I’m the first to admit that the primary “problem” with this post is that I have leveling jacks on my motorhome that do not work. If I did, I would not need leveling blocks and none of this would matter. With that said, let’s continue…
I read recently that a barn “stall pad” makes for good leveling blocks – the type you roll your RV wheels onto. Given the expensive of store bought leveling blocks, I decided to give it a shot. These stall pads are made out of recycled rubber and available at farm supply stores.
I bought one of the small stall pads which is 24″ x 36″ at Tractor Supply. These pads are about 3/4″ thick – nearly not enough to mess with. Using a straight edge and utility knife, I cut it into pieces that were 8″ x 12″. Pretty easy task. I then piled them into a box and waited for my next camping trip.
We’re here!! (the next camping trip)
Initially I leveled with my old plywood blocks. Later, I remembered my test that was waiting. So, out came the rubber squares.
You can see in the following photos (sort of), that the rubber blocks are deflecting a lot on the gravel surface. Not really ideal.
This photo looks much better. The plywood pad is providing a solid surface against which the rubber block can do it’s thing.
Possibly the best feature is that they do not slip around. My plywood leveling blocks will sometimes slide when trying to drive onto them.
Overall, I’d say this is a good addition to the traveling kit but isn’t perfect for every condition. For a nice low price of about twenty dollars, who am I to complain.
Note from JD (11/11/2013): The hydraulic levelers on Shaneeda are now working! Yay!