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Super_Dave

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Posted: 05/11/20 07:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've found that the 2 x 10 or 2 x 12 lumber can dry out, cup and crack under the weight. I screwed a piece of plywood to them and no problems.


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Posted: 05/11/20 08:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IB853347201 wrote:

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.


As suggested by others, this^^. The plastic legos are honeycomb and don't present a solid surface to the ground. When I used them with our previous rig, I always put a piece of 3/4" exterior plywood under them to prevent the legos sinking into soft soil. With our new rig (hydraulic auto-leveling) I use the 12" pieces of pressure treated 2x10. They last several years and are really cheap to replace (biodegradable, too!).

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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.


Plywood is the BEST product for sure!!! It does not crack and split. I have 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 1-1/8" pcs, Honestly don't use them much anymore with my 6 point system but my Wife had it dialed in when setting up with our last DRV.

I now use these custom made blocks for more stability keeping the ram's short. YES that is 18,000# setting fully on those 4 blocks. I was still hooked to the truck, the RV tires are off the ground.

Second pic is front pad.

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Super_Dave wrote:

I've found that the 2 x 10 or 2 x 12 lumber can dry out, cup and crack under the weight. I screwed a piece of plywood to them and no problems.


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Posted: 05/11/20 02:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks all. I found some 2 X 10 in the garage and some 1/2" plywood. Got enough to make pads 10" long and will add braided rope handles(pulls). A good solid coat of paint & I should be good for a while. I hope!


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We have jacks on our Class C. They work great. I made blocks out of 2x6 cut 12' long and alternated 2 layers to make 3+" blocks 12x12. My jacks are pretty far under the rig. Got a pole with a hook to push them in under the jack pad and then pull them out.

Then I put SnapPads on. They are awesome. Now I only use the blocks when the ground is really soft or we are so uneven I need to raise one sife or front up a lot more than normal.


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Posted: 05/11/20 05:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use 5/4 X 6" PT decking boards for my leveling blocks, used the same boards for 20yrs. I've also used them to keep my outdoor rug from blowing away and come in handy when I have to level my gas grill or coleman stove.


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Posted: 05/12/20 05:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I stacked 8" pieces of 2X2's four high leaving a 2" space between each 2x2 on each level and stacked them in opposite directions. They work great and are not too heavy.


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Well finally got them done. Since I'm still in lock down wasn't in any hurry. It was what I call a rummage project. I rummaged through my assortment of junk and found a little of this and a little of that.
Found some nice nylon cord, but it wasn't thick enough to suite me, so I braided 3 strands together for my pulls/handles. Cut the boards 10" along with scrap plywood, glued & screwed, as suggested. Drilled a 1/4' hole into a 9/16 hole. slide the twine into the 1/4" hole & up through the top. Tied a knot in the twine and pulled back into the larger hole. Did this on both sided then filled the holes with Gorilla glue.
This should do the trick.

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Posted: 05/17/20 03:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice job but to make a constructive comment the 3/4" holes in the plywood should have been in the 2x10 and then the holes would not be visible!

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