Keep RV tires on a firm foundation

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gary-736Dear Gary,
Love your articles and I have learned so much from you. I have a 2013 Itasca. It has hydraulic stabilizers which level it, but right now it is parked in my driveway which has an incline to the road. I want to be able to use it when family comes to visit but I am trying to figure out how to get it level. The front is probably sitting 10 to 12 inches lower than the back.

I was told, or read in the manual for the stabilizers, that you should never lift the RV up so high that the tires leave the ground, so I don’t think I can use them to level it. I saw your article about making ramps out of treated 2-inch lumber and wondered if you thought that would work for me? I would probably have to use six, 2 x 10 pieces, each a little longer than the first. Also, is it better to raise the front end or the rear? I assume the front, since there is only one set of tires. Thanks so much for your help. —Carol B.


Dear Carol,
Tire--Ramped-Blocks-RV-Doc-RVT-752Indeed, those tapered leveling blocks are your best bet, as well as raising the front axle only. Never allow the tires to leave the ground, especially the rear tires. The emergency brake must be engaged and the transmission in Park, both of which affect the drive axle, so keep those rear tires on the ground.

The photo is of a reader’s setup. Notice the “stop” block on the very top. Don’t risk running off the top block and damaging sidewall or frame components. —Gary

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Mike Hayes

I will ask my question again as I did not get an answer last month. Many articles suggest one buys a heat gun to check the temperature of your tires, hubs, etc when traveling. At what temperatures should one be concerned?

ml Thomasson

How about using the metal ramps built for lifting the front end of cars? Yellow, perforated metal ramps since you’re at home and they can be stored there. Use wooden blocks under the jacks. Jacks should lift front at least 6 inches.