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Old 02-17-2016, 09:52 AM   #1
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Leveling with Anderson

So this is an embarrassing question. I'm new to canping with a trailer and ours will be here in March.

So in preparation I have been reading about leveling. I decided to go with the Anderson leveling ramps. However everything I read only talks about using them on one side of the trailer. So how many sets would I need four or two? I would think you would need the ramps on both sides of the trailer. I was also thinking about getting the plastic pads for the stabilizer jacks.

Also I will be parking mainly on concrete or ashpalt pads, will I always need to use the ramps or will it just depend on grade?
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So this is an embarrassing question. I'm new to canping with a trailer and ours will be here in March.

So in preparation I have been reading about leveling. I decided to go with the Anderson leveling ramps. However everything I read only talks about using them on one side of the trailer. So how many sets would I need four or two? I would think you would need the ramps on both sides of the trailer. I was also thinking about getting the plastic pads for the stabilizer jacks.

Also I will be parking mainly on concrete or ashpalt pads, will I always need to use the ramps or will it just depend on grade?
Leveling from side-to-side, you only need to raise the lower side of the trailer. So you should only need a maximum of two Anderson ramps (assuming your trailer has two tires on each side) and may only need to use one of them if you need to raise the side a small amount.

If you are usually on concrete or asphalt, your trailer may be level enough without any ramps or pads under the tires. As I recall, on our most recent trip we needed leveling from side-to-side only when on parking on dirt, gravel, or grass sites.

Pads, wood or plastic, under the stabilizing jacks reduce how far the jacks need to be extended. That can help reduce the amount the trailer shakes as people, or dogs in our case, move around in it.
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Old 02-17-2016, 10:21 AM   #3
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After seeing a friend level his travel trailer in a couple minutes with the Andersens I ordered a set to use with our Greyhawk 31SS Class C. After the first camping trip I sold those miserable stacking blocks and have never regretted it.
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If you are purchasing the Anderson leveling ramp, there is a kit that comes with 2 leveling ramps and wedges as well as a larger ramp for changing one of the tires on a tandem axle trailer. The kit also includes some rubber pads which prevent the ramps from moving on hard surfaces. Been using the Anderson levelers for 2 years and only issue was them sinking into soft sand which is solved by carrying a 5 ft long 2X8 in box of truck.


Under the jack stands we use 2X4's glued and nailed together which work better than the plastic ones you purchase.
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If you are purchasing the Anderson leveling ramp, there is a kit that comes with 2 leveling ramps and wedges as well as a larger ramp for changing one of the tires on a tandem axle trailer. The kit also includes some rubber pads which prevent the ramps from moving on hard surfaces. Been using the Anderson levelers for 2 years and only issue was them sinking into soft sand which is solved by carrying a 5 ft long 2X8 in box of truck.


Under the jack stands we use 2X4's glued and nailed together which work better than the plastic ones you purchase.
I was thinking of making some pads from 2x4's too. Curious as to how big you made yours?
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I made them so they fit inside a milk crate for transport in box of truck, slightly less than 12 inches if recall correctly. I think US and Canadian milk crate dimensions are different (Litres to Gallons) so you might want to get crate first. 12X12 Makes for good solid base if you need to stack them. I also stapled some rope to the sides to make them easier to carry without getting hands dirty.
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I have 2 anderson levelers, usually only have to use one of them.

I have to use 6x6's for my stabilizer jacks since my trailer sits so high it maxes out the jacks if I don't.
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One should be fine in most situations, with two you should good for 99.9 % of the time. For example at my home, where I park has a fairly extreme compound slope. I have to have about 7 inches of blocks on one side, and about 2 inches under the rear tire of the other side. Only way I have been able to level it. In a CG I've never been quite that extreme, but I have gotten close, but they are in rural, boondocking sites. Not the sites you where describing.


As for blocks under the stabilizers, I use 6x6 pieces of plywood. Works great on softer surfaces.
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Andersen leveling ramps are the only way I've found.
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I use two ramps on the low side. You may have to cut the ramps to fit between the two axles, I cut both mine several inches. With the levelers you will want a large front bubble similar to this so you can watch "level" from in the vehicle.
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