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Old 07-12-2016, 07:29 PM   #1
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Leveling Pads

I know it was HOT over the 4th, but I sure had a hard time holding level. I learned two things - pavement campsites aren't going to let me suspend ~30K lbs on two 8" leveling feet, and my little orange stackable pads don't hold up well to that kind of weight either. I finally gave up.

What do you folks use for pads - will side by side 4x4s hold it? I hate to go back to carrying lumber, but I hate the bathroom door hitting me in the back of the head too.
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Old 07-12-2016, 07:36 PM   #2
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When it's hot or the ground is soft I use 2" x 12" cut into 12" squares.
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Old 07-12-2016, 09:11 PM   #3
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I've been using Hosspads. I have only used them so far on gravel, but they are heavy duty rubber and have done a great job so far. I don't know how they would do on hot asphalt.
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Old 07-12-2016, 09:41 PM   #4
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I use Hosspads too and they work great. If your front levelers take your front tires off the ground then I put 2 under each front leveler and none under the back and they level fine, whether gravel, asphalt, or dirt.
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Old 07-12-2016, 10:03 PM   #5
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Try adding RV Snap Pads and then if you need to also use HosPads. There is also Fas Ten Heavy Duty Leveling Blocks.
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Old 07-15-2016, 12:50 PM   #6
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Here's the ones we checked out:
$163 for 16”x16”x1”
Sounded to bendy.

Ground Protection Mats | Ground Mats - DICA
$272 for 15”x15”x0.75”
Too pricey and only ” thick
Good reviews on the rv forums
$184 for 16”x16”x1” (we paid this over 4 years ago)
We got these.
Good reviews on the rv forums
(they were $46 ea when we got them but they are up to $54 ea now)

The Summit-Products pad are still unbent after 4 1/2 years of fulltiming and lots of uneven surfaces that made them bend a little. They always bent back. If they get bent concave a bit we just use it the next time the other way and they flatten out again.

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Old 07-17-2016, 01:29 PM   #7
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Here is what I use. Top notch.
RV Jack Pads | Camper Jack Pads - DICA
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Old 07-17-2016, 02:42 PM   #8
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Here is what I use. Top notch.
RV Jack Pads | Camper Jack Pads - DICA
Me too! They are spendy but bullet proof. I have reps phone number and email if anyone is interested.
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Old 07-17-2016, 03:53 PM   #9
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Maybe I am just old, but I carry lumber. I go to my local Home Depot or Lowes and purchase two 2 X 10 X 8' for under $10. I then walk down to the hardware section and purchase 6 drawer pulls, the cheap ones that screw on, not bolt through the drawer face. I cut the 2x10 into 3' pieces leaving me 2' left over. I screw a drawer handle to one end of the 2x10. I now have four 3' jack pads with a handle that I can easily push under the coach without bending over on my hands and knees. I also have two 2' pieces that I can use if I ever get that dreaded "Excess Slope" message. When I go to leave, if I can't reach the drawer handle, I can always snag it with awning pole.

Total spend under $25 and if they get too old that I want to replace them, into the campfire they go!!!
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Old 07-17-2016, 04:57 PM   #10
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To keep my jack pads from freezing down in COLD weather or the pads making indentations in blacktop in HOT weather I use green treated 1/2" plywood ... I was able to buy a 2' x 2' piece at a local lumber yard ... I cut four 10" x 14" rectangles ... and drilled 1/2" holes in diagonal corners ... I painted them ... I can use an awning rod to put them under (and retrieve them) from the jack pads.

I have used them for about 8 years ... I will probably have to replace them in 8 more (if I last that long)

Why 10"x14"? I also carry some blocks made from 2x10 ... I wanted them to stack with them
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:25 AM   #11
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Just a tid bit of information. If you camp in an asphalt site that has unstable ground under said asphalt such as a campground located in a swamp or a campground in a desert you will most likely need something very wide to disperse your weight even a couple of feet by 12 inches may not be to much. From experience a Monaco Motorhome with a 12 x 12 inch pad will punch through a Black top site located within a swamp to the point that you may need a wrecker to lift you out and forget attempting to find the pads.
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Old 08-16-2018, 02:52 PM   #12
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Carrying wooden blocks (I use 2X12's 14" long) is a necessity. Many RV parks with asphalt pads require them if you put jacks down, to prevent damage to their property. They are required when parked on grass too, I didn't one time, had to use a shovel to dig my jack feet out, the springs would not retract the jacks. BTW, an Army entrenching tool is easy to store and carry.
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Old 08-25-2018, 11:40 AM   #13
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Bought 4 18x18 DICA outrigger pads. Have built in handles. Rated for 45,000 # working load each. Pd a guy 75.00 for them. He paid 75 each when he bought them. Only 1 inch thick so they store easily.
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