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Old 10-17-2017, 06:11 AM   #1
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Mounting Jack Pads?

I'm kinda tired of always putting out jack pads and packing them up. I travel and move a lot. This isn't the situation of doing it once a week or once a month as then you settle in. That wouldn't be a big deal, but when I'm doing it 5 to 7 times a week....for a couple months at a time....

It's making me ponder. First, I know they saved some money, but why not have a wider pad attached to the jack all the time? Anyone tried or is driving with wide pads mounted so when they stop....no additional pad placement? I would love to be able to drive most anywhere, stop, lower the jacks. Done. Next morning, pull up, drive off.

I know the obvious of "what if these fall off while heading down the road or get caught on something?" I would imagine these could be mounted so they don't come off...like many things on the RV, stuff can come off. I already lost a tailpipe somewhere in New Mexico....I think. Stuff happens. My jacks raise with ample room to spare.

Thoughts, ideas or experience on mounting pads?
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Old 10-17-2017, 06:14 AM   #2
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New product. https://rvsnappad.com/
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Old 10-17-2017, 06:16 AM   #3
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I put the Snap Pads on mine this summer and they are staying on and working well. They also give you protection from lightening and stray voltage traveling thru the ground. I know either is unlikely, but, an added bonus with rubber pads.
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Old 10-17-2017, 06:24 AM   #4
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Only issue with Snap Pads is they are only made for a couple of configurations. They unfortunately don't fit my coach.
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Old 10-17-2017, 06:40 AM   #5
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Wide enough?

Snap Pads look like the exact concept I'm interested in, but they don't look like they help distribute the load all that much. Adds just an inch or two around the foot. Is this enough? My Class A is 32k on 3 jacks. I'm trying to not punch holes in gravel and asphalt. Wondering if others have used on similar rig in soft situations and found these to be sufficient?

Thanks! Didn't see those in my search.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:23 AM   #6
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Snap Pads work extremely well! I purchased my pads soon after they started production, one of my best additions. I think you’ll find the area on the bottom of the pads more than sufficient to prevent sinking your jacks. I always used pads under my jacks, many newer campgrounds require them, hated putting the pads down and dragging them out, especially when it was raining!!! No more, the pads are permanently attached, put them on and then forget about them!

Again, one of the best accessories I have purchased in years!
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:28 PM   #7
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I have thought about doing the same but haven't yet. My thoughts were to get some 3/4" aluminum plate as large as will clear and bolt them to my existing jack pads.
This last week I was at REV group in Decatur IN. and they had some plastic/fiberglass pads for everyone parking in their lot. They were pretty slick as for weight to size. About 1/12" thick. They sell them for approximately $83 per pair. Don't know why a person couldn't bolt them on.

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Old 10-17-2017, 06:38 PM   #8
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My thoughts are a bit different regarding jack pads. My auto jacks have dual springs for return. It's my feeling, albeit no data to support it, that the less travel your jacks have the better. So, I almost always place 4x12's under each jack. The jacks then do not need to fully extend, which stresses the return springs imo, and also provides a stouter "set" with less coach movement.

Again, I have no data supporting any of this, but it makes sense to me and I especially feel less likely to snap a return spring as I know others have experienced.
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I don't bother with pads. Unless I park in a swamp just the factory jack base works just fine. Never had an issue. Overnight is not much time for the bases to settle in the ground.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:19 PM   #10
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I also got tired of boards and the storage space, I went to my scrap steel supplier and had them shear me 4- 16 x 16 x 3/8 plates, took old conveyor belt and glued to the bottom side, bolted to my jack pads a little smaller would have worked better as they have to be turned correctly for clearance of front tires so I oriented and took some springs I had and hooked to keep in position, so far they are great, time will tell, larger round ones would be better if a plasma cutter is available.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:31 PM   #11
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I don't bother with pads. Unless I park in a swamp just the factory jack base works just fine. Never had an issue. Overnight is not much time for the bases to settle in the ground.
I can and have punched through everything but concrete... Sometimes instantly, other overnight.
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Here is a post from Boyle908 on his solution along with some pics he sent me. Have done it myself, but it's on my list.

"I made my own out of 1 1/8 Plywood. I installed them permanently using 2 - 1/4" galvanized bolts. I did not use 4 bolts as I wanted them to break if snagged I have done this on 2 motorhomes over 10years and have had no issues,

I made my pads 12 x 12 and 14 x 14 depending on the chassis location etc. On my current I reduced on one pad corner on each rear to maintain wheel clearance This setup gives me a greater working range on the levelers, I don't have to get our to put pads etc. I carry about 4 extras just in case, however if that is not sufficient I will move to a different site or campground as necessary. I did drill a 5/8 hole in each corner so that I could hook them with the awning rod if necessary. Very happy with the way this works"
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Old 10-18-2017, 02:54 PM   #13
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I made some to answer my question

In my research, I saw a good idea from a jack pad made for heavy equipment outriggers. I copied the idea with plywood.

Using 3/4 5-PLY pressure treated (don't use 3 ply, very weak) found at Home Depot in 2'x4' sheets. Needed two of them the make 3 pads. 16" square with 12" square attached to 8 1/4" jack pads on my RVA 32 jacks.

Heavy glue to sandwich with screws. Side blocks and then a "cap" blocks that allow these to be slid on. Then a locking piece after it is installed.
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I don't understand why so many find the need to put down jack pads.....you know, your jacks have pads on them already. I've owned two DP's, including a Monaco with a single front jack and maybe used pads about 5 times in 14 years of DP ownership.

Obviously, if it's soft grass, yes, but I se people putting pads down on asphalt and concrete slabs....why?
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