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Old 05-09-2012, 08:47 AM   #1
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Tongue jack height problem

With my tongue jack all the way down it is barely enough to pull the truck out from under the hitch. I use a short piece of 2x6 under it at the campground. At home I put two cement blocks under it and then I don't have to extend it as much. I really don't want to have to carry cement blocks camping with me and am wondering if anyone else has this problem and how you are handling it?
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:51 AM   #2
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I carry a couple of short wooden blocks, 4 inches x 6 inches, Poplar wood, gotten from a local pallet shop since they were scrap. Poplar wood is light, but handles the tongue weight just fine. That was for my manual jack. Last year I installed a Husky electric jack, and it has an adjustable length foot, which adds up to 8 inches or so, when needed.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:06 AM   #3
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I carry several 1x10 pressure treated boards cut 12 inches long from an 8 foot plank (8 pieces).

I use them to level the camper left to right and in the olden travel trailer days I also carried a 6x6x6 block of wood that I put on top of the 1x10 to put under the front jack.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:20 AM   #4
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Aha! So the old wooden block method is still king. This after I bought my fancy little bag of plastic leggo leveling blocks. That's what I get for not asking first.
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I also was using blocks of wood, sometimes forgetting and leaving the camp area without them. Then I found the "Flip Jack" (google it). I put one on my unit with an electric tongue jack and no more wooden blocks. I liked this Flip Jack so much I bought another and installed it on my 18 ft. cargo trailer with a manual jack.
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I have the Flip Jack also and really like how well it works.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:51 AM   #7
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They also make a jack foot extension
here. trailer jack foot extension - Google Search
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Aha! So the old wooden block method is still king. This after I bought my fancy little bag of plastic Lego leveling blocks. That's what I get for not asking first.
I have two bags of the Lego blocks and I have used them when on cement pads. Advantage is they are lightweight and neat looking.

Disadvantages I found are that on turf or asphalt they sink into the ground and can be near impossible to remove and hard to clean.
On gravel they get broken and cut by the sharp edges on the stone.

Wood blocks work on everything.
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I have two bags of the Lego blocks and I have used them when on cement pads. Advantage is they are lightweight and neat looking.

Disadvantages I found are that on turf or asphalt they sink into the ground and can be near impossible to remove and hard to clean.
On gravel they get broken and cut by the sharp edges on the stone.

Wood blocks work on everything.

I cut out square pieces of diamond plate and put them down on the bottom of the lego blocks for the some of the reasons you listed.
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or buy an electric tongue jack, with an adjustable foot, like the UF 3500.
got mine off of Ebay for around $100 and it's been working great for 4 years.
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