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Old 08-13-2010, 11:30 PM   #1
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Why do people put wooden blocks under front legs and stabilizers?

I'm not trying to act stupid but by adding large blocks of wood under the front and rear jacks and stabilizers do anything but reduce the time it takes to lower or raise the legs?

Inquiring minds would like to know.
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Old 08-13-2010, 11:38 PM   #2
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Well, I don't put wooden blocks under my scissor jacks that I have on all four corners, I do however put a block under the tongue jack. For some it is to give the jack a wider "footprint", so it won't sink in soft ground. My tongue jack didn't come with a foot at all, so I bought a small one at Tractor Supply, but it is small. I camp mostly in the mountains on gravel sites, not paved, but feel blocks don't help me since my corner jacks hane a nice 3 x 6 inch foot print already. One place I had to use some because I ran out of jack length. Hope this helps relieve some of the tension in your inquiring mind.
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Old 08-13-2010, 11:38 PM   #3
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Stability.

Other than spreading the weight over a larger area, it provides lower ground pressure and helps stabilize the trailer.

The less you have to extend the legs(jacks, stabilizers), the less movement of the trailer.

Try it. Next time you're at you trailer, extend the jacks(stabilizers). Push on the trailer(sides or back). Notice the movement. Then place a wider pad(pieces of wood or Leggo block ) under the jacks(stabilizers). Push on the trailer again. Notice the change.
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I put them under there for added stability. At the beach, if I don't use them, the jacks never really get tight enough due to the sandy soil. The blocks give them a firmer hold.

Here are home when I have them down while we are working on the trailer, I don't use them since the trailer is on pavement.
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:21 AM   #5
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I'm not trying to act stupid but by adding large blocks of wood under the front and rear jacks and stabilizers do anything but reduce the time it takes to lower or raise the legs?

Inquiring minds would like to know.
Iggy you ask a very important question. As several has mentioned it makes for a larger footprint. On 5th wheels I've seen some who only use a short 4"X4" under the landing gear legs - the danger in using such a narrow pad is the trailer can be knocked off them when hooking up causing the trailer to drop down on the truck bed. Causing a expensive repair! IMO the pads needs to be at least 10" X 10".
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Old 08-14-2010, 03:58 PM   #6
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Old 08-14-2010, 04:05 PM   #7
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Tradition example:

Start with a cage containing five monkeys.
In the cage, hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana.

As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the monkeys with cold water.

After a while, another monkey will make an attempt with the same response - all of the monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Keep this up for several days.

Turn off the cold water.

If, later, another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it even though no water sprays them.

Now, remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one.

The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.

Replace the third original monkey with a new one. The new one makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well. Two of the four monkeys that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

After replacing the fourth and fifth original monkeys, all the monkeys which have been sprayed with cold water have been replaced. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs.

Why not?

"Because that's the way it's always been done around here."
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Old 08-14-2010, 04:20 PM   #8
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I use blocks under the front jacks to simply reduce the amount of travel. And one block under the rear just for a bigger footprint. The rear is more ofmjust habit but the front is required cause of how high my trailer is. Even on a flat site if I don't have blocks under it the jacks will fall out when you pull the quick release.
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:46 PM   #10
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I even put handles on my wooden blocks because I am lazy and my hands are small. Note two thicknesses just in case.
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