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Posted: 04/14/19 03:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've used a piece of 10 X 10 wood about 14" tall and usually put it on a piece of 1 X 10 for stability and to keep the dirt off of it. Works for me4 with no less than 28 years of trailering. We have traveled across the USA no less than 12 times and set up more than I can think with nothing fancy just wood.


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Instead of a solid wood block how about 2x12x12 You need six. the size I gave will need to be adjusted a bit
NOTE teh 12 inch length will need to be adjusted
The top i a full piece (12 x 12 showing
Under it are two pieces 12x12 and 2 12 by 9 (the top piece lies ATOP the 4 sides two sides need to be short enough to go between teh end pieces)
The bottom piece is 9x9 3" screws hold it all together. At least 3 per edge/end of piece of lumber

Lighter than a solid box by half or more but Well. that box should support about half a ton no problem (I'm guessing based on somethign I built like it)


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TUCQUALA wrote:

One thing to consider about the "thing" (!) extension is how much it would hang under the tongue, IF you leave it on the jack!!! Back of tow veh goes down in a driveway entrance or ditch in the woods, so does the tongue of trailer!! No problem if removed until needed, but another step in the hookup/unhook procedure.


If you were referring to me dragging out the driveway, I'm hoping the flat plate on the tongue jack will act as a skid plate if it ever actually drags. I had a 6x6x10' cargo trailer with an A frame front and a center tongue jack that would drag and sometimes slam on the blacktop leaving my gravel drive. I replaced the A frame jack with a side fold up one with a wheel to solve that. Last summer, I had my drive smoothed down some and a bit of its hump lowered. I go out slow with the TT trying to angle the trailer to prevent the drain pipe from dragging. I'm still seriously considering flipping my axle to gain plenty of clearance.


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Back to the OP,
Have you seen the flip down foot extensions for tongue jacks? Not sure how tall they are but they drop down when lowering the jack and fold up when raising it, automatically using lever action. Might not get all the hight you desire but would cut down significantly on blocking needed.

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