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Old 08-02-2015, 09:20 AM   #41
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Looks like the magic word for tie downs is anchor. I will work on that.
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Old 08-02-2015, 09:56 AM   #42
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I want one of these
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Old 08-02-2015, 10:21 AM   #43
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I've got water, 30 amp service, all the amenities of pools etc., paved roads, the woods, propane delivery, tv and close to work and 50% of the place is fulltimers. Not sure what you mean by not long term where I am putting it? Just not a concrete or asphalt surface or what?
My point about long term was ONLY referring to the ground, leveling and sinking. That's why I made reference to campsites having concrete, or asphalt, or gravel, or sand. The place you are in sounds wonderful and once you get over this hurtle you will be in very nice surroundings.
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Old 08-02-2015, 10:35 AM   #44
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I now know what a bottle jack is, probably not the best thing to use with the height I have. Best bet looks like the higher ones which should allow me enough time to get something under the tire and then just use them as additional stabilizers after that.

Only question is... under the axle, I presume to get some tire lift to add height? Then put them under frame to stabilize? Do I have that right?
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Thanks Eddie, I thought maybe I had made some dire mistake. I have license to pretty much do with the property as I wish, haul in stone, pavers, decks, you name it, so long as it looks good and not junked up. So I will devise a plan for the area under the tires to harden it, perhaps dig down a bit past the soft stuff and pave the area, then secure the pavers at the sides so they don't slide. I could actually do all this build up beside the tires and make it level from the start. Then get someone to pull it up and back it over my newly paved and leveled side to side platform. Yeah, that will work and I can build it without moving it till it's time.
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Old 08-02-2015, 11:38 AM   #46
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Someone tell me what is wrong with this plan? I can build it on the outside of where the tires are currently, making sure they are level at the top and maybe use some thinset between the layers whether 2 or 3 layers are needed, let it set, then have somone drive it up onto them.
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Old 08-02-2015, 12:08 PM   #47
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Someone tell me what is wrong with this plan? I can build it on the outside of where the tires are currently, making sure they are level at the top and maybe use some thinset between the layers whether 2 or 3 layers are needed, let it set, then have somone drive it up onto them.
Now you have a good plan except you can't build it on the outside of where your tires are now since it would be too wide for your tires. You need to build it behind your tires. Pull the trailer forward so you can build this behind and then back it in. Of course that requires 2 pulls from a truck but don't see anyway to do this otherwise. Don't think you want to crawl behind one of the tires to do this.


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Someone tell me what is wrong with this plan? I can build it on the outside of where the tires are currently, making sure they are level at the top and maybe use some thinset between the layers whether 2 or 3 layers are needed, let it set, then have somone drive it up onto them
looks like a good plan

IMO I would use 2x10 OR even 2x12 pressure treated lumber
Home Depot will cut 10 foot long lumber into equal lengths for you each 5 feet long
no need for anything between the boards if two on top of each other are necessary

I would use a bottle jack to just lift the camper on one side and place a board or two, then jack the other side and put in a board on the other if necessary. I would arm myself with at least one piece of 5x4 (1 inch thick) pressure treated decking lumber for something a little thinner then 2 inch (actually close to only 1.5 inch thick) lumber so that you can have some leeway when placing under tires.

You can always stack some lumber under the short jacks to make them taller for added height for needed stability under the jack legs.

I would not even think about moving the trailer any more is it appears to be positioned fine. Just use a jack to get it level side to side. A scrap piece of 4x4 lumber used on the trailer frame on top of the jack would help keep your frame from getting nicked or dented when using the bottle jack.

If you want secure a tie down, consider using those big screw in the ground hooks that are used to secure dog chains to the ground. They screw into the ground about a foot deep and are pretty hard to pull out of even sandy soil.

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I now know what a bottle jack is, probably not the best thing to use with the height I have. Best bet looks like the higher ones which should allow me enough time to get something under the tire and then just use them as additional stabilizers after that.

Only question is... under the axle, I presume to get some tire lift to add height? Then put them under frame to stabilize? Do I have that right?
The bottle Jack is JUST to lift the tire so you can add your hopefully large like 12"X12" pavers to gain that inch or two per that you need then take the Jack out. The Stabilizers like the 30" Camco or whatever are not to LIFT they just put pressure at points to Stabilize the frame from small movement as you move around in the trailer.

Harbor Freight probably lowest price for a serviceable bottle jack or if they are not in your area then the Auto Parts Chains should have one. The 8 ton is not because your lift point weighs 8 tons (16,000 lbs) it is because it lifts a couple thousand pounds with less effort and you will be able to do it without arms of Popeye the Sailor. I bought a 6 ton and wish I had a more powerful one every time I have to jack one up.

You will appreciate that by the time you lift two wheels, let alone how much you will like the lifting capacity if you have to do it repeatedly to keep up with settling soil.
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I'm only about an inch off now, but it makes a huge difference and I am sure it will sink more as the rain is not letting up. I am probably going to get all my supplies and wait and see if the rains let up at all, if not atleast what I have there should have sunk as much as it's going to by then. I hope.

Now I have a new problem, it just never ends. And, it's sunday. And, I left the manuals in the unit. I can't get the back leveling gear to go back up, they'll go down, but not up. So, I go looking for the little windy jack thing to take them up manually, hoping that will jar it in to working again. NO WINDY THING! I found one, but wrong head on it for nuts. I can't find a nut on this thing just some round thing sticking out with a straight pin through it. Nope, don't have anything to turn that. I bought driveway grade pavers to put underneath the leveling jacks. I really don't like those yellow plastic things, they give and everything. Anyone else run into this problem? It's like the up/retract switch just isn't working.
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