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Old 03-27-2014, 08:32 PM   #1
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Aluminum leveling blocks or pads?

Does anyone know of a company that makes a lightweight aluminum leveling block. Using wood is so heavy, and I have read many people do not like the plastic ones because they break overtime.
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Cast aluminum is lighter than sheet aluminum, and costs less; it also breaks much easier. If you really want these, visit a large sheet metal shop and ask about pricing for your needs. Downside, the first time you drive off and leave them you wish you'd bought plastic or simply made some (I did) from 1" plywood scrap bought from a local building supply store.
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Does anyone know of a company that makes a lightweight aluminum leveling block. Using wood is so heavy, and I have read many people do not like the plastic ones because they break overtime.
Mauricewade,
While your thoughts of using aluminum are good, it IS going to cost you and arm and a leg to get what would be good enough to hold any weight, without bending or, cracking etc. That stuff is not cheap. All of us (at least the ones that use any type of leveling blocks) would like what you're asking for. And that is something light and strong enough to assist in leveling a coach, when needed but, not cost us 4 mpg because of hauling and handling that much extra weight. There is no definitive answer here. NASA hasn't come out with any super wazoo material yet that can do this job for us RVers and yet, still be able to afford it.

Yes, there are the "Leggo" plastic ones sold at C/W and other RV supply centers. They work. We've all seen them under many types and weights of RVs out there. It all depends on if you want to carry enough of them to be of value. I've always carried some lumber. I presently carry some 4x12x20" that are beveled on one end for using under the duals, if and when needed. And, I've got a small other supply for the fronts, again, if and when needed.

It's hard to determine just what to carry, based on what could be your needs, at any given time. But, I think, unless you've got a brother in law that owns part of Alcoa Aluminum, you're going to find out that, pieces of aluminum that would suffice for your application, might cost you a second mortgage on your home. Good luck.
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Check in to stall mat at a ranch supply. One 4' x 6' sheet cost me $48 and I made 24 12" square blocks. They are not light weight but they are durable and I only lose a couple of $$ if I forget one.

They are 3/4" thick.
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Old 03-28-2014, 04:37 AM   #5
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Might look at these from etrailer.com

Ultra-Fab Footplate for Landing Gear and Stabilizer Jacks - 8" x 5-3/4"


Code: UF17-940006
Retail:$19.69
Price:$15.95
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Horse stall mat from a feed store ... Not much money and you can cut it into the size of pieces that you need. Very durable.
Here is the site were we found out about them a few years ago: RV Leveling Blocks Built for Indestructibility
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Aluminum risers

Thanks Guy's, yea you all are correct on the $ cost of aluminum construction, as I am not ready to start collecting road side cans yet. Lol. I did make a set of risers out of wood, and like you all said, they are rather heavy. When I made mine I drilled a 1" hole in the middle of the boards, then dropped a round dowel pen into the drilled hole. This keeps the boards in place while driving up onto them.
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