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Old 08-02-2014, 10:00 AM   #1
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Jack Pads for my Newmar

I need to purchase jack leveling pads for my 2000 Newmar DSDP 3859. Front jack loads are 5500lb each and rear jack loads are 8500lbs each (min). Does anyone recommend a brand for me?
(example: Camco Large RV Stabilizer Jack Pads)
Most pads I see offered do not appear to be engineered to handle these loads and/or are quite small (8" to 10" sq). Any input appreciated. Thanks. Ed
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Old 08-02-2014, 10:07 AM   #2
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I made my own, 2 layers of 3/4" plywood, 12"x 12" with the layers crossed grained.
( top layer glued and screwed 90 degrees rotated to the bottom layer).
3 seasons of use no issues. Nylon loop attached to a corner so they can be maneuvered with the awning rod.
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The cheap orange plastic pads from CW. Will do fine IF your parked on concrete. For sand and gravel I also have a set of the 2 inch stiff rubber pads. On set is small for the front and one large for the rear. These have worked well even on grass.
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I have a set of those yellow pads from CW for when needed/required. For leveling I have a few pieces of 2by lumber.
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Old 08-02-2014, 10:23 AM   #5
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My 04 KSG weighs less than your Diesel pusher. I have those interlocking orange blocks (sold every where) and two of mine are smashed. On concrete, down a few inches in the rear. Hot weather, and hot concrete. Keep saying I am going to make the wood type described here...seems like one of those I'm a goinaa projects.
Anyway, if I had known, I would have bought ones better than the orange ones.
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Old 08-02-2014, 10:30 AM   #6
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Did pretty much like Skip426 but went the cheaper route. One piece of 3/4" plywood, 12"x12". I drilled a hole in the corner of it so that I can pull them out with my awning rod. I would have used another layer of 3/4" plywood if I had some laying around but I didn't. I think that I'll eventually add another layer but so far so good and a lot cheaper for sure.
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Been using 3/4" x 12" x12"treated plywood for years can do what Skip did if you want for heavier coach.
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Because of other projects I just use 2X12X24 for the rear jacks and 2X12X12 from the fronts. I might go ahead and drill some holes at the corners for the awning rod but I can get them out pretty easy already.

I carry an extra set of the 24" long ones for the front if I am in something I think might be extra soft.
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Jack Pads for my Newmar

I also use 2-by lumber. I carry 10 pieces of 2-foot long 2x12's with a short piece of nylon rope tied to an eye screwed into the end of each board. The rope gives me something to pull them out with.

I store 5 on each side in the basement compartment right behind the front wheels. No need to buy those fancy pads that likely are not as strong as the lumber anyway.


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I had some scrap 2x8 and 2x12 and cut 4 each of them to 24" lengths. Drilled angled holes in one end out the sides, countersunk side holes and used yellow nylon rope. Knot in the ends pulled into countersunk holes. I don't have to reach far underneath to put them in place or remove them. They are also wide enough I can use them under the duals in the rear if site is out of level.
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Jack Pad Web Sites

Here are a couple of sources:

- Outdoors for Life - had these pads. Worked great.

- DICA Outrigger Pads - these are designed for cranes, so they should work just fine on RVs.
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I started out with a set of those orange pads, about 16" sq. not bad if you're always on pretty firm level ground, but I watched in amazement one day as a couple of them folded like a cheap suit and got pushed right into the soft ground by my jacks.

Then went to misc pieces of 2x12, but they tended to split after a while.

So I made my own. Sandwiched the 2x12 between 5/8 ply (it's what I found laying around) so I have four blocks 12 x 16, 2-3/4 thick. I even painted them!! DW said they didn't match the coach. ;-(
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I have the Bigfoot jack pads. They have been great for 4 years.
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We had Bigfoots (Bigfeet?) on our retired 5th wheel. They worked fine for a few years on that rig but we lost one. Hope it did not fall off at highway speed! When the replacement was installed the shop found another loose. So I had the threads all tack welded.
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