Whether you park your RV to live in or use it for trips, you will want to consider increasing its safety and accuracy on the road. Should you incur an issue, you can use the likes of a bubble level to ensure your trailer is accurately installed and will not cause your RV or trailer any further damage.
Bubble levels are often used in carpentry but can provide great benefits for trailers, especially to ensure that your trailer is installed at the right level and angle.
If you need help or want to know how to install bubble levels on a travel trailer, follow this guide.
Why use a bubble meter on a travel trailer?
It is useful to use a bubble meter on a travel trailer to ensure that it or anything attached, sits at the right level or angle. If the angle is off, it can cause damage to the trailer or the RV.
Therefore, you can make the travel trailer and your RV much safer with the use of a bubble meter.
Moreover, if the bubble moves out of the middle position, it can indicate that something underneath the trailer is damaged or broken. This means you can use the bubble meter to suss out any underlying issues.
There are plenty of shapes and sizes to suit your travel trailer needs. Plus, they are cheap and cheerful and an easy way to maintain the safety of your trailer.
What you will need to install bubble levels on a travel trailer
Before getting started with the installation of the travel trailer, there are some things you will need.
- One or more bubble meters: One bubble meter is enough but having one on either side of your travel trailer may provide more accuracy.
- Bolts and screws: You will need to safely secure your bubble meter so that it can withstand speed and weather. Bolt and screws will ensure to secure it in place.
- Saw: You might need to cut your bubble meter down to fit according to your preference, which can be easily achieved with a saw.
- Drill: You will require a drill to safely secure the bubble meter, along with bolts and screws.
- Brackets: Brackets are useful to maximize the accuracy of your meter. Some trailers might come with them installed, if so you won’t need these. If not, brackets will ensure to keep your bubble meter(s) in place and accurate.
Steps to follow for install bubble levels on your travel trailer
Following these steps, you will be able to safely and easily install a bubble level on your travel trailer.
1. Measure the vehicle
You will need to measure the height of your travel trailer to ensure that you are positioning it for the most accuracy.
2. Mark the position
When you have measured the trailer, you will want to mark where you want your bubble level to sit. This will ensure that you don’t lose the specific spot and can easily go back to the job after fetching your tools.
3. Attach the brackets to the front of the frame
Now, you will need to pick up your brackets attach them to the frame of your trailer. These need to be as flush as possible with the trailer so that the bubble level can provide accurate readings and not be deterred by an inaccurate bracket.
4. Mark the drill holes
With the bracket attached and the positioning decided, you will need to mark the drill holes so that you don’t mess up the exterior of your trailer. If you miss this step, you could end up with lots of random holes in your trailer and a very cold interior. Drill the holes through each attached bracket so that you can attach the level on the other side.
5. Secure the bubble level
Now that you have holes through the trailer and the bracket attached, you can move on to securing the bubble level in place. Do so with the bolts and screws using a drill for a tight connection. But, don’t screw it too tight yet.
6. Insert the tubes
With the bubble level in place, it is time to insert the measuring tubes. Insert them into each tube in line with the marks that you established earlier (in step 2).
7. Test and tighten
When you are happy with the measuring tubes, you will want to test the bubble level so that it doesn’t move or vibrate when the vehicle is in motion. A quick drive will show you whether they move. If the position is to your liking and the bubble level doesn’t move around, now it is time to tighten the bolts and screws as much as possible.
8. Attach the rest
If you are attaching more bubble levels to your trailer, now it is time to repeat the steps until all are attached.
With these steps followed correctly and the bubble levels installed, you can now enjoy your trip with an accurate reading of the trailer’s angle and level.
Key features to look for when purchasing a bubble level meter
When purchasing a bubble level, there are some key features to look out for for the best results:
- Sturdy materials: Any easy-to-bend materials won’t last long and may give inaccurate readings.
- Easy-to-read screen: Having a difficult and small screen might mess up your reading and throw you off. An easy-to-read screen is one that is clear and big.
That’s pretty much the entire process of how to install bubble levels on a travel trailer. Hopefully you found it helpful 🙂
Overall, bubble levels are ideal to ensure that your trailer is safely secured to your vehicle for a trip. They offer accurate readings when installed correctly and are an inexpensive way of increasing the reliability of your travel trailer.
They should not need replacing very often, making them an ideal addition to your trailer setup. Check them and test them once a month to ensure that they are working efficiently.
The installation process of adding a bubble level on a travel trailer should take no more than 30 minutes. With the right tools and patience, it is an easy process that anyone can do.