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Old 01-19-2011, 02:33 PM   #1
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distance between tires?

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I'm hoping that has quick access to their trailer can help me out with something. I want to pick up a couple of pieces of lumber to park my trailer on when in storage and need to know how long my boards should be so that I can park both tires on the same piece of lumber.

I have a 32BHDS, but I would assume that the length will be the same for any tandem axle trailer.

Can anyone help me out?

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Old 01-19-2011, 03:11 PM   #2
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The distance from the front edge of my front tire to the rear edge of my rear tire is about 5 feet. The actual length that rests on the ground is of course less. Unfortunately not all tandem trailers have the axles the same distance apart. So someone with the same model will have to chime in if you want exact distances. I`m thinking 6 foot boards would probably cover you, but not for sure.


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5-6 foot is good...
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:34 PM   #4
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I'm trying to get the boards as short as possible for storage reasons. I may just go get a couple of 6' boards and take my saw with me the next time I take the trailer out. I can cut to fit from there.

I plan on making one board about a foot shorter than the other so that I can use them as leveling pads at the campground if necessary. The shorter board can go on top so that I don't have to try and push the tires up the thickness or two boards at once.
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Sounds like a plan. You can also cut one edge of each board on an angle so the tire rides up easier and has less tendency to push the board back when you are backing onto it. That`s what I did.....I started out with boards and still use them at home to level but now carry the lynx leveling blocks on board to save weight and space. Some like boards better and some like the leveling blocks, I guess they both will do the job. Boards are cheaper, that`s for sure!. -Lee
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Good luck finding 6ft long boards.
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Old 01-19-2011, 10:38 PM   #7
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Good luck finding 6ft long boards.
I can always get 8' boards if that's all they have. I'd really like to get one 10' or 12' and get the two pcs I need from one board.

Anyhow, good thinking on the angles. That'll have to wait until I have access to a bigger saw, but I'll probably use that idea. As far as space saving, I'm just going to stash the boards on the rear cargo hauler of my trailer... it's 8' wide just like the trailer, so space shouldn't be a problem. I have the lynx levelers as well, but I figure that I won't be leaving the boards at the storage lot when the trailer isn't there (they might end up under someone else's trailer), so I might as well make them work for me while I'm camping.
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I just used a circular saw to make the angle cuts. And yes, obtaining 6' boards certainly poses no dilemma. Just cut a 12 footer in half..... -Lee
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My boards are 2" x 10" in 2' sections. I find this increases their versatility (I can use them for the wheels or stack them under my stabilizer jacks when they won't reach the ground) and makes them much easier to store; especially when you have a short bed pickup (Yeah, let's see you get your six foot boards in those half-ton pickups that have a bed that's only 5' 9"). I don't know about any of you folks, but my leveling boards are one of the last things loaded in the bed because they're one of the first things out.

If I put two together end to end, both tires will just fit. The only thing I can't do is chock the wheels using regular wheel chocks. For those situations, I use my BAL between the wheels chock.
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I've got a 3/4 ton with 6.5' bed, so no worries there!

The reason I want to keep them as a single piece is so they'll be easier to put out in storage. I don't want to have to carry 4 boards (one for each tire) if I can only carry two. Also, I've got a rear cargo hauler on my trailer that is as wide as the trailer (8') where the boards will go for travel. It's tucked under the trailer when not in use, so I can just slide the boards in there. When I do use it, it will only be for bikes or ice chests, so I can still put the boards there.

Shorter boards will definitely be more versatile though. If i find for some reason that my current idea doesn't work, I'll just cut them up and have multiple short boards.
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