Leveling An RV With Blocks, Ramps, And Pads
One tricky part with RVing that we all have to deal with is leveling the RV. Unless at a perfectly leveled campground, it’s a process you have to go through each time you move your camper. This is done with blocks, pads, leveling systems, even apps on your phone. The most traditional one is with blocks and ramps, so today we’re going to be focusing the most on that kind of leveling accessories. Placing blocks or ramps on the ground that you then drive the RV or trailer onto is an easy way to get level.
Is it important that your RV is level? Well, in addition to your doors opening themselves, it can be bad for your RV fridge if you’re not level enough. It can also be a pain in the butt if you’re not level and go to bed, then realize that your legs are slightly above your head, making all the blood go to your head. You can imagine the feeling of that when you’re trying to fall asleep. Make it a priority when you park your RV to make it as level as possible. In the frequently asked question section I go through some other reasons as to why a level trailer is necessary.
Now, let’s take a look at the best leveling blocks and pads on the market.
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A Closer Look At Each Leveling Block
The OxGord leveling ramps are a great solution to leveling your RV. No need to put blocks out, stack them on each other, and go back and forth until you hit the right spot. Just drive up onto the ramps until you’re level enough and you’re done.
You get two ramps in this set, and each is 22 inches long, 8 inches wide and 5 inches high. It will take your tire up to 3.8 inches at most and hold up to 11,000 pounds per axle.
Each ramp has three levels to choose from when leveling.
I like the OxGord RV Camper Leveler Ramps for the ease of use they offer. Just roll up to where you’re the most level, and be done with it. No need to stack and unstack blocks when arriving and leaving, which will save you time and make you a happy camper. The ramps won’t support big and heavy Class A’s without exceeding the 11,000 pound weight limit, but for trailers and smaller Class C’s, these will hold up just fine. The only reason they’re not one of my top picks is due to weight capacity and the one-year limited warranty, but for lighter trailers, I believe these are a great choice.
The OxGord leveler ramps come with one year limited warranty.
- Three levels
- Set of 2
- Easy to use
- 11,000 lbs weight limit
They’re called the original RV leveling system, and Tri-Lynx sure has made a popular product here.
The Lynx Levelers come in a pack of 4 or 10 and are square blocks that you can either put straight on the ground or stack on top of each other to create a higher level. A versatile option, but it takes some experimenting sometimes to find the right level and amount of blocks.
While ten blocks sound like a lot when you start stacking they quickly get used, so consider that and make sure ten is enough for you before you head out to the woods.
Worried about the weight capacity since it’s plastic? Well, these blocks can handle up to 40,000 pounds and won’t be an issue even with bigger RVs and trailers.
Lynx offers a 10-year warranty which tells you something. They’re not lying about the weight capacity, and they genuinely believe in their product.
The Tri-Lynx 00015 Lynx Levelers come with a nylon storage case for easy storage and transport.
Tri-Lynx has created a product that works and does exactly what it’s supposed to do. They’ve also solved an issue with leveling blocks which is how it becomes harder to place a good wheel chock behind the tire when it’s sitting up on leveling blocks. They sell wheel chocks in a set of two that go onto their leveling blocks like it’s Lego. I love this solution. Most leveling blocks stack like Lego to make them sturdy and secure.
- 40,000 lbs weight capacity
- Sells in a pack of 4 or 10
- Nylon bag included
- Easily stacks
- 10-year warranty
- Tricky to get back into the nylon bag
Camco FasTen 2×2 are leveling blocks that are very much like the Lynx blocks above. They stack to the desired height and come in packs of 10.
One thing they do different which I like is the carrying handle on top instead of a nylon bag. The handle unscrews and gives you access to each block, and when in storage the handle is screwed on to the blocks on top to hold them all together. I have these blocks and have to say I like having a handle to carry the blocks around with. You can also take off six blocks or however many you need and screw the handle down onto the remaining blocks that are not in use.
There is no official weight limit advertised with the FasTen 2×2, but Camco officially says that their “leveling blocks are developed and tested to exceed the maximum load rating of any RV tire rating.”
Each block measures 8.5 x 8.5 x 1 inches. Camco says that the stack height should not exceed 4.5 inches.
The blocks come with 12 months warranty.
I own and use the Camco FasTen 2×2 Leveling Block, and so far they’ve held up fine. I like the handle that easily screws onto the top to hold the blocks in place during transport and storage. I do wish they came with the same 10-year warranty as the Lynx above.
- Easily stacks
- Supports “maximum load rating of any RV tire”
- No official weight capacity
- Only one year warranty
The last two products on today’s list are the same kind but made slightly different. Starting with the Beech Lane camper leveler. It’s a ramp style leveler that comes with two curved levelers, two chocks, and two rubber grip mats. The way it works is that you put the rubber grip mats on the ground and a curved leveler on top, drive onto it until level and then put a chock underneath the curved leveler which has lifted off the ground.
It’s an intuitive solution that has become increasingly popular because it works and is put in place quickly. Getting the job done quickly is one of the most important factors when it comes to leveling systems, as setting up the trailer each time you go camping quickly becomes a hassle with the wrong equipment.
Each piece of this set is made out of rubber, which makes it unique on the list. Is rubber the best material for levelers though? Well, it can hold campers weighing up to 35,000 pounds, so durability is not an issue.
The levelers are about 6 x 15 inches, so they will fit bigger rigs just fine. If you have a tandem axle and the levelers are too long, you can cut off up to 4 inches to make it fit in between the tires.
