Leveling almost wrecked our marriage. Of all the tasks associated with RVing, leveling is, for me, the most stressful. Some people obsess about leveling; others have a ‘whatever’ attitude. My husband is in the first category. And, I am afraid, probably rightly so. It’s all about the refrigerator. I can deal with rolling out of bed, or the oil being on one side of the frying pan, or things sliding off the table onto the floor. But our refrigerator? No way!!!! It is a fussbudget and wants to be level. If it isn’t, it threatens to self-destroy.
Okay, maybe I am exaggerating a bit, but only a bit. It’s like keeping elephants away by snapping your fingers. Maybe it works and maybe it doesn’t. But when it comes to the refrigerator, we just don’t want to chance it. So, how do we do it?
First of all, we have 2 different options when it comes to leveling. Forget about automatic levelers that come down. That’s for sissies and people who are willing to forego gas mileage (those things weigh a lot!). And they cost a lot.
We have the lego-looking blocks that lock together. We call these the Eriks, because Erik gave them to us. That means you are limited somewhat to how much you can level because we only have 10 of those blocks and they get eaten up pretty quickly when you are building a ramp. To raise a wheel 2 blocks high, which is about 2 inches, you need 3 blocks; to raise it 3 blocks high, you need 6 of them. You get the picture.
Option 2 is home made wooden ramps. We call these our Michaels, because Michael helped us make them. These are 2 levels high, with the highest level being 4 inches. So, as you can guess, the lower level is 2 inches. Well, 2 1/8 and 4 ¼ , if you think like my husband. For me, it’s just 2 inches. We have 2 of these. That means you can raise either 2 front wheels or 1 back set of dualies.
Next, we have a really cool iPhone app called iWoMoSet. It’s a German product that tells you how many inches you need to raise which wheel. You set the wheel base length, you set the track width, and then you calibrate it on any given surface in the RV. I use the countertop by the stove and a small level. You get the RV level front to back and right to left and set it. From that point on, all you have to do it lay it in the same place you used to calibrate it and it tells you, wheel by wheel, how many inches you have to go up. We know which wheel(s) need(s) to be raised and then we can use the Eriks and/or the Michaels to get level.
If you notice an RV backing into and out of a variety to sites at your next campground, that might be us because, truth be told, we would rather not level. We don’t tow a car, so if we need to level, that means we have to unlevel when we want to go somewhere. If we do need to level, we want it to be the front tires and certainly never the 2 back sets of dualies. That’s why you might also see us head in at a campsite that slopes away from the road. With our Michaels, our Eriks, and our iWoMoSet, we are truly set for leveling—and our marriage it no longer in danger.