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Old 03-07-2013, 11:50 AM   #1
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Leveling blocks

I read somewhere on the web that a rubber mat such as is found at a mechanics bench can be cut into various lenghts and widths to make leveling blocks for the rv's wheels- My existing plywood blocks are near the end of the road for them and I am interested in info regarding the use of rubber mat material for blocks- Rubber matting would be practically indestructable and lighter in weight than wood and last longer than plastic which becomes brittle with age and exposure to the sun- Is such matting available at Harbor Freight or other commercial outlets? I believe the matting is made from ground up junk tires and is 1/2" thick- The matting would conform to uneven ground- THANX in advance for all replies- I will surely post the outcome of this endeaver- JMHO- DD

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Old 03-07-2013, 11:53 AM   #2
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Stable mats and you can find them at Tractor supply or farm supply stores.


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Old 03-07-2013, 02:10 PM   #3
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Last longer yes but lighter I am not sure of that the rubber mat that is in the bed of my truck is like a stable mat it is 1/2 to 5/8 inches thick but real heavy but when cut in to 6 inch by 1 foot strips it might be lighter than plywood the same size
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I have seen them at Tractor Supply, They are larger mats and would have to be cut and stored somewhere. It is a novel idea. I think they would be heavier than plywood and you would need to have a good many on hand to cover your needs.

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Old 03-07-2013, 06:57 PM   #5
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Hate to say it, but I just use Lynx leveling blocks. They are light, pack easily and neatly and can also be used easily to help build a ramp to change a flat (speaking from experience). Not the novel approach, but IMO the way to go.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:18 PM   #6
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I have seen the stable mats used just like you said, but I have no experience thou. I would think it would be heavier than wood. I am not a big fan of the plastic blocks, I have seen them damaged all too often, due to uneven terrain, from things like rocks and tree roots.
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I came across that a while back, was not sure if it was worth getting the mats or not. Right now I just have boards...


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Old 03-07-2013, 09:22 PM   #8
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X2 on the Lynx leveling blocks. They sell them at Walley Mart now.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:32 AM   #9
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The Feb. issue of Motorhome tested 11 jack pads that evaluated for four main characteristics. Homemade ones made of wood were one of these. The homemade ones weighed 6ibs. with the plastic ones around a pond and a half. Hosspads made frome recycled rubber faired pretty good and weighed 8 lbs. These were not the heaviest. That went to a $300 dollar set made of close cell polyethylene which hit the scale at 12lbs. The Hosspads were $100-150 depending on size. I have always used homemade wood ones which dry out and crack. I like the ones that someone on the forum made. He made them from wood and covered them with a rubber that had a domino type design.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:19 AM   #10
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Personally i would stay away from rubber mats. I have enough bounce in the trailer with rubber tires. Having said that if they work for you then try them out.

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1- 1"x8"x5' cut ends at 45 angle.
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