Best RV Leveling Blocks in 2018
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If you own an RV, hopefully, you already know that you might need some type of RV leveling blocks to level it when in use. You don't? Ok, well if you have a refrigerator, it has to be level. We'll touch on the 'why's' it needs to be level shortly.
Most travel trailers and smaller lightweight trailers don't come with hydraulic jacks, so it is totally up to you to get your rig leveled by a manual means, such as trailer leveling blocks. Sure, some spots are perfectly level, but just as often, you will need to level your rig wherever you have parked. This is when you need something like RV leveling blocks.
Why do you need to be level?
First, it's not comfortable to be inside a rig that is not level. Doors will fly open by themselves and you may have some stuff drop out of your refrigerator or cupboards when you open them. A bigger hazard is that you might not be comfortable in bed with your head sitting lower than your legs, or at an angle. You might even fall out of that bed. Not a great plan! Really, an un-level rig is an uncomfortable thing.
Your refrigerator is another even bigger reason to have your RV level. Almost all RV refrigerators need to be level in order to work properly. If they are not level and they are on, this can cause great damage to your refrigerator. Great damage equals great cost. We're pretty sure you don't want that! Refrigerators are expensive to replace. It's more than worth it to simply make sure you are level instead of risking breaking your expensive refrigerator.
Therefore, you need to have some type of leveling system to get level when you aren't. You might be surprised at how many campsites are not level. You don't have to be in a state park to encounter this problem, any campsite can be just enough off that you need to take care of it.
Leveling is a pretty simple thing to take care of, but it's helpful to have a few things on hand.
1. Levels on the outside of your rig: You can buy these stick-on levels so that you can easily see from the outside whether your rig is level side-to-side or front-to-back. This eliminates the need to run inside to see a level that could be a counter-top level or whatnot. Who wants to waste time like that?
2. A shovel: Some individuals who only boondock prefer to simply use a shovel to dig out the right sized hole(s) to move their wheels into. This is a very simple system and requires no other parts or products. (Unless you end up parking on solid rock. Then you will still need a leveling system) Still, it's a guess with hit-or-miss results. Not the best or easiest system in the world but it's likely the cheapest.
3. A leveling system: If you are not using the shovel 'system', or you are always on hard surfaces, you will need some type of leveling system. You can make your own or you can choose from a variety of different leveling systems that work very well. Systems come in the form of RV leveling blocks, RV leveling ramps or screw actuated scissor levelers (very lightweight RV use only).
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The Andersen Camper Leveler system is an ingenious design in the RV leveler world. Gone are the days you have to GUESS how many RV leveling blocks to put under your tires to get level.
Continue Reading Andersen Camper Leveler System Review
If you get the number of RV leveling blocks wrong, you have to get back in your rig or tow vehicle, back off of the blocks, get out and re-stack, get back in and try again.
With the Andersen Camper Leveler RV ramps system, you only have to put the wedge in front of or behind your wheel(s), get in and move until your partner tells you that you are level.
Even if you are solo, you can easily get out, check and get back in to either go forwards or backwards to adjust the height without having to remove or add blocks. It works fabulously!
Video Proof of Safety and Ease of Use
We have found a very detailed online video by The Fit RV (James) which you may have seen. In the video, James talks about how he was afraid to pull too far forward with his Travato Class B motorhome while testing the Andersen Levelers.
His thinking was that if he pulled off the 4" end, the Anderson Leveler might damage his rig by hitting his running boards or something else, which is a legit fear. James tests things very thoroughly most of the time, and we trust and enjoy his videos and conclusions.
However, in his testing of the Anderson Leveler, we question this one part which he did not test.
Because he was afraid of pulling forward too far, he did not test 'the roll off' of the 4" edge of the Anderson Leveler. This leaves an unanswered question: would the Anderson Levelers damage a low-riding rig?
In the video below by Anderson Levelers, they do demonstrate the roll-off on the 4" end. If you watch, you can see how the tires roll off the 4" end VERY smoothly.
Additionally, the Anderson Camper Leveler seems to pretty much stay conformed to the tires until the pressure is totally off of the levelers. You might think that the vehicle would drop off of the Anderson Levelers, but that's not the case.
Watch the video below for proof of how smoothly rigs rolls off of the Anderson Levelers. We think that this visual proof is enough to tell whether you think your rig would suffer any damage or not.
After we watched, we don't see how ANY rig could get damaged. The Anderson Levelers stay conformed to the tires until the weight is totally off of them. The worst they can do once the weight is off the levelers is to tip over and lean against whatever they may touch. By then your rig has stopped moving.
