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Old 07-15-2013, 07:41 AM   #11
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Most sites we seem to camp in are well gravelled, and we don't use anything under the jacks, unless one landing gear leg is a bit higher than the other. Then we just shim the one, and as that is often a different height, we have a variety of different planks for that.
So, long story short, I see no need for the pads.
Gravel is why I use 12x12 wood pads under my stabilizers. Over time the metal sinks into the gravel and the camper starts to bounce.

I will be bolting them in place from now on. Thanks Old Coot!
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:55 AM   #12
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Gravel is why I use 12x12 wood pads under my stabilizers. Over time the metal sinks into the gravel and the camper starts to bounce.

I will be bolting them in place from now on. Thanks Old Coot!
Would like to find some of the plastic composite deck boards wide enough to use instead of wood, but so far have only found it 5.5" wide. Carry 2 of the composite boards 5' long in case we have to use the blocks on soft ground.
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We have "in our area" black top pads in several camp grounds we frequent.
They "require" a bigger pad of wood or the like to be put down to spread the load so as the stabilizer doesn't sink or dent the hot asphalt.
Either the case I'd have to mount a much bigger piece to my stab so I guess ill just bring mine along like usual.

Nice idea.
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Hmm interesting idea - let us know how they hold up - we get about a half dozen trips out of the blocks before they start showing splits from embedded gravel
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:12 AM   #15
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We have "in our area" black top pads in several camp grounds we frequent.
They "require" a bigger pad of wood or the like to be put down to spread the load so as the stabilizer doesn't sink or dent the hot asphalt.
Either the case I'd have to mount a much bigger piece to my stab so I guess ill just bring mine along like usual.

Nice idea.

There are so many variables that I would prefer to have a variety of options available, and not mount something permanent to my jack pads.
And on my rear jack pads, I actually welded pieces of angle iron under the pads to give them traction on gravel pads. That stops them from moving around, and may help decrease motion in the camper.
Everyone has different ways of doing things, doesn't mean one is right and one is wrong.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:17 AM   #16
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Hmm interesting idea - let us know how they hold up - we get about a half dozen trips out of the blocks before they start showing splits from embedded gravel
Been using the same wooden pads since Feb08. Took them off our old camper and re-installed on the new 5er. Going to have to replace them eventually. Would like to replace with the composite material if I can find some wide enough.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:18 AM   #17
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Everyone has different ways of doing things, doesn't mean one is right and one is wrong.
Trueness...

Ideas are presented, and if liked, implemented. If not, big world out there.
Occasionally, another viewpoint may expose flaws in your idea and when that happens a solution along with the observation goes a long way to keep things friendly.

Like screwing a thin piece of waterproof plywood under the 12x12 to keep them from splitting.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:23 AM   #18
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Trueness...

Ideas are presented, and if liked, implemented. If not, big world out there.
Occasionally, another viewpoint may expose flaws in your idea and when that happens a solution along with the observation goes a long way to keep things friendly.

Like screwing a thin piece of waterproof plywood under the 12x12 to keep them from splitting.

I was just thinking that if the pads rusting on concrete was the issue, then rubber pads might be a better answer. But OC thought that idea was hijacking the thread.
I am also concerned about adding weight to the pads, as some have posted about losing them in stock form.
Sometimes ideas look great on paper, but just don't pan out in real life. Any engineer has been there, done that.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:24 AM   #19
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Trueness...

Ideas are presented, and if liked, implemented. If not, big world out there.
Occasionally, another viewpoint may expose flaws in your idea and when that happens a solution along with the observation goes a long way to keep things friendly.

Like screwing a thin piece of waterproof plywood under the 12x12 to keep them from splitting.
Or using 2 lengths of the composite material held together with a pc of scrap alum tread plate which I have and may use. Will use flat head ss screws to attach plate to pad.
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12x12 3/4" treated plywood?
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