We’ve been living in an RV for 20 years now, and we do a lot of boondocking. So, we’ve had to master the art of keeping the rig level. Which is more important than you may think! It’s so important, in fact, that we’re dedicating this post to what we think are the best RV leveling blocks you can buy (for any class of RV).
As you might imagine, over 20 years, we’ve tried our share of leveling blocks. In time, however, most types of RV leveling blocks failed us in one way or another. So, in this post, we’ll tell you AND show you why we believe Utility Blocks are the best your money can buy.
Why Are RV Leveling Blocks Important?
An off-level RV is a bigger problem than many people think it is. Not only is it a nuisance for walking, sleeping, and having things slide off your table… but, it can be hazardous to your appliances and even to parts of your RV.
Every RVer has to deal with unlevel campsites from time to time. Even if your RV has a great leveling system (not just stabilizer jacks), some sites are so sloped you just can’t get your rig level.
This is why most RVers carry RV leveling blocks of some kind or other.
Sometimes called “jack pads”, “stacker blocks”, or “stabilizer pads”, RV leveling blocks not only allow you to level your RV on a sloped campsite, but they can also help keep jacks from sinking into soft surfaces.
Even if you think you don’t need them, RV leveling blocks should be on every RVer’s list of “most important gear” for a number of reasons.
First, if you can’t get your rig level, your fridge may not work properly or could even be damaged. RV fridge problems can lead to a fire which could cause a total loss of your rig… or worse.
Other appliances could also suffer, or fail to function properly, as a result of a non-level RV as well.
Finally, as we noted in our post answering the question “Do you need leveling blocks?“, you may need them because sometimes your built-in levelers just aren’t enough to make your RV level.
This is generally the case when you’re on extremely sloped sites, or sites with soft ground into which your jacks will sink.
So, the ability to level your RV is pretty crucial. The problem is that there are many RV leveling systems out there (electric, hydraulic, or air), and, while many are great, no one system covers all the bases.
No matter how great your RV’s leveling jacks may be, no RV leveling system is complete without a good, durable set of RV leveling blocks (and some wheel chocks).
Are All RV Leveling Blocks the Same?
No. RV leveling blocks aren’t all the same at all. They vary widely, and most really haven’t been sufficient for use with our motorhome.
The most commonly used leveling blocks are wood (often homemade) or the commonly-available plastic stacker blocks.
Wooden blocks can be helpful (and cheap!), but, over time, they can crack, chip, or rot. They also tend to be quite heavy, especially for full-timers like us who are conscious of how much weight we carry.
Blocks of wood also don’t have any sort of leveling ramps to them for a gradual roll-up (unless you have to tools & skill to make them yourself).
Many people carry wooden blocks, but there are far lighter, more compact, and more effective camper levelers out there.
Typical Plastic Stacker Blocks
Plastic stacker blocks (the ones commonly found at RV parts stores) are readily available, usually reasonably priced, lightweight, and compact for easy storage. But their downside is that they have a waffle-like grid bottom (which makes them lighter and cheaper) that allows them to sink into soft surfaces.
Also, they’re not always strong enough to support a heavier RV without cracking, especially on soft or uneven surfaces that allow them to flex.
There are lots of reviews of products like the Camco 44510 heavy-duty leveling blocks, Lynx levelers, and a number of other popular leveling blocks stating that they slide, crack, or simply don’t last very long.
Even though products like the Camco heavy-duty leveling blocks are supposed to have a decent weight capacity, there are plenty of complaints of them bending under load and sinking into the soil or gravel.
Our Choice for the Best RV Leveling Blocks
With all of that said about the two most common choices in leveler kits, our choice after 20 years of full-time RVing are Utility Blocks.
We’ve found Utility Blocks to be perfect for about 98% of the places where we camp (and we camp in some pretty “out there” places!). In our opinion, they’re the perfect balance of size, weight, strength, and cost.
They’re big enough to provide a good surface area to help prevent your jacks from sinking into soft/wet ground while still being thick enough to provide good lift. Surprisingly, they do both of these without being too large or heavy (their approximate size is 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ x 1 1/2″).
Even though they weigh only about 3.5 pounds each, they seem indestructible, and the price for what you get is very reasonable compared to anything else we’ve found.
