Best RV Stabilizers

Updated April 2020
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Buying guide for best RV stabilizers

Last Updated April 2020

Using an RV to travel means not paying for motel rooms, being able to stop whenever and wherever you like, and of course, always having a bathroom available no matter where you are, even at 70 miles per hour on the freeway. To enjoy all the comforts of your RV, especially when you’re off the road, you’ll need an RV stabilizer to keep the RV from rocking back and forth. This is especially true if you have an absorption refrigerator, which must be level when the RV is parked.

Stabilizers sit on the ground under your RV for the sole purpose of keeping it stable. Campers, fifth wheels, travel trailers, and RVs all suffer from swaying and rocking when people walk back and forth in them. The lighter the vehicle, the more noticeable the swaying will be.

Finding the right RV stabilizers means considering the size and weight of your vehicle, as well as the stabilizer design that you find easiest to use. Keep reading, and we’ll help you pick the right one for you.

A stabilizer is not a leveler. A stabilizer is meant to be used to prevent bouncing and swaying after your RV has been leveled.

Key considerations

There are many reasons why you might want your RV to be level when it’s parked. Before you start weighing your options, you have to consider the size of your RV to determine what stabilizers will best suit your vehicle.

Size

The main consideration when it comes to size is the distance from the ground to the support struts under your RV. The higher your RV sits off the ground, the larger the stabilizer you’ll need. Scissors jacks fold down until they’re a few inches high. This makes it easy to store them since they fold up quickly and can be quite compact. On the other hand, it means you’ll have to do more cranking before the stabilizer reaches the bottom of the RV.

To determine the right size for your stabilizers, measure the distance from the ground to the undercarriage of your RV. Subtract an inch or two to take into account the thickness of a pad under the stabilizer, then compare the result to the range of heights for each stabilizer. You should have at least two to three inches between the top of the stabilizer and the bottom of the RV.

RV weight

Stabilizers aren’t intended to lift an RV to change a tire, but they need to be strong enough to keep it from rocking. This means they will have to support several thousand pounds each. For an RV, the minimum weight limit on a stabilizer should be 5,000 pounds. If the weight limit is less, that stabilizer should only be used on lightweight campers and trailers.

EXPERT TIP

RV stabilizers are sometimes known as “landing gear” since they help to keep your RV securely in place when it’s parked.


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Features

Material

Steel is the best material for stabilizers due to its strength and durability. However, cast aluminum is gaining in popularity for its ability to resist corrosion.

Types of stabilizers

Tripod stabilizer

Tripod stabilizers are the easiest to use — no special tools are required for installation, and they are small enough to store without difficulty. They will prevent side to side movement and bouncing of your RV. While they’re not as adept at stopping front to back bouncing, their simplicity and convenience more than make up for it.


Scissors stabilizer

These stabilizers are excellent at preventing the swaying and bouncing movements of your RV. They readily prevent side-to-side and front-to-back movement for solid stability. They are time-consuming to set up and require more effort than tripod designs.

Scissors stabilizers can be cranked with a power drill if you have an adapter, but you have to be careful if you go that route. It is easy to raise the stabilizer too high and put strain on the frame of your RV.


Telescopic stabilizer

Telescopic stabilizers have to be mounted on the undercarriage of your RV. Some are manually operated, but the more expensive models are electrically driven. The legs descend from the RV once it has been parked and leveled. The manual ones have a hand crank similar to the scissors stabilizers. They can also be cranked with a drill using an adapter.


Fifth wheel stabilizer
A fifth wheel stabilizer supports the tongue of the trailer but won’t be enough by itself. You’ll need to get some other stabilizers for the main body of the trailer.

EXPERT TIP

Standard wheel chocks (on one side of the wheel only) aren’t always adequate to keep the RV or trailer in place if the stabilizer gives out. Always use tandem chocks when you use stabilizers.


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Accessories

Once you’ve picked out a stabilizer, there are a few other accessories that will help you keep your home-away-from-home steady.

