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Old 01-15-2011, 10:45 AM   #1
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What is the best material to use to support or bolster the levelers in a Class A? I tried using a 1' x 1' chunk of laminated wood beam under each of the leveler legs, which works fine when we are parked on a concrete or asphalt pad, however, when I have tried to use them on a grass pad - when I need them the most -- they split pretty easily. Any ideas for a material that would be more durable? Eriik
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:59 AM   #2
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We use the orange 1x1 foot plastic pads. I use 4 to make a plus sign to spread the weight then a couple on top for additional support. Use 4x6 on edge 3 feet long if really soft. How to tell if soft, the depth of the ruts your tires create :-).
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We cut a 2x12 into 18 inch lengths, and attached rope handles. Have had no problems with them yet.
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If you are DIY guy I recommend cutting two squares of 3/4 treated plywood and mating them together with gorilla glue. Keep in mind your storage area for these since it could limit the size.

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i use 4 strips of 5/4 pine cut to 12" and then lay them across one another to create a 90degree layup and glue them and air staple them.
then add a loop for the awning rod to grab, they are inexpensive and so far haven't broken one in half

but i did somehow leave one at a park, still not sure how that happened.
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:06 PM   #6
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Went to Home Depot and bought the 2X2 foot thick pieces of plywood.

Works great in our sandy loam of Florida when dry camping.

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I have a combo of the other posts. I have 2x12 cut into 12 inch lengths and then sandwiched with 1/2 plywood to prevent the splitting of the 2x12. Have used on all surfaces without any problems.
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Agree with Dadeaux, two pieces 3/4" exterior plywood (or 3 pieces 1/2" plywood sandwiched together), approximatly 12" square, glued together with Gorilla glue.

Use 1" drill to drill half way thru - use awning rod in hole to place under leveler foot.

Have used for several years with no problem.

FWIW - Have read that in lightning storm, it's good idea to use an insulator barrier (such as plastic mats) between the ground and the wood block, to prevent lightning damage. I have only done this once, however, I keep the plastic mats with me just in event of bad weather.
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FWIW - Have read that in lightning storm, it's good idea to use an insulator barrier (such as plastic mats) between the ground and the wood block, to prevent lightning damage. I have only done this once, however, I keep the plastic mats with me just in event of bad weather.
Why not just raise the levelers in the storm...........then the tires insulate the coach...........
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camping world has some nice hard plastic 14" mats, 2 for $15.00.
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If you are DIY guy I recommend cutting two squares of 3/4 treated plywood and mating them together with gorilla glue. Keep in mind your storage area for these since it could limit the size.

Good luck.

That's exactly what I use, works great. I also screwed a eye screw into one of the sides so I can use my window rod to move them around without crauling under the coach to align them.
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What is the best material to use to support or bolster the levelers in a Class A? I tried using a 1' x 1' chunk of laminated wood beam under each of the leveler legs, which works fine when we are parked on a concrete or asphalt pad, however, when I have tried to use them on a grass pad - when I need them the most -- they split pretty easily. Any ideas for a material that would be more durable? Eriik
I use these. The handles make them easy to place and remove for my old back.
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Question from a newbie,,,, Do ya'll use the pads when you are on concrete pads or only softer "footing?"
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robodoc,

I almost always use them, except for one night stays. I like the shorter jack extension and the extra footprint they provide, seems like it helps to stiffen it up a bit inside.

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