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alexey75

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Hello folks,

We have scissor stabilizers on our TT. Usually we put a number of blocks under each stabilizer (probably up to 10-15”).
I am looking to save weight (and space) of all the blocks we are carrying around.

I see there are a lot of different types of plastic pads/blocks.
These are nice but I don’t want to have 40+ of these pads.
Is there any better solution than these thin plastic peaces? Maybe some DYI light weight solution?

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If you are talking about the stabilizers that you crank down on each corner of the TT; I use a single 12"x 12"x 1/4" sheet of ply wood on loose ground and I lower the stabilizers down directly on concrete and solid asphalt.

Their job is to simply reduce the amount of bounce in the trailer. They are not intended support the trailer. The biggest source of bounce comes from the trailer suspension springs, supporting frame at the corners dampens the bounce somewhat.


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You could get a metal block attached where the jacks are now and attach the jacks to that if you find you always need blocks. That's what I'm considering doing with mine since even if we're on a completely level site we need at least 5 blocks.


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Build yourself hollow boxes out of 2x6's Lighter weight and still can get the height you need.


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That's alot of height for blocks. I could see a good stack on one end or the other if the spot is a ways out of level, but not as a matter of course.
Are you running out of travel in the stabilizers at roughly 1' from the ground? Doesn't seem plausible that the camper stabilizers aren't even big enough to reach the ground.

All that said, I agree, having a pile of little plastic levelers seems excessive and expensive. Maybe bigger lumber? maybe 2 or 3 pieces of 6x6 lumber per corner, short blocks like 1' long?


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Posted: 08/09/21 08:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Would something like this be too pricey?

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We just use 2 x 10 pressure treated wood cut to 12" lengths... but we have a different situation, too.

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I've been using these plastic stands that I got off of Amazon. They stack on each other for storage, not as heavy as wood and they reduce the length that the jacks have to extend because of my taller trailer.

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I still put a piece of wood under the jack and the 'block' as it seems to spread the load better.

I also added the Strong Arm bars and that's the single most best thing to removing pretty much all the 'bounce' out the trailer when walking inside.

I have 4 on the rear and 2 up front. Here is the front setup.

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Works for me. [emoticon]

Good luck! Mitch
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I made plywood boxes out of 3/8ths plywood . With a little thought you can get 3 different heights out of each box . I believe mine are 4 inch , 7 inch or ten inches . Will they last , mine are 7 years old !

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If I have left over Lynx Levelers I put them upside down under the stabilizer jacks.

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MitchF150 wrote:

I've been using these plastic stands that I got off of Amazon. They stack on each other for storage, not as heavy as wood and they reduce the length that the jacks have to extend because of my taller trailer.

[image]

I still put a piece of wood under the jack and the 'block' as it seems to spread the load better.

I also added the Strong Arm bars and that's the single most best thing to removing pretty much all the 'bounce' out the trailer when walking inside.

I have 4 on the rear and 2 up front. Here is the front setup.

[image]

Works for me. [emoticon]

Good luck! Mitch
[image]


Cool! I like these yellow plastic stands!!

It’s a good idea to have the strong arms, but I see it’s $400+ cad here…

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