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Old 12-12-2017, 07:02 PM   #1
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Trailer leveling blocks

So on my old trailer I had redwood 2x6 cut in 12 inch lengths so I could put them under the wheels on the side that wasn't level. I would also use them under the jack stands to stabilize the trailer when we were camping.
I know they have the yellow plastic ones but have not heard good things about them.

So I am looking at making new blocks out of composite 2x6 so I don't have to seal them with any paint. I am looking at the Trex brand as I wouldn't have to paint or seal then against the weather. I figure one 20 foot length should give me enough blocks to cover all of the support jacks and tires if they are needed.

Anyone else use this type of material for your support blocks?
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I still use wood - have lots of sunwood left over from several projects. However I do think that Trex would make a suitable replacement for this application. I know that the weight bearing strength of Trex is not the same as real wood and requires supports every 16"
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I have tried the plastic ones which did not hold up very well and either cracked or just plain broke, But went back to my wooden ones, they hold up better, are surely cheaper, I screwed an eye into the leveling boards so I can pull or insert with a piece of dowel with a hook on the end (no bending over). The chocks have a hole drilled into the side and attaching on the bottom, I inserted a rope into this so I can pull both out at the same time.
I used pressure treated and did paint them so they would be easier to see.
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I didn't have composite material so I just used whatever scrap lumber was around. For levelling I use a 5 foot piece of 2x8. For under the stabilizers I have four 1 foot pieces of 1x6 deck board. I'm sure any piece of wood (painted, treated or otherwise), would last many many years.
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I used wood until I got the Andersen Levelers.
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I have several blocks made from three 12" pieces of 2x4, sandwiched between two 12" squares of 1/2" plywood. Held together with screws. Also some 12"x18" to put under tires. I used scrap materials I had on hand. Making them from Trex or other composite material would surely make them last longer. I have lots a such scrap material available. But if I did not and were to buy material I think the idea is good.

I do have a couple 16" square composite patio tile that are about 1/2" thick. I use them as kneelers. Coupled with Trex lumber they would be a long lasting version of my wood scrap blocks. I got the composite patio tiles at Home Depot a couple years ago.
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Our plastic open mesh levelers have held up well, but sink into the sand or mud.
So I carry lots of scrap 2x6 or larger for the bottom leveling layer.
Never considered painting them.
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Horse barn mats here. Come in 4’X8’ 3/4” Cut in 12” strips 5’ long, never had to use more than 3 to level the trailer. Have some plastic blocks too and if I need them for height I use 12”X12” barn mat squares top/bottom for protection
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get these you wont regret it.

We have a pair of these, on their third rv and still holding up fine.
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Yep I love my Anderson levelers. Still carry a few wood blocks if the site is really unlevel and put the Anderson’s on top of the wood.
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I thought about Trex but it is way too heavy. And I certainly would not trust my tires to those cheap yellow ones either. Good Call!! I use redwood 2x's sandwiched between plywood. Needs to be wide enough for the tire. And a little extra length for movement. I drill a hole in one end of the block so that I can use an awning hook or similar to pull them out from beneath the coach.
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I have the Andersen levelers and they are great. I still carry fout blocks of a pressure treated 2x6 that was cut into four equal length pieces that almost always get put under the stabilizer jacks.
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