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Old 10-28-2014, 05:55 PM   #1
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Class A's on Wood Blocks, hmm..

This is a bit confusing to me, we are in a large RV park and when we walk around, We notice many Class A's new and old with stacks of wood under each wheel even when they have their Jacks down. I also notice some coaches so high up on blocks or Jacks that their wheels are not on the ground, can anyone enlighten me on this, because if you have the Jacks why the need for the wood blocks, also these are all level paved pads. Thanks!
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Going to be interesting........

.........All 4 wheels off the ground......Looked like a 4 jacks were fully extended
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After I crafted this new thread I went back and searched the subject, boy! I guess there's a lot of opinions on this subject, I'm still confused! Much more so with newer coaches with auto leveling capability..
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Old 10-28-2014, 06:23 PM   #4
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A lot of pads may look level but are not which would explain the wheels off the ground,and the blocks under the jacks will keep the jacks from overextending themselves and possibly blowing out a seal.I put a rubber pad under my jacks to insulate them from the ground in case of a lightening strike.Some people don't like the suspension to hang without a load on it especially if they have air bags which would explain the blocks under the tires and it also insulates the tires from moisture getting into the tires and rusting the steel belts if it's going to be sitting for a long time. I hope this helps to explain it.
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I figure the jacks are for stabilizing, not lifting. During leveling, if a wheel comes off the ground, I drop the wheel and put a block under it to avoid the problem.
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If the pads are really level and paved I can't explain why anyone would have their wheels off of the ground.

Many folks like to put some sort of wood under each tire if they're going to be in one place for months at a time and some sort of pad under each jack is a good idea to avoid damage to the site and over extension of the jacks.

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It may be like the Ameristar Casino RV park.
Weird, the sites look level driving in, but when you hit the levelers it may pick a couple tires off the ground.
One site, my leveling system even alarmed that it could not level.
And really, by looking you would not think they were that far off.
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We have been in a few sites where if we got the coach level at least one wheel would be off the ground. For a coach with air suspension this is not acceptable. You do not want the the weight of the axle hanging from the air bag. Really bad for the air bag. To prevent that you typically drive up on a board or two and put a pad under the Jack. Then put the jacks down, that gets the coach level without the wheel hanging.
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But all four wheels off the ground? Maybe the owner has a hard time bending over to access his storage bays. I'll use ramps for the front on unlevel areas and in the winter I use wood under leveler pads to keep them from freezing to the ground. That first step must be a doozy.
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I have had to use blocks under the front tire and levelers a few times. Like others have stated, some sites look level until you start the leveling procedure. Just spent a week in a site that sloped about 4" in 22 feet.
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If I am on a site where I have to raise my rear wheels off the ground I put blocks under them so that the park gear and park brake will still be effective. This is certainly not a preferred situation but it is better than being up in the air with no ground contact with the rear wheels.
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Anymore, with the cost of a RV site.....After leveling if any of my tires are off the ground, back to the office I go and ask to be moved to a more level site, and if no sites........and if there are none(have not encountered this yet) I would get a refund and leave. I have had to ask to be moved about 3-4 times now in my travels, once the owner said "I have never had a problem on that site" , so I asked him to take a walk with me and check it out for himself........when he saw how my Coach was sitting, rear end all the way down, rear jack barely touching the ground, and about 6" or more air space under the front tire's , jacks fully extended, and the "excess slope light" still on as the front still was not high enough.........He had me move, next site worked well. He commented that he was going to have to regrade that site and try and make it more level as no one had complained before........but after seeing my Coach. he said he needed to do something.
So after that(1st time complaining) I wonder if people go back to the office and ask to be moved to a more level site, or just get the big box of blocks out and start blocking up? I do not carry blocking or use them. I have 4 pads for under my jacks if the ground is soft, but haven't used them in years.
Instead of blocking being used to correct such a unlevel site, report it to the office and ask to be moved, maybe the places that get a lot of complaints about unlevel sites will fix them over time........
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Here I sit, my rt rear tire barely touching the ground, last site in campground, only cg for miles open in Oct., I don't have blocks or pads, I'll just remember not to return to this part of Indiana after Oct. 1st. Leaving first thing in the morning, cut our visit by 3 days.
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