Manual vs. Automatic Levelling Jacks for Your RV

By: South Thompson Motors & RV   |   31 Mar 2022

Having a level RV is an essential part of RV maintenance that ensures comfort and safety during your next getaway adventure. Any vet RVer will tell you that if your RV is even slightly off level, you’ll notice the difference on the inside almost immediately. And living like that for days on end? Well, it’ll be enough to drive you mad. The jack systems on your RV are used for both levelling and stabilizing your RV. Both of these functions are crucial, not only for your comfort and safety but also for the proper function of some of your appliances. Stabilizing jacks will decrease camper movement after you level your RV and support the outer edges or underneath slides, so there’s less rocking. There is a vast selection of jacks to choose from but they typically fall into two major categories: manual and automatic.  Both have their benefits but if you're unsure which of the two is best for you, South Thompson RV is here to help!

Automatic RV Jacks Make Setup Quick and Easy.

Automatic – or hydraulic – jacks take the manual labour out of setting up your RV. This option is usually best for larger rigs and RV enthusiasts who have trouble cranking it up on their own. If your RV doesn't come with these jacks, it's very easy to add them on yourself. Here at South Thompson, our service centre has dozens of aftermarket automatic jack setups that will fit any RV. Most of these systems are easy to install and will incredibly simplify your levelling and stabilizing process.

Manual Jacks Are More Cost-Efficient and Reliable

The most common reason to use manual levelling jacks on your RV instead of automatic ones is simply that they are much cheaper. Since they are generally made with simple construction, they are highly reliable and easier to repair than hydraulic jacks. They do require a little more precision and care during installation. But don’t worry, the competent service technicians at South Thompson RV will be happy to do the heavy lifting for you!

Levelling vs. Stabilizing

It’s important to note that there is a difference between the levelling jacks and stabilizers. The levelling jacks will have the power/lifting capacity to level the unit by raising one side or one corner of the RV. The stabilizers are less powerful, and should only be used to "stabilize" the RV to reduce the bounce felt when entering or walking around inside. Stabilizers should NOT be used to raise or level your unit. The RV should be levelled with blocks under the wheels wherever needed to level the unit. Then the stabilizers can be safely deployed.

Visit the South Thompson RV Service Centre

Whether you need some guidance when it comes to levelling your RV or just some routine maintenance, our service centre is always ready to help! Our expert technicians are qualified to give your residential vehicle the TLC it needs! Contact us today to learn more!



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