Why not just level with a jack? - Page 6 - Fiberglass RV


Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-06-2015, 11:10 AM   #71
Moderator
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Name: Jim
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Alberta
Posts: 4,727
Registry
For me, I like to keep it simple. Which to me is levelling blocks. I used to carry a bunch of 10" treated 2x6's, with a bevel on the ends for easy up. They worked great, and the neutral colour for me was nice.

I did give in and buy a carton of Lynx blocks. There are much lighter, take up less space, and fit into a nice carrying bag. Ugly as sin, neon orange colour, but I have learned to live with it.

The Anderson levellers seem to be popular, but are too bulky for my liking.

I can't imagine digging a hole, and can't imagine it would be allowed in many places. The time to get it right would be way longer than putting a simple block or two under the tire, in my way of thinking anyway.

Even using a jack, or even jack stands, seems like a lot more work than simple levelling blocks.

Kinda curious as to why some seem to have an aversion to the tried and true method of blocks?
__________________

__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA (January 26)
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is offline  
Old 06-06-2015, 11:51 AM   #72
Senior Member
 
Jon in AZ's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2008 Scamp 13 S1
Arizona
Posts: 5,564
Registry
Why not just level with a jack?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dextersp1 View Post
I've been to many a RV park where there aren't 'smaller stones' around. (What do you do then to level the RV?) And isn't moving 'smaller stones' to fill in a hole, just the same thing as moving dirt to fill in the hole? That is when a shovel comes in handy.

I think I detected a hint of humor in that suggestion. Trying to bring a contentious thread in for a soft landing, perhaps?
__________________

__________________
Jon in AZ is online now  
Old 06-06-2015, 11:52 AM   #73
Senior Member
 
rbryan's Avatar
 
Name: Robert
Trailer: 2015 Escape 19 "Past Tents" 2015 F150 Lariat Ecoboost Crew Cab
Texas
Posts: 905
Registry
We like the simplicity of the Andersen Levelers. Nothing to adjust. They fit nicely in the front storage box on our trailer. No fooling with jacks, stacking blocks, or the like.
Attached Thumbnails
Andersen Levelers.jpg  
__________________
"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy an RV. And that is pretty close."
rbryan is offline  
Old 06-06-2015, 11:54 AM   #74
Senior Member
 
Name: Dex
Trailer: Casita 17' 2000 Dodge Dakota 3.9L
Georgia
Posts: 107
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jon in AZ View Post
I think I detected a hint of humor in that suggestion. Trying to bring a contentious thread in for a soft landing, I think.
I guess I missed the 'contentious' part.
__________________
Dextersp1 is offline  
Old 06-08-2015, 10:40 AM   #75
Moderator
 
Name: RogerDat
Trailer: 77 Scamp 13
Michigan
Posts: 3,081
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dextersp1 View Post
I've been to many a RV park where there aren't 'smaller stones' around. (What do you do then to level the RV?) And isn't moving 'smaller stones' to fill in a hole, just the same thing as moving dirt to fill in the hole? That is when a shovel comes in handy.
In this day and age it is easy to go online and find "manufactured stones" to use for leveling. However it is difficult to find them in fiberglass sufficiently reinforced to support a fiberglass camper, so the highly desirable "all fiberglass all the time" camping experience is doubtful, but cultured stone leveling rocks can be attractive and impossible to distinguish from the real thing, at a distance, or when intoxicated, or driving past at a decent clip, dim lighting helps too.

So just in case the park does not have the "stones" that let you be top dog, you can pack your own concrete ones, with several designs allowing you to impersonate river or field stones.

Are a little heavy compared to the other options but water is heavy too and we take that. Come to think of it I'm no lite weight and I'm brought along on the trip. Oh yeah I have the leveling legos.
__________________
RogerDat is offline  
Old 06-08-2015, 11:35 AM   #76
Senior Member
 
Name: Dex
Trailer: Casita 17' 2000 Dodge Dakota 3.9L
Georgia
Posts: 107
Quote:
Originally Posted by RogerDat View Post
In this day and age it is easy to go online and find "manufactured stones" to use for leveling. However it is difficult to find them in fiberglass sufficiently reinforced to support a fiberglass camper, so the highly desirable "all fiberglass all the time" camping experience is doubtful, but cultured stone leveling rocks can be attractive and impossible to distinguish from the real thing, at a distance, or when intoxicated, or driving past at a decent clip, dim lighting helps too.

So just in case the park does not have the "stones" that let you be top dog, you can pack your own concrete ones, with several designs allowing you to impersonate river or field stones.

Are a little heavy compared to the other options but water is heavy too and we take that. Come to think of it I'm no lite weight and I'm brought along on the trip. Oh yeah I have the leveling legos.
Due to the detrimental effects on climate change, you should not move stones. Stones absorb heat during the day and release it during the night. Without them the days would become hotter and nights colder.

