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Old 12-31-2016, 03:08 PM   #1
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Homemade Anderson Levelers and Chocks

Well I completed my homemade copy of the Anderson Levelers. Utilizing some solid oak wood which was free to me, I cut some patterns, planed down the wood to glue two pieces together to get my 4 1/2" width (wide enough to fit in the bumper trunk), cut out the shape, sanded smooth, and sprayed with truck bed coating. Only question now is if they will hold up...
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Old 12-31-2016, 03:22 PM   #2
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Airstreamers ingenuity. ����
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Those look great! Gonna assume Oak will hold up great.

Now - glad you called them AndersOn and not AndersEn because the latter might want to talk with you about that design 😉

(Backs away whistling....). 😀
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Old 12-31-2016, 05:43 PM   #4
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Nice job! Saved yourself $80


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Old 12-31-2016, 08:18 PM   #5
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Thanks! They were pretty easy actually. And yeah they are Anderson not Andersen...
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Old 01-01-2017, 10:10 AM   #6
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Thanks! They were pretty easy actually. And yeah they are Anderson not Andersen...

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When do they get their first try out?
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Old 01-01-2017, 12:29 PM   #7
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How long are the levelers? I have a tri-axle and have difficulty finding levelers to fit between the wheels. When I do find them the angle is so steep i cant get the wheel to climb them.
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I may try and make a pair. Where did you get the original pattern? Currently, I use a "level" that I made back in the 1970s for my first Airstream which still works after 40+ years. I took a 1x10 three foot long, a 1x10 two foot long screwed to the 3 ft., and then a 1x10 one foot long screwed to the top of the 2 ft. piece. You cannot get much easier to construct than this.
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Old 01-01-2017, 01:36 PM   #9
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Great job, let us know how they hold up. One thing to consider is maybe beefing up th the bottom of your bumper box. Mine from years of the electrical cord and a few other things caused it to break out. I took 1 " aluminum strips and reinforced the bottom.
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:18 PM   #10
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Andsersen Levelers

I, too, am pretty handy with wood - you were asked in one of the replies, where did you get the pattern - if I can get a pattern - I'll make a pair for my dual wheel outfit!!

Thanks for the idea.
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Update for the above questions:

1. First trial will be January 16th. I drive out to California on Jan. 13th to pick up our new trailer, and my first night in it will be the 16th. Fingers crossed they work!

2. The levelers are ~ 15 1/2" long from the "vertical side" to the rounded tip measuring perpendicular to the vertical side. I will be totally honest I have no clue if they are going to fit, I was simply using online shipping dimensions, and some photos which I scaled up to estimate the size. I may end up cutting them down to get them to fit... I used 4 1/2" wide so they would fit in the rear trunk box, I would have liked to go wider, but I think thats all that can fit just laying them in the trunk.

3. I cobbled together the patterns from online pictures of the Anderson, which I scaled up to near listed dimensions. I am sure they are not exactly the same, but hopefully they get the job done. For one I noticed LOTS of people cut the nose of their Anderson down, and with wood I figured it was a good idea to not have it too thin out on the tip, so I made mine more snub on the thin end. I have attached a quick drawing I made to help anyone make their own pattern.

4. Yeah I will definitely see how they work and if they hold up. I have seen lots of people add grip tape to their Andersen, so we will see if the truck bed line spray paint will provide enough grip. GREAT idea on beefing up the box, didn't really think about this but it makes sense!

5. I just made my own pattern, and have included a drawing to help anyone else duplicate it. Hopefully its straight forward.

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Great idea! And tnx for sharing the layout too.
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Those look great! Gonna assume Oak will hold up great.

Now - glad you called them AndersOn and not AndersEn because the latter might want to talk with you about that design 😉

(Backs away whistling....). 😀
It is my understanding that even with a a patent, a design can be used for personal use. Now for commercial sale... that is a different story.
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