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OregonMan

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Posted: 07/31/21 04:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi I have a 20 foot 2 wheel 2018 wolf pup travel trailer from Forest River. It has a manual crank to unhitch and I use a cinder block underneath the metal hitch bar to give clearance for the truck to get out. This is probably a dumb question, but is it safe to lower the travel trailer once unhitched? My main concern is: is there a bunch of weight being supported by the hitch bar being propped up on the cinder block for the truck clearance? Will lowering it cause damage? My trailer is currently at a slight angle downward and would like to correct if safe to do so. Thanks for any feedback.

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Posted: 07/31/21 04:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I really would not use a cinder block... I like solid blocks of wood.

I use a couple of 4x8 blocks that are only around 18" long and stack them.

I can break a cinder block with a small hammer... Or just dropping it..

The cinder block is heavier than my chunks of scrape wood, so there you go.. [emoticon]

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Posted: 07/31/21 04:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

999 times out of a thousand cinder blocks are fine. Do you feel lucky?


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MitchF150 wrote:

I really would not use a cinder block... I like solid blocks of wood.

I use a couple of 4x8 blocks that are only around 18" long and stack them.

I can break a cinder block with a small hammer... Or just dropping it..

The cinder block is heavier than my chunks of scrape wood, so there you go.. [emoticon]

Good luck!

Mitch


Thank you!

OP to address your question; Most, if not all people that sleep in trailers adjust the height of tongue after unhook to level front to back. The only issue is with trailer chocked tight long travel on a short trailer it can stress where the jack mounts to tongue, or try to bend jack. This stress is eliminated by a wheel on the bottom of jack.
Now sometimes the jack does not have enough travel. Prop the tongue on blocks, then adjust block under jack

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I second what Mitch said. I would never use a cinder block to support anything like a car or trailer. I had a shop teacher back n the 70's that would jack up his own car and place a cinder block under the frame. After lowering the jack, he would tap the block with a light hammer. The cinder block would shatter and the car dropped to the ground. I never forgot that.


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Agree on the cinder block thing, but really don’t understand the question.
Based on what I think your asking, yes use the jack to raise or lower the front to level out the trailer.
Although you may be asking something else because what I said above just seems to obvious to bea question.


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Posted: 07/31/21 07:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They sell jack stands for the tounge also. But as allready said, a block of wood is a much better idea. And lift or lower away!


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Posted: 07/31/21 08:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes on the wood blocks I have sometimes used for many years with heavier trailer but then switched over to the orange RV blocks designed for that purpose. They are safer to me inexpensive to me.

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Thank you for the feedback. I actually switched to using a cinder block because the blocks of wood I was using cracked. What do you guys think about using leveling blocks? This cinder block is solid, I did the throw test a few times before taking it. Either way, I feel kinda dumb for keeping the trailer propped up while using it now. The slight downward angle isn't that bad but more concerned now about doing damage to the tongue of the jack since it's on the side that I sleep on. Gonna make sure to lift my stabilizer jacks first then tomorrow will lower the trailer and hopefully enjoy a more level existence. Thanks guys.

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Does the jack have a pad on the tube or is it just the round tube? If it is just the round tube then the small footprint of the tube puts a lot of stress on a very small portion of the plastic pads. No problem using leveling pads if it has a foot on the jack tube.

As far as leveling the trailer front to back there is absolutely no concerns about damage. They are engineered with a tongue weight sufficient to support the trailer. Be certain to always use your stabilizer jacks on the front and back so it doesn't tip being a single axle. Too much weight behind the axle can make the front lift off the ground. Always use chocks too.

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