RV leveler pads: Andersen Hitches Camper Leveler Tuff Pads
These bright red pads from Anderson Hitch are 8 1/4 inches on a side and 3/4 inches thick. They provide a sturdy base for your stabilizers to rest on when you’re using a dirt or gravel parking spot.

Spare crank handle: BAL 20032 Hex Head Crank Handle
You never need a spare crank handle for your stabilizer when you have one on hand. But it’s when you don’t have a spare that your primary crank handle manages to break or disappear. This BAL crank handle won’t cost you much, but it can save you a major headache.

Socket drill adapter: Camco RV Leveling Scissor Jack Socket Drill Adapter
If you want to raise and lower your scissor jack stabilizers with a power drill, you’ll need a socket adapter that fits the head on the stabilizer. This adapter from Camco makes the job quick and easy.

Tire chocks: Camco Tandem Wheel Chock
Always use wheel chocks between your wheels to ensure your RV doesn’t roll or move in either direction before you start putting your stabilizers in place. These bright yellow Camco chocks were designed with RVs in mind.

RV stabilizer prices

Low-priced RV stabilizers are available for under $100. The price doesn’t necessarily correlate with quality. These are usually made of cast aluminum and may be fifth wheel stabilizers or scissors stabilizers. Except for fifth wheel stabilizers, these will come in packages of four.

Midrange RV stabilizers cost from $100 to $200 for four stabilizers. These are generally steel construction stabilizers that have rust-resistant coatings on them.

Over $200 is where you will find high-end stabilizers. Most models in this range are electrical telescopic stabilizers. Once mounted under your RV, they can be lowered with the push of a button.

EXPERT TIP

You should always put at least one jack pad under each stabilizer to keep it from sinking into the “not quite terra firma” of a dirt parking lot. During the summer, even asphalt surfaces will deform under the weight of an RV. A pad spreads the weight out over a larger area.


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Tips

  • Absorption refrigerators are an alternative to compressor driven refrigerators. They are common in modern RVs, but in order to work properly, they need to be level when the RV is parked. Level the RV with boards under the wheels to raise or lower one side or the other before you begin stabilizing it.
  • When cranking out a stabilizer jack, raise it until you meet resistance. The, turn the crank one more time before stopping.
  • Stabilizer jacks are not intended to raise an RV so you can change a tire. The stabilizer can “let go” at the wrong moment with disastrous results for your RV and you.
  • Scissor jacks only support their stated weight capacity between certain heights. Above or below that range, they will not support the claimed amount. Read the manual carefully to ascertain what the range is.

Other products we considered

If you didn’t find the right stabilizers for your RV among our top choices, we have a few more recommendations.

The EAZ-LIFT Telescopic RV Stabilizers are made of powder-coated steel to prevent rust, and they adjust from 16 inches up to 30 inches. Each jack will support 6,000 pounds. It's a two-pack, so if you want a stabilizer on all four corners, you'll have to purchase two packages. You will most likely need some grease for the threads.

We also like the EAZ-LIFT Camco Heavy Duty Stabilizers. These come in packages of two and are specifically made to support slide-outs when they're extended, but they can be used anywhere else you'd use ordinary stabilizers. Each one is rated at 5,000 pounds and can extend to 47 inches high. They are made from steel with a rust-resistant coating.

Stabilizers are not meant to pick an RV up off the ground. If you’re trying to do that, you’re going to damage them and probably your RV at the same time.

FAQ

Q. Can stabilizers be used as levelers?
A.
This is a common question, and the answer is unfortunately no. Using them that way will put tremendous strain on the frame of the RV, possibly bending it.

Q. Do all RVs need stabilizers?
A.
No. Heavy RVs will stabilize themselves on their tires. Small or lightweight RVs do need stabilizers to keep from wobbling as you move around the vehicle.

Q. How long does it take to install the stabilizers each time?
A.
With one person, 15 to 20 minutes is the average time, and more hands will make for faster work.
 

The team that worked on this review
  • Ciera
    Ciera
    Digital Content Producer
  • Melinda
    Melinda
    Web Producer

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