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Readers Level on Leveling A Truck Camper

Seventy-six readers wrote in with a wide range of tips, tricks, and opinions on leveling a truck camper.  This week’s Question of the Week was, “Do you level your truck camper rig when you park for the night?”.

“It depends.  Just for a quick stop overnight?  Nope.  For anything more than twenty-four hours, we’ll at minimum put the jacks down just to stabilize.  If it’s longer than a day and a half, off go Derringers and we level.” – Bruce Allison, 2000 Ford F350 CC DRW, 2012 Adventurer 910FBS

“Yes.  First I drop the air out of the bags.  Then I level with blocks.  Finally I put down the jacks to cut out any sway in the rig.  I don’t do anything when overnighting on a Walmart type stop.” – Pat Caulfield, 2008 Ford F450, 2007 Okanagan 117DBL

“It depends.  If we are just stopping to sleep for the night we never do anything more than park in a more or less level spot.  When we park for a weekend we put down the jacks and level with them, more for making the camper less rocky than for being perfectly level.” – Charles Bradford, 2010 Dodge Ram 1500, Jayco Sport pop-up



“It depends.  Okay, I will level with you, I don’t level as much as I used to.  I have found, like you, that I don’t have to be perfectly level.  If I can’t find a decent spot, I get out the homemade two by eight blocks that can raise me one or two blocks high.” – John Bull, 2004 Dodge 3500, 2004 Lance 920

“Yes.  We use wood blocks under the tires.” – Joet, 1992 Chevy Silverado 2500, 1988 Sunlite Hideaway 9.5 SD

“No.  We have a bubble level in the cab that was installed to indicate a level camper.  We stop when the bubble is close.  If close enough is not achievable, we throw a rock, log, board, etc, under appropriate wheel.” – Bob Ragain, 1988 Unimog U1300, 1971 Alaskan 10′ NCO

“It depends.  When we do level, we use the surface bubble level on the smart phone called iHandy Carpenter.  It works great!” – George Kepler, 2011 Ford F150, 2012 Phoenix pop-up

“Yes.  Well, the slide-out of the camper is heavy and slides more easily when level.  And in case of an emergency, it is faster to remove the camper unit from the truck (example, fire) when the legs are down.” – Richard C. Raymond, 2005 Chevy Silverado 3500, Palomino Winter Creek 11.5 RS

“Yes.  I use those orange plastic blocks designed for leveling RVs.  I don’t go crazy on this.  I try to find a level spot within the campsite first, and then I bring out the blocks.  I use a bubble level in the refrigerator.” – Paul Panasuk, 2011 GMC Sierra, 2013 Northstar Laredo SC

“It depends.  We do a quick and dirty using a carpenter’s level.  Then, move the truck around a bit in the site to the most level spot.  Color us lazy.” – Stan, 2012 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD, 2011 Lance 865

“It depends.  We are on all four or two Happijacs when we are on dirt, or some places that will not damage pavement like gas stations, etc.  I like to be on level ground.  My husband does not care one way or the other. ” – Judi Flett, 2007 Dodge Ram 3500, 2007 Northstar Igloo

“I just make sure the head side of how we sleep is on the uphill!” – Bill B. Peters, 2013 Chevy Silverado, 2013 Four Wheel Camper Hawk

“Yes.  First we adjust air pressure in rear air bags, then use Lynx leveler blocks.  We like the rig to be about a half degree high on the front for comfort, and zeroed side side so that the door to the satellite receiver stays open.  Yes, we use a digital level.” – Jim Finck, 2001 Chevy 2500HD, 2004 Lance 1010

“It depends.  If we’re just stopping just to sleep, then no.  If I may do some cooking, I will adjust the airbag suspension for a bit more levelness.  When stopped for a day or two at a campsite to recharge I’ll drop the jacks for a bit more stability.  But, if I’m going to be at a location as a base camp then I loosen the turnbuckles and a do a full on level.  I have a couple self adhesive spirit levels attached to the front driver’s side corner of the camper that do the trick in all situations.  I have been known to put the jacks down not for leveling but for stability on the occasional windy/gusty evening.” – Jeff Yarborough, 2005 Dodge Ram 3500, 2009 Lance 915

“Yes.  Always.  The little princess in me requires the camper to be perfectly level and most important stable.  Without the jacks, I feel the camper moving with the crosswinds at night or when somebody goes to the bathroom at night.” – Normand Matte, 2003 Dodge Ram 2500, 2003 Lance 1130

“It depends.  If it is a stop and stay for a few days, yes.  If it is a overnighter, we just want the front of the rig a bit higher.  We will reference the two pack of bubble levels for six bucks at any camping store.  Slap one of those suckers on the side and one on the back when you are at the house and can do a proper leveling job.  The lego block set for the camper is there for the extreme conditions.” – Dean and Angel Saunders, 2008 Dodge 2500, 2002 Lance 920

“Yes.  I bring one and two inch by six inch pressure treated three foot long planks.  I drive up on the planks to get it as level as I can, whether it’s at a Walmart, a campsite, or boondocking.  I never use the jacks to get level.” – Bruce Neumann, 2006 Dodge Ram 3500, 2008 Okanagan 96DB

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