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Old 09-21-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
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Trailer tongue support block ideas?

I want to throw this out there for ideas. Right now to support the tongue jack while at a campsite I use one or two large wooden blocks. Works fine for the job intended for, but their heavy, they tend to split after a few years, and the #1 peeve is when they get wet the bugs are attracted to them, they get slimy and I hate putting them away in my storage bin wet. So I end up putting them in a bag wet, and usually forget once at home to bring them out to dry.

I'm looking for ideas on products out there that #1 would be lighter weight, #2 I would be able to dry off with a rag before I stored it away. So I'm thinking plastic.

My wife suggested another set of Lynx Levelers. The problem with that is spider and bugs like to nest in the honeycomb inners.

Just want something simple for the future. All this leads to my long term goal of simplifying things and processes for a trip to Alaska in 2016.
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Old 09-21-2013, 02:48 PM   #2
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Do you think the Hand-E-Block might work for you? I checked RVupgrades, but they don't appear to carry it.

I don't know who manufacturers it, but here's a site that sells it.

HAND-E-BLOK HB-200401 - Hand-E-Blok Hand-E-Blok HB-200401 - RV Plus

The product description says it weighs only 7.24 pounds and will support up to 15,000 pounds.
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Old 09-21-2013, 02:48 PM   #3
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Camping World has these blocks. Use the under the tongue jack or under stabilizers. They are light and easy to clean.

RV Leveling Blocks, 10 pack - Rook Industries D10-246 - Chocks & Levelers - Camping World
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Yes, we have the 10 pack of Lynxlevelers we use now, but was looking for something more compact. Frank that was along the line what I want but a little more compact. I need to get more of that Aerospace 303 spray from Bill's website (RV upgrades.com) I'll have to see if he carries anything for the jack block.
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You could just seal the wood blocks with deck sealer/primer and then paint them--that will keep them from absorbing water.
Or, you could make the blocks out of Trex decking material...
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I use two pieces of pressure treated 4x4 wood about 8" long. No bugs, no rot. You'd think there'd be something more readily available that is more elegant.

I've been using the CW stacking yellow blocks for the under the stab. jacks but a few have gotten damaged on the bottom from all the weight when on gravel with large stones in it. I think you'd have the same problem under the tongue jack.

I'd sure like to see some better ideas.
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:32 AM   #7
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I know these are not tongue levelers but it is great for leveling the TT. The are called Anderson Camper Levelers. They don't make the black ones anymore. The red ones list for $39.99 plus shipping. and you have to find a dealer.
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http://www.fastwaytrailer.com/flip/
Might want to look at this, looks easy enough and you don't have to store it anywhere.
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I made two large 12 x 12 x 6 inch blocks for my Class A levelers by having a 12 x 4 beam cut square and then swiss-cheezing it vertically with a wide spade bit. To keep the block from splitting you face it top and bottom with thick OSB, bond everything together with construction adhesive and deck screws. Mine has supported 12,000 lb for a couple years worth of camping an show no signs of wear.

In your case though, there's no real weight to speak of that it needs to support. How about using large diameter PVC or ABS pipe with flat end closures? you could also build a hollow box out of OSB using cheap furring strips on the inside to support the top and bottom, all held together with the previously mentioned adhesive and deck screws.
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How about a 4x4 and a piece of pvc fence post cover cut to fit over and caps glued on the ends?
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I agree with Wingnut60, go to the lumberyard and ask if they have any scrap Trex laying around. Most likely they'll just give it to you. I'm a super tightwad but do want what works the best.
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Surprised this hasn't been mentioned. Do they not work? I've never tried one, myself.
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Surprised this hasn't been mentioned. Do they not work? I've never tried one, myself.
We have used one full time, for seven years now. No problems, in fact, we are just about ready to repaint it, as the original yellow color has faded.
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The only problem I have found is that it does fade a bit after a while.
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