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Old 05-07-2014, 11:23 AM   #21
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Here is a pic of my Roo in my slanted driveway. I need to do a 2 step process using axle stands under the a-frame to get it up to level. I use homemade X-chocks in addition to the those yellow plastic wheel chocks. The wooden stump that the tongue jack sits on is slanted on the bottom side so that the top is nearly level.
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:28 AM   #22
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Here is a pic of my Roo in my slanted driveway. I need to do a 2 step process using axle stands under the a-frame to get it up to level. I use homemade X-chocks in addition to the those yellow plastic wheel chocks. The wooden stump that the tongue jack sits on is slanted on the bottom side so that the top is nearly level.
That is similar to mine. I was concerned that there was a lot of weight being transferred to the jack when the front end is this high.
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:38 AM   #23
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If it's sitting level, there's no more weight on the jack than when it's on level ground. In my case there may be a bit more weight on the rear axle than the front axle but both are firmly on the ground.
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:55 AM   #24
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If it's sitting level, there's no more weight on the jack than when it's on level ground. In my case there may be a bit more weight on the rear axle than the front axle but both are firmly on the ground.
I think that if you put a scale under the jack you will find that there is considerable more weight than on level ground. The tongue weight is measured with the trailer on level ground. On a slope, with the tongue in the air, the tongue wants to return to the ground. It takes considerable force to push the front end of the trailer up in the air. The higher you go the more of the trailer weight is transferred to the tongue.
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If your trailer is sitting with the front pointed down, then yes some weight would be transferred to the tongue jack, but with it sitting level, regardless of whether its on level ground or if the tongue is raised to get it level, there will be the same weight distribution. Simple physics.

Keep in mind that if you have to extend the jack to its limit in order to get the trailer level, then then stress on the jack tube wouldn't be good. That's why I use the stump so that I don't have to extend the jack too far.
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Old 05-07-2014, 12:30 PM   #26
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If your trailer is sitting with the front pointed down, then yes some weight would be transferred to the tongue jack, but with it sitting level, regardless of whether its on level ground or if the tongue is raised to get it level, there will be the same weight distribution. Simple physics. Keep in mind that if you have to extend the jack to its limit in order to get the trailer level, then then stress on the jack tube wouldn't be good. That's why I use the stump so that I don't have to extend the jack too far.
If you don't have a groove for that tongue wheel, I would definitely take it off. That's disaster just waiting to happen.IMO
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OC, that's an old picture. The manual jack with the wheel has been replaced with a Husky Brute 4500 electric jack with an aluminum plate foot. My setup in the driveway is still the same though. We driveway camped in it with this setup for several nights last summer when the AC quit in the house. Most of the time when we aren't camping its in storage on flat ground at my cousin's farm.

I use both the wheel chocks and X-chocks so it's not going anywhere.
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If your trailer is sitting with the front pointed down, then yes some weight would be transferred to the tongue jack, but with it sitting level, regardless of whether its on level ground or if the tongue is raised to get it level, there will be the same weight distribution. Simple physics.
Sorry I have to disagree. The trailer wheels are not sitting level. They are following the slope of the driveway with the trailer parallel to the driveway. This is the neutral position for the wheels with the majority of the weight on the wheels.

When you change the attitude of the trailer from this position, the load will be redistributed between the wheels and the differential load between the wheels will be taken by the jack.
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Sorry to say, but the cinder blocks should be rolled over 90į and a block of wood laid on the top. Holes should be up.
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