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jaycocreek

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Posted: 11/21/20 10:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I set my truck camper on cinder blocks,three stacked on each corner with a 2X6 across each end..Wind and heavy snow hasn't bothered it at all and I'm in and out of it often..


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My thoughts:

1. If the spot you are parking is not level, then the legs will try to "walk" when raising the jacks one at a time. Can you level the spot?

2. If you are raising jacks one at a time, raise them a smaller amount each time and more times. The conventional recommendation is 4 inches at a time. Try 2 inches at a time.

3. Instead of one block per leg, use 2 for the front legs (need tire clearance), and 4 for the rear legs. Strap them together so they won't move during loading/unloading.

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Thanks everyone, this was very helpful. Yes I was talking about unloading the camper so that the legs are resting on top of concrete blocks and nothing is under the center to support that. Our driveway isn't paved so a rolling table wouldn't work for us.
RickW - your info was excellent. The way you describe the legs "walking" is exactly what happened last spring and I just thought something was wrong w/the camper, it is far from being new. Now I know that it was just that the storage spot wasn't level and we've put it in a different place this year. Now I also know to raise it more slowly next year! Thanks again to everyone!

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Holy shinto folks...... no wonder this forum erupts into fights so often. Half the time I think its cause no one reads what people are saying.....anyhow.....

OP: You said "concrete blocks". Would be good to know what you're referring to and more importantly, how tall of a block/riser you need to get the clearance for loading?

Like one of the few that understood what you said suggested, wood boxes. Just be mindful of how much they stick in-board of your front jack feet as you don't want your tires hitting them when pulling out/in. If it's not a lot you need, perhaps a stack of 2x6's or 2x8's, screwed together, would be enough of a foot print to be stable enough.

I have unloaded my camper at times on concrete and have had the sudden "kick out" you sound like you're describing. Not quite an underwear change moment, but does make you blush.... [emoticon]

If you're worried about them kicking off the stacked 2x's, blocking in the feet, as someone mentioned, would work. 3/4" plywood strips would do the trick. Or some alum. angle iron if you want a bit more Gucci factor. Or if you want quick and dirty, 3 or 4 #14 screws to trap the foot would work. Just lower the legs down far enough so you can shove the risers under and get them lined up.

If your ground is soft, run a 2x from the fronts to the backs and between the backs. That'll increase the weight distribution a bit.

And anything wood on the ground needs a few coats of good paint.


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I used to have to do this and I ended up using really big wood blocks.
Really big huge ones.


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