Jayco RV Owners Forum

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-07-2013, 12:50 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 428
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

Fulltiming since July 1, 1999 currently with a 2005 GMC Sierra 3500 cc drw towing a 2007 Jayco Eagle 341RLQS
Diesel Donnie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2013, 12:53 PM   #2
Senior Member
3'senough's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 2,072
Stable mats and you can find them at Tractor supply or farm supply stores.


2014 375 BHFS Eagle Premier
2014 Ram 3500 Longhorn DRW CC
6.7 CTD, Aisin, 4.10's
Yamaha EF3000iSEB
3'senough is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2013, 03:10 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: White Salmon, Wa.
Posts: 550
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
Washington, State.
2011 Jayco G2 25RKS
2004 Dodge 2500 CTD
Old Blue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2013, 07:11 PM   #4
Site Team
norty1's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 12,039
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.

I have always used 2"X8"X16" treated yellow pine, cut with a 45 deg. angle on each end.
2011 351RLTS Eagle, Mor/Ryde suspension & pin box
06 F350 Lariat PSD, SRW, LB, CC, EGR delete kit, 16K DrawTite hitch, Timbrens, TST TPMS

Can't find what you're looking on JOF? Try:Jayco Owners Forum Custom Google Search
"It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled." - Mark Twain
norty1 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2013, 07:57 PM   #5
Senior Member
Ranger431's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 305
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.
2012 Jayco 32TSBH
2004 Ford Excursion
ProPride 3P / Tru Control brake controller
Roadmaster Active Suspension
Ranger431 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2013, 08:18 PM   #6
Senior Member
Jagiven's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 4,109
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.
Jagiven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2013, 08:22 PM   #7
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Sumter, SC
Posts: 54
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...


Gary and Meta
South Carolina
2011 Ford F150 XLT
2013 White Hawk 30DSRE
ProPride 3P 1400 Hitch
glcamp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2013, 10:22 PM   #8
Moderator Emeritus
Doug's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 4,761
X2 on the Lynx leveling blocks. They sell them at Walley Mart now.
I've never had one brake, but easily replaced and cheap.

Southwest, Ohio
2016 Toyota Tundra SR5, 5.7 V8
2017 Jayco 24RBS
Doug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2013, 01:32 AM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Aldergrove British Columbia
Posts: 815
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.
2011 Jay Feather Select 28U
2007 Silverado Crewcab LT 6.0L
Happily married and father of
two university students.
Cancer survivor
Murphie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2013, 09:19 AM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: S.E. Michigan
Posts: 200
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.

We have used the same boards for six years now traveling all over the U.S. and Eastern Canada.
1- 2"x8"x5' cut ends at 45 angle
1- 1"x8"x5' cut ends at 45 angle.
Both boards cut from exterior treated lumber. I just throw them in the back of the truck.
Happy trails,

Bill B. (S.E. Michigan)
2014 Keystone Cougar High Country 321RES (was 2007 Eagle 322FKS)
2007 Dodge Megacab CTD
billb800si is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:29 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.