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Old 08-13-2019, 01:59 PM   #1
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Leveling Equipment Question

Hey Gang,

This is my first travel trailer (coming from the motorhome world) so I'm getting my head around the different gear I'm going to need to level the camper. I've pretty much settled on the Beech Lane knockoff of the Andersons b/c of the warranty and cost savings for what looks to be the same product.

What I'm wondering is how many bags of legos (Lynx, Camco, etc.) do you guys bring with you for the tongue jack and stabs? I'm assuming there will be times I'll need to block up to accommodate my site, but I'm just unsure how many bags I should be bringing.

I suppose a run of legos could be used under the Beech/Anderson leveler too if I need a greater then 4" rise ... but again that's really adding to the stack of legos I'm bringing along.

So - what's your experience?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-13-2019, 02:04 PM   #2
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Very rarely have had a site that un-level where we needed anything under the stabilizers. And I don't subscribe to the notion that you need ANYTHING under them when a site is level enough. Some people have this idea that it is more stable when you don't extend the stabilizer jack fully.


If you are in a site where you can't hit the ground with a stabilizer...guess what...it bounces a little when you are in the trailer. Not the end of the world.



We have 2 sets of the legos. Not really sold on the drive up leveling systems like anderson. Seen too many instances where they crack over time.
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Old 08-13-2019, 02:51 PM   #3
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We have carried 3 packs of LynxLevelers for years and use them for all sorts of things. We also carry four 2í 2x10s.

We used them for leveling the old rig. And now still use them with the new rig with it having a leveling system.
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We have 2 sets of the legos. Not really sold on the drive up leveling systems like anderson. Seen too many instances where they crack over time.
I guess maybe I'm overthinking it, but my tires are going to be too close together to raise them on individual pyramids anything above 2 stack high, MAYBE 3? I'm thinking I'm going to end up w/ a long landing strip of legos to get me up to that 4", which eats a lot of bags.

Hence my initial thought of going w/ the crescent levelers and some legos for reserve, misc. uses.

What am I missing?
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I guess maybe I'm overthinking it, but my tires are going to be too close together to raise them on individual pyramids anything above 2 stack high, MAYBE 3? I'm thinking I'm going to end up w/ a long landing strip of legos to get me up to that 4", which eats a lot of bags.

Hence my initial thought of going w/ the crescent levelers and some legos for reserve, misc. uses.

What am I missing?
My Mini Lite tires are only 2-1/2" apart. Below is what I had my rig up on a couple of weeks ago. I needed to get under it to do some work, so I had this setup on both sides. Used 15 Legos per side, for 3" high, plus 3/4" from a 1x12x60 plank that I normally keep the tires on while not camping. I have 3 sets of 10 Legos, so I had just enough.

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When actually camping, I wouldn't have the 1x12x60" plank; I also would only be raising one side of the trailer.

So if you needed to go 4", you need another row of 7 Legos, for a total of 22. If you needed 5", another row of 8 Legos would get you to 30, or 3 sets.

But I've never had to go this high.
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Great info thank you !
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I've got 3 bags of the lynx blocks plus a wheel chock and a bag of the caps.They come in handy when you want to put a stack under the stabilizers or tongue jack to give you a flat surface. Storage space and extra weight is always at a premium and they are as compact and light as you'll get
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I use the Camco levelers got side-to-side leveling.

I went to Home Depot and bought a 4x6 and cut it into 6 pieces: one for each corner and two for the jack. Easy peasy and much cheaper than plastic legos.
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I use the Camco levelers got side-to-side leveling.

I went to Home Depot and bought a 4x6 and cut it into 6 pieces: one for each corner and two for the jack. Easy peasy and much cheaper than plastic legos.
Those yellow Anderson copies? If so, how are they holding up? Do you still like them?
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2 years of use and I really like them. I would’ve gone with Anderson, but they don’t fit. I can’t see paying 30-40% more for a product I have to make modifications to. It’s just a lot easier to buy the one that fits right out of the box.

All of them can be slick and move as you’re trying to pull onto them. I see that Anderson has some friction mats to use. I’ve seen others affix some material directly to their levelers. For me, I’ve only had one experience when a leveler wanted to slip out ... so, it’s not really a problem that needs to solved for me.

Regardless of the brand, I like the concept and have found that it’s quite easy to use ... very fast to level the trailer.

For those of us that came from PUPs/single axle rigs and the BAL leveler ... nothing will ever be quite as easy, but the the camco/Anderson levelers are somewhat close.
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