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Old 04-28-2013, 08:48 AM   #1
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Leveling jack pads

Ok, I know this sounds like a newbie question, and I have the vast experience of 1 trip under my belt, but do you carry wooden boards to place under your automatic levelars plates? I've heard that during the summer some parks require them. If you carry them, what size and thickness?
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Well we can certainly share our vast experience of 1 summer! HA. We just picked up a pack of 4 plastic ones from CW. They were only about $12 and no splinters
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:57 AM   #3
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I glued 3/4 inch plywood together and cut to 16x16" Drilling a hole along one edge allows me to use the awning pole to place and pull them. My rv eats plastic ones.
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I think you might want to have some sort of pad to help with your levelers, but I have never heard of a park requiring them. I now carry a combination of both the plastic ones and some homemade wooden ones. I use 2x6 cut to about one foot length for the wooden ones. The idea is to provide sufficient footprint to spread the weight on soft ground as well as to be able to minimize the leveler travel distance on not so level ground.
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We carry two packs of the leveling squares mainly to use under the wheels if the slant of the site will require the wheels (front wheels) to be off e ground when using the leveling jacks. Had to use the squares (they are like large Legos) at a campground this spring near Lake City, FL. They require pads to be used under the jacks.

When we rolled in late at night and pulled up to our overnight spot I noticed that there were sets of wooden pads with small pieces of rope (to help set and/or pull from under the coach) at every site.

In my opinion it would never hurt to carry your own.
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Has anyone found the nice plastic ones I left at some campground? Darn!

I carry 3/4" x 12" square plywood. I also carry a combination of 2"x8"x 12" and 16" strips of wood with 3/8" pieces of plywood on one side for "unique" leveling experiences. four squares for the pads, and 6 leveling blocks, gives me a good number of combinations, and I have used them.
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:34 AM   #7
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You may be interested in this You Tube The Best RV Leveling Blocks - YouTube
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Cbones,
It does not appear that those blocks support the entire foot print of the tires. Do you have a link for their specifications?

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This is what I use. Super Jack Pads keep Jacks and Levelers from Sinking - PPL Motor Homes
They work as advertised and I would make the same purchase again.
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Thanks all for your replies!
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This is what we did for leveler blocks
RV Leveling Blocks Built for Indestructibility
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I carry a set of the cheap CW orange plastic pads as well as 4 2x8x12. We stayed at a park in Florida where my front tires were four inches off the ground, took two boards plus two plastic pads. I am going to start carrying a cupola of 12 inch 4x8 wood blocks.
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Cbones,
It does not appear that those blocks support the entire foot print of the tires. Do you have a link for their specifications?

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I don't own them, but here is the link Campers Friend - Quality products for the camping and RV enthusiast, Marion NC

I use a much larger and heavier product that was a couple of hundred dollars when I bought them. GRAINGER APPROVED VENDOR OUTRIGGER PAD 18X18 - Mats - 3MHD8|3MHD8 - Grainger Industrial Supply

But I wish I would have bought the utility blocks. They seem to be made for RVs, a lot cheaper and lighter. I think they will do the job.
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We have a set of Lynx Levelers that we bought for our last RV that did not have jacks and carry scrap lumber cut into about 12"X12" hunks. I mostly just use the lumber unless we need a lot of height. Putting the jacks right on the Lynx can ruin them. The lumber is usually shot after one season but a good friend is a builder and has a never ending supply for us.
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