Concrete ones create green house gases when made and the extra weight causes the use of more gas.

If moving some dirt into the low side is not technical enough how about these?


Sava High Pressure Flat-Form Inflatable Lifting Bags | Source One Environmental
__________________
Dextersp1 is offline  
Old 06-08-2015, 01:24 PM   #77
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
While my personal preferences is to use the small light lynx blocks I am a very happy camper if those I camp with fill up their tugs with wood to use for levelling & then do not need it to level - as was proven out this week-end it comes in real handy on a long night around the campfire and we run out of fire wood :-)
Carol H is offline  
Old 06-08-2015, 01:47 PM   #78
Senior Member
 
floyd's Avatar
 
Name: Floyd
Trailer: 2004 13 ft Scamp Custom Deluxe
IllAnnoy
Posts: 6,046
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sandra olafson View Post
Does anyone have a picture of the BAL
BAL makes more products than the wheel lift. For instance...I have BAL stabilizers on my Scamp. Here is what I figure you meant though...

__________________
floyd is offline  
Old 06-09-2015, 08:33 PM   #79
Moderator
 
Pam Garlow's Avatar
 
Name: Pam
Trailer: U-Haul 1985
Michigan
Posts: 3,220
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dextersp1 View Post
I've been to many a RV park where there aren't 'smaller stones' around. (What do you do then to level the RV?) And isn't moving 'smaller stones' to fill in a hole, just the same thing as moving dirt to fill in the hole? That is when a shovel comes in handy.
We are starting to rehash the same arguments again... rock, wood, jacks, legos,
holes, bal levelers. Maybe its time to all agree to disagree,, that there are different methods, some maybe safer, some maybe more work,,,, and someone will have an argument against any one of them.

I don't see hat there is any new ground to cover here.
__________________
Pam Garlow is offline  
Old 06-09-2015, 08:44 PM   #80
Senior Member
 
Byron Kinnaman's Avatar
 
Name: Byron
Trailer: 2006 Scamp 13' towed with a 2005 Dodge Dakota 4.7l Magnum W/full tow package (over kill)
Oregon
Posts: 6,308
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pam Garlow View Post
We are starting to rehash the same arguments again... rock, wood, jacks, legos,
holes, bal levelers. Maybe its time to all agree to disagree,, that there are different methods, some maybe safer, some maybe more work,,,, and someone will have an argument against any one of them.

I don't see hat there is any new ground to cover here.
I honestly don't thing "agreement" is necessary. If it works for you and it's relatively safe go for it. I'm a strong believer in the BAL Leveler, but also carry legos and a bottle jack. Have all the above under different circumstances, Lego to add extra length the stabilizers or tongue jack, Legos the one time I needed to raise both wheels so I could get the tongue jack down. Last summer I had to use the bottle jack as a stabilizer. The inner in one of the stabilizers came out some place along a 12 washboard gravel road. There's no one size fits all.
__________________
Byron & Anne enjoying the everyday Saturday thing.
Byron Kinnaman is offline  
Old 06-16-2015, 05:18 PM   #81
Raz
Senior Member
 
Raz's Avatar
 
Name: Raz
Trailer: Trillium 2010
Vermont
Posts: 4,063
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pam Garlow View Post
I've got a couple of 2x6s and a couple of 1x6s. So far, they've handled all the uneven territory I've camped in.
Interesting thread. I have never seen the Anderson leveler before. Very clever. Like Pam, I carry two 2x6's, a 1x6, and 1/4" piece of plywood. If I can't level with 4" perhaps I need to change sites. I've never had my trailer slide off the wood even when wet. My trailer has stabilizers with the sand pads. Perhaps they help keep things in place? Raz
__________________
Raz is offline  
Old 06-16-2015, 09:57 PM   #82
Moderator
 
Frederick L. Simson's Avatar
 
Name: Frederick
Trailer: Fiber Stream
California
Posts: 8,151
Registry
Send a message via AIM to Frederick L. Simson
Thread Closed

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pam Garlow View Post
I don't see that there is any new ground to cover here.
I think this thread has been thoroughly discussed.
__________________

__________________
Frederick - The Scaleman
1978 Fiber Stream 16 named "Eggstasy" & 1971 Compact Jr. named "Boomerang"
Frederick L. Simson is offline  
Closed Thread


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tongue Jack Stand fits 2" jack FTTRV Commercial Posts and Products 7 06-20-2014 09:53 AM
How level is level? Cam A Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 29 05-27-2014 07:58 PM
Not fiberglass, but why not wooden trailers? John Linck General Chat 16 02-16-2014 11:49 AM
Fixing bubble level on Electric Tongue Jack! Michael Pupeza Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 1 09-24-2010 06:10 AM
How level is level? DaveK Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 8 06-06-2007 12:03 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:07 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.