So are the Beech Lane Camper Leveler the best levelers for you? It’s up there competing with the best. Made with durable rubber, weight capacity up to 35,000 lbs, and the ease of use make these ones one of my top picks. With a lifetime warranty, it can be worth a try for a quicker setup than the regular leveling blocks.
- 35,000 weight capacity
- Two levelers, chocks, and rubber grip mats included
- Lifetime warranty
- Easy to cut for tandem axles (won’t void the warranty)
Last up on today’s list, the Andersen 3604 levelers. Made very much like the Beech Lane levelers above, except with heavy duty plastic instead of rubber. The supported weight capacity is still 30,000 pounds though, so RV weight won’t be an issue for most.
You might’ve seen reviews of cracked Andersen 3604 and started wondering about their durability. However, that occurred due to a manufacturer error with the mold used and has since been fixed. The Andersen 3604 come with a lifetime warranty so if it would still happen to you, contact your seller for a replacement. I’m not associated with Andersen in any way, this is information I have found online.
Drive up onto the curved leveler until you’re level, stick the smaller chock underneath the leveler and you’re done. These have increased in popularity lately since they’re so easy to use.
Andersen 3604 will fit tires up to 32 inches in diameter, and trailers weighing up to 30,000 lbs. They’ve been tried with RV’s as well and are safe to use as long as the weight doesn’t exceed 30,000 pounds.
If the levelers are too long to fit between your tandem axle trailer, you can cut off up to 4 inches of length so it can go between the tires, this can be done without voiding the warranty.
Are the Andersen 3604 Camper Leveler the best levelers for you? They’re lighter than the Beech Lane Camper Leveler but won’t hold as much weight. They’re also made out of plastic instead of rubber. If you have a trailer that won’t be near the weight limit (I don’t see how anyone could), then the Anderson 3604 will do a great job. They’re one of my top picks on today’s list.
- Lighter than Beech Lane levelers
- 30,000 weight capacity
- Easy to cut for tandem axles (won’t void the warranty)
- Lifetime warranty
- Two levelers, chocks included
- Have had issues with durability due to manufacturer error
Conclusion And Recommendations
Leveling your trailer or RV is easy to do with the right equipment. Today we’ve looked at different ways to do it and products that will make it easier to do. While leveling blocks are very versatile and can be used around the RV for different things, ramps are superior for leveling.
Here are today’s recommendations:
Good: Tri-Lynx 00015 Lynx Levelers – Leveling blocks have been tried and used for years, and Tri-Lynx makes some of the best leveling blocks out there. Leveling blocks are great not only for leveling, but they’re okay to put under jacks which makes them very versatile. A ten pack or two might be all you need for leveling and jack needs, and Tri-Lynx blocks will be durable, lightweight, and do the job reliably.
Better: Andersen 3604 Camper Leveler – Andersen 3604 have long been the champion when it comes to leveling trailers, but they got beat this time. That said, they’re still a top pick with its heavy-duty plastic, ease of use, warranty, and lightweight levelers.
Best: Beech Lane Camper Leveler – My top pick today is the Beech Lane levelers. Made with durable rubber, support up to 35,000 lbs, a custom made grip mat to put underneath the levelers to stop them from sliding, and lifetime warranty makes it the best leveler on the market today.
Well, what is a leveling block or ramp going to do if we don’t know precisely how level our trailer or RV is? There are several ways to tell whether you’re level or not, let’s talk about a couple.
Apps – The smartphone in your pocket can be used to know how level your RV is. There are apps for both iPhone and Android that can help. Click here to see a great one for the iPhone. Click here to see a great one for Android devices.
Hopkins Graduated Level – You didn’t think I would ignore the most reliable system in the history of levelers, did you? Hopkins sell these front and side bubble levelers that are easily put on your RV with the self-adhesive back. It even tells you how many inches you need to raise or lower your camper, pretty intuitive.
Camco 25505 EZ Level – Camco makes this leveler that runs off of 3 AA batteries and lets you know with four indicator lights whether you’re level both ways or not.
LevelMatePRO Bluetooth Vehicle Leveling System – A new leveling system that is getting more and more popular is made by a company called Command Electronics. The product is called LevelMatePRO and lets you see how level your camper is with an app on your smartphone. The wireless leveling system is installed in your RV which then sends the information to your phone through Bluetooth. It will show you how many inches you need to level one side or another, and front and back.
Not only can you see how level you are with the LevelMatePRO, but you can also save the hitch position so you know how high the trailer needs to be to be able to hitch to your tow vehicle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it necessary to level my RV except for comfort?
Yes, there are four big reasons why you should keep your RV leveled when camping. Let’s go through them.
Refrigerator – If an RV is unlevel, the fridge won’t function properly and might be warmer than it should. The reason for this is that the liquid ammonia in the refrigerator that needs to flow through the pipes and if it can’t do so because of an unlevel trailer, the ammonia can pool and cause blockage in the refrigerator, causing temperatures to rise and spoil your food.
Slide – An unlevel trailer or RV can be bad for your slide. Extending your slide when unlevel can cause strain it wasn’t built for and damage it.
Bed – As I talked about in the intro, an unlevel trailer can cause your legs to be above your head when you’re laying down in your bed. This is extremely uncomfortable.
Water Readings – An unlevel trailer will make your liquids unlevel in the tanks, which can end up showing you the wrong percentage reading on the tank meter. These sensors are installed from top to the bottom of the tanks, so you can imagine how an unlevel RV can give the sensors incorrect data.