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Old 11-10-2022, 01:05 AM   #1
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Stabilizer question.....

Do I need pads or stones under the stabilizers if the area I am parking in is all gravel? Have six auto leveling legs.
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Old 11-10-2022, 09:59 AM   #2
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Nope, not needed. I did buy snaps pads that fit and stay on the legs, as some resorts require them.
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Old 11-11-2022, 04:42 AM   #3
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I use four 2x8's and a 6 x 8 block for the tounge.
Wood comes easy to get
I like to keep it simple
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Old 11-17-2022, 01:46 AM   #4
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You do not. When I am overnighting, I do not use anything. If the ground is solid enough to support my Voltage, it is solid enough for the jacks. When I am staying longterm (10 -30 days) I put pavers underneath the pads. Primarily to reduce the "popping" in the hydraulic system.
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Old 11-17-2022, 03:35 PM   #5
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If you want to reduce "bounce" in your RV when folks walk, use something that will not allow the stabilizers to extend so far down. I use the BULLKE since the Anderson's are too tall to fit under my stabilizers. they're still expensive for whatever reason!! made out of Recycled materials.

BULLKE (USA Made) Trailer Jack Block Stand | 18,000 lbs Capacity Trailer & RV Stabilizing Pads | Strongest Blocks for RV 5th Wheel Camper, Post, Foot, Tongue Jack, or Stabilizer Round
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Old 11-17-2022, 05:36 PM   #6
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I carry 2 sets of these to handle any condition. Always use them under the stabilizers as have bigger footprint and do not have to extend stabilizer a long ways. The longer it is the more sway you can get.
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I carry 2 sets of these to handle any condition. Always use them under the stabilizers as have bigger footprint and do not have to extend stabilizer a long ways. The longer it is the more sway you can get.
Ok, take the following for what it’s worth… but IMO, those are the worst option one could ever choose for the task.

I have personally seen 2 rigs significantly damaged because of those things, when the leveling-legs slid right off of them. The tops of those “Lego blocks” have no traction, and/or containment rim for the feet of the legs… and under the “right” conditions (uneven terrain, soft/unstable terrain, wet weather, etc), they can simply slide right off of them. This results in thousands of dollars worth of bent & broken gear, body damage, and a hell of an inconvenience.

If you need them, they’re better than nothing… but there are much better options out there, including just crosscutting a 5-foot length of 2” x 10” lumber into six individual 10” x 10” sections.
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Used blocks with wheel stabilizer on all my travel trailers for over 20 years. Have never had them slip out or off.
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Ok, take the following for what it’s worth… but IMO, those are the worst option one could ever choose for the task.

I have personally seen 2 rigs significantly damaged because of those things, when the leveling-legs slid right off of them. The tops of those “Lego blocks” have no traction, and/or containment rim for the feet of the legs… and under the “right” conditions (uneven terrain, soft/unstable terrain, wet weather, etc), they can simply slide right off of them. This results in thousands of dollars worth of bent & broken gear, body damage, and a hell of an inconvenience.

If you need them, they’re better than nothing… but there are much better options out there, including just crosscutting a 5-foot length of 2” x 10” lumber into six individual 10” x 10” sections.

Used stabilizers NOT leveler. Trailer is leveled with Anderson levelers under the low wheels.
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Old 11-18-2022, 06:26 PM   #10
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Used blocks with wheel stabilizer on all my travel trailers for over 20 years. Have never had them slip out or off.
I thought about getting a set of these but right now I'm using the chocks which are starting to get a little old. I guess these will be my next choice but not sure with a six point leveling system if I will need them or not.
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Used blocks with wheel stabilizer on all my travel trailers for over 20 years. Have never had them slip out or off.

Same here. Never had an issue and my grandfather had something similar looking for his Airstream years ago and he never had issues. I have a concern that they will eventually deteriorate in the sun so I scrap them every 15 years or so and replace.
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Hey guys… I know they’re popular, that they’re sold in every RV store, and I’m not telling anyone not to use ‘em. I’m just telling you what my own eyeballs have seen… and I happened to be sitting outside on my toy hauler patio when one of those occasions happened to the rig in the campsite right next to me in the West Yellowstone KOA.

As the guy said on that occasion… “I’ve been using those things for years, and never had that happen before”.
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