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Old 07-24-2013, 04:49 PM   #1
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How do you level your trailer?

We just bought a 2013 22' and are still working through all the little tweaks to make it home. In doing so, we bought a couple bubble levels to install on the trailer, but cannot seem to actually get the trailer level. We are using another level to appropriately place the levels we bought (if that makes sense), but no matter where we put the level, something just isn't right. So far, we've tried using the interior floor, countertop, and dinette table as "level" guides, but when one of them is level, the other areas aren't level. It's very frustrating. So, for now, we're still eyeballing it. So... How do you level your trailer?
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:55 PM   #2
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The floor is your best bet. By the time you get to the countertop there are more variables in play. Basically you need to pick a point and stick with it, and since you're standing/walking on the floor, that's where you'd notice it the most. With a modern fridge, "close" is good enough, so just start from the floor where you can measure both ways with a carpenter's level, and get is as close as you can left-to-right with blocks (with the tongue jack you should be able to get the fore-and-aft level nearly perfect.)

Then install the outside levels accordingly, declare "good enough!" and have an adult beverage of your choice.
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I mostly eyeball then decide which way my head will be on the bed and if I will fall out of bed or roll to the window. So far pretty accurate measure, although I carry a capenders level.
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How do you level your trailer?

Hi, I guess this could be answered two different ways.

How do I level my trailer?

(1.) I use plastic leveling blocks under my tires to level my trailer from side to side.

(2.) I use my tongue jack to level my trailer from front to rear.

How do I level my trailer?

(1.) I used a carpenter's level, resting on top of my belt line molding, in the middle of one side of my trailer. [note: not all Airstreams come with a belt line molding] This allows you to level your trailer front to rear.

(2.) I used my carpenter's level on my battery box and on my rear bumper, they both agreed.

(3.) Now with my trailer sitting level in both directions, I mounted a large RV level in the front of my trailer, which can be seen from my tow vehicle's mirror and two small RV levels, one on each side near the front, to be checked when using my tongue jack.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:50 PM   #5
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Someone else noticed that too? If you get it level on the a frame, it isn't level anywhere else. If you get it level at the rub rail, it isn't level anywhere else. If you get it level by the window sill, it isn't level anywhere else. I usually eyeball it and compare it with other RVs nearby. Most every site we pick is level side to side so all we are doing is leveling front to back with the tongue jack.
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If you have an iPhone. Download the free version of RVCompanion. It has a leveler in the more tab.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:56 PM   #8
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My Airstream seems to lack parallel or exactly perpendicular walls and the floor is not parallel with the counter tops. The only item I have read about that really wants to see level is the refrigerator with fluid cooling of some sort.

Thus, I thought getting a level in the refrigerator and when it is right on, attach external bubble levels on the front and side of the trailer to reflect the happy level status of the refrigerator.

I doubt I would fall out of bed over the few degrees variation in level between various surfaces in the trailer.
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I was told to level the steel plate inside the freezer. The only thing important to be anywhere level in the trailer is the refrigerator. Once you have the refrigerator level - apply bubble levels outside.
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After I back into a site, I put a small bubble leveler on my A-frame right behind the hitch. I use that to set right & left leveling and whether I need blocks under which wheel. I don't like sink splash flowing toward the wall. My kitchen & bathroom are curbside, so usually set that side a little high. And the same bubble leveler is used to set my fore-and-aft orientation. I know I could get more exact but it's easy and hard to beat.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:26 PM   #11
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Psshht. I put a can Of baked beans on the floor. If it rolls fast, we got a problem. If it rolls slow, then hey, we didn't do so bad. If it doesn't move then its beer time!

I just thought of something...

Skip the beans and use the beer! Saves steps!
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We eyeball it, then go in and open the bathroom door. If it doesn't swing. it is level.
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If your trailer feels level to you and you are comfortable in it, then it is level. If you're not happy with that simple approach, pick a horizontal surface and use any inexpensive level. Always measure the same place exactly. If you use different horizontal surfaces, then you will eventually go insane, because they will not be the same. If you are really hung up on this in you trailer, go try leveling your house. You will find differences in different parts of your house. I guarantee it. So if you can live with it in your house, all it takes is the right attitude to live with it in your trailer.

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Psshht. I put a can Of baked beans on the floor. If it rolls fast, we got a problem. If it rolls slow, then hey, we didn't do so bad. If it doesn't move then its beer time!

I just thought of something...

Skip the beans and use the beer! Saves steps!
We just eyeball it, but this sounds fun! I'm trying this technique next time!!
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