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Old 08-31-2013, 07:31 AM   #1
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Leveling MH with wood under the tires.

Will be parking at Elkhart fair grounds (grassy field) for 5 days (FMCA in Sept) and would like to park and level the mh on wood first. Then use the HWH jacks to do the final level. Good / bad idea?


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Old 08-31-2013, 07:41 AM   #2
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Will be parking at Elkhart fair grounds (grassy field) for 5 days (FMCA in Sept) and would like to park and level the mh on wood first. Then use the HWH jacks to do the final level. Good / bad idea?


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I only use wood under the tires when leveling will require raising the rears off the ground and I have absolutely no other choice. I always use wood under the jacks themselves unless on concrete.
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I have done this a number of times. Make sure you get blocks under both rear duals and tags if applicable. You will probably need about the same number of blocks under the jacks for each corner. I found that 2X8 blocks were inadequate for my 305 aspect ratio tires so I use 2X10 blocks. You may need a cargo trailer to carry that lumber yard! If the ground is very soft, you may need a pry bar to get the bottom blocks out of the ground. I use blocks that are at least 2 ft long for the rear blocks and that helps.
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:06 AM   #4
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I use wooden planks under the rear tires any time I park on a grass site or any area that might be soft just to prevent the tires from sinking in. Sort of the same as using pads under the jacks to prevent sinking and to spread the load. I look at it as an ounce of prevention prevents a $500. tow bill if the tires sink and the grass is wet from rain.
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:19 PM   #5
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Good or bad idea.. Well, it is not a bad idea. IT is how I level in fact.

Just one precaution or two

Front, make sure the wood slab is as wide (or wider) than the tire. No tread hanging out in thin air.

Rear Make sure ALL tires are supported as above. No tread hanging out in air.

I have some "Stair Steps" I use

2x 10 I think, slab 3' long, on top of it (and just short of one end is a 2' long slab and on top of that a one foot.

Each one is set in from the end about 1.5-2" from the last

I have levels in the cockpit (installed when I was level) and based on them I decide if I'm putting the 2-step or the 3-step (The 2-step is just the first two slabs) under the tire. Then back up onto them till the bubbles are happy. Set brake, Drop jacks, Extend slides, and enjoy.

NOTE Some folks may find the 3-step (If 2x10) to be a bit more than they can handle... Even for me they are "Heavy" just not too heavy.
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If my MH is off left or right by bubble then I like to use boards to get fairly level before tweaking in with jacks. B
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To me it's dealers(owners) choice. One of our list of reasons to go from 5er to MH was automatic leveling. If I'm gonna have to use wood planks under wheels I might as well go back to a 5er. I do have jack pads for soft areas though.
If we get stuck _that's why we have GS ERS.
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I think it's a good idea on grass for sure! If you're very far off level at all, and you try using your jacks to move it more than an inch or 2, even with pads, you'll just push them right into the ground. Ours will split single layer 2" by whatever like matchsticks under the rear jacks in those conditions. Especially the rears? We have to double them up at minimum.
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Ray,IN; I hope you carry wood planks for under the rear wheels if you get a site that's sloped to the rear. The LAST thing you want to do is take the weight off the rear tires on a site sloped to the rear. There is a real chance that the MH will shift and damage the jacks if you take the weight off the rear wheels. They have the only brake holding the unit in place.
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To me it's dealers(owners) choice. One of our list of reasons to go from 5er to MH was automatic leveling. If I'm gonna have to use wood planks under wheels I might as well go back to a 5er. I do have jack pads for soft areas though.
If we get stuck _that's why we have GS ERS.
It's less of an owners choice than it is a site choice. My MH jacks have a 13" travel in the shaft. Spread that 13" over the length of the coach and you don't have much leveling distance. If the 13" is not enough to compensate for the out of level, you will have no choice other than use some type of block under the tires and the jack as well! Wood works for most of us. Some use factory made plastic, that did not work for me as they start to break faster than a piece of wood does. (my experience)
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Get into place on the site. Then put wood under the jacks first. Raise the coach so the tires are off the ground on back or front, then slide the boards under the tires. Lower and then do the opposite end. Then lower and re level. I find that easier than backing unto the boards first.

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I have never seen it necessary to use anything under the tires to level a MH that had Power Jacks in the 20 plus years I have had one. The HWH or Power Gear levelers will level the MH without raising the tires off the ground very high. If not move to a different spot. Only time I put anything under the tires is during my 7 month winter stay. Not for leveling but to protect the tires. That are on grass. I do carry some wood and plastic pads to put under the jacks when parked on a grass spot.
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I always cary both wood and plastic blocks. I have stayed in many places that they were needed. If you do any boon-docking, like on sand in the desert, or where the ground is not dry.

Talk about a sight not being level;
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Ray,IN; I hope you carry wood planks for under the rear wheels if you get a site that's sloped to the rear. The LAST thing you want to do is take the weight off the rear tires on a site sloped to the rear. There is a real chance that the MH will shift and damage the jacks if you take the weight off the rear wheels. They have the only brake holding the unit in place.
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The last time I bought a set of 6 tires the Michelin tire shop used my RVA 3 point jacks to raise the coach while they removed all of the wheels/tires, mounted and balanced all 6, and reinstalled them, (they used no jack stands)!
The coach sat on their pitched/slopped asphalt driveway, on only my 3 leveling jacks for over 3 hours!
I was not a happy camper, but apparently no damage was done.
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