Additionally, these RV levelers can be cut shorter at the narrow edge of the device, per the manufacturer (instructions here - PDF). This further would keep it from being able to stab into any part of your RV once the RV steps off of it. It would also help if you have tires which are very close together.
As long as you don't keep pulling forward once your rig is off, it looks to us that any kind of rig is safe from damage.
Here's the video proof. If you are strapped for time, fast forward to the 1:10 mark.
Andersen Camper Leveler Manufacturer Demo
Also, James brings up the issue of the degree of change when trying to level from front to back. But wouldn't this be the case with leveling blocks as well? Because the wheelbase is wider front to back, the lift of the tires will be of a lesser degree than the lift will be side-to-side.
With a travel trailer, this is compensated by using the hitch to raise or lower the front end. The hitch can be raised or lowered much more than you could raise or lower it simply using blocks or the Andersen Camper Leveler.
Here's the FitRV video (James) explaining his testing the Andersen Camper Leveler with his Travato Class B motorhome:
Anderson Camper Leveler Demo by The Fit RV
We included both videos so you can decide for yourself if the Anderson Levelers will or won't work with your rig. In the near future, we will test this for ourselves so you may have a definitive answer.
(In the guide section of this page, below, you may read Amanda Watson's review of her Anderson Leveler)
Anderson Camper Leveler Features and Specs:
- Kits contain ONE leveler and ONE chock
- Fits tires up to 32" in diameter
- Levels RV anywhere between 1/2 to 4" increments
- For tires close together, up to 4" can be sawed off of the narrow end of the leveler. Instructions here (PDF)
- Width: 6"
- Length: 15 5/8"
- Height: 4 1/4"
- Weight Limit: 30,000 lbs
- Made in the USA
- Warranty: Lifetime product replacement
Lynx Levelers are quite popular RV leveling blocks in the RVing world. It's likely something you have seen before all around the campground. You know, those bright orange stackable thingys (yes, that is the technical term) under RV tires. Those orange thingys are Lynx Levelers and they are leveling out the RV they are under.
Continue Reading Lynx Levelers Review
RV leveling blocks are the most common system of manually leveling an RV and Lynx Levelers are arguably the most popular brand of this type of RV leveler. They are made to let water pass through but also to grip the ground. These are designed like building blocks that stack on top of each other securely.
You can use just one RV leveling block under each tire, or you can build a pyramid of Lynx Levelers. Then you pull forward onto the top of the levelers and check your level. If you misjudged, you have to pull off of the Lynx Levelers and re-stack until you get it right.
This works ok for single axle trailers but can be an issue if you have double axles that are fairly close together. There may not be enough room to set up more than a height of 2, so there is a lot of back-and-forth maneuvering you will have to do to get them stacked.
Or, you might need to get two sets of RV leveling blocks. You can build one solid 'runway' in front of your wheels and then drive both tires onto the solid ramp. This usually requires more than just the 10 blocks that come in one Lynx Leveler kit.
On rocky ground, Lynx Levelers can develop stress cracks due to their honeycomb construction.
Well, they are made to be on unlevel ground, aren't they? Sure, but this doesn't stop them from cracking. Still, they do tend to last quite a long time. And yes, they will fade if kept out in the sun quite a bit.
The Lynx Levelers company also sells Lynx Leveler caps that you can put on the top of your Lynx to make them more solid for putting down your stabilizers onto them. This is a nifty double-use of sorts.
This RV leveling block system does come with a 10-year warranty. The Lynx Levelers website has a place where you can register your product. If something happens and your levelers break within the first year, you will not have to pay for shipping on the new product.
Because they are usually pretty easy to use and they are economically priced, Lynx Levelers get very good reviews and are well received. They are also the type of RV leveling blocks that both of Camp Addict's co-founders use.
Lynx Levelers RV Leveling Blocks Features and Specs:
- Sold in a 10 pack
- Comes in a blue nylon zipper bag
- Very lightweight: Bag of 10 Lynx Levelers weighs just a few pounds
- Can also be used as a support base for hitch, jacks
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 1.5"
- Weight Limit: 40,000 lbs
- Made in the USA
- Warranty: 10 years
Camco is our-runner up for RV leveling blocks. While still a nice product, the downside of the Camco is the very limited warranty. Camco offers only a one-year warranty compared to Lynx Leveler's 10-year warranty.
Camco Leveling Blocks
Camco FasTen Leveling Blocks
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Camco's RV leveling blocks run pretty close to the same price as our #1 choice, the Lynx Levelers, so they are a great alternative. You really cannot go wrong with either choice, though we have personal experience with the Lynx Levelers (and they state the weight that they are rated for while these Camco levelers do not). Camco also have a version (FasTen) that is twice as wide as the Lynx Levelers.
