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Old 04-26-2021, 06:04 PM   #1
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So I am currently tryin to decide on jack pads for our current 42' American Coach Eagle. We stay at several campgrounds which have either grass sites or lightly graveled sites. We used wood 2x10's I made for our previous gas coach which weighed approximately 22K. Our current coach is in the 44k range so the 10x wood isn't working and it very hard to line up with our jacks.

I have searched and haven't really found much info on sizing for MH's our size. Bigfoot and Road Warrior both have 15" and 18" with the former being square and the later round.

So my question for those who use these pads would be which size for the weight of our coach? Of course keeping in mind storage for those sized pads. I guess a follow-up would be do they work and are you happy with them?

I know someone will mention snap pads and I haven't entirely ruled them out but it appears they will only add a marginal amount of additional footprint to our current jacks.
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Old 04-26-2021, 10:06 PM   #2
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I built 14” square pads out of two side by side 2x8’s sandwiched between two sheets of exterior plywood - glued and screwed. I also made a set with the front edges angled at 45 degrees so I can drive the front wheels up on them when necessary.
Both work well for my 40’ diesel pusher.
My front leveler feet are 8” in diameter and the rears are 11.5”, although I typically just use cutting boards or a single sheet of plywood for the rears.
You might want to measure the feet of your levelers to get an idea of how big you want your pads.
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Old 04-26-2021, 10:53 PM   #3
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I use Snap pads. Love them as I seldom have to get out of the vehicle to place landing pads any more. But in the event I do need an extra surface area, I too use home made 2" thick wooden pads made with solid and plywood pieces with attached draw strings. In your case, you might consider making your own as suggested above.
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Homemade leveling blocks.

2x4 pieces sandwiched between 1/2" plywood. Glued and screwed together. Sized 12x12", 12x18", and 16x16".

Pads.

I also carry a set of these pads. Asphalt surface, etc.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PX1KITE...BMFMJW526AYWFW
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After trying various types of jack pads and finally burring the jacks and lego blocks about 4" in wet mud and grass. I went home and ordered these and have never turned back. Well worth the cost

https://www.outriggerpads.com/for-rvs/

I believe you will be happy with those

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After trying various types of jack pads and finally burring the jacks and lego blocks about 4" in wet mud and grass. I went home and ordered these and have never turned back. Well worth the cost

https://www.outriggerpads.com/for-rvs/

I believe you will be happy with those

Good Luck
Like the look and you seem to have had a similar problem with grassy sites. What size did you go with and would you choose the same size if you had to purchase again?
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I just carry various lengths of 2x10 boards. Six 1' sections, four 2' sections, and two 3' sections.

If the site is hard gravel or asphalt I just use the 1' sections under each jack.
If the ground is soft, I'll use the 2' sections for more surface area.
Sometimes there is enough slope that I will need to stack a few layers under one side to keep from over extending my jacks or make a stack to make small ramp under tire to keep them in contact with the ground.

Yeah, it takes up space and it sucks if they get wet or dirty, but it was cheap and works for me.

If you just have the snap on pads, what do you do for excessive slope?
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On my coach, the rear pads are already 11.5". I added the Snap Pads, which gets them close to 15" in diameter. I also have a tag, so some stability comes from six tires on the ground at the rear. The fronts are around 11".

The decision?....... at what point do you stop on pad size. I like the outrigger pads, but would have to buy the 18" pads to exceed what I already have. I will admit that we camp out west and RARELY come across soft ground, but we have been to some campgrounds that require pads, like Railroad RV in Williams.

My two cents......In 45 years of RVing, I've only recently started carrying some pads, to meet campground requirements, and now have the Snap Pads. I've watched as people pull into a campground and spend 20 minutes dragging out dirty, nasty, heavy pads and then try to place them accurately under the jacks. I've always used the KISS method when camping, so that camping doesn't become a chore. Even worse, it hurts my old back to even watch someone younger running around placing pads, that are rarely needed.

Finally, if you go regularly to a place with soft grass, you may need something special, just for that campground. The one time we hit a muddy campground, during a storm, and I started to sink, the campground owner already had wood for the customers as he knew it was an issue. For that rare occasion, I'm not carrying a bunch of heavy pads.
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We have the 15 inch Road Warrior pads. Our coach weighs just under 34k. They have worked well and I am happy with the product. The only issue is I do have been over and get them lined up with my jacks. I use my awning pull rod to move them in/out by the handle as needed which helps. I know your coach weighs more and they recommend the 18 inch pad but I’m not sure I would want to lug that big of pad around.

For our coach I will always use them some sort of pad. Our coach moves backwards and forward as you raise and lower coach due to the trailing arms angle on the rear end. It will move about 3 inches forward when lowing coach off the air bags. The pads allow the jacks to slide some as we go up or down. I tweaked my front jack once because it was dug in and wasn’t able to move. That’s one reason I don’t think snap pads would work for our situation.
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I cut up a 4'x4' sheet of 3/4" plywood into 2'x2' sections. Cost me next to nothing. I drilled a 2" hole in one corner and I use these. Have never failed me, never broken, never sunk in. I toss them under the jack and they don't have to be absolutely perfectly placed. When it's time to go, I use my awning rod in the 2" hold to pull them out. Each one weighs around 5-6lbs so I'm not adding a ton of weight to the motorhome. Works well for me.
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I have a set of large plastic cutting boards I've used like twice since starting our full time adventure in Sept 2019. Also made some beefy blocks of 2"X3" pine (cut from 2X4s) on edge sandwiched by plywood and haven't used them once....
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We have been using Snap Pads for 3 years on our rig and love them. No problems so far.
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Used snap pads with my fifth wheel and should have removed them when I traded it in and purchased my Class A. So far I have not needed them, but...
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I purchased (4) 16" footing pads to use on grass and soft asphalt. They also come in 24" diameter and are very affordable, The 16's were about $20.00 each
www.footingpad.com
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