Bubble Level and BAL Tire Leveler

April 2, 20146

Leveling your camper before popping it up is extremely important, not only for the obvious reasons (not rolling out of your bed at night), but because certain equipment like your refrigerator must be level to operate properly. Leveling is required in two places: front to back, and side to side. One is easy, the other can be difficult – but I’ll show you how to make it easy too!

Bubble Level

A simple yet invaluable add-on to any popup camper is a bubble level – placed on both the front and side of the camper. This enables you to level your popup before setting up camp. I place both bubbles at the same corner of the camper for easy reference. Leveling the camper from front to back is then easy to do with the tongue jack, and easy to verify with the bubble level.

BAL Tire Leveler

Some people use blocks under one of the tires to level the camper from side to side, but this can be quite a pain. I use and highly recommend the BAL Tire Leveler.

BAL tire leveler on a popup camper

Simply park your camper where you want it, use the tongue jack to level the camper from front to back, and then slide the BAL Tire Leveler under the lowest tire and crank until perfectly level. Here’s a video showing how easy it is to crank:

In addition to it’s leveling function, the BAL  device does wonders to keep the camper stable, preventing the wheels from rocking back and forth. I use it 100% of the time, even when on flat ground, for this purpose alone.

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I've been camping regularly since I was a kid, from quick Cub/Boy Scout trips to week-long backpacking trips and everything else in-between. We got a popup camper when our kids were 1 and 3 years old to enjoy more time outdoors together alongside a few conveniences like heat and running water. Since then, we've spent over 75 nights together as a family in our popup camper. I've learned a lot about the intricacies of a popup tent camper during this time and love to share those lessons here for the benefit of others.


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    • Ryan Jordan

      August 25, 2015 at 11:08 am

      For the best stability, I highly recommend using the BAL Leveler with the BAL Single Axle Chock on the other wheel. Rock solid pup.

  • Kevin

    July 31, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    How do you handle leveling when you need more than the approximately 4 inches that the BAL system can support?

    • Popup Camping 101

      July 31, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      4″ is about the max with any RV leveling solution (blocks, BAL leveler, etc).

      • Kevin

        July 31, 2018 at 4:57 pm

        Yikes – we were camping this past weekend at a music festival in an open field, and we needed three 2x6s for leveling there, and looking at the slope it didn’t even look steep. I had never heard the 4″ max guideline, and have certainly seen more than that over the years. Thanks for your feedback! 🙂 happy camping 🙂

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