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Old 02-11-2020, 05:55 PM   #1
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Underneath my jacks

Can someone please point me to under-jack pads, specifically interested in suggestions for homemade ones. I need them to hold up on a loose stone driveway, 1-1.5" stones, pretty coarse. I'm a mechanic, but have been known to get wood to stick together as long as it doesn't have to be pretty. I want to take the weight off the front end to do a brake job. Jack stands of course.
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Old 02-11-2020, 06:11 PM   #2
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I cut a sheet of 3/4" pressure treated plywood into 18" x 18" squares. I then attached a loop of rope on the square to make it easy to retrieve with the awning hook.
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Old 02-11-2020, 06:21 PM   #3
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I bought two 8ft lengths of pressure treated 2x6.. Cut these to 1 ft lengths, then screwed four of these pieces together to make a pad.

Drilled a small hole in the middle and ran a piece of rope through it. This makes it easy to grab with awning hook.. I did a short article with photos on my site.

Leveling the Southwind – Jack Pads have many uses – 1999 Southwind 35S

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We sometimes work with Cranes that use outriggers with what I do for a living. They are much heaver than what our RV's are. Most of them use layers of plywood, glued, screwed and sealed with lacquer under them on all kinds of surfaces on a daily basis. They then attach rope as stated above as a handle. That should hold up just fine for what you describe.
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Two layers of 3/4 plywood, glued and screwed together. round your corners. Notch inside to accept rope handle. Have held up well on gravel site usage.
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I bought a 4’x8’ sheet of 1” plywood. Cut it into 2’ Squares, I wanted the biggest footprint and still be able to store In my basement. I then used a router to channel out for a cable loop. Sandwiched 2 together then glued and screwed for a 2” thick crane pad. I then cut the corners at a 45 and used the router with a round over bit on both sides. They came out really nice. I camp a lot in the desert and on the beach. I’ve also used them when I can’t get level by stacking 2 on one end and nothing on the other.
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Stray, those are just like mine!!!
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Awesome thanks to all. Well within my carpentry skills!
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Old 02-11-2020, 07:36 PM   #9
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Like many others I took 3x4 inch exterior plywood and cut it up into 16 inch squares (16 inch x 3 of them works out to be 48 inches). I then used waterproof glue and screws to sandwich two if the 16" x 16" plywood together. I used these everytime I set up.

I also travel with several 30" long x 8" wide sandwiched plywood that fit under the rear wheels to level the coach is sites that are pitched.
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I used @waiter21's plan, but added 1/2" pressure treated plywood to both sides, then I glued 1/2" rubber stall matting (from Tractor Supply) to both sides. They are overengineered, give me the max lift on the Big Foot jacks (they barely fit under the retracted jacks), and the stall matting gives me some antiskid on one side and some slight flexibility on the other side for sitting on gravel.


The MH no longer sinks if I park it in a field.
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I think I am gonna go with 1.75" x 18" X 12' laminated beam. I can cut 8 for about $10ea with 11% off .Or 5 at 18" 2 at 27" for rear tires , that's all the tires or doubled and the 3 jacks. Where we will camp the most is very sandy and I slowly sink in. I looked at 24" but cheapest is 20' @ $200. I'll paint and epoxy them.
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I think I am gonna go with 1.75" x 18" X 12' laminated beam. I can cut 8 for about $10ea with 11% off .Or 5 at 18" 2 at 27" for rear tires , that's all the tires or doubled and the 3 jacks. Where we will camp the most is very sandy and I slowly sink in. I looked at 24" but cheapest is 20' @ $200. I'll paint and epoxy them.
https://www.menards.com/main/buildin...4438527750.htm
Although it looks like a good choice, be careful. Here is what the details indicate:
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"Faces and edges are sealed with a clear or tinted weather resistant coating to protect against moisture during the construction project. Not suitable for prolonged exposure to the elements.
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I used 2 x 12 lumber and attached Kitchen cutting board material to both sides. If the 2 x 12 splits it is still held together with the cutting board material. I made them about 10 years ago and use them all the time.
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Once again thanks to all for these suggestions. I've been part of many bbs over the years on various topics, but this is the best community I've ever been part of.
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