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garmp

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Posted: 05/10/20 03:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Upgrading to a larger RV with leveling jacks this time. We carried with us leveling blocks like this.
Can I use these blocks as jack pads? Will they hold up? If not how about pads made from a 2x10? need some advice please.
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Posted: 05/10/20 03:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes if they're Lynx brand. If they're the cheap Camco knockoff blocks they'll probably collapse like my buddy's did. Yello Lynx, you're good to go.


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Posted: 05/10/20 04:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I say give them a try. You already have them.


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Posted: 05/10/20 05:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wouldn't, they are too stiff to keep from cracking with the weight. They work great for tire blocks due to the softness of the rubber, but the metal jack stands are really hard on them. If you stack them 3 or 4 high, they work okay.


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Ha, reminds me of a time when we are in camp. A new neighbor comes in next door behind us, so we don't actually see him... We hear this cracking and breaking plastic sound.. Then hear his RV (Class C) move and then it revving up again and the same cracking and breaking sound..

I get up and go around my rig and see he has now broken a couple sets of those Lego blocks while trying to get the FRONT axle on them..

I tell him I have a couple of 2x6 boards for leveling and can let him use them to level out... He thanks me and takes them and bingo... He levels out just fine. He asks how long we are staying and I say we were going to leave the next morning so don't worry about them.. I can make more from my scrape wood pile..

He thanks me and we yak for a few more minutes than we go on with our day and all well...

I'll carry the extra weight of the wood... Not a big deal to me at all and can replace pretty easy..

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Not a lot of experience with the Lego blocks, but 2x10s work although they don't last long before splitting.
Plywood works great, albeit you don't get much height out of a piece. But you can carry a bunch of squares. 1 - $35 sheet of BB or MDO form ply will make ya 32 blocks.
If you come across a chunk of 1-1/8" form ply even better but that stuff ain't cheap to buy.


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I took a 4' X 8' sheet of 3/4" exterior plywood and cut it into 16" X 16" squares. Glued and stapled 16 of them together to make 8 1-1/2" thick pads. Kept the last 2 squares to use as 3/4" pads. No issues with using them with my coach 20K+, and have loaned them to friends with 35K+ DPs with no problems. Painted them with Rustoleum and the look great except for some scratches and rock dings.


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I had used both wood and lego type blocks for my jack pads over the years. I had no real problem with either until last year parked on grass.

I was using the yellow leveling/jack pads to give a larger foot print for the jacks. Well it rained and the soil started to give way to not only mine but a lot of other rigs. The yellow pads just did not provide enough of a foot print or strength (three broke) to do the job.

So got home did some research and ended up with these:

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

Am really happy with them.


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We use PT 2 X 10 pads, cut 12 inches long.
Went to Lowes, grabbed a PT 2X10, went to the back, had them cut it into 8, 12 inch pieces. Total cost was something like $9. Cutting was free.


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Another lumber user here. You can buy an awful lot of 2X10 boards for the price of the lego blocks.

Always look for less than build quality warped boards for an even better price & cut to length for two wheels a little twist does not matter anyway.

Boards are also useful if you ever get stuck & when they eventually split & need replacing they make good firewood & wont end up as landfill for the next 300 years.


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