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Old 01-18-2018, 03:43 PM   #1
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Leveling Blocks vs. 2x6 wood

What is the advantage to the plastic leveling blocks/pads that I see at the campground. When we bought the TT last fall, I went to Lowes and bought a 4x4x8 fence post and cut it into 10 or 12 equal lengths to put under the stabs if not on level ground. I also have three 2x6 planks that I use under the wheels when needed to level side to side.

All told, I don't have $15 invested. Why should I be dropping $30, $40 $50 or more for those plastic leveling blocks?

What am I missing here?

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Old 01-18-2018, 03:59 PM   #2
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weight and storage savings.

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Old 01-18-2018, 04:01 PM   #3
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Advantage of the blocks is weight and space savings and some find them more convenient. But nothing wrong with good old wood for blocking.
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Precise leveling and no jockeying back and forth. Occasionally the campsite is so unlevel that the Andersen block needs a 2x6 under it too so wood is in the kit too
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Old 01-18-2018, 04:53 PM   #5
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Don't get me started - I have been asking myself this same question. I have always used wood (2x6). Over the last few years the wood has split and broken so I didn't really have enough of them. So last trip out I didn't have enough wood to level the trailer in the really unlevel spot I was in. I broke out the plastic levelers. I will never do that again. The plastic levelers kept sliding around on the dirt/broken asphalt and I couldn't get up on more than 3. I needed to get up on 4 at a minimum. What a pain. We were pretty unlevel for the stay at that campground.

I am going to make myself some cheap Anderson levelers - ramps out of wood. I have had wood slide around before too, but not nearly as much as the plastic ones. My ramps will have traction cuts on the bottom. I will still keep some flat pieces of wood for backup and unforeseen unlevel places.

I'm with you, wood is so much cheaper. I will keep the blocks (why toss them?) for when we are in front of my wife's grandparents house - they look slightly better.

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Old 01-18-2018, 04:59 PM   #6
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I use the plastic and agree, light and they take up less space than wood blocks. That said, I have crushed a couple. Made a ramp for one wheel to lift the other off the ground (in the neighborhood of 5k#’s), so they’re not indestructible. If the ground is soft (muddy) a bit of weight can cause them to sink into the ground. But these things are my go-to for leveling and footings for the stabilizers and most of the time they work great. I do keep a stack of 2x4x16 for cribbing if I need to use the bottle jack to change a tire.

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Old 01-18-2018, 05:23 PM   #7
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You are missing nothing, save the money and keep it in your pocket. For the little added weight I don't think you will be over capacity, and a few 2xs will get you more than close enough to level. I bought a 2x6 length of Trex decking cut it up, easy to wipe clean, no splitting, not much weight.
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Old 01-18-2018, 05:34 PM   #8
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I agree that it is cheaper, but I would use Trex or a "plastic" decking material. My two concerns about plain wood are that if it gets moist, it can rot and it can also provides insects with a livable environment. After reading some of the comments below I would guess that where you camp also can make a difference.
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Old 01-18-2018, 05:39 PM   #9
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I use wood, parents have used both, they have damage rhe plastic blockd and went back to wood.

All my boards are 2x6, 12 inches long, or 3/4" plywood, with the same dimensions. I can use any board in any position. As for cost, nothing, any it was all scrap wood.

Mine are all cut to fit in a custom plywood box, that doubles as a step.
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Old 01-18-2018, 06:22 PM   #10
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I've used both over the years. I've been able to swing some very good deals on leveling blocks on Amazon so that's what I'm carrying now. No real issue with whatever you decide to use. As mentioned above, the big advantage of the blocks over wood is the weight. Other than that, a block is a block.

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