Landing Gear Blocking

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Landing Gear Blocking

Postby Traveler II » Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:46 pm

What do you use for blocking under your landing gear? And do you really need it? Also what do you carry with you to level your rig side to side?

I just talked to my dealer and he tells me our new Cardinal will be in on September 21th. Can't wait.

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Postby Luizianna » Wed Sep 05, 2007 1:00 pm

We bought two boxes of theseleveler blocks from CW and we use those. If in a really unlevel area will use several under landing gear to keep from having to extend them all the way out.

So far...knock on wood...we have not had to use more than the two packs we have.
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Postby bayoubengal » Wed Sep 05, 2007 1:20 pm

We also have two boxes of the plastic levelors but rarely use them. We've found that boards work better. They are easy to pull on to and they are wide enough to accomadate the entire width of the tire with no overhang. We've had the plastic levelor break when using them on a gravel site. Make sure the entire tire is on the board or whatever you are using and that you are lifting both tires the same height. Many folks just lift one tire to get level but this is not recommended.
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Postby bop11 » Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:01 pm

Traveler II,
We use Lynx Levelers. The instructions that came with them say to use 2 of them under each leg of the landing gear. I do use 2 of them when I'm on grass or if the ground seems soft. When we're on black top or another hard surface I don't use any.
We really like them and have never needed more than 2 packages (20) for leveling. They are light and come in a carrying case.
We got them at Wal-mart for $19.95 a box.
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wood v plastic

Postby Jan » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:26 pm

If you spend any time in the rain, you will appreciate not putting soaking wet wood in your bird. The creepy crawly thingies fall off the plastic much easier too!

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Postby Don Wilson » Mon Sep 10, 2007 10:54 pm

I use the plastic levelers but I also carry 2x6's four feet long to put under the landing gears when camping in unimproved campgrounds in soft dirt and wet weather.

I have had the trailers landing gears and plastic levelers sink into the soft dirt and or mud when it rained pretty hard before using the 2x6's. The 2x6's spread the weight out over a larger area and keep it from sinking!

If the boards are wet I put them in the back of the pickup until it dries up.


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Postby Tim » Tue Sep 11, 2007 2:28 am

I use 2x8 pieces of wood that I have cut the ends at an angle on so that it is easier to roll each tire up on to. Used to use one long length of wood to accomodate both tires on a side, but you have to pull the rig a lot further to level that way. I also carry a shovel and if on a gravel lot, sometimes dig/scoop out a small depression on the appropriate side of the rig in front of each tire, pull the rig up, and level in that manner.
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Postby markj » Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:58 am

I use 2 x 8 pieces of wood, and 1 x 8's also. I also have thinner 1 x 8's for final jack leveling. I drop the jacks down, look side to side to see if they are nearly level, then put the proper thickness board to make the jacks hit the boards at about the same time. It made a difference to how well the shower door shuts, etc.

For the wheels, I use 2 x 8's at least. I've found 2 x 6's are not wide enough and occasionally part of the tire doesn't get on the wood. Other folks from this chat line have cautioned me not to have part of the tread missing the board.

I keep all the boards in the back of the truck for drying, etc. Although the thinner boards sometimes fly around, so I'll put them in the 5er.
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Re: Landing Gear Blocking

Postby Rob & Cathy » Tue Sep 11, 2007 8:12 am

Traveler II wrote:What do you use for blocking under your landing gear? Thanks


I made some blocks out of some scrap 2x6s an added rope handles:
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When not in use I toss them in the truck on the left and right side of the hitch.

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Postby Jan » Tue Sep 11, 2007 12:47 pm

Rob,

Those look great. I know my limitations and measuring and cutting things square (or even close) is not my forte.

It was easier for me to purchase the plastic squares. I do carry some pieces of wood for those reasons cited previously. I just don't like squirmy crawly things.

:oops:
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Postby Mike Clay » Wed Sep 12, 2007 6:03 am

Nice blocks Rob :D If you look at his pic you will also notice that the extensions are kept as short as possible. You do not want to just pull the lever and let the extension's fall where they may. You get in a high wind area and you will snap them off right where they meet the main landing gear. Seen it many times at the coast here in Oregon.
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Postby Mike Clay » Wed Sep 12, 2007 6:05 am

One other thought on the plastic squares they can explode when they get older. I remember one day Susanna and I were picking up pieces of those blocks three campsites over. :oops:
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Postby markj » Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:04 am

One thing else I do is use a very small screwdriver and gently push it into the switch on either retract or extend and let it run. Of course, I have to be careful NOT to forget it! But, it allows me to do lots of other hitching/un items while waiting!
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Blocks

Postby Don Wilson » Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:15 am

I really like the blocks Rob but I do have some advice!!

Notice the layers of wood in Robs picture. Each layer of the wood runs a different direction! I made a set out of two by eight's with the grain running the same way and they split right down the middle from the weight of the trailer on them after about 6 uses.

So, If you want to make a strong set like Rob has it makes them much stronger if you turn the grain in the wood from layer to layer :D . Don't make a weak set like I did :oops:

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Postby gmarker » Wed Sep 12, 2007 2:41 pm

One other word of caution. I was using pieces of 2x8's under my landing legs. rear stabilizers. and to level side to side under the tires. When traveling I would lay them in the bed of my truck. Last month I discovered two of them were missing and thought I had neglected to pick them up the last time they were used. On my last trip I was traveling about 60mph on the highway when I saw one of them in my mirror flying up out of the bed and over the 5'r. It landed in the lane next to me. Thankfully, it did not hit another vehicle. While the updraft in my truck bed may be unique to the particular physical characteristics of my rig, I would certainly caution everyone to be sure that everything in the bed is secured.
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