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Old 05-25-2016, 08:59 PM   #1
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Length of leveling boards

I am getting things ready for our 253rks which arrives tomorrow. Cutting up some 2x6 for leveling boards. What is the min length needed to put both tires on the board?

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Old 05-25-2016, 09:15 PM   #2
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I assume you are pulling up onto them, correct. If so, I suggest you build them this way;

1. measure the tire footprint that your RV displaces, add a length to give you slack.
2. suggest you build a two tier block, by adding a second layer at the end of the block.
In effect, like driving, pulling up a second tier if you need more height.
3. important to sandwich your 2 x 6's with 1/2" plywood, otherwise you risk splitting.
4. drill two holes along the side, sufficiently apart to allow you to stuff the end of nylon rope
and drive some nails in the hole, securing the rope as a loose handle to retrieve them
more easily.
5. cut all board approaches at 45 degrees (both levels) to allow smooth transition onto your
levelers.
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Old 05-25-2016, 09:26 PM   #3
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If you haven't bought the lumber yet I would go with 2x8s.

They're easier to hit. And you will always want ALL of the tire tread to be on the board or risk damaging the tire.

Coming from one who needs all the help he can get backing up anything.

x2 on the 45 deg bevels.
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He's asking for the length he needs to make them. Obviously doesn't have his TT at home.
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The wheels are 33 inches apart, center to center, so your shortest piece should be 36 inches or so, I should think.
I use Anderson levelers, so haven't had to use boards in a lot of years. However, a couple/three weeks ago I tried to use them in very soft mud (the whole site was gravel on mud) and they just pushed down into the ground. I ended up picking a different site (in a first come state park) that was drier and they worked well.

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nobody can answer this unless they have the same trailer. Some trailers have axles very close together. Some spread far apart. What works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another.
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I went 48" on my shortest piece. Just made some mods to my current setup
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nobody can answer this unless they have the same trailer. Some trailers have axles very close together. Some spread far apart. What works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another.
You are absolutely correct. Which is why I answered with a specific number.
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My 273qbxl I was able to take a 2"x10"x8' cut it in half and then slope the sides. Stacked together I had enough length to pull both tires up on the board. I will post a pic. I did not take an exact measurement. If you don't get an answer by tomorrow, I'll measure it for you.
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You are absolutely correct. Which is why I answered with a specific number.
And why the OP said he had a 253rks.
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