Whether you’re brand new to RVing or you’ve been doing it for years, there are always helpful tips and tricks you’ll be glad to have come by.
Something you’ll want to consider before hitting the road in your RV is leveling blocks. For many reasons, including safety and a good night’s sleep, leveling blocks are an asset that you should keep with you while taking your RV anywhere.
It’s likely that not every campsite you’ll stay at will have perfectly level ground for your RV, and after a long day on the road, when you finally reach the perfect spot to set up your camp and get some rest, the last thing you’ll want is an RV set up that isn’t level.
Why are leveling blocks important?
Leveling blocks are essential for helping to level out your RV when the site you’re staying at has uneven ground. In addition, they can make an otherwise uncomfortable night for you more restful by keeping the RV level and stable.
Leveling blocks also reduce stress on the frame of your RV and prevent equipment malfunctions when it comes to things like gas refrigerators – which need to be level in order to function correctly. Or water tanks, which can give false readings if not kept as level as possible at all times.
These reasons, among many others, make using leveling blocks a necessity whether you’re spending a long period of time in your RV or just a few nights here and there.
While you can certainly purchase premade leveling blocks, there are a few do-it-yourself options that can work just as well and most likely save you a couple of bucks while you’re at it.
What you’ll need to make your own homemade leveling blocks for your RV
There are a few supplies that you’ll need to get started on making your leveling blocks. Many of them you may already have. The rest of them are relatively inexpensive:
- Two 8ft 2x10s – You’ll use these to make the leveling blocks out of
- Measuring tape – You’ll be measuring quite a few things
- A saw – You’ll need this to cut the 2x10s
- Belt Sander – You’ll need a belt sander to bevel your pieces of wood
- Screws – You’ll need these to hold your pieces of wood in place
- Screwdriver – You’ll need these for the screws
- Heavy-duty glue – You’ll need this to help hold the pieces of wood together
One thing to note is that while using your own wooden planks to level your RV is a great way to save money and keep your RV as safe and comfortable as possible, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Exposure to the elements can cause wooden planks to rot, and there is a chance they can become dislodged if the weight on them from the RV isn’t distributed evenly.
So be sure to check your leveling blocks and make sure they are free of any hazards before each use.
9 steps to make your own homemade RV leveling blocks
By following these steps, you’ll be able to build your own leveling blocks quickly and safely for your RV.
First, you’ll need to measure the axels on your RV from center to center. Then, once you’ve measured the axels, you’ll need to measure the ground distance between your tires.
Once you’ve got your measurements, you’ll need to cut a piece from one of your 2x10s to the length between the wheels of your RV
Using your belt sander, bevel both ends of the wood you’ve just cut.
Cut a second piece of wood to the same length.
Only bevel one end of this second piece of wood.
6. Marking your pieces of wood
After cutting and beveling, you’ll need to mark both of your pieces of wood in the center.
7. Putting the pieces together
Place your piece of wood with the single bevel onto the longer board – making sure both of the straight edges are lined up together. Then, find the mark you made on the small wood and make a similar mark on the longer board.
8. Measure and mark
Measure the mark on the longer board – the distance between the two axels. You should align the second short piece of wood to the second mark on the longer board.
9. Line up your pieces
The smaller two pieces on top of the longer board should have the bevel sides facing one another. The marks on the longer board should match the center marks on the small boards.
This DIY leveler stands at one and a half inches in height.
What to look for when purchasing materials
While there aren’t really any specific requirements, one thing to note is that you can save money on timber by purchasing your 2 8x10s untreated.
You’ll also want to make sure that the wood you’re using is sturdy and your measuring tools accurate.
There you have it. If you’re a DIY type of person, or you just so happen to have the materials around to make your own leveling blocks, but not the leveling blocks themselves, I hope you found these steps helpful.
Remember that whether it’s DIY or not, leveling blocks are always recommended for your RV when parked on uneven ground. Keeping your RV level is best for your comfort, safety, and the proper functionality of the RV’s equipment.
Be sure to check your leveling blocks every now and again to be sure that the elements haven’t compromised their functionality and caused them to rot.
Overall this project won’t take you very long to complete, and you’ll end up with homemade leveling blocks that you can use for your RV again and again.