Balancing Act – RV Parking on Uneven Surfaces

Balancing ActI recently changed parks, moved to California. Unfortunately, the park I am living in now, requires a Balancing Act on the parking space. In other words, the space is off kilter, and the owners of the park have not tried to level it. Of course you get what you pay for, and my monthly cost is only a little higher than it was out in New Mexico, so I am getting a really good deal.

The Balancing Act

So when we’re doing a balancing act, you can pretty much look at the RV when it’s off the truck, and see if it’s off balance, if it’s extreme enough. Even after having settled in for a month, we are still off kilter slightly, but it’s a lot better than it was.

In order to balance your RV, the first thing you are going to need, is a leveling kit. There are several to choose from, some people will even use boards and bricks. This will allow you to lift one side, and it’s the most important part of leveling.

But the most important tool, is the bubble level. The longer the level, the better, as you will be able to more accurately tell if your RV is off kilter. Interestingly, if you use a small bubble level, it’s actually much harder to see if you are level – unless it’s mounted when you are level. But even then, it’s not much help, because you can’t tell exactly how much you are off. – Let me explain.

When I use a long level, like the one I linked (you can also get them at hardware stores), I know that if I am off by half an inch to make the RV level, and I have an 8 foot RV, then I know I actually need to raise one side by 2 inches. I divide 8 foot width by 2 feet (the length of my level), and lift the level off the flat surface I am using to get the accuracy by, and measure how much I left the level by. If it’s off by an inch, then I can multiply the 1 inch by 4, to tell how many blocks, or the amount of height I need to lift one side by.

While a standard bubble level will tell you whether or not you are level, by looking at the bubble and if it falls in the middle, it’s trial and error to know how much you need to lift a side by.

So get a level (at least 2 feet long), get a leveling kit (or just use bricks/wood), and this will allow you to more accurately tell how much you need to place under one tire.

Do remember, when you are doing your own Balancing Act, that your stabilizing jacks are only meant to stop rocking motions, not to be used as a leveling system.

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