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Old 12-19-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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Leveling the 5th Wheel

What are the best leveling blocks to use for a 5th wheel with two axles?
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Old 12-19-2013, 02:45 PM   #2
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I like lynx levelers, but wood blocking (like 2x8's) work well too. I have three sets of lynx blocks and several stacks of 1/2" plywood that I cut to 12x12 and have fastened in different chunks. Some singles, doubles, and even quads glued and screwed together.
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I agree the Lynx system, plywood, or composite wood is best. I do not like using dimensional lumber (2x8, 2x10 etc.) because as they dry out they do get brittle and crack, as well as if you are over a depression with type of wood they will also tend to crack when weight is applied to them (you are placing a significant amount of weight to a very small area).

Lynx levelers are pretty compact, they will not get saturated with water over time either. One thing I do to my composite and plywood blocking is paint them to ensure a good seal and protection from water absorption.

I keep a 2 approx. 5' lengths of blocking (one is 1 1/4" thick and the other is 1/2" thick) and a variety of smaller approx 10" long pieces of blocking at various thicknesses to ensure I have things for any scenario.
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2X6 or 2X8 work great. They are cheap to make and if they break you have fire wood LOL. I have had some of mine for 9 years and they are still fine. Pressure treated lumber is best to use. It is a bit softer and does not split apart as easily, but regular dimensional limber works great. One 8 foot board will yield 8 to 10 planks.
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I cut mine all 12in long and store them in a roughneck container. To level under the trailer wheels i place them sideways to cover 12in wide and sometimes 2 to 3 layers high. I also use scrap 8in pressure treated lumber but they split easier.

I use my 2 x 6 for all my blocking needs for jacking my unit by the frame to work on the wheels. Even use same blocking to work on my truck. So many uses for my blocks. Never used plastic and never will.
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I used to use the Lynx all the time. then I cut up some 1/2" and 3/4" pressure treated plywood into 12" squares. I use those most of the time unless I need to raise one side of the trailer more than two (2) 3/4" blocks can raise to level, then I use the Lynx because I can build them up much higher and drive on to them easy. Other than that I use the Lynx to maintain my sewer hose at a nice pitch for drainage.
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