 minutes to level an average-sized camper. Some large campers need to be moved to level properly depending on what they have on board and an auto-leveling system.
Can You Always Level A Camper Without Moving It?
Generally, you can level a camper without moving it using an auto-leveling system or a wedge system.
However, larger campers can take longer to level, and some large campers do need to be moved to level properly depending on what they have on board and if they have an auto-leveling system.
Additionally, you can’t always level a motorhome without moving it if you have parked it on a hill or at an area where the ground is not relatively flat and even.
What Equipment Do You Need To Level A Parked Camper?
Usually, the most common method to level an older model camper when you don’t have an auto-leveling system is using a block system. This system requires you to move your camper to level it.
Fortunately, you can level a camper while it’s parked if you have an auto-leveling system or use a wedge system and have the right equipment. If you are using a wedge system, all you need to do is drive your motorhome onto the wedge and park it. Once that’s done, you can level it from front to back.
You will need a bubble level and a tongue jack for this part of the parked leveling process. You must take your level and place it on your campers window frame or step to measure how level it is.
Then you will use a tongue jack to raise or lower the front of your camper until it reads as level on your bubble level.
Afterward, you can lower the tongue jack until it is tight and immovable. Yet, before unhitching, be sure to use chocks to chock your wedge levels correctly and secure your camper once it has been leveled.
If you have a newer camper or want to purchase one, you should opt for a motorhome with an auto-leveling system. This system allows you to level your camper easily while it’s parked without needing any equipment.
With an auto-leveling system, you need to park and press the auto-leveling button. When you push this button, your camper will automatically level as necessary.
How Much Can You Level A Parked Camper?
In general, you should level your parked camper within one to two degrees from the plum.
Essentially, this means that you will need to make sure your parked camper is displaying about half a bubble on your bubble level.
Can You End Up Damaging The Camper?
A camper can be a pricey investment, so you need to keep it leveled correctly.
If you don’t level it correctly, you can cause damage. You need always to ensure it is level from front to back and side to side because if you don’t, you can add unnecessary stress to many areas of your camper, such as the plumbing, door frames, cupboards, suspension, and chassis.
Additionally, it might be challenging to believe, but you can damage your camper’s tires by not leveling your motorhome correctly. This is because if your motorhome has level issues, the tires will take the brunt of the weight, which can cause excessive wear and tear, which could lead to an accident while driving.
Moreover, besides damaging the construction elements, tires of your motorhome, if you don’t ensure you have leveled your camper properly, you can also cause damage to your campers refrigerator.
If you don’t want your fridge to get damaged, it must not be tilted more than three degrees from a level position.
Can You Use Your Stabilizer Jacks To level A Parked Camper?
One of the biggest mistakes RVers make when leveling their camper is thinking that stabilizer jacks can level it.
This is far from the case as stabilizer jacks are only meant to stabilize your camper to stop all movement created by people moving around inside your camper.
Using your stabilizer jacks to level your camper will damage your jacks and twist your frame.
This is because your stabilizer jacks cannot bear the weight of your camper as your wheels and suspension can.
Can You Level A Camper With Slides Out?
Usually, you should not extend your slide-outs on your camper if you are still trying to level it.
You don’t want to have your slide-outs extended if your camper is not balanced correctly. Trying to level your camper with the slides out can lead to you making mistakes and can be a safety hazard.
However, some will be pleased to learn that there is an exception to this rule, but only if you have an auto-leveling system equipped in our camper. Some newer camper models have an auto-leveling system that can calibrate and level your motorhome correctly, even if you have the slides out.
Yet, don’t try this with your auto-leveling system before consulting your owner’s manual to see if it is possible, as you can damage your camper if it cannot calibrate and level correctly with the slides out.