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Old 06-25-2014, 02:44 PM   #1
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What to use to get the front of the trailer higher

Every year we go to a 3 day outdoor concert. The cmp grounds (if that is what you call it) are very uneven and we need to have something about 12 inches high for the landing gear to sit on in the front. In the past I have used wood and plastic blocks. However, I still do not feel comfortable with the height. Does anyone have recommendations on what to use?
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Every year we go to a 3 day outdoor concert. The cmp grounds (if that is what you call it) are very uneven and we need to have something about 12 inches high for the landing gear to sit on in the front. In the past I have used wood and plastic blocks. However, I still do not feel comfortable with the height. Does anyone have recommendations on what to use?
Get yourself a treated 4X4 or two, a 2X8 or 2x10 and a length of 1/2" rebar.

Cut the 2X8(10) to create a square, cut the 4X4 to what ever length you need, cut the rebar 12" longer that the stack you need. Stack the 4X4s with on piece of the 2X on top, drill a 9/16" hole trough the 2X into the 4X, now put another pair of 4Xs under the first pair drill and repeat.

When you disassemble your new jack pads make the corners 1, 2, 3, 4 for the first set, 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, and repeat with the remaining material.

When you get to the campground, you have a nice set of building blocks to play with, while everyone else is trying to do a balancing act.
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Old 06-30-2014, 06:44 PM   #3
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I received an interesting reply from another Forum on this subject. I have attached the document he sent me in case anyone else has a need for this.
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:00 PM   #4
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Same topic in reverse.

Last year @ Bonnaroo we were parked in a field on a slope, except I had to lower the landing gear (on my old trailer w/o level up) to get level and the front of the trailer was only about 1 foot off the ground.

That evening my carbon monoxide detector went off. I determined with the front down so low the generator/tailpipe were not getting proper ventilation. I jacked the trailer up and that solved the problem.

A dangerous situation to be avoided.
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I've parked in some unlevel spots over my 25+ years of RVing, but nothing that bad up or down. I would be more concerned about the trailer rolling.
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I received an interesting reply from another Forum on this subject. I have attached the document he sent me in case anyone else has a need for this.
That's an interesting document.

Same idea as I suggest, only dif is I use the rebar to keep the stack in place. The wedges would come in handy when you have a steep slope, I'll have to add a few to the kit.
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hddecker,

Yes it was the same idea and it is appreciated. I found the writeup interesting with wedges and the actual weight they hold. Thanks
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