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Old 05-07-2014, 01:13 PM   #31
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Draw a picture of a teeter totter and I think you will be surprised.
That is true if you have 1 axle. With dual axles, typically the weight is close to equally distributed between the two axles. If you lift the front of the trailer high enough will the front axle come off the ground? If weight is taken off one of the axles it has to go somewhere.
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:31 PM   #32
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That is true if you have 1 axle. With dual axles, typically the weight is close to equally distributed between the two axles. If you lift the front of the trailer high enough will the front axle come off the ground? If weight is taken off one of the axles it has to go somewhere.
He isn't any where near that. For no more incline than he's on, it's negligible. Outta here.
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Old 05-07-2014, 04:37 PM   #33
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Think of it this way - there are 2 points where the trailer's weight is distributed:
1) the jack at the front, and
2) (for dual axles) a point between the axles at the back.

For all intents and purposes, the 2 axles at the back share the load from the point between them. How that point load is split between the axles does depend on how much the trailer is tipped forwards or backwards, but between them they always share that point load at the back. It's extremely unlikely that you'll ever have the front tipped up so far that the weight will all be on the rearmost axle but in that case the point load for the back would be shifted entirely onto the rear axle. It still doesn't shift weight to the jack up front.
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Old 05-07-2014, 05:24 PM   #34
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I know you fellas are doing what you've gotta do but in my opinion(and other's) it is not safe. I wouldn't want to be in a campground parked in front of you. Damage to the trailer is on you. I bet insurance claims adjusters would cringed at these pictures.

It's your trailer.
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I know you fellas are doing what you've gotta do but in my opinion(and other's) it is not safe. I wouldn't want to be in a campground parked in front of you. Damage to the trailer is on you. I bet insurance claims adjusters would cringed at these pictures.

It's your trailer.
That would be kind of hard to be parked in front of them at a campground with them in their driveway.
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That would be kind of hard to be parked in front of them at a campground with them in their driveway.
Not if you're double parked!

Thought you were outta here?
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Old 05-07-2014, 06:06 PM   #37
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Think of it this way - there are 2 points where the trailer's weight is distributed:
1) the jack at the front, and
2) (for dual axles) a point between the axles at the back.

For all intents and purposes, the 2 axles at the back share the load from the point between them. How that point load is split between the axles does depend on how much the trailer is tipped forwards or backwards, but between them they always share that point load at the back. It's extremely unlikely that you'll ever have the front tipped up so far that the weight will all be on the rearmost axle but in that case the point load for the back would be shifted entirely onto the rear axle. It still doesn't shift weight to the jack up front.
I would sleep underneath that! Its safe. Double chocked. Np

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Old 05-07-2014, 06:46 PM   #38
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Not if you're double parked!

Thought you were outta here?
Couldn't resist that one!
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:48 PM   #39
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I know you fellas are doing what you've gotta do but in my opinion(and other's) it is not safe. I wouldn't want to be in a campground parked in front of you. Damage to the trailer is on you. I bet insurance claims adjusters would cringed at these pictures.

It's your trailer.
Wow, such a firestorm! Didn't know my blocks (and pictures) were going to cause such an alarm. And here I've been doing it for 6 years now.

Tell you what I'll do.... I'll get in touch with my buddy at the local concrete yard and see if they have any compression tests on their blocks. I'm sure they do, given they always have State projects and all. I'll even go as far as to contact my insurance man and see if he's got a problem with it. If the blocks can't hold more than about 2500#/sq inch or my insurance man says he's a bit worried, then I'll change the set up. What I can't change is the slope of my driveway. I'd love to tear the driveway up and put a new one down, but I'd still have to have a slope due to the terrain. I might even flop the blocks 90 degrees and put a 4x4 or something on top. But none of that is going to happen until next week... after I go camping tomorrow right after work.

BTW, Timex, I only do this in my driveway - never had to do it at a campground.

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Ok. I've been thinking about this. Not sure if this makes any sense or not.
What if you back your camper up the slope driveway and then place (for me) Anderson Levelers in front of both front tires. Pull forward on the A.L. enough to level the front axle w/ the back. So instead of using them for side to side you would be using them for front to back. Of course you would still use wheel chocks on the rear and under the A.L. Once unhitched raise the tongue jack to level the camper like you would on a level pad. You would still need something under the tongue jack so it was extended all the way.
With both axles being at the same height and camper leveled front to back would this help??
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