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Old 07-16-2019, 08:32 PM   #1
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How can I make this safer?

I am sure this isnít a single problem for me. I live on a sloped driveway. Often times we use the camper as an overnight lodge so I go about leveling it out in the driveway. Problem is I never really feel safe with how it is. I have the wheels chocked and all four stabilizers in place as well as the front of the camper. I always feel the front stabilizers will collapse forward. Is there a better way to set this up? Also one way where I donít have to keep stacking and cranking up and down to get it level?Click image for larger version

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Old 07-16-2019, 08:41 PM   #2
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I'd add a pair of these. I have a sloped driveway. This is the only other thing I have beyond what you listed. It keeps the wheels from turning.Click image for larger version

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Old 07-16-2019, 08:42 PM   #3
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I have a single axle. Assume these are for double axle?
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Yep, double axle. I guess I didn't consider single axle. How about a tire boot to keep the tire(s) from rolling?Click image for larger version

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Old 07-16-2019, 08:48 PM   #5
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I agree with what Stateboy says about adding the stabilizers that go between the wheels. I hear they keep things real steady front to back.

The only thing I would add is maybe replace those cement blocks with some 6"x6" wood blocks like you have under the screw jacks. Eventually the blocks will crack and fail. You know what "Murphy" says about when....

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Old 07-16-2019, 09:12 PM   #6
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Iíd suggest making a dedicated stand for the tongue. Maybe a tower of 2x4 sections screwed together starting at 24Ē square and ending at 6x6Ē.
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Old 07-16-2019, 09:24 PM   #7
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A good investment would be a power tongue jack, but then you might be a lot younger than me..


I think wood blocks are a good suggestion...those blocks stacked up don't look good to me....especially that you show your location in Napa, which I assume is in earthquake prone California....
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Old 07-16-2019, 09:44 PM   #8
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I made a rectangular (13"x9") tower of 4x4 lumber, screwed and glued (construction adhesive) together. It is 3 'layers' tall (~11") overall. The space between the layers allows a 2x4 or 4x4 to pass through.

With a 2x4 placed in between the top layers it is ~7" high, or the 2x4 can be placed across the top for ~12 1/2" height, or a 4x4 can be placed across the top for ~14 1/2" height. We take it with us and have used it frequently.
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Concept wise your on the right idea. Execution is extremely dangerous! Cinder blocks should NEVER be used on their edge. Rocking back and forth will create micro fractures which will cause the block to break! And the tongue will fall. Only use cinder block in the vertical position! Like you see when installed in a wall.

In your lower image on the right side stabilizer. You have the right idea of making a stack! Like a big Jenga game set. However, make sure to be more careful in setting up, the foundation needs to be nice and wide. Be nice and neat stacking.

Find someone who is removing an old fence or deck, ask for their 4x4s and cut the good pieces into even lengths so you can stack them neatly. Watch a show like Maga Movers and see how they stack the lumber when lifting a large load.
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I would be really nervous about it rolling if it was my case. I would probably get a 10 foot 4 x 4 put it across the tires where you want to trailer to be. drill holes in each end of the 4 x 4 and into the concrete and put removable rods or long bolts so that it dosen’t move then when you want to leave you can remove the rods and the 4 x 4 take the trailer out. Then when you get home back it up put the 4 x 4 in with the rods so it don’t move and roll the trailer up to the 4 x 4 and at that point I seriously doubt if we’ll go anywhere. Then at that point you can safely use any kind of blocking you want
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