Sure, they’re more expensive than cheaper plastic blocks… but they still cost a lot less than many other “high-end” jack pads without sacrificing quality.
Other features that we’ve found to be beneficial include the 45-degree angle bevels on each side that act as ramps when you drive/pull your RV up onto them.
They also have a rope handle that makes it easy to pull them out from under your RV when you’re ready to pack up camp. If you don’t want to bend over to reach them, use your RV’s awning rod… it’s easy to use the rod to grab the rope handles and pull them out from under your (retracted) jacks, without having to bend down.
While we’re talking about using your awning rod, it can also be used to put the Utility Blocks in place. There’s a keyed notch that your RV awning rod can fit into, making it easier to move them into place, again without having to get down on your hands and knees!
Utility Blocks are almost entirely flat on the bottom. There’s only one groove that allows the block to lock into another one when stacking them. When you park your RV on the blocks, the raised ridge on the top and the recessed groove on the bottom nest together perfectly, so there’s no sliding or slippage.
As sturdy as they are, Utility Blocks save weight without compromising integrity or strength. They do this by having holes bored all the way through, lengthwise. However, with their solid top and bottom, there are no open areas to sink onto wet or soft ground.
They’re also larger than many of the cheaper blocks, so they’re less likely to sink into soft surfaces, and they’re taller than most other RV leveling blocks, offering more lift when using the leveling blocks to level your RV on badly-sloped surfaces.
If you have a travel trailer, Utility Blocks also have a circular recess in the top, designed to be used with the tongue jack. This helps hold the wheel or jack foot in place while you’re parked, helping to keep things more stable.
So, these are all of the reasons that we think that Utility Blocks are the best RV leveling blocks around. But we do have a couple of notes:
- We have a 43′ diesel pusher, so it’s a fairly heavy rig. Utility Blocks work fine for us, but if you have a larger, heavier motorhome, you may need jack pads with a larger surface area than Utility Blocks provide.
- While they’re less expensive than other premium jack pads, they’re still more expensive than basic plastic leveling pads.
You can purchase one Utility Block or a set of four.
For a visual look at Utility Blocks and our take on why they work even better than more expensive RV leveling blocks, feel free to check out our YouTube video, made about 10 years after we purchased our first set:
Free RVing Tips, Tricks, Reviews, Giveaways & More
Subscribe to our daily newsletter! We’ve been full-time RVers for 20 years (!) and share everything we’ve learned about RVing in our daily blog posts. Join our online community to receive a wealth of great RVing knowledge delivered right to your inbox.
Whether this is your first time on the road or you’re a seasoned full-timer, you’ll love the wide range of RVing topics we cover. Don’t miss a single article or any of our famous RV gear Giveaways — Subscribe today!
Monday 22nd of May 2023
Ordered a set of 4 from Amazon, but it was cancelled after a day.
Monday 22nd of May 2023
Sorry to hear that, but keep in mind that Amazon isn't always the shipper... sometimes it's through Amazon Marketplace, which means a third-party supplier can be involved. Trust us... they're worth trying to order them again.
Sunday 14th of May 2023
Hi Guys, Thanks for another great review. I have been wanting to change out my plastic waffle blocks for awhile. I do not enjoy digging them out of the ground and cleaning them when we are packing up to leave. Over your years of travel and all the locations you have been, How many blocks do you guys now carry to fit your needs. Thank you
Tuesday 16th of May 2023
Hi TN. We had one set of four Utility Blocks for a long time... but somewhere along the line (probably when we started doing more boondocking and spending more time in less developed places) we picked up a second set of four and now travel with eight of them. It's not often that we need the extra 4... but, on occasion, they've come in handy.
Sunday 14th of May 2023
I have also have had these blocks for many years, but now that I have a larger RV (2017 Newmar Ventana) I find the stands on this unit actually overlap these pads more than I would like, so I am on the lookout for even larger ones.
That being said, these are very good pads and are pretty indestructible.
Sunday 14th of May 2023
@Rich, Before I discovered these (I have 8 and can't remember how long ago I got them), I went to a plastics shop and bought a 1" sheet of polypropylene (I'm pretty sure that's the material). I had them cut to a foot square and drilled holes on diagonal corners.
I still have them and the utility squares. Depending on what I need, I still use both. I am in a 42,000 lb. 45-foot motor home and they work great.