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Old 06-01-2014, 12:29 PM   #1
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What is the best home made leveling blocks?

I am wanting to build some good leveling blocks. What have you built ?
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Sorry my Motor Home is 42 ft. and weighs 45,000 pounds.
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Old 06-01-2014, 12:54 PM   #3
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I carry a couple of 4x12 header material blocks about 12 in long just in case a site is un-level enough for the jacks to reach but if it's that bad I move. I also carry those plastic building blocks that can be used to build ramps if I need to drive up on the blocks. Haven't had to yet. Just don't put our 40ftr in those places. Binding a chassis causes other problems.
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Old 06-01-2014, 01:01 PM   #4
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I use 2x10s sandwiched between 1/2" plywood. I drill a hole in the middle; so I can move them around with the awning rod.
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I had 2 x 12's and they all busted with a smaller Motor Home.
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Jlr, are you talking leveling blocks that you drive up onto, or jack pads used to extend the reach of your integral leveling jacks?
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Old 06-01-2014, 05:56 PM   #7
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I am wanting to build some good leveling blocks. What have you built ?
2" x 8" yellow pine. Inexpensive and very, very strong. I've been using the same set for several years now.
I put a 45* bevel on each end. I carry two length. One about 12"long the other about 24". I just stack then up as required. Carry a few short pieces of 2" x 4" to lay sideways if I need even more boost.

Works for me.

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I have 16 x 16 x 1 plastic and or fiberglass for jacks. I am thinking about extra under the wheels or jacks as needed.
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Old 06-01-2014, 06:47 PM   #9
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I got a 4 x 8 sheet of marine plywood 3/4 thick and cut it into 9 equal sized pieces. Layered three pieces together and put a heavy duty handle on one side. They are heavy duty. You can use them for jack pads or for driving up on. Just made three more this past weekend. Have 10 now. If we go camping in a rough camp ground I will take all of them. If we go to a nicer RV park far away I will only take 4 or so.
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I made some out of 2X12 by 8 ft wolmanized with 3/4 inch wolmanized foundational plywood glued and screwed to each side. About 3.7 inches thick. I cut four pieces about square to use under the levellers. I use them every time. I drilled a spot for the awning hook in these. And, I made 4 pcs two ft long to place under tires as needed. Only one per wheel if necessary. We only have been to two different places where we use these regularly on one corner because the jacks would lift a wheel off the ground otherwise. Used them for about a year.
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I have eight by ten laminated beams cut to size about 10 x 10. The lam beams were left over from a construction job.
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Old 06-01-2014, 07:54 PM   #12
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I had 2 x 12's and they all busted with a smaller Motor Home.
watch the end grain orientation - you want flat grain with the lines running across the board as much as possible. Vertical lines will split easily.

See the plywood comment - add a sheet or two to hold things together. I've seen them on both sides and on 1 side of a 2x10 or 12. Mine are selected grain 3 ft long with an 18 in second one. Both bevel cut. That way I can get 1-3/4 or 3-1/2 inch lift. We can tolerate an inch or two off level.

Most of this is scrap lumber if you know a framing carpenter.
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I use planks 2x tread width (Measure it)

Since I have a SINGLE rear axle (Dual tires but only one axle)

One foot
Two feet long
and a Three foot long plank

Glued together

Lay one in front or back of a front tire
Or two in front or back of the rear tires (I have 2 of those and two with just the bottom two slabs) and driver on or back on till level,, I keep thinking I should add a "parking stop" at the end of the top step (Have driven off a time or two) but have not yet done it.
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Laminated 2x lumber and 3/4" ply has worked very well for us. Aided by a 24" piece of rope attached to each.
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