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Old 10-30-2020, 07:30 PM   #1
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Made me some leveling blocks today!

I got tired playing with those Lego leveling blocks. I had previously made a smaller two level set like these, but it was really old wood and beginning to crack. These go from 1.5" up to 4.5".

Seems like most of the time I only need to boost up two tires to get close enough for the fridge to work right. I placed the handles so they balance when I carry them. Where I was parked a few days ago I needed about another 1.5" and these would have been perfect.
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Very nice, was thinking about the same here. Do you have the specs/dimensions to share?
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2x12s will split easily. Two layers of 3/4 plywood give the same 1 1/2 step pattern. Glue and nail them together and add a few screws for a much longer lasting product.
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Very nice, was thinking about the same here. Do you have the specs/dimensions to share?
I used 2 by 10 lumber, cut 45 degree angles, and each space is about 12 1/4 in. My old ones had about 11 and 1/2 in and it was just about fine for the tires to rest on. The reason the top pad is 2 pieces is I just ran out of the 2 by 10 so I pieced together some 2 by 8 I had. Put plenty of wood glue between the layers, and screwed them down with 2-inch decking screws.
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2x12s will split easily. Two layers of 3/4 plywood give the same 1 1/2 step pattern. Glue and nail them together and add a few screws for a much longer lasting product.
I hear you. I'll see how these last, if it doesn't work out I'll go plywood next time. I'll also carry my old two layers set, if I need to prop up the inner rear tire. I try to park in situations where I'm propping up the front though, just prefer to do it that way if I can.
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These look great but i have to agree, prob wont last long :( My last RV did not have leveling jacks so I was using a setup kind of like this to start. They split apart really quick, especially on softer ground. What ended up being the best for me was scrap pieces of LVL (laminated veneer lumber) basically think 1.75" thick plywood. They held up for years, but I never made nice looking ones like you did! I just stacked them at various height, amazing how good you get at stacking blocks to get things level after years of practice!
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These look great but i have to agree, prob wont last long :( My last RV did not have leveling jacks so I was using a setup kind of like this to start. They split apart really quick, especially on softer ground. What ended up being the best for me was scrap pieces of LVL (laminated veneer lumber) basically think 1.75" thick plywood. They held up for years, but I never made nice looking ones like you did! I just stacked them at various height, amazing how good you get at stacking blocks to get things level after years of practice!
Maybe I'll cut a piece of 1/2 inch plywood and glue and screw it to the bottoms...

That way even if it does crack, it will help hold it all together.

I appreciate the comments, live and learn 😎
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I also use scrap lumber, not concerned about cracking, only use under front wheels and use air springs to level rear. I also drill holes in mine at various heights for steadying socket extension for removing tires.



Issue with wood, plywood also is it can be slippery, so I slop a thick coat of paint on them and add coarse sand. You can choose your own color LOL
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I think that's a good idea, if you can I would even use 3/4" plywood instead. Curious, how will you travel with those?
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I think that's a good idea, if you can I would even use 3/4" plywood instead. Curious, how will you travel with those?
Yeah I may get 3/4" instead. I have a perfect place to carry them, in the propane bay there's a shelf above the tank that goes the entire width of the motorhome. I can slide them in side by side right there.
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I made some too similar to yours. I stow them in the back of the pickup we tow. Right at the tailgate. If I need them at Walmart I can get to them easily
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I you do decide you want to make some out of plywood, go to a lumber yard and ask about scrap LVL (Versa-Lam) - probably enough 1 1/2 or bigger in a scrap pile to do the job. or a short piece to cut up. Also rim joist. Both very robust products.

Edit: As I see Nblueshy also recommends.....
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I you do decide you want to make some out of plywood, go to a lumber yard and ask about scrap LVL (Versa-Lam) - probably enough 1 1/2 or bigger in a scrap pile to do the job. or a short piece to cut up. Also rim joist. Both very robust products.
Good suggestion and I'll keep that in mind. I have a feeling if I put 3/4 inch plywood on the bottom of these, I should be good for a while though. I won't use them until I put plywood on the bottom. Glue it and with a bunch of screws, it really should help stabilize it.

Here's how they store in the propane bay.
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well since you glued them they will be much less likely to split. I had the same idea about sandwiching them in plywood, also glued, if you see signs of splittage. That would probably gain you a lot service time out of them. But my guess is they are pretty sturdy as is.

You could also nail some rope handles on the ends with rome’s or fence wire stables to make them easier to pull out. I like that storage shelf - very handy.
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