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lzasitko

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Posted: 11/03/10 09:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pangaea Ron wrote:

I use 2x10's stepped and attached together with deck screws. I used a bit of wood preservative and beveled the front edge of each piece, and made 4 sets of these.

(1) - 2x10 x 11" long (top)
(1) - 2x10 x 22" long (middle)
(1) - 2x10 x 33" long (bottom)

I've used these for ~5 years with no issues. They stay in place, and you can feel when you drive up on each level.


My lengths are about the same as yours but I made rears out of 2x12's and the fronts from 2x8's. My BIL is adding onto their house so lots of cut ends laying around, a couple screws in each to hold them together but I can take them apart if need be. I have a generator compartment but no big genset (have a small 1200watt that is enough for lights and stuff) so these stack in the bottom and generator sits on top. Works great, used them all the time on the last trip.





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Posted: 11/03/10 11:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just as a side note, make sure that if you have to use them in the rear that you put a ramp under each tire, never just one dual. If you just use under one dual, you are overloading that one tire.


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The only time I would use only one under a dual is when I use the 4"X6" ramp I made for putting on chains and that goes under the inside dual. Learned that little trick when I drove school bus and we carried them in the winter.
And yes,I will be carrying chains on my trip to Las Vegas this m,onth..


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I use 2 or 4 pieces of 2x8 18" long, pressure treated, under the low side of the trailer (both wheels). The extra length lets me put the chocks right on top of the boards.

I understand that the plastic "lego" style blocks are detrimental to your tires, because they put uneven pressure points on the tread, thus randomly doubling the pounds per square inch.

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I cut a bunch @ 11-1/2" ... 1/2" less than the inside of a mike crate.


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Posted: 11/04/10 02:41pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

othertonka wrote:

Just as a side note, make sure that if you have to use them in the rear that you put a ramp under each tire, never just one dual. If you just use under one dual, you are overloading that one tire.


While I'll agree it's better to support all the wheels, do you really think slowly rolling up onto a board with one wheel will do more damage than hitting a pothole with two wheels on the freeway doing 60mph? I think we are overstating the concern.

If I was stopping for the night and only had enough lumber to support one wheel, I would do it and not worry about it.


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Posted: 11/04/10 04:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here are some plans I found to make a set
DIY wooden ramps

Here is a Slide show Of the finished ramp except with modifications to fit my use.

Wooden ramps


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Posted: 11/04/10 04:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

valhalla360 wrote:

othertonka wrote:

Just as a side note, make sure that if you have to use them in the rear that you put a ramp under each tire, never just one dual. If you just use under one dual, you are overloading that one tire.


While I'll agree it's better to support all the wheels, do you really think slowly rolling up onto a board with one wheel will do more damage than hitting a pothole with two wheels on the freeway doing 60mph? I think we are overstating the concern.

If I was stopping for the night and only had enough lumber to support one wheel, I would do it and not worry about it.


What I posted is from Michelin tire web site. The case is that you are not just driving up on a board with one tire of a dual and then driving off, it is that you are supporting all the weight of that corner of the Motor home on that one tire for maybe up to a week or more. You could be doubling the weight on the one tire over what it is rated for. Also the board needs to be wider then the width of the tire tread, never just a 2 X 4. If the weight of that corner of the motor home could be supported on one tire, the manufacture would have not put duals on your MH. But to each his own, I am just giving everyone here "Food for thought", something that maybe they have not even considered.

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My leveling blocks are nearly identical to those by Jon Lash. He did a very nice drawing.


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Thanks for all the ideas and plans.


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