Sunday, October 17, 2021


Trailer users — Here’s a front/rear leveling tip

By Dave Helgeson

When you’re logging long miles and pull into a campsite for the night, the last thing you want to do is take the time to unhitch, just to hitch back up to leave the next morning. If you have a level campsite you can just stay hooked up, but what do you do when the campsite slopes to the front or rear so much that you are unable to level the RV without unhitching?

One option is to raise the tow vehicle, which in turn may raise the front of your trailer enough to obtain level. As an avid boondocker, I encounter this problem quite often. Since you can orient your RV however you want in a boondocking site, if faced with no level options, I will choose to leave the nose low.

I then take the leveling blocks I would normally use to level the RV side to side and place them under the rear tires of my tow vehicle. Typically this raises the tongue of the trailer high enough that I can gain the additional lift I need to level the RV with the trailer’s tongue jack, foregoing the need to unhitch.

Another advantage of staying hooked up is that the trailer has little front to rear rocking motion while hitched to the tow vehicle, eliminating the need to chock the wheels or install wheel locks, making your morning departure that much easier.

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1 year ago

I mildly lift nose with the tongue jack, even still attached to the ball.
I mildly drop nose by releasing the WDH, still on ball.
I lift nose more significantly by releasing the ball and jacking, but not driving away — it’s not a big deal to drop back on the ball in the morning.

Bernie Turner
1 year ago

I have found setting the emergency brake in the truck reduces the trailer movement considerably when staying hooked up for the night.

1 year ago

I just use the tongue jack to lift the rear of the tow vehicle. You do that anyway to attach your WDH. Of course if it is an extreme angle I have used both the jack and driving the rear wheels on wedges. Only had to do that once. And if you need to lower the tongue you can put the front wheels up on blocks. Never tried that . Not sure how much drop you could get.

R. Rice
4 years ago

On a fifth wheel, what’s the best way to reduce rocking? Use a hitch stand or stabilizers for the jacks?

4 years ago

Careful. Putting leveling blocks under the drive wheels can cause them to shoot out especially on a hard surface. Don’t ask me how I know.

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