Originally Posted by rlcpe
High. We are considering giving up our motor home and going to a travel trailer. One question I have is in regard to leveling a trailer. I am told to level front to back, one uses the large front jack. I note many trailers have "stabilizing" jacks at the 4 corners. Are these use for side to side adjustment?
The key word is "stabilizing". If they are stabilizers (and to the best of my knowledge that's what you see on most TTs) then they are not used for leveling.
You'll find many discussion threads on this subject here at IRV2. For most travel trailers, the correct leveling procedure is as follows:
- Start by leveling side-to-side by putting something under the tires (the tires are expected to continue to bear most of the weight). Andersen leveling system is incredible; I use a similar but less expensive product. I also carry 2x8 wood blocks for that purpose.
- Next, level it front-to-back using the tongue jack.
- Finally, use the stabilizers to add stability. They are not designed to bear the full weight of the trailer.
I carry a set of Camco jack stands that I have used in place of my stabilizers - they do give a firmer stability to the trailer, but they're a bit more work. I carry an 18v cordless drill and use a Camco 57363 Scissor Jack Adapter - takes about 10 seconds per stabilizer, and it's a lot easier on my aging body than the hand crank that comes with the trailer.
P.S. Nice level sites are very helpful and much easier to set up in!