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Old 07-28-2013, 09:07 PM   #1
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Levelling problem - anyone had this before?

Camped at a local state park camprgound. Front seemed to have dropped since we set up.
Thinking maybe I had a leaking Jack, looked underneath to check. The front jack had punched a hole through the asphalt
Jack was 3-4" below the surface.
Jacks retracted OK. Pulled forward a couple of feet and tried again (this time using my Lynx Levellers). All OK now.
Wondering if anyone else had experienced the same...
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:15 PM   #2
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Nope never experienced it in 8 years of full timing because I lurked here on the forum for a year and knew that it could happen. No insult to you, Chris. It especially happens in summer when it's hot. There are many RV parks and other facilities that allow RVs that have 'Must use landing pads' in their rules.

You're in a state park, please let the office know what happened and let the chips fall where they may. Might, or might not, cost you.
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:32 PM   #3
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No rules here about pads. I called the office when I discovered it. They didn't seem concerned. I asked if I should move a couple of feet and try again or move to another pitch. They didn't care. Said if it happened again, they'd fix it when I left.
The pads are not new and the asphalt is only about 1" thick.
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on anything other than concrete or hard packed stone, I use 2X12's under my levelers for that very reason. Asphalt is defiantly a surface I use the wood for.
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Ditto. I carry sets of two 2x12x12's screwed together with the wood grain perpendicular, gives me a 3 1/2" pad that protects the asphalt and won't break. It also helps me level the coach when the jack extension is not enough to do it, and it keeps my jacks from sinking into wet or soft dirt or gravel. I have one set for each jack and they are worth their weight in gold.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:57 PM   #6
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When to use Jack pads (All the time).

About your jack going through the asphalt, I had the same thing happened to me but the only reason it happened was at that area where the jack went down the asphalt was only a few inches thick and the sub base was not compact good enough.
Sense then I put 4, 2" X 4" x 8" under each jack no mater where I park with my jacks down.
Just a thought
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I carry four 12"x12" 3/4" plywood pieces that I place under each leveler prior to leveling, no problems in sandy areas or asphalt.
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I use the same 12x12x3/4 (doubled) plywood under mine and have also drilled holes in the corners so I can retrieve with my awning hook.
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I carry the Lynx Levelling blocks that I always use on soft ground.
The Asphalt where is gave out is only an inch or so thick.
I figured asphalt would be stronger... Lesson learned
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Nope, always carry wood blocks for that very purpose.
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When I was new in Sowers (Servants on Wheels Ever Ready) I was volunteering at a conference center in MD. They put us on the old basketball court. My jacks sunk in. That was when I learned about using some sort of load distributor under the jacks. I now carry 8 4x4's paired together with rope. The rope makes retrieval a bit easier and the 4x4's are easy to find a storage spot for. In this 'new to me' rig I have a great place next to the potable water tank.
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Camped at a local state park camprgound. Front seemed to have dropped since we set up.
Thinking maybe I had a leaking Jack, looked underneath to check. The front jack had punched a hole through the asphalt
Jack was 3-4" below the surface.
Jacks retracted OK. Pulled forward a couple of feet and tried again (this time using my Lynx Levellers). All OK now.
Wondering if anyone else had experienced the same...
With our '98 35' Santara I put a jack down on the edge of our concrete driveway. It broke the edge off.
Even on our present 41' DSDP I put boards under the jacks now. Tried the Lynx under it, squashed the Lynx so I gave what was left to my son for his TT.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:01 AM   #13
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We bought the Lynx for our old TT and really didn't expect them to handle the weight of our DP but so far, they are doing well.
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It depends on the levelers, Quadra Bigfoot have large landing pads, not easy to punch a hole....
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