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Old 12-05-2016, 12:24 PM   #1
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To Block or Not To Block

Hi,

Owner of Allegro MH, 35 footer, gas.

This is our first year wintering in FL for the next 6 months. Prior use of our MH has been short excursions.

While walking around this park we have noticed that most of the MH's have their wheels up on blocks and in some cases the leveling jacks are on blocks too. There are some MH that are not on blocks

So my question is for long stays should they be on blocks? Or are there pros and cons to either way?

Thank you
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Hi,

Owner of Allegro MH, 35 footer, gas.

This is our first year wintering in FL for the next 6 months. Prior use of our MH has been short excursions.

While walking around this park we have noticed that most of the MH's have their wheels up on blocks and in some cases the leveling jacks are on blocks too. There are some MH that are not on blocks

So my question is for long stays should they be on blocks? Or are there pros and cons to either way?

Thank you
If I understand the leveling jacks on blocks and perhaps the axles blocks for the tires are not sitting on the ground that makes sense to me. If you leave them parked for long periods of time they flat spot tires. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-05-2016, 01:07 PM   #3
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Need more information for a good answer.

What kind of surface are you parked on? Concrete, asphalt, dirty, rock?

What kind of levelers do you have?

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Old 12-05-2016, 01:08 PM   #4
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If front tires are off I don't mind, my rears will always stay on the ground. I only will use blocks on front if I have to over extend them to get level.
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We are on grass. Packed hard though. The leveling jacks Atwood level legs.
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No need for "blocks" per se, but a moisture barrier under tires is a good idea if the soil doesn't drain well. That's usually not an concern in Florida, where the sandy soil drains quickly and thoroughly.

Another reason for a block or pad is simply to help avoid sinking into soft earth. Again, not an issue just sitting on sandy soil, cause the sand compacts firmly. Sand ruts easily if you turn the front wheels or spin the rears, but just sitting still it is quite firm.

A third reason for adding blocks i s simply uneven ground, reducing the travel the jacks require to get level. Or doing the actual leveling, if the rig has no jacks.
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Always put the jacks on blocks. Gives the jacks more of a footprint and keeps the metal off of the ground.
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Always put the jacks on blocks. Gives the jacks more of a footprint and keeps the metal off of the ground.
I always put wood blocks under my jack pads, too. I do it out of respect for those who own or maintain the site I am using. Any surface short of thick, hard concrete can get "dimples" from the jacks. I always want to leave my site as good as I found it (if not better).
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My jacks do not work properly so I use blocks (Ramps actually, custom made stair step type ramps) to level the coach, then extend jacks to stabilize, In cold weather I use blocks or pads under the jacks. because I've had jacks freeze to the ground... Quite a job breaking free.

But when I put blocks on 'em I've had the blocks freeze to the ground,,, but never to the jacks.. When that happens I drive off, get out my 8 pound sledge, tap gently and walk about 10 yards and pick up the now freed from the ground block.
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My jacks do not work properly so I use blocks (Ramps actually, custom made stair step type ramps) to level the coach, then extend jacks to stabilize, In cold weather I use blocks or pads under the jacks. because I've had jacks freeze to the ground... Quite a job breaking free.

But when I put blocks on 'em I've had the blocks freeze to the ground,,, but never to the jacks.. When that happens I drive off, get out my 8 pound sledge, tap gently and walk about 10 yards and pick up the now freed from the ground block.
Ahhh! Block croquet. Great sport.
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We put blocks under our levelers to protect the surface they sit on. But putting blocks or anything else under your tires does nothing but maybe give YOU peace of mind if it's a concern for you. If you put wood blocks under tires and leave them sit for a long time, the tires will flatten on wood as well as concrete, grass, etc., if those tires are so inclined. Every tire guy and mechanic I have talked to has said the same. Tires are manufactured to sit on he ground. Dirt, concrete, grass or asphalt, they don't care and longevity will not be affected. Chuck
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We found some black cutting boards and used them under our jacks. They blended in and kept the jacks from sinking if it rained hard (this happened - once).


Since you're on grass definitely use something under the jacks.
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Another reason some owners use blocks is to minimize movement of the RV when parked long-term, by minimizing the length of the jacks.
When parked on soil or sand, jack-pads will work down/settle enough to unlevel the RV and/or allow movement.
I use 16" sq "blocks" of 1" thick plywood under the jacks, nothing under tires. When parked long-term-> 3mos, I inflate the tires to sidewall-stamped tire pressure- as recommended by Michelin, Goodyear, and most other tire mfgrs.
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