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Old 04-02-2020, 05:00 AM   #41
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Not to get off subject but...I was looking at the snap pads and have heard of some coming off while travelling. Anyone had this problem?
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Old 04-02-2020, 08:09 AM   #42
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The only thing I've heard of is people loseing the complete foot, snap-pad and all.
So good idea to check the bolt holding the foot to the ram. I've got over 45K miles on my Snap-pads and haven't moved.
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Old 04-02-2020, 08:18 AM   #43
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What is the purpose of using a pad or similar "thin" footing if not to reduce the amount of piston stroke? I see pads used where only a couple inches of jack extension is exposed.
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Old 04-02-2020, 08:40 AM   #44
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Not to get off subject but...I was looking at the snap pads and have heard of some coming off while travelling. Anyone had this problem?
My last 5er was traded with the Snap Pads still in place, no way was I going to try and get them off. I've heard zero complaints and really like mine, one of the 1st things purchased when the new trailer came home.

If ordering from the company let them know if you are a veteran for a discount.
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Old 04-02-2020, 11:57 AM   #45
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I understand using blocks in order to get auto leveling to work. Why do folks use blocks when the site is relatively level? Why add a step to setting up a camper when you don't have to?
The use of blocks spreads the footprint of whatever levelers over a larger area. If on asphalt will prevent damage to the asphalt, if on dirt will prevent digging in and if on concrete gives a little softness between the surfaces. Make note if you are using scissor rear stabilizer jacks the shorter the jacks are extended the more stable the unit is. I don't have pictures but I have constructed 2 x 12 x 3 high blocks using "gang" nails and some others from 4x4x8", 4 each 4x4x8 screwed together with long deck screws. Also I purchased from Habitat re-store drawer pull handles and put them on to make handling easier.
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Old 04-03-2020, 05:55 AM   #46
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Thanks for the feedback on the Snap Pads. I've been waiting to pull the trigger on these. They are more expensive on Amazon than directly from the manufacturer. Thanks for the advice on veteran discount too!
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Old 04-03-2020, 06:44 AM   #47
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I use 6x6 a foot long that my son had under his boat. Front and back where I can some times there to high so go with the 2x8. Nothing worse then it sending error code when levelling .
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Old 04-03-2020, 03:03 PM   #48
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Not to get off subject but...I was looking at the snap pads and have heard of some coming off while travelling. Anyone had this problem?
I knew of one person who lost one of his rear snap pads and figured he lost it hitting a dip coming out of a parking lot. The pad is about 1 1/4'' thick so some people raise there rear and sometimes middle pads up one notch. I have left mine like they were as i am pretty high in the back already. Before i installed mine i sprayed each pad top and bottom with flexseal and they look very nice if there is such a thing as good looking pads. At least my pads don't look rusty like they use to and the flexseal should keep it that way.
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Old 04-04-2020, 04:43 PM   #49
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That is like saying I pulled my 16000lb 5er with my 1/2 ton truck and nothing happened. All that says is it did not happen to you whereas many have reported significant issues with the Andersen Blocks, but I guess they are all lying?

I was just putting out there that there are significant complaints regarding the Andersen Blocks there are also favorable reviews which only means it has not happened to them (yet). The Andersen Blocks require a perfectly level and clean surface which is often not available which may be some of the failure issues.

With wood Blocks that is generