Every time you park your Travel Trailer you will need to make sure it is level for the slide out, refrigerator, and for your sanity. 99% of the time, this will require levelers. Your trailer needs to be level for many reasons stated below.
To get down to business, our favorite levelers are the Lynx Leveling System. These are the best on the market when it comes to warranty, usability, and durability. Another favorite as we carry both types is the Andersen Leveling System. The Andersen leveling system is the ramp type which is used most of the time and the Lynx are used under the stabilizing jacks and tongue. Sometimes we need one or the other depending on the surroundings. The Andersen system is quicker than the Lynx, and also acts as a wheel chock. Either way you choose to go, both of these are better than the competition.
How to choose the best Travel Trailer Leveling System
Let’s talk about the two trailer leveling levelers that are the best systems on the market today. Trailer leveling systems are one of the most overlooked items in your trailer arsenal. You may think is just a cheap piece of plastic, but these travel trailer levelers can turn your ordinary tilted camper into a level palace in the middle of the outdoors.
Choosing the best travel trailer levelers is an important task for the comfort with your travels in your RV. There are two different styles of travel trailer leveling systems that I would recommend; one being Lynx Travel Trailer Levelers which are the bright orange building block type, and the other being the Andersen travel trailer leveling system which are ramps you drive on, then you or your partner chocks up the ramp and in an instant, your rig is leveled.
Why you need travel trailer levelers?
You may be wondering why you need to spend $30-100 for another contraption for your trailer after you already have all of the accessories including the literal kitchen sink in your rig. You, your family, and your trailer all need a travel trailer leveling system for their own specific reasons.
Your family and yourself need your travel trailer level so you don’t roll out of bed halfway through the night, allowing you to get a good nights rest. Sitting on that crooked dinette bench with grapes rolling all over to the floor wishing you had spent the extra 5 minutes to level your trailer makes leveling systems an easy sell.
Your trailer or RV needs to be level for several reasons; most importantly for your refrigerator. It will not function properly if it is not level. The slide out needs to be level to function properly and not get uneven on its tracks. Cooking in a frying pan can be difficult if the oil you use rolls off to one side of the pan making those fried eggs less than perfect. Taking a shower in an unlevel trailer can leave a puddle of water in the shower pan that is unable to drain, this can be an annoyance to anyone if you also use this area for storage while on the road. We can all agree that dry clothes make happy campers.
Lynx Levelers: The Best Block Type Travel Trailer Levelers
- Easy to use
- Cheaper than alternatives
- Can also be used under leveling jacks in soft dirt
- May take one or two tries to get perfectly level
- Only available in 1″ increments
The building block type is my favorite trailer leveling system and one of the best on the market today. Travel Trailer Leveling Blocks are relatively easy to use, first pull into your desired location about 1.5 feet from where you want your final resting space to be. Next check for level in your trailer, I use a 4’ level. There are also iPhone apps, the LevelMatePro, and bubble levels that will also work, but my brain prefers the good old-fashioned way as well as I already own a level and do not have to go purchase additional items. Someday soon I will try out these other leveling systems and give you my input.
Next assess how many blocks you will use. Most campgrounds are fairly level so you will find yourself only utilizing one to three blocks high. Stack your blocks either in the front of the tires or the rear depending on your final resting spot. Note: it is easier to pull forward over the blocks than go in reverse. Also, it is easier to see if you are on the block from your rear-view mirror going forward. If you need two blocks, you can put one block down first, then stack two blocks next to it in a building block fashion.
Drive up on your stack of blocks and recheck level. Use your judgement if you need more or less blocks and repeat the process. Doing this a few times will make you an expert at estimating the number of blocks needed to achieve level.
Remember, your leveling jacks are not for fine adjustments, they are for stabilization only. Don’t jack up the whole trailer with them or you can damage your frame or your jacks. With the blocks being 1” in height, to get very precise, you can either build some dirt/gravel under the blocks, or dig some out if you need 1.5”. Typically, you will not notice 1” over 7-8 feet of width of trailer. The block type can also be used under your leveling jacks if you have soft ground to prevent sinking.
I prefer the Lynx over the Camco system as it comes in a handy storage bag, they are warrantied for 10 years, and have a stated weight rating of 40,000 pounds. Camco has a screw lock type storage system which has a large handle, are warrantied for 1 year, and do not state the weight rating. Function wise, the Camco functions just like the Lynx system and is about the same price.
Andersen Travel Trailer Levelers: The best ramp type travel trailer leveler
- One time setup
- Also acts as a wheel chock
- More expensive than alternatives
The Andersen travel trailer levelers are mostly the same concept as the block levelers. The difference being that you will not have to start over if you do not estimate the number of blocks correctly.
First, drive to your desired camping spot, park about one foot off of where you want the trailers final resting space to be. Next, place the Anderson levelers in front of the wheels, put the level in the trailer, and start driving. Pull forward and either you or your spotter can check the level as you drive up the ramps.
Once you are level, you or your spotter will put the chocks under the ramps you just drove up. You are now chocked and leveled in one step with no second guessing or re leveling. The block system also acts as a wheel chock system which can save some time. I prefer to also utilize the X-Chocks for added precaution and to help trailer wobble while you are moving inside.
What we like
As mentioned, I personally like the block type trailer leveling system better as my spotter is usually chasing down our 1 year old. While she is chasing down the little one, I am in and out of the truck checking for level. If you are trailing alone with Anderson travel trailer levelers, then you are back and forth from the tow vehicle just as you would be with the block system not saving any real time. If I had a dedicated spotter or LevelMatePro, completing this in one step would be quick and easy. Just use the Bluetooth app, drive the vehicle up the ramps, then put the vehicle in park when level and chock the ramps up and you are done.
You can’t go wrong with either way of leveling blocks or ramps mentioned in this article.
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