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Old 08-24-2010, 07:13 AM   #1
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Light weight jack pads

Some of the campgrounds we went to in the spring was very wet and on a few occasions our jacks just went straight into the ground rather than lifting or stabilizing our 40ft motorhome.

We are going to get some jack pads but we want some that are as lightweight as possible while still be able to do the job.

We are looking at these from Camping World. Anyone with experience with these used in connecting with a relatively heavy RV?

We could of course just bring some wooden supports but they take up to much valuable storage space - especially if there is a suitable alternative.

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Those hardly look large enough to keep from sinking themselves. I use 2x6's cut into 12" sections under mine and they still need pried from the dirt most of the time. I'd be afraid those would get buried as small as they are - they appear just slightly larger in diameter than the jack foot pictured.
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I got some heavy plastic cutting boards from Harbor Freight.They have metal handles that make it easy to pull out with the awning rod.So far they have worked well.
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X2 with bldrbob. Have used them for years now. They wash off easily and do not stick to the ground or freeze to ground.
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:54 AM   #5
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We have the Summit Jack Pads for our '07 Diplomat. I have used them constantly over the past 18 months and can say that they have worked very well. They will deform (bend) when the soil is soft, but they return to being flat in a short while. If they aren't completely flat before we arrive at our next destination, then I just turn them over so the bowed side is up. The front jack seems to be the one that sinks the most. I seldom have problems with the rear jacks sinking when I use the pads. I find that in some parks, even with the jack pad on the front, the pad sinks too much (4" or more). What I do in that situation is put a thick wood plank (2 1/2"-3" thick) that we carry with us under the the front jack pad. That setup seems to cure the majority of our problems with sinking in the front.

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Some of the campgrounds we went to in the spring was very wet and on a few occasions our jacks just went straight into the ground rather than lifting or stabilizing our 40ft motorhome.

We are going to get some jack pads but we want some that are as lightweight as possible while still be able to do the job.

We are looking at these from Camping World. Anyone with experience with these used in connecting with a relatively heavy RV?

We could of course just bring some wooden supports but they take up to much valuable storage space - especially if there is a suitable alternative.

We have been using plastic cutting boards from wally world for 4 years with good results.
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Hi Dan

Is this the type of cutting board you are referring to?

We really do like Wally World but is this really strong enough to support the jacks of a heavy RV?
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Is this the type of cutting board you are referring to?

We really do like Wally World but is this really strong enough to support the jacks of a heavy RV?
the picture on the ww site didn't come through. the size of the cutting board is the same and the thickness is the same. ours are white. sometimes they bend a little, but have never broken. when they bend, we install them the other side up the next time we use them.
our moho jacks are sitting on them on gravel right now. they do not appear to be bent right now. when we leave here sept. 4, we will have been here for about 2.5 weeks.
we have been using these cutting boards since 2006. we use them every time we park. sometimes we use wood blocks on the ground with the cutting board on top when our site is very unlevel. when we use our orange plastic leveling blocks, the cutting boards go on the ground with the plastic blocks on top.

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...s-8-pack/43849
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I use 5/8" treated plywood

I bought a 2' x 2' piece of 5/8" treated plywood ... I cut the plywood into four 10" x 14" pieces, drilled a half inch hole in two corners of each, smoothed the outside edge with my router ... (I choose 10 x 14 because they stow better in my bay)

They bend a little when I am on grass but they have not broken ... and my jack pads have not sunken into the ground ...

I use an awning rod to slide (and to retrieve) them under the jack pads ...

I have used them many times over the past two years and they look like they will last another couple of years ...
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i used green treated 3/4" plywood, deck screws and construction glue. I cut three, 16" squares and glued and screwed forming a 2 & 1/4" thick pad. Drill a hole in one corner and use a hook, maybe an awing hook, to drag it back out. Worked for me!
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