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Old 01-19-2013, 08:24 PM   #1
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Best pads for Leveling Jacks

Going to set it up mu Class A as a seasonal this year. Level grass site.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:35 PM   #2
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We use Dicas for our coach. They are plastic and have a fairly large foot print. We also carry some 2*12 blocks about 14 inches long. We use them when we have to lift the coach more than normal. Both work fine for us. If you choose to make the wooden pads, be sure you use pressure treated wood.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:43 PM   #3
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The best one would be one you can make yourself. Use pieces of 2'x2' or 2'x4' depending on the height you desire and cover both sides with plywood. There is a nice article about pads in the February, 2013, issue of MotorHome magazine (pages 52-55).
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:20 PM   #4
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I read that review. I'm thinking about building my own. My thought is to use treated 2x12 cut into 12" squares. Then I'll stack two pieces with the grain perpendicular to each other then glue and screw them together. This will make a fairly tall pad (about 3 1/2") and they won't be light, but I think it should work. I don't understand the need for plywood if I orient the grain of 2x12 as stated.
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Old 01-20-2013, 05:15 PM   #5
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I use 2x12 treated cut at 11.5". Screwed together and I added handles. They are kinda heavy but work great.
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Try these instead. We cut them to the size we wanted and use them for several things not just pads
http://www.rv-boondocking-the-good-l...ingblocks.html
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I made four blocks made up of by layer from the bottom

3/4" plywood 11.5"x 11.5"
2 x 10" 9.5 " long
3- 3/4" plywood 5.5" x 5.5"

Instead of handles I have short ropes attached to each block at two points. With the rope handles I can easily carry the four blocks in one hand.
I also drilled a few holes in the base plate so I can use the awning wand to push the blocks under the jacks.
Blocks all painted with enamel paint to water does no penetrate the wood.
I also have 5 wood wedges made from 2" x 6 " wood that are 1/2" to 6 inches high and 24 inches long. The 5 give me the ability to support any combination of wheels if the site is very unlevel.
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Even simple pieces of 2x12 cut at 12", 16", and 20", would work to put under your tires (drive over them) when the site is not leveled. We camped in NC in some camp sites in my super C Class (Jayco, Seneca) that we couldn't get the coach to level. The front of the lot was too low and the jacks wouldn't reach. I didn't have any blocks with me either - lesson learned! That was four years ago. I have had leveling blocks with me since, but have not had a need to use them all at once.
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Plywood will bend under pressure and not break is a reason to use it instead of 2x lumber . I think it's waste a waste of money worrying about using treated lumber.
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I made mine using 2 x 12 treated wood cut to 11 1/2 x 11 1/2. I bought the same size squares of 1/2" cutting board material from Tap Plastic and sandwiched the wood squares with it. The plastic material keeps the wood from splitting. Total height is 2 1/2" and if the wood ever rots I can replace it. I used a screw eye in the wood that I can use an awning hook on.
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I made mine using 2 x 12 treated wood cut to 11 1/2 x 11 1/2. I bought the same size squares of 1/2" cutting board material from Tap Plastic and sandwiched the wood squares with it. The plastic material keeps the wood from splitting. Total height is 2 1/2" and if the wood ever rots I can replace it. I used a screw eye in the wood that I can use an awning hook on.
I also agree that pressure treated wood, while nice to have, is not required. I stapled a rope loop on mine and use my awning rod to pull the blocks out from under the MH. Mine are about 4 inches high and fit into one of those old milk crates to keep them all together.
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Try these instead. We cut them to the size we wanted and use them for several things not just pads
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Great idea!
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When using 3/4 plywood as the outside pieces with a 2x12 in the middle you are making a basic laminated beam. Much stronger than a piece of lumber. It is the same principal as builders use for long open spans in construction.

I think I will be making me a set of the ones Pyrate has come up with. Great Idea!
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I didn't come up with the idea!! But I am passing it on.
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