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Old 06-22-2003, 01:48 PM   #1
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Question Leveling Boards Length?

Hello All,

We're about a week away from starting our cross-country trip! Alaska to Maine, by way of North Carolina.

I'm making some leveling boards from 2x8's and need to know the approximate length to cut. My trailer is in Anchorage, and we're not Makes measuring a bit difficult.

Intend on taking two pices of 2x8 and a single length of 1x6. I want the bottom board slightly longer than the next two pieces for a ramp up effect:

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What's the shortest I can cut my top boards to? and still get both tires on? Every inch counts, becuase those 2x8's are darned heavy.

Outfitting a trailer long distance is quite a work out

Looks like my sig may have reverted. We've a 96 Excella 28. Thanks.
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Old 06-22-2003, 06:16 PM   #2
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Levelling boards

Make 2 shorter boards instead of a long one. You can go up to about 18" to 20" long and be sure to fit between the duals (I can always fit 2 of the 9" square plastic blocks there).

The 2 shorter boards will work a lot better on a rough site because they will lay flatter. The total weight will be less than a long board and they will be a lot easier to stow.
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Thanks John!

Got quite busy today and didn't get a chance to check back in here. Didn't have much to go with earlier so I cut 2 boards just over 5 feet each, thinking I'd trim them down once I get up to the trailer.....but with your info I can save a few pounds more. I'll cut my boards down in the morning

I only had about 5 or 6 hours last month to go through the trailer. So, I forgot to measure those wheels.

I appreciate your taking time to help reduce one of our many concerns and weight. Those 18" boards will definitely be lighter. I'd have preferred 2x6's, but the 2x8's were free and pressure treated.

Take Care

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2x6 vs 2x8

The wider boards are better. It is very hard on a tire to have one edge hanging over a sharp surface such as a board edge.
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Thanks John!

Got quite busy today and didn't get a chance to check back in here. Didn't have much to go with earlier so I cut 2 boards just over 5 feet each, thinking I'd trim them down once I get up to the trailer.....but with your info I can save a few pounds more. I'll cut my boards down in the morning

I only had about 5 or 6 hours last month to go through the trailer. So, I forgot to measure those wheels.

I appreciate your taking time to help reduce one of our many concerns and weight. Those 18" boards will definitely be lighter. I'd have preferred 2x6's, but the 2x8's were free and pressure treated.

Take Care

Lee
Lay the pressure treated boards in the sun for a while (like a month or two LOL ). It takes forever for the moisture to work it's way out from the presure treating process. The will loose some weight as time goes on. Once they have completly dried out seal them with a deck treatment like BEHR deck stain. That will help keep them from absorbing moisture when on the ground.
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Whew,

I updated my profile and lost account for a little bit. Finally got reactivated

Thanks everybody. I got the boards cut down, and yep they still wet from treatment. But I think a trip down through the western states will improve that issue.

Just like to say thanks for the input again.

The movers are packing us out today, we leave in a week. This should be exciting and will most likely be an odessy. I'll do a trip report, hopefully along the way, but surely at the end.

Best Regards

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I like 2x8s, but have 2x6. The Bambi tires fit great on it.

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You guys use boards to raise the low side? Here I've been digging trenches for the high side all these years... Does this mean I can store my trenching tool?

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Opinion needed, wood treatment or paint for the boards or doesn't it matter

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Can't imagine it would matter. If it did, I'd vote for a color to match my banana wrap.

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Doesn't really matter EXCEPT that treated lumber is sawn from junk pine and it won't be long before they split. In the wood catagory, 3/4 " exterior plywood is the most durable. For a 11/2" screw 2 pieces together, beveled on the ends. I carry both thicknesses. I painted mine black so they sort of blend in with the tires.
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I don't use boards anymore, mostly due to weight, but here's a neat tip. To keep the boards from sliding when pulling up on them, get some of the 4 X 6 drywall sanding sheets (the ones which look like screen material) and nail them to the underside of your boards with roofing nails. Makes the boards stick together like...well....sandpaper. Works well!
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