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There are two issues here and most of the posts only address one-Changing the height of the wheels/jack pads. The second issue is what condition is the ground under the pads? We camp mostly in Spring and Fall and as such, the ground can be pretty soft. In that case, the pad must be large enough to disperse the weight over a larger area and not bow. Additionally, if you camp in the freezing weather, and do not put a barrier between the ground and the pad, just wait to try and pry up your pad upon departure. All of the ideas are good, just be sure it will address all of your individual specific needs. Been there, done that. One CG was full and our assigned site had a pretty nice slope to it. For a short coach it wouldn't have been too bad, but at 42' I had to drive the duals and tag onto several 2x16x18 and several stacks of them under the rear levelers (stroke not long enough). At least the gound was dry and solid. Been there also. The jack and 16x18 plywood pad just got pressed into the ground.
2006 HR Scepter 42DSQ
Do a search for homemade air bags. I made one for use on my 5th wheel. It was made from a 10 inch pvc flat discharge hose. Put it under the wheel that needed leveling and then just took a small air compressor and aired it up. Had no problem with the 5th wheel. Not sure about the weight of a MH but might be worth a try. Pretty easy to make. If you are interested and cannot find the instructions for how to make them message me and I will tell you. The post I saw on how to make them was very good with pics and much better details than I could give.
Can you include a picture....this sounds interesting even as an emergency device.
Bill & Jenny - 2014 Fleetwood Bounder 35K, 36 ft, Ford V10 - Blue Ox and SMARTCAR. Once/month traveler in Midwest and Southern US. Home - Nashville, Indiana (Beautiful Brown County)
I am using 14" laminated floor beams from scraps at commercial build site my friend is the contractor on. Cutting 14 x 14 with 2 by s in middle, covered with stall mat. The rope loop is a great idea I didn't think about before for using the awning hook to place and remove. I'll hopefully have them soon soon!!
2013 Aspire 42RBQ
2014 VW Passat TDI SEL Premium
I like these ideas very much! I've been thinking about buying jack pads, but now it looks like I have another project at hand. I'll be picking up two 4'x8' sheets of 1" red oak to build the base for a queen walk around conversion. A couple of 12"x12" pieces stacked with a rubber/mat cover should work well.
While parked here in the RGV under my cover which has a river rock parking I use 4X6X4' to spread the weight. While traveling I use 12X12X4.5 3/4 plywood screwed together. I have the stall mats that I put under the tires now I think I will add that to the jack boards. Thanks for the idea.
Dean & Mary (Retired U.S.A.F.) plus Purr
2012 Itasca Sunova 33C, 2015 Malibu LTZ w/Blue Ox setup & Brake Buddy
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Originally Posted by mnothstein01
I found a picture of what they look like on a youtube video. Yesterday I bought the wood..[...] top left image. (It looks like 1/2" plywood laminate, I use 3/4" treated plywood.)
1 minute 2 seconds in the image shows up
I looked at that video that has the "Utility Block" and noticed two things.
The yellow blocks being used will not support the full surface area of the tire.
The Utility block does not appear to support the full surface area of the tire.
That type if situation can be detrimental to tires. The surface area of a tire should be fully supported by any system used underneath the tire. I don't even know why the make the hex and diagonal shaped pads for tire leveling.
Wayne MSGT USMC (Ret) & Earlene (CinCHouse)
2008 Winnebago Destination 39W
It is what it is, and then it is what you make of it.
This topic appears to be about inexpensive jack pads.
Unfortunately, excellent, very supportive and strong jack pads are quite expensive. They run about $100-$200 each in a 24" X 24" size. They spread the load over the entire area and are made of engineered plastic.
Then it is an inexpensive option to cut up barn mats to gain additional height as needed. They are $40 per 6' X 8' sheet and are 3/4" thick. But they weigh a lot also.
Went to Home Depot. Had them cut up a sheet of 3/4" Treated plywood into 16" squares. Laminated them into (3) layers with cad. plated deck screws and a little wood glue. Screwed an eyebolt into 1 edge. Cut off an old broom handle, and screwed a hook into the end so I can place and remove pads under jacks. You are left with ( 6 ) pcs of plywood which you can use for additional levelling or tire pads.
2014 Newmar Ventana 4037 / 4018
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ltd.
1940 Chevrolet Pickup