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Posted: 08/01/21 08:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OregonMan wrote:

Thank you for the feedback. I actually switched to using a cinder block because the blocks of wood I was using cracked. What do you guys think about using leveling blocks? This cinder block is solid, I did the throw test a few times before taking it. Either way, I feel kinda dumb for keeping the trailer propped up while using it now. The slight downward angle isn't that bad but more concerned now about doing damage to the tongue of the jack since it's on the side that I sleep on. Gonna make sure to lift my stabilizer jacks first then tomorrow will lower the trailer and hopefully enjoy a more level existence. Thanks guys.

I don’t know what in the actual heck you’re trying to say.
Are you saying you’ve been afraid to lower the tongue after unhooking from the truck?
But saying downward angle and jack propped up in the same context???
Use your words, leave the cinder block out of the discussion. Not sure what Bearing ( no pun intended) it has on your apparent conundrum anyway.


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“Throw test?” Roflmao
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OregonMan wrote:

is it safe to lower the travel trailer once unhitched? My main concern is: is there a bunch of weight being supported by the hitch bar being propped up on the cinder block for the truck clearance? Will lowering it cause damage?


Yes it is completely safe to raise and lower your trailer tongue by using the tongue jack. No lowering the jack will not cause damage. Raising and lowering the tongue is what the jack is there for.

There is a difference between a cinder block and something solid like a concrete paver stone. A Cinder block is hollow and extremely fragile. A concrete paver stone is solid and stronger. I would still use a block of wood over a solid concrete block.


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I'm not sure what item you are calling a "hitch bar"....


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Yes you can raise and lower it after unhooking from the tow vehicle.

Don't use a cinder block. A good solid wooden block is best.

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I am with Delta Bravo, perhaps us Spokane guys think alike.[emoticon]

Look, it is pretty simple. Back your trailer into place, place wood 2 bys to level it from side to side. Chock the wheels. Unhitch from your tow vehicle by using the tongue jack. Drive the tow vehicle away. Use the tongue jack to level the trailer from front to back. Put down your stabilizers and you are set. Everything is level, nothing is at risk of breaking. You can put some blocks of wood under the tongue jack if you need additional height to get it level. Use wood blocks. If yours cracked, get some new ones. Leave the cement blocks at home, unless you like tossing them around for exercise.


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OregonMan wrote:

Thank you for the feedback. I actually switched to using a cinder block because the blocks of wood I was using cracked. What do you guys think about using leveling blocks? This cinder block is solid, I did the throw test a few times before taking it. Either way, I feel kinda dumb for keeping the trailer propped up while using it now. The slight downward angle isn't that bad but more concerned now about doing damage to the tongue of the jack since it's on the side that I sleep on. Gonna make sure to lift my stabilizer jacks first then tomorrow will lower the trailer and hopefully enjoy a more level existence. Thanks guys.


are you actualy using a cinder block or a concrete block, there is a big difference between the two. I use concrete blocks to put under the jacks to get my camper on and off the truck but I would never use a real cinder block.

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