How to level your caravan (step-by-step)

Levelling your caravan can take time and effort. Most of us want to set up camp easily and without problems, but difficulty can strike the first time you do anything. 

Don’t worry—with this guide, you’ll soon know how to level your caravan like a pro. Let's jump in!


Why level matters: the heart of a happy caravan

Why bother levelling a caravan, you ask?

Well, it’s not just about avoiding the awkwardness of your eggs rolling off the table. Levelling is crucial for the efficiency of onboard appliances like your fridge or oven. It also makes sure that your sleep isn’t on a slope.

Imagine trying to get a good night’s rest on a tilted bed—not exactly the dream, right?


Essential tools for levelling your caravan 

Before we dive into the how-to, let’s talk gear.

You’ll need a few key items: 

Don’t forget the cornerstone of all caravan setups—the corner steadies.

They’re not for levelling, but they’ll keep your setup stable once you’ve got it just right.

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How to level your caravan (step-by-step)

Levelling a caravan might seem inconvenient, but with these steps, you’ll be set up snug and stable in no time. 

Here’s how to get your caravan level from side to side and front to back, providing a steady and safe holiday home on wheels.


Step 1: Park on the flattest spot available

Begin by choosing the flattest area at your campsite to park your caravan.

This simple start reduces the levelling you’ll need to do later. Once parked, apply the handbrake firmly to secure the caravan.

When you arrive at the campsite, you might have had a pitch allocated already. If so, look at your pitch before you set up to understand the rough ‘lie of the land.’


Step 2: Use a spirit level

Place a spirit level on the floor inside your caravan to assess which side is higher. You can also place it on a shelf or countertop. 

This will give you a clear idea of how much adjustment is needed. Some modern caravans have built-in levels, so check if yours has one!


Step 3: Set up levelling ramps

Depending on which side is lower, place levelling ramps near the tyres on the lower side. 

Slowly drive the caravan onto these ramps, checking the spirit level as you go. Stop when the level shows that your caravan is horizontally balanced.


Step 4: Secure the wheels

Once your caravan is level, side-to-side, secure the wheels with chocks to prevent movement. This is crucial for both safety and stability.


Step 5: Level from front to back

Next, adjust the jockey wheel, which controls the height of the front end of your caravan. Raise or lower it until your spirit level, now placed lengthways, shows a balanced level from front to back.


Step 6: Lower the corner steadies

With the caravan level, lower the corner steadies to stabilise the setup. 

Remember, these are not meant to lift or level the caravan but to prevent rocking. Use a steady winder for ease, and make sure they’re firm but not overly tight, as this could twist the chassis.


Step 7: Double-check the Level

Walk around inside your caravan to feel for any slight inclines or declines. Recheck your spirit level in both directions. Sometimes, settling can occur, and minor adjustments might be needed after the initial setup.


Step 8: Make final adjustments

If further adjustments are needed, repeat the relevant steps for either side-to-side or front-to-back levelling. Patience is key here—small tweaks can make a big difference.


Step 9: Celebrate your success

Once everything is perfectly level, congratulate yourself! You’ve set the stage for a stable and secure retreat.

With this step-by-step guide, levelling your caravan doesn’t have to be a chore. It’s about making sure a little home comfort no matter where you roam. So take your time, follow these steps, and you’ll be all set for a relaxing and level stay in your caravan.


Go high-tech: advanced levelling made easy

If you’ve got a motor mover, you’re in for a smoother ride. These handy gadgets let you move your caravan into position without breaking a sweat.

For the high-tech caravanners, an automatic levelling system might just change your life. Press a button, and watch the magic happen—it’s as satisfying as clicking a remote.

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Keep it level: maintenance tips for extended stays

You’ve done the hard bit, but don’t kick back just yet. Keep an eye on your caravan’s level throughout your stay. 

Shifts can happen, especially with lots of movement inside or changes in ‌ground conditions. A quick check now and then keeps the surprises away.


Fix it fast: solving common levelling issues

What if something goes awry? Maybe your levelling ramps slip, or the ground’s softer than you thought. Don’t panic. A bit more chocking might be needed, or maybe repositioning your ramps on a firmer surface.

Remember, every problem has a solution—sometimes, it’s as simple as moving a few feet to the left or right.


Choose wisely: comparing levelling equipment

Now, let’s talk about choices. Not all levelling ramps are created equal. Some are sturdiersome are easier to stash away. Milenco make good levelling ramps. 

Wheel jacks? They vary, too. Al-Ko make some very good caravan wheel jacks.

Some are robust, perfect for heavier touring caravans, while others might be more suited for lighter models. Weigh your options.


Adapting to the elements: seasonal levelling strategies

Seasons change, and so does your caravan levelling strategy. 

Winter might see you dealing with frozen ground, which makes it harder for those stakes to go in. 

Summer, on the other hand, might mean softer earth. Adjust your techniques with the seasons—it’s part of the fun.


Craft your solution: DIY levelling innovations

Feeling handy? You can rig up your own solutions. Maybe you’ve got some sturdy wood that can serve as a makeshift ramp.

Or‌ you’re crafting custom chocks that fit your wheels just right. DIY solutions can be just as effective, provided they’re safe and stable. Always test thoroughly.

With this guide, you’re well on your way to mastering the art of caravan levelling. Remember, the goal is a stable, comfortable caravan, so take your time and get it right. Safe travels, and here’s to level caravanning!


Ready to roll: your new level of caravan confidence

Fancy feeling like a pro next time you park up? It’s common to worry about setting up your caravan just right. But now, you’re armed with the know-how and tools.

Imagine your next trip:

  • rolling up to a stunning spot
  • setting up quickly
  • everything inside stays just where it should

You’ve got this. So here’s to trouble-free trips and the peace of mind that comes with a perfectly level caravan. 

Related: What does touring caravan insurance cover?


Caravan levelling FAQs

How do you level a caravan easily?

To level your caravan with ease:

  1. park on the flattest spot you can find
  2. use a spirit level to check the balance from side to side and front to back
  3. drive onto levelling ramps to adjust the side balance, and tweak the jockey wheel for front-to-back level

It’s as simple as pie—easy does it!


Does a caravan have to be perfectly level?

Not exactly perfect, but pretty close! Getting your caravan as level as possible is crucial for your appliances to work efficiently and to prevent unexpected rolling inside. A slight off might not ruin your day, but why chance it?


Where is the best place to level a caravan?

Look for a solid, flat surface to start right. Avoid slopes and uneven ground. 

If you’re at a campsite, opt for designated pitches, which are often pre-levelled just for your convenience. It’s all about the base, making sure your setup is safe and sound.


Should a caravan be level?

Absolutely! Levelling your caravan prevents uneven sleeping conditions and makes sure that your appliances operate safely. 

Plus, it stops all that annoying sliding of items inside. So yes, keep it level and keep the peace—your caravan will thank you!


Specialist touring caravan through Ripe

Now you know how to level your caravan to protect it during your holiday, you might also want to seek specialist caravan insurance.

Through Ripe, specialist touring caravan insurance can cover your caravan up to the value of £75,000. You can also choose additional cover options to protect your contents and awnings if you wish.

Cover also includes Public Liability and Accidental Death cover of up to £10,000 in case you accidentally injure someone or cause damage to third-party property.

Click here to learn more about how touring caravan insurance can help you, or get an instant online quote

Please note the information provided on this page should not be taken as advice and has been written as a matter of opinion. For more on insurance cover and policy wording, see our homepage.

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