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Should You Level RVs With Slides In Or Out? – RVBlogger

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Should you level RVs with slides in or out? We see this question pop up every now and then in our private Facebook Group called RV Camping for newbies.

One of the most important tasks when setting up camp is to level your RV. Not only does it ensure your comfort, but it also helps protect your RV from wear and tear. That being said, it’s important to do it correctly.

Thankfully, we have the answers to all your questions. In this article, we’ll tackle the importance of leveling your RV, and how to do it the right way.

3 Reasons It Is Important To Level Your RV?

Besides the fact that you don’t want to be the site everyone is pointing at with the leaning RV, there are important reasons to have a level RV.

Getting it right when you first arrive is key to an enjoyable stay. Taking the time to get level and set up on good jack pads to ensure you stay level gives you the rest of the weekend to relax.

1. Reduce Stress On Your RV

Perhaps the most important reason is to reduce stress on your RV. If weight is unevenly distributed, it can put excess strain on the RV’s frame and other components. This can lead to serious damage to your RV in the long term, meaning potentially expensive repairs. 

This is especially the case if using slide-outs. If you don’t level your RV, an extended slide can seriously unbalance the RV, leading to increased pressure on the frame. 

2. Proper Water Drainage

You also need to level your RV in order for water to flow properly through your water system. Otherwise, an uneven RV will cause water to pool where it shouldn’t. Like in your shower!

This can also prevent your tanks from draining properly and prevent your tank sensors from working accurately. 

3. Refrigerator Function

Leveling your RV is also important for your RV kitchen for two reasons. For one, if your RV isn’t level, drawers and cupboards won’t open and shut correctly, and may even open on their own. But more essentially, it can also negatively impact the function of your RV fridge.

If you have what is commonly called an “absorption fridge” or a “two-way” or “three-way” fridge, it will not work properly unless it is level. This is because the fridge requires an ammonia and…

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