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Old 06-03-2013, 01:54 PM   #1
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Landing Gear Blocks

How many blocks (if any) or how high are your blocks under your landing gear. Is more or less better for stability?

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Old 06-03-2013, 07:22 PM   #2
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I have 4x6 pieces cut in 1 ft lengths. I usually only use 1 on each side. I feel that the further out your landing gears are the more unstable it is. JMHO

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Old 06-03-2013, 10:12 PM   #3
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I made some blocks out of 2x6's. They are 8x8. I didnt really make them for the stability but the gears are so slow and I am to impatient to wait on them.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:47 PM   #4
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I used to use 4 x 4 x 8 inch blocks but I now use two 3/4 inch pieces of plywood on each side after I watched someone push their 5w off the blocks while hooking up scratching truck and 5w. And all 4 of his slides were out at the time.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:23 AM   #5
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I use just one plastic block under each landing gear. Run the legs down about 1/2 way to the ground, then use the telescoping extensions to get within an inch of the ground.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:54 PM   #6
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I came across a few lengths of engineered 2X10's so I made my blocks out of them. They are 1 1/2" thick and I only use one under each side. I use the same size blocks for the stabilizers in the rear also.
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:35 PM   #7
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Had potential of strong winds this weekend camping. I got wondering about if wind would /could cause landing gear to slide off the blocks I use so landing gear does not go out very far (I use three 4x4 blocks stacked). Thinking now of trying something more close to the ground and see how much shake I get. Then try a tripod if needs stability.

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Old 05-11-2014, 08:44 PM   #8
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Old 05-12-2014, 05:22 AM   #9
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I use 6 x 6 cut to about 8 inches in length. I also feel the less extension length you use, the more stable the rig. You have to remember also to leave enough room to be able to level the rig. Sometimes that can get tricky on slopes.

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Old 05-12-2014, 07:47 PM   #10
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I started out with 2x10 pressure treated 12" long and they cracked in the centre, tried the trex type, plastic composite and they cracked as well. I made some 12"x12" pads with 2 layers of 3/4 " pressure treated plywood that I coated with rubberized stone guard. They worked well but got stone marks and the bottom of the jacks wore the paint off, so I glued 3/4" rubber from a stall mat on the bottom and a thin piece of vinyl to the top. They are a little heavy but don't absorb water or get scraped up.
I have 4 of them if I need the height. For the rear jacks I have 4, 6x6 cedar blocks, 12", with vinyl top and bottom and sides coated with stone guard.

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