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Old 04-26-2015, 12:52 PM   #1
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Wood / blocking / what do you carry

What type / size of wood or blocking do you carry. We have levelers, but I was wondering if I should carry some type of wood for under those pads or the tires in the event of soft ground.

Do you carry plywood strips for when parking on asphalt pavement?

What has experience taught you?
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Old 04-26-2015, 01:04 PM   #2
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What type / size of wood or blocking do you carry. We have levelers, but I was wondering if I should carry some type of wood for under those pads or the tires in the event of soft ground.
Do you carry plywood strips for when parking on asphalt pavement?
What has experience taught you?
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I carry 8 12" X 12" X 1 1/2 thick blocks, (made by gluing and screwing two pieces of 3/4" treated plywood together).
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I have some 2x4s but don't use them, and they are only for the jacks as they might sink in asphalt. If you are parking on soft sand, that would be a mistake.
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I have 2X12s with plywood glued & screwed to them. For the tires on asphalt I bought several packages of cheap plastic cutting board covers. When a tree knocked a hole in my ac covers I also found that they make good patches when secured with gorilla tape!


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I have some 2x4s but don't use them, and they are only for the jacks as they might sink in asphalt. If you are parking on soft sand, that would be a mistake.
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It's good know that I'm not the only RVer who lugs around stuff he doesn't use.
However I often use my jack blocks.
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What type / size of wood or blocking do you carry. We have levelers, but I was wondering if I should carry some type of wood for under those pads or the tires in the event of soft ground.

Do you carry plywood strips for when parking on asphalt pavement?

What has experience taught you?
WDW,
You will find there's lots of types and styles of "lumber" folks (guys) carry or, do not carry on these coaches. Some guys do not bother and level their coach with whatever the earth provides. But, there's many on here, including myself that carry small lumber yards to augment leveling practices. Leveling is always an argument on here and other forums. But, the main point is, to get your coach as level as possible for multiple reasons.

I have for years, carried quite a few blocks and ramps to help get my coach level, without taxing the jacks too much. It's my preference. Our coach, an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 330HP CAT, is fairly heavy so, I carry (4) 4x10x24" with a ramped edge. Those are primarily for the rear. I carry (4) fabricated blocks, each made from two, "4x6"x 11" pieces, capped top and bottom with 3/4" ACX plywood. All is glued and screwed together and a coat of urethane is applied to at least try and extend their service life.

I also carry a batch of those yellow, plastic "Leggo" things from Camping World. The times and needs of any of those wooden blocks are determined by each camping situation. Some will require no additional help other than the jacks hitting the ground and, lifting a bit after the bags are emptied.

And some, will require not only the use of the big ramps but, also some digging on opposite sides. I've done it all. I'm not one of those "It's good enough" types. I'm the one that has to fix a damaged fridge etc. if the coach is not level and the fridge self destruct's 'cause I was lazy.

So, based on experience, you'll eventually determine just what you WANT to carry and, what your compartments WILL allow you to carry. Below are some pics of the blocks I built goofing around one day.
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I haul 8 pieces of 3/4" 16" x 16" plywood plus 4 2"x8" just long enough to back the rear dual tires up onto them. All boards have a hole drilled into the corners so we can hook them with the awning pole and either push or pull them out. That gives us several combinations to level with. We do as much dry camping in National Forest and other areas that may not be the best leveled spots, but the views are spectacular.
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I have the plastic blocks. They are ok but I'm thinking I will build some using 2x6" pressure treated boards.
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leveler lumber

I carry lamanated beam materal 18x18 picked them up at a new house being built on the scrap pile i had trouble with regular lumber splitting my blocks are 3 inches thick i also carry 1 inch thick rubber pads about the same size i use them on asphalt
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I carry 8 4x6s each 3 foot long.

Keeps this heavy pig on top of all soft surfaces so far.
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I cut up my old boat trailer bunkers. It's treated/sealed wood and carpeted too so no one will 'accidentally' grab them for fire wood. I made 6 of them 2x6x24 ea. I also carry some of the lego ones too..but mostly in case I end up in a "could be muddy" place. I'll put those down under the jacks so if it gets muddy, they stay but the jacks will (hopefully) come up.
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I carry stairs.. 2x width of tire tread by

1 Foot
Two feet long
and a full 3 feet long

Now I can drive/back up one-two-three steps on one board.
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