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Tips for Leveling Your Trailer

May 3, 2013  |  Airstream Blog

I’ve been mentioning getting level a lot lately, and since we’ve established a pretty good system for leveling the trailer, I thought I’d share it.

The first thing we do when arriving at a campsite is determine if we are level from side to side. (I do a little motion with my hands that most people would interpret the meaning to be “so so” but between me and Brian, it means “side to side”). I’m usually outside of the trailer when Brian backs into a spot. When he’s in place, I give my side to side signal with my hand and then go inside to see if we’re level.

I know a lot of people use the level on their hitch to see if they need to add blocks, but we like to put the level inside right next to the refrigerator.

We were aware that being level is important for extending the life of the fridge, but I don’t think we realized how important it is until we had our wheel assembly replaced. The RV repair guy wanted to make sure we were level even when he was replacing our assembly; he said he’s had to fix too many refrigerators because they sat un-level for too long.

I used to use this bubble level, but recently we’ve started using an app on the ipad called: Clinometericon ($1.99).

level

The awesome thing about the Clinometericon is that it gives you a digital read-out. If it shows 1.0, then we need 1 block, 2.0 = 2 blocks etc. If you’re parking on dirt, your blocks might sink in a little. So, when we arrived here, the Clinometericon said we were 3.5 off, so we did 4 blocks and sunk down a little and are sitting perfect. (pictured above)

This level is also nice for when we’re leveling front to back. In the past with the old bubble level I would shout “more” or “a lot more” to Brian while he would lower or raise the jack. Now I tell him the number and he has a much better idea of how far up or down he needs to go.

level-off

The first screenshot, where it’s perfect is with the ipad sitting the long way, front of the trailer to back. Brian showed me today that if we turn the ipad where the length of it points to the tires the level is bit off. So, next time I’ll turn the ipad depending on the direction we’re leveling. Though in our current spot, it wouldn’t have made a difference, and extra block would have thrown us off by .6, but still good to know.

Overall, it makes the process a lot easier and much more scientific.

Dinner Last Night:
Cauliflower Crust Pizza. I thought the crust was a little soggy. After I put the cauliflower in the food processor, I noticed that it was pretty moist. Next time, I’m going to soak up some of that water with a paper towel, it’s definitely worth another shot.

2013 Cost of Camping:
23 nights paid camping
99 nights free camping
Total spent on camping this year: $513.25
Daily average cost of camping: $4.21

 

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7 Comments


  1. I didn’t realize how important a level trailer was for the fridge. Sometimes we get as level as possible and then say good enough. Sounds like that’s not the best way to do it.

    I made that cauliflower crust pizza awhile ago. It was pretty soggy and we ate it with forks- but the taste was really good. Still haven’t tried again, but like you said it would be worth another shot.

  2. I am definitely going to look into the Clinometer. It seems to make leveling a bit easiers. By the way, I love all the recipes you post! I have made several of them already!

  3. so how many blocks does it take on average to level you out? Picture looks like a LOT!

    • The last few spots have been 4 blocks, but usually it’s 1 or 2.

      • Looks like four high but 11 altogether…? I think we need some leveling lessons, and a lot more ov those blocks!

        • Per wheel! We have a double axle. We carry 2 bags of blocks, but could really use a 3rd.

          We have some extra blocks that are a different brand that don’t fit with the ones pictured above that we’re planning to give to you guys in July.

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