How To Level Your Caravan On An Uneven Pitch
Most caravan parks and sites, these days have levelled grounds so that caravanners do not have to go through the hassles of adjusting the level of their RV. But you could come across some patches of ground that may not be very even. The best way to manage such situations is to always keep yourself prepared with the tools that are needed for the job.
Why Does the Caravan Need Levelling?
Caravans of all ages need to be placed on a levelled pitch for one crucial thing – comfort. These RVs can handle a variation of 10 degrees but anything more than that could cause numerous problems. In terms of comfort, you can imagine the difficulties that you would have if the caravan is tilted to one side. Things would be falling down. There could be damage to the internal systems due to excessive load being kept on one side. Electrical appliances such as fridge require a certain level angle for them to function properly. The list of problems just goes on and on. Moreover, with an uneven ground, you would not be able to set up your caravan awnings or annexes perfectly.
How Can You Adjust the Caravan’s Level?
There are loads of caravan levelling products out there in the market. Sometimes the users come up with their own custom tools. But it is just a matter of you preferences and expertise. But before you go about adjusting the level of the caravan, you need to get yourselves a contractors levelling tool. You need to place it inside the caravan (on the floor of the RV) and make sure that the bubble in the tool is in the right place. This is an easy and highly effective way of measuring the level of the vehicle.
Now, the most common way to adjust the level of the caravan is to use levelling blocks. You just place the blocks in front of the tyres of the side that you need to raise and simply drive the caravan on to it. This is good for people who have some experience in handling RVs and manoeuvring them around. Always remember to move in the forward direction when bring the caravan on to the levelling blocks. This will ensure that the breaks are active. When you reverse the vehicles, the breaks are not active and such conditions are not good for bringing the vehicle on to a ramp.
Such levelling blocks are good but they are often a bit narrow and are suitable for hard ground. But what about grassy areas and soft grounds? The sheer weight of the caravan could cause the block to push into the ground and this may affect the overall levelling. You need to use a block that has a wider surface area so that the weight is distributed more evenly across the block.
Some people may find this a bit difficult. For such people, the tyre jack tool is a good alternative. You just need to apply the handbrakes, fix the jack under the tyre and then crank the level to raise the level of the jack. With this, you can adjust the height of the required side as well. The only downside with this tool is that it takes a lot of time to get the caravan levelled. You need to keep cranking the jack till you get the required height.
So there you have it. Don’t forget to bring along your measuring tool and the levelling blocks / jacks on your trip so that you can get a good levelled RV irrespective of the ground conditions. However, it would be good to check out the place or at least find out about the ground’s conditions so that you have better resources with you for achieving a perfectly levelled position for the caravan.