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Old 02-23-2014, 08:40 PM   #1
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Trailer Levelers??? Buy or use wood

Hello, I have been looking at this forum quite a bit since buying our new Jayco. What a great group of people! I have found so much useful information, so much more than we received at our orientation. So it has been years since I was camping as a kid with my parents. My dad would pull the trailer into a spot and let us kids level it up....... At the time I thought he was punishing us but I have realized he was teaching us how to do things on our own.... So the question is...... we always used wood to level. I was out in garage cutting up some pieces to leave in camper and my neighbor showed me what he uses,

http://www.amazon.com/Andersen-3604-...railer+leveler

I was wondering if some of the more experienced travel trailer owners out here use a store bought product use the good ole pieces of wood. this looks like a pretty slick idea and wouldn't take up much space but I was wondering if they are even worth it.

I have also seen a lot of the leveler blocks out there. So many options that I hate to buy all these fancy gadgets and still end up using wood blocks.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:44 PM   #2
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I started with wood but went to Lynx leveling blocks for convenience, weight, and ease of storage. But wood will work just fine.
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My driveway slopes to one side so a decade ago I cut some left over 2 x6 boards into shorter lengths so I could level my old trailer. They were free, last forever and work really well.
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We have some Yellow ramps with multiple levels on them that we use. They are light and a very quick level job. This link is to a similar product. Not the exact same thing we use but very close.

http://www.amazon.com/Camco-44573-RV.../dp/B000BUQOFO
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I just bought these off Amazon. Price was good so I took a chance. Free shipping too! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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For my old trailer, I cut a couple of pressure-treated 2x4 scraps. beveled the ends, cut grooves in one, and added 1/2" x 3/4" strips to the other so they'd lock together. Used them for years . . . even after they broke in two. For the new trailer, I picked up a 10-pack of the Trailer Life "Lego"-style leveling blocks. They're real light weight, come with a nice little storage bag, and I figure I can use them under my stabilizing jacks, as well. If you've already got some scrap wood, you might as well use it. But if you're concerned about weight, these are one way you can cut a couple of pounds.
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I think you'll find the Lynx Blocks (or similar) product the most popular. They lock together (don't slip), are about as wide as a 2 x 10 and are very versatile. If you have a small single axle camper, they are lighter and take up less storage than treated lumber.

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This guy has the right idea and I will be using this. A Hybrid approach that addresses all of the positives of Lynx and all of the positives of wood (in this case ply-wood).

http://rvitch.com/forum/index.php?to...7474#msg437474

You take a length of plywood 10" wide and cut it in half. Apply a hinge between the two pieces. Now you have a long piece of plywood that folds in half. Permanently screw a layer of Lynx levers to this, such that the lynx do not interfere w/ the folding of the base. Cut the base long enough so that you can stack a number of Lynx; this depends on your wheel spread and anticipated needs.

I like this idea b/c the Lynx do not shift upon rolling onto them, and the plywood provides for a excellent base for the Lynx and limits cracking. He also has a 2nd separate plywood base created as per the above but w/ no Lynx attached in order to fine tune his leveling side to side.
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Had the wood so no cost for me...
I would say if weight is a concern then use the plastic system

I would stay away from Plywood as they tend to swell, separate and hold water. Use PT lumber.
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