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Old 04-21-2018, 06:13 AM   #1
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Leveling, post-Andersen

Now that the carve-the-arch Andersen yahoo has ruined us for use of the red things, I want to come up with an old-school way of leveling the Bambi.

Give me some ideas on home-made levelers.

And help me out on this. On the Andersen rage thread, someone mentioned that their wooden levelers had “hinges.”

What’s up with that?
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I’m bad. I’ll probably still use the red ones, but I’ll tell everyone that asks what a idiot the owner if the company is. I may paint them. I’ve heard the other ones that are similar slide really easily when you drive on to them. I used the LEGO blocks for years. Not going back to those.
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Old 04-21-2018, 06:31 AM   #3
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If you no longer desire to use Andersen products, then you can look to Blaylock EZ Jack as a replacement.
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Old 04-21-2018, 06:38 AM   #4
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Alan has it right on the other thread:

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I'll stay with my usual natural product, 2 x 6 Douglas fir job site remnants.
No silly colored plastic under my trailer parked in the wild.
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Camco now markets a similar product, in yellow instead of red.
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Old 04-21-2018, 07:17 AM   #6
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I’d prefer homemade.
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We have been using the Lynx Levelers for over a dozen years. They have never let us down...
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Stacked 2x6” or 2x8” lumber is the classic, organic solution. :-) Lots of other uses for the lumber, too. It’s bigger and heavier to lug around, and can be messier in the mud, yet a great, simple and many times free (construction scrap).
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We, also, have been using the Lynx Levelers (legos) for more than a dozen years. They have always worked well for us. We have never been tempted to use anything else.

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Stacked 2x6” or 2x8” lumber is the classic, organic solution. :-) Lots of other uses for the lumber, too. It’s bigger and heavier to lug around, and can be messier in the mud, yet a great, simple and many times free (construction scrap).
And pretty much eliminates false “need” for 4WD.
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And pretty much eliminates false “need” for 4WD.


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Not only can "Lego" levelers be used for leveling, they can also be used as stabilizer and jack pads; multi functional and takes up less space.
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This is such old tech that, if ones family wasn't the latecomer “immigrants”, but pioneers and settlers, one knows (where divorce hasn't destroyed the continuity of memory) that boards under the wheels spread the ground pressure over a large area. Doesn’t sink if at all. Hitch the horses, and it'll move without strain.

Place as needed also ahead of the rear TV tires and get it rolling smartly . Right on up to the hard surface road.

Send the teenage boy back to collect, wipe down and store while you top off the coffee cup from the thermos. Consider for recital other instances from national or family memory while so doing.

If you don’t have sons, get some.

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Now that the carve-the-arch Andersen yahoo has ruined us for use of the red things, I want to come up with an old-school way of leveling the Bambi.

Give me some ideas on home-made levelers.

And help me out on this. On the Andersen rage thread, someone mentioned that their wooden levelers had “hinges.”

What’s up with that?
I don't know about hinges but we have used 2x6 lumber pieces for years. They work for us. They hold down the rug when it is windy
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This is such old tech that, ...... boards under the wheels spread the ground pressure over a large area. Doesn’t sink if at all. Hitch the horses, and it'll move without strain.



Place as needed also ahead of the rear TV tires and get it rolling smartly . Right on up to the hard surface road.



Send the teenage boy back to collect, wipe down and store while you top off the coffee cup from the thermos.


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They also make good planks for walking on when the camp is rain soaked and soggy. Or built up as a step if the ground under your entry is low. Or as someone else mentioned, they hold down camp rugs on windy days.

When they get cracked or have outlived their usefulness, they make good firewood, too. Pilfer the hopper or bonfire pile at a construction site and you can replace it for free.

They do eat up payload capacity and space, though not as much as a teenage boy who can’t get off of his phone. :-)
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Construction cedar is a good alternative wood, as it is lighter, cheaper, and often has a rough-sawn texture which is good for all those uses, plus makes great kindling when cut to about 8" in length and split to size.
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I use 2x6 painted w/rustoleum blue, matches AS blue. The reason for painting is when muddy or dirty, simple hose off, clean again & I don't have mud or dirt prob. in storage. I have used for 55 + yrs. only cost is paint, as others posted scraps & friendly contractors.
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Cut pieces of 2x4 and/or 2x6 here. In a pinch, will make heat out of them!
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I thought I remembered someone in here making a wooden set of something similar to the curved levelers - is that ringing a bell with anyone? That would be fun!
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Old 04-21-2018, 01:08 PM   #20
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I made levelers out of 2x8. They can go up to 4.5" tall. Ends are beveled at 45 degrees. The base has two holes in it. Layer 2 has pieces of wood closet rod in holes match drilled to the base and two more holes for the third level pegs. Level 3 has closet rod in holes match drilled to the holes in level 2. My first version had the pegs pointing up, but that meant if I wanted 1 block at one wheel and 2 at the other it was hard to get things to line up when pulling on. My driveway is sloped such that I need one block right rear, two blocks right front, and one block left front.

I store them in the bumper drawer.

There was a post on here by someone who made Andersen-style levelers out of wood. He laminated up some 2x6. He stacked the laminated block on edge and cut the curved edges for the leveler and the chock. They looked like they would work just fine but it was a lot of work.

I was just before ordering some Andersens, but now am looking at alternatives. The Camco units appear to be too narrow to fully support the tires. 235 tires are 9.3" wide. The tread is not that wide, but I'm uncomfortable letting them hang off as much as the pictures on Camco's website show.

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