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Old 09-01-2015, 08:49 PM   #1
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I just bought a 2000 Damon Challenger 335 and the PO kept his Jack pads so I need to get some before we go on our maiden voyage. I guess I can take some 2x12 wood with me if I have to but I am trying to keep the weight down as much as possible. Is there any brand that is accepted as best buy for this size MH?
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You will most likely also need blocks to put under your tires so you don't lift the wheels off the ground.

Wood is the the good old standby.
I have some Valltera blocks, and some rubber jack pads.
I only use the plastic pads under the front tires.

These are great, but $$$
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:46 PM   #3
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I just bought a 2000 Damon Challenger 335 and the PO kept his Jack pads so I need to get some before we go on our maiden voyage. I guess I can take some 2x12 wood with me if I have to but I am trying to keep the weight down as much as possible. Is there any brand that is accepted as best buy for this size MH?
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What Dan sais about wood is definitely true. It's the good ole' standby for these applications. I myself have not looked for commercially constructed pads of any sort for quite a while since I just make all my stuff.

But, your thoughts about using 2" x 12" is good but, it's what's called SOLID lumber. In that, even when new, it can CRACK and split into two parts. When that happens, it's useless. Now, there's a small remedy for that. It's called Sandwiching. If you put a layer of minimum 1/2" but preferred is 3/4" plywood on each side of that 2" x 12" lumber, glued and screwed together, you'll have infinite life out of those pads/blocks.

The plywood will keep the lumber together, even if it cracks because, it can't go anywhere. That's one system. You can just layer 3/4" plywood together to make whatever height of blocks you desire. Again, just glue and screw them together and, you're done. Of course you can do a little fancy rounding of the edges, some sanding and, a coat or two of whatever protectant you desire to make them last.

Below are just some of what I've made to help with leveling.
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I used a 12 x 14 piece of gluelam truss material and put an eye bolt in one side. I put them in by hand and use my awning hook to retrieve then from under the MH.
They are 3 inches thick and cheap to purchase, and easy to make.



P.S. the lumber yard will cut them to size.
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Scott your work is impressive, I may take some of that wisdom and some scrap and odd pieces and make some pieces to get me by for a while. Thx.
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I just bought a 2000 Damon Challenger 335 and the PO kept his Jack pads so I need to get some before we go on our maiden voyage. I guess I can take some 2x12 wood with me if I have to but I am trying to keep the weight down as much as possible. Is there any brand that is accepted as best buy for this size MH?
plastic cutting boards from wally world work well for us.
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plastic cutting boards from wally world work well for us.

Beware of the plastic cutting boards, they are very slick. They work well on level concrete pads, but not so well in the dirt. Especially when wet from rain, and not setting level on the ground. 5 thousand pounds is a lot of motivation to cause things to shift on rain soaked ground. This results in one heck of a strain on one jack when it slips to one edge and sinks in the mud. Enough stress to bind the jack. Just my experience. I hope this helps.


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I used 3 pieces of plywood. Cut slots in the middle one and ran a short piece of nylon rope in the slot. I then used screw nails to screw all three pieces of plywood together. I ran screws from both sides.

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For parking and leveling on our asphalt driveway I went to a machine shop and bought two 12" dia. x 3/8" thick steel plates and painted them white and put two holes near the edge and opposed to each other so I could move or retrieve the plates with two awning rods.

Works great. Helps keep all that weight of the rear engine diesel coach from sinking the jacks into the asphalt.
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Nice rubber pads can be cut from "stall pads" available at farm stores. They sort of look like truck mud flaps on steroids. I place a rubber pad under the tires when we are going to be stopped for a few days or longer. To cut the large mats down to size, I used a saber saw. Stinks like crazy, so do the cutting outside.
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I purchased the BigFoot Jack Pads from Outrigger.

They are very sturdy, they were expensive, but so was the motorhome. I carry some engineered wood for really un-level lots like the other posts.

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We did something similar to ChallengerRN. We have 2 sets. The ones we use on a regular basis are 12'X12". We have a larger set that's 24"X24" for use in particularly soft ground.


Rather than a handle we have a 3' nylon rope with a loop on the end. We originally used them on our 2001 Adventurer with a manual awning. The awning tool was perfect length to reach under the motorhome to grab the loop in the rope.


We've had the smaller set for years. When we went to GNR in 2014 they suggested larger pads because they had so much rain the ground was extremely soft. The larger pads came in handy there, but they're so much larger and heavier than the others we leave them home unless we know we'll be on soft ground.
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Yep,
It's all a matter of 1, what you'll think will work for you, 2, what you can carry, and 3, how much time and or money, you want to spend on pads/ramps/blocks/etc. And, one more thing, it's kind of dependent on your "Norm" for campgrounds/RV parks.

If you boon dock or, out-back camp a lot, you may encounter more conditions that warrant carrying more of those types of supports. If you're an "Improved RV Park" type, as in concrete/pavement pads etc., you'll more than likely not need much of those. It doesn't hurt to carry something for the "Just in case" scenario once in while.
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