How to level a pull behind camper? Camping is everyone’s favorite summertime activity, and let’s face it: spending time with loved ones in the great outdoors is one of the best ways to pass the time.
However, regardless of the type of camper you use, camping does entail a considerable amount of preparation and resources.
Now, leveling your camper is one of the most critical tasks to complete as part of setting up your rig at a campsite; the proper operation of essentials such as the refrigerator is dependent on your camper being level.
Furthermore, when a camper is not level, different parts such as door frames, the plumbing system, and windows are subjected to additional stress, which may result in long-term issues and harm to the affected areas.
If you have a tow behind camper, this guide will show you how to level it so that all of the systems work properly and you prevent irritations like things falling off counters.
How to level a pull behind camper
Your towable, like motorized campers, was built to be used when level at campsites, so this is not an activity you should skip, despite the fact that it is not particularly enjoyable.
Before you occupy your camper with your mates, follow these steps to manually level it:
Step-by-step instructions for leveling a pull-behind camper
Tip: Since the exact steps vary from one pull behind to the next, it’s necessary to check your owner’s manual’s “leveling” section for specific instructions before you start.
Bear in mind that leveling these styles of campers requires two main steps:
Operation 1: The first operation is to level the camper from side to side.
Operation 2: Align the camper from front to back.
Here’s how to do it:
Find a place that is relatively flat.
Tow the camper to a level area and park it there.
Attempting to level your camper when parking on a slope not only complicates your mission, but it can also be risky.
Furthermore, the ground on which you park must be solid enough to withstand the maximum weight of jacks and/or other support devices.
However, if you must park on an incline, park the camper facing downhill, depending on where you are camping (than uphill). Since only the rear wheels are usually locked, this is critical.
Prepare the area
Remove any obstacles such as rocks, tree branches, and other objects in the area before you begin leveling; you don’t want them to hinder the method.
The first operation is to level the camper from side to side.
It’s worth noting that the process should be performed in its entirety while the device is still attached to your tow vehicle.
Step 1: Locate the side that requires leveling.
Check the attitude – a small level can be used to see if leveling is needed.
If this is the case, level it from side to side as described in step 2 below.
Step 2: Set up leveling blocks made of plastic or wood.
Begin by putting one or more plastic or wood leveling blocks on the ground in front of the unit’s wheels.
The blocks should be put in close proximity to the tires.
Step 3: Tow the camper onto the leveling blocks in stage three.
Tow the camper onto the blocks slowly.
When the wheels have firmly stepped on the bricks, come to a halt.
Step 4: Assess the situation once more.
Check if the camper is now leveled with your level.
If not, change the wheel position (drive slightly forward/back) as needed.
Step 5: Secure your tires with tire chocks.
Although parking brakes can prevent the camper from rolling away, they aren’t completely secure.
As a consequence, once the tires are level, always position tire chocks under them; when used in conjunction with parking brakes, the wheels are much less likely to roll backward.
This is the method for completing side-to-side leveling that is recommended (and not placing wheels in a hole).
Align the camper from front to back.
Here’s how to level the camper from the front to the back:
Step 1: Place the jack pad/caster wheel under the hitch jack in step one.
The jack pad/caster wheel should be put underneath the hitch jack as the first move.
Step 2: Detach the camper from the trailer.
Disconnect the tow vehicle’s hitch, all safety cords, wiring harness, and everything else.
Step 3: Make any required changes to the jack.
The jack is then balanced down or up until it is level and securely engaged from front to back.
Step 4: Make sure the device is stable.
You can now use stabilizing jacks (at all four corners to avoid the axles from springing again.
Ensure that all jacks have about the same pressure for optimum stability (on them).
A word about models with a leveling system.
Since it eliminates the impact of uneven terrain, a hydraulic leveling system makes choosing a suitable parking spot for the camper simpler and quicker (keep in mind that the hydraulic jacks usually raise any affected low corners).
Remember that when it comes to making it level, units with hydraulic leveling systems are the simplest to level—for the most part, all you have to do is push a button on the control pad of the leveling device and voila!
If you’re uncertain, check your leveling system’s service manual and follow the typically clear instructions to quickly and easily level your camper.
The manual also provides valuable technical detail, extra precautions, and instructions on how to manually level a pull behind camper if the device fails.
Tips and Warnings on Leveling a Pull Behind Camper
To level or lift the pull behind camper, never use stabilizing jacks.
• Never use stabilizing jacks to lift your camper; they are intended to balance the camper, not to bear weight.
• Keep your loved one away from the camper when leveling it; you never know when an accident will happen.
• Stop using leveling blocks on icy or slick surfaces because they can quickly slip and make driving the tires up onto them more difficult.
You want your camper to be as even and secure as possible when you decide to remain in the same place for several days/weeks/months.
If you need to level your camper after evaluating the land, repeat the steps above once you’ve arrived at the site.
Spending a few extra minutes during site setup is well worth it!