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Old 05-30-2020, 05:13 PM   #1
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Bent my jack pads

2014 Thor Palazzo 33.2. Bent both rear jack pads.

I’ll be under there soon...BUT, does anyone know how they’re attached?

Welded, screwed, chewing gum?

They still support the RV and have for some time now. I’m bound to find a soft spot sooner or later.

I do use 2 1/4” x 18” plywood pads when in doubt.

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Old 05-30-2020, 05:39 PM   #2
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Wow....I've never seen that before. Did something unusual happen, or did it do this under normal use? If this was under normal use, I would replace with a heavier metal pad. I'm guessing the bolt on in the center. If they do, I would get a metal shop to cut you something heavier, like a 1/4" or 3/8" plate.
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Old 05-30-2020, 06:31 PM   #3
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Did what you see below. Used jacks to bury some timbers. To my amazement the result was only bent jack pads.
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Bent one of ours on a concrete stop strip, missed one hit the other. On ours there is one bolt in the center. Bolt came out pretty easy and I was able to beat it back into shape. Good luck.
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Did what you see below. Used jacks to bury some timbers. To my amazement the result was only bent jack pads.
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That ain't a good place to be!

One bolt in the center.
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Old 05-30-2020, 07:29 PM   #6
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The front 2 on my Tour were like that when I bought it. Not sure how the previous owner did it but it is a easy fix. Just bolts on.
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Bigger hammer! That's the answer!


The old saying. Most things work under idea conditions.
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Old 05-30-2020, 07:37 PM   #8
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Just use a 3lb hammer and pound them flat. For my fifth wheel jacks, I always use boards under them, even on concrete.
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One bolt in the center.
If they're Lippert foot pads as they look to be, this is correct. The bolt has an o-ring on it. If they're the 9" Lippert's:

9" Foot Pad Kit - Hydraulic Jack Assemblies
SKU: 324269 3 $95.85

https://store.lci1.com/9in-foot-pad-...es-324269.html

Yeah, I had three of them bend and they may have been bent before we took delivery. They all were covered under warranty.

I put SnapPads on the replacements and they've been fine ever since.

Be careful not to over-tighten the bolt on the replacements. Lippert doesn't specify a torque and what you'll see is that the bolt supplied with the replacement is a bit too small for the hole. That's so the foot pad can pivot a bit in case the ground it not level. If you over-tighten the bolt they cannot pivot.

If you try to spin the foot pad it should move but not easily. If it spins easily the bolt is too lose and you're liable to lose one on the road somewhere.

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Order the 12” from lippert. Much stronger
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Bent jack pads

I appreciate all the help...& sympathy.

All answers correct, looks like a 15/16” bolt.

Just arrived back to home base & drove rear up on blocks to have a look.

Will remove , straighten & reinforce. Never know when I high center again.

2nd time since 1974. First time in ‘95 Safari and jacks got me out.

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Bent both tear jack pads on my 32.5k lbs Discovery. Mine are welded on. So what. I sometimes put large holes where we park.
Just like others have.
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Order the 12” from lippert. Much stronger
This is what I did.
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Well when you are putting down your jacks you gotta pay attention to where they will land.
What do you expect to happen when 2/3 of your jack pad hits hard uneven surfaces like soft ground and just a little edge of the jack pad hits a concrete pad?
Save the double gin martini until you are successfully set up.
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