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Old 03-10-2014, 10:26 AM   #1
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Blocks or Not

Ok we are new to the motor home world, but have had TT and 5ivers.
We went out this weekend and right after we set up it started raining a lot of rain. My question is on a MH do you put blocks/boards under the stabilizers/leveler/jacks when you are in a sandy area or when the ground can become soft do to rain? We did the auto leveling and everthing was fine Friday and most of Saturday, then doors didn't want to stay closed and the main door was hard to open.
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:34 AM   #2
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I always put pads down before I level. I even place wood on top of the blocks so the jacks don't have to extend so much. I also hate when I have to have the front wheels off the ground to level. If the ground is that uneven, I drive up on blocks to help it out. I always use the Manual setting with the levelers, because the Auto mode usually picks the Motorhome up to far.
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:35 AM   #3
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That, to me, is a call you would have to make when surveying your site. Hard pan and gravel are pretty stable but sandy is a judgement call. Couldn't hurt to be prepared for the worse case scenario. Sometimes there is no guaranty, even with pads. JMO.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:03 PM   #4
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I have a new GT 360 and had to adjust the latch position - the one on the door frame - for the door to open/close easily.
I also had to grind away a "ridge" on the door itself where it was dragging on the when opening and closing
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:22 PM   #5
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I use auto mode and it works fine and it's so easy. Some places require blocks to protect asphalt. Otherwise I don't use them. Soil under your MH should stay dry in a storm.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:12 AM   #6
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Get a set of plastic pads from Camping World. They are light, dry and cheap. I do use wood if a site is way out of level and ask for a different site if the front wheels leave the ground. I also level manually because the auto level always goes higher than needed. Its really fast once you get a little practice. I lower each jack until I feel the "bump". Then check with the level and make the final adjust.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:33 AM   #7
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I would use blocks It helps distribute the weight over a larger area. I always go overboard, as in my job have seen too many cranes go over when the outriggers are not adequately blocked for the soil. Not that a motor home or camper would go over but those small feet do sink.

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Old 03-12-2014, 10:02 AM   #8
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I made a set of wooden blocks with handles that I can manipulate with the awning hook. I use them 100% of the time, even on concrete. Reduces the shaft travel and keeps the jacks out of the dirt when there is no concrete.

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Old 03-12-2014, 01:26 PM   #9
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I went from MH to 5th whee, and yes I had to put blocks under the stabilizer if the site was no very well hard packed gravel or concrete. It would keep the levelers from sinking as the ground softened. With the 5th wheel I have the LCI 6 point and its the same deal, at least 12x12" blocks for the landing gear and they are even needed for the other 4 points for leveling.
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