Lynx is not the only producer of RV leveling blocks in the game. Camco has fairly similar reviews and does offer the FasTen version (wide). We leave the decision on which you prefer up to you.
Camco also makes a much wider set of RV leveling blocks for dually wheels (called the Camco FasTen) which is a GREAT solution for RVs with this type of wheel system. It's unclear why Lynx has not stepped up and made a similar product. Here's a great video below showing them in action.
Camco FasTen RV Leveling Blocks (For Dual Wheels)
Camco RV Leveling Blocks Features and Specs:
- 10 RV leveling blocks to a pack
- Comes with zippered storage bag (smaller sized 'normal' Camco RV leveling blocks)
- Comes with carrying handle (larger sized FasTen RV leveling blocks)
- Solid bottom resists sinking into the ground
- Resin is UV stabilized
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 1" (regular Camco RV leveling blocks)
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 17 x 1" (larger size Camco FasTen RV leveling blocks)
- Weight Limit: Per Camco tech support, they don't specify a weight limit as different limits will apply depending on what terrain the blocks are used on. For example, if the leveling blocks are used on concrete they can withstand a lot more weight then if they are used on rocky, uneven terrain.
- Made in the USA
- Warranty: 1 year
We have not ever used this type of system and don't have any friends who have used it, but it's out there and it's well reviewed so we decided to list it as an option. The BAL Light Trailer Tire Leveler looks pretty easy to use and mechanically functional, but only for lighter, smaller trailers such as popups, teardrops, and Casitas under 1,700 lbs.
Continue Reading BAL Leveler Review
The BAL Light Trailer Tire Leveler only has you backing onto it once, or you slide it around your tire. From there, you ratchet the scissor-style unit to lift up your tire.
We don't see any flaws aside from the annoyance of the ratcheting that one has to do to lift and lower your rig. Oh, there is also the 'minor' issue of this system sinking into soft ground, so it's probably best to use on hard surfaces only.
This system also COULD alleviate having to chock the other side, but we still recommend sticking with a separate chock.
The BAL Light Trailer Tire Leveler is a limited use RV leveling system since it can only be used with lightweight RVs (1,700-pound limit).
Bal Leveler Features and Specs:
- Material: Steel with corrosion resistant finish
- Fits 13", 14" and most 15" wheels
- Weight: 14 lbs
- Dimensions: 22 x 19 x 3.8"
- Weight Limit: 1,700 lbs
- Warranty: 1 year
Hopkins Towing System Endurance Leveling System
There's also an RV leveling block system called the Hopkins Towing Solutions Endurance Leveling Kit, but it requires a lot of your own work to make them. They aren't really any cheaper than the others, which do not require for you to build any part of the system at all.
We aren't reviewing them, but if you are an avid do-it-yourselfer, this system might be for you. Check out the video below to have a look at what is entailed. (It involves you using your own wood to create blocks to drive your rig up on.
RV Levelers Guide
It seems that many places we campers stay are not perfectly level. Oh what an easier world it would be if they all were! However, this is not the case so you are going to have to deal with it in your RVing life.
Never fear though, it's really not a difficult thing to do once you know how. Even if you have hydraulic leveling jacks, you still might need levels or pads at times. Oh, sometimes they are called jack pads, stabilizer blocks or stabilizer pads.
Yes, some slopes are worse than others and need a little more 'jacking' up, even if you have the hydraulics. It's just a good idea to carry some building blocks or wood with you no matter where you go. Below is an example of an extreme leveling situation - Camp Addict Co-Founder Marshall JUST had to have that perfect view...
There are a few different styles and types out there that you can get. The type of rig and the weight of your rig will have something to do with which type you select.
If you have a small travel trailer and only need to raise tires and don't need any hydraulic pads, any RV levelers should do the trick. If you have dual or even triple axles, you might do better with the Andersen Camper Levelers, depending on how far apart your tires are.
Let's have a look at the ins and outs of each style of leveler.
Stabilizers Are Not For Leveling Your RV!
Andersen Camper Leveler
The Andersen Camper Leveler (read review) is a very well thought out product. We named it the #1 leveler for good reason. The simplicity and ease of use of this product excels in comparison to other RV leveling blocks.
With an Andersen Camper Leveler, there are no guessing games. You stick the wedges (RV leveling ramps) under your tire(s) on one side, start to pull forward and simply have your partner tell when to stop. Place the chocks under the wedge(s) and you're done. It's that simple.
With this system, there's no deciding how many RV leveling blocks to stack and not having room to stack them high enough in between tires that are somewhat closer together. Nope. You roll forward until you have reached the height you need, up to 4". It really doesn't get any easier than this. Even using the shovel method requires guessing how deep to dig, with the possibility that you have to do it over. Andersen takes the guesswork out of the chore.
Be aware that this product is only made to handle rigs up to 30,000 lbs and up to 32" tires.
They are so secure about their product that they are the only company that makes a leveling system that offers a lifetime warranty (product replacement) on these things. This may help you to overcome the $40 or so price tag PER leveler. Yes, they are expensive but it depends on what the convenience is worth to you.
For nearly five years we used a set of Lynx blocks for leveling our trailer. Since we live and travel full-time that means we wasted a ridiculous amount of time and frustration playing the leveling block guessing game. “Looks like it only needs one block. “Nope, back up and try again, it needs two blocks.” Or, how about those times when two blocks are not enough but three are too many? And don’t even get me started on their tendency to skid around on hard surfaces (we had one shoot all the way across a parking lot while trying to get level during an overnight at a casino).
This is why I love our Anderson Levelers. No more guessing, no more slipping, no more frustration. Now I simply place the two red ramps in front or behind the tires and signal my husband to drive up on them until the mounted ball level on the front of our rig shows that we have achieved a level trailer. It really couldn't be any easier. So far we’ve had no problems with them slipping on hard surfaces, and the solid surface ramps definitely sink into soft dirt far less than the Lynx blocks.
Even after hearing other RVers sing the praises of Anderson Levelers we put off buying them because of the cost. They are significantly more expensive than any brand of leveling blocks. Now, I wonder why we waited so long. In my opinion, the cost is more than justified by the ease of use and quality build of the product. We’ve been using our Anderson Levelers for several months now and never plan to go back to those pesky blocks!
Building-Block Style RV Levelers
This is a very well-known type of stackable RV leveler. The Lynx Levelers (read review) are probably the most popular RV leveling system on the market, much like the Oxygenics shower head is the king of RV shower heads. RV leveling blocks hook together much like Lego's, so they don't slide when you drive onto them.
There are a few other companies, like Camco (read review), who make a very similar RV leveler. These Leg-style levelers work pretty well but they aren't without their flaws. First, sometimes when you try to drive onto them, if you have more than 2 leveling blocks stacked at a time, they tend to get pushed forward instead of your tires going on the top of the RV leveler.
If you have tires that are fairly close together, like Marshall's trailer has, you may not be able to get your trailer leveling blocks stacked any higher than a few levels without a lot of work. This is because there is no room to stack them in between the tires. It requires a lot of back and forth, getting out of your rig and placing more levels as you go. OR, you would need more than one set of levelers to build one long ramp in front of your tires that you then drive up on.
Of course, there are times when you COULD be so off-balance that only a ridiculous amount of building block style RV levelers would work. Maybe you shouldn't park there? ????
Well I (Camp Addict Co-Founder Kelly) once had to park in a very un-level driveway for a couple of months and needed to be level. The solution? We jacked it up and stuck boards as well as Lynx Levelers under the tires.
Um, I don't necessarily recommend doing this, but that's how stacked my rig had to be to get level! It worked, for months. I would be crazy to carry around enough Lynx Levelers to have been able to build a giant Lego-style ramp RV leveler. It would take up too much room and would have been quite expensive to purchase!
BAL Light Trailer Tire Leveler
This odd cat is a leveling system for single-axle trailers only. The BAL Light Trailer Tire Leveler (read review) consists of a v-shaped bar with a screw mechanism in between them that you spin to lift or 'open' the V, which in turn lifts up the tire. It will work on most 13" - 15" tires.
With this RV leveler, you don't have to try to figure out how many blocks to stack. You simply drive onto the device, then tighten or untighten the screw to lift or drop your rig as much as you want.
This RV leveler might not work very well in soft areas as the small area of contact with the ground would allow it to sink down.
It also seems a bit laborious as far as lifting and lowering the screw mechanism. This RV leveler comes with a ratchet that you manually use to raise and lower your rig. How much can the device lift a rig? It's unclear. Camping World says it can go 6.5". We're not so sure about that. This RV leveler is only rated to lift 1,700 lbs.
It's also heavier than the other RV leveler systems available. This is a big negative when weight is a big issue for rigs and their tow vehicles.
How To Level A Travel Trailer Or Motorhome
Depending on what size and type of rig you have, the guide above will help you select the right RV leveler for your own personal needs. We definitely think that the Andersen Camper Leveler is the top dog here as it has a lifetime warranty and can be used with any size or style rig (within reason).
Still, the price tag might not work for you, so there are other more economical options that we featured. Whatever you do, don't get analysis paralysis, make a decision so you can get on the road that much sooner!
Camp on, Addicts!