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Old 04-03-2016, 11:48 AM   #1
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Simple Newbie Leveling Question

As we get ready for our PDI and first outing in the next couple weeks I was thinking about a leveling question. I have the Anderson Levelers, but the pads themselves seem rather thin. I was under the impression that the more you build up the pads from the ground to the jacks the more stable the trailer will be. So, can you suggest what size wood I should place if any on top of the leveling pads? Also what size wood do you use under the tongue jack when leveling? Simple and silly questions, but I like to be prepared.
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Old 04-03-2016, 02:06 PM   #2
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I cut some 2x6's into 9" long pieces and store them in small totes. I use these for leveling side to side, under the jack and under the stabilizers if on soft ground or if I need some height.
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Old 04-03-2016, 02:24 PM   #3
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A few things to consider . First is to get the trailer as level side to side as possible with leveling blocks under wheels. Second I put x chocks between wheels on trailer to insure no rolling when I disconnect from tow vehicle. Third I assess whether or not I am going to have to drop front of trailer to obtain front to rear level and how far before putting anything under tongue jack. if you have too much height to begin with you wont be able to lower it far enough once you get it loose from truck. Then I remove from truck and pull truck forward. raise or lower tongue jack to obtain front to rear level, decide then how many pieces of wood I need under each corner and lower my corner stabilizers. I have 2 sets of leveling blocks and could probably use a 3rd at times. And I do like lifted and use 2x6 or 2x8 for blocks as I need extra. I actually built a jackstand for my tongue jack and once it engages in it the trailer is secure in front. I had one time it slipped on 2x6s and fell off the blocks and the only thing that stopped it was the safety chains so now I have x chocks in place and my jackstand before I ever disconnect from truck
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Old 04-03-2016, 03:11 PM   #4
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For under the tongue jack and stabilizer jacks I use 6x6x14 wood blocks and they work well. But leveling, like Paint said, is done under the tires and not the jacks. Level by placing blocks (plastic or wood) under the tires of whatever side is low. Then place wood blocks under the stabilizer jacks and tongue jack and extend them.

Edit: You don't mention your camper, so if it's a motorhome disregard what I said. Some of those level without blocks under the wheels I believe...
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Old 04-03-2016, 03:16 PM   #5
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Heres a pic of my tongue jackstand it works great and I can adjust to a number of heights so my jack doesn't extend that far
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Old 04-03-2016, 06:22 PM   #6
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Thank you all for the information. In my haste, I incorrectly labeled tge thread. This should have been a "stabilizing" question refering to under the camper's jacks. For reference I have a Jayco 27BHS.
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well we tried to fix them all lol
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Is it safe to say when I am parked on a slope, I need to place large wood blocks under the rear stabilizer jacks to level from front to rear?

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You NEED to be sure your trailer is secured/chocked etc. so it won't move.

Putting blocks under the stabilizer jacks helps to reduce the amount the jacks need to be extended. That helps to a degree to take out some of the trailer shaking when moving around in the trailer. Are those blocks for the stablizers 'needed'? IMO, no, but they are helpful.
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Your front to rear leveling should all be able to be done with the tongue jack. If the rear stab jacks are not long enough to touch the ground at that point, then some blocking will bring the ground up to them. The corner stab jacks are only meant to stabilize the TT from rocking around when you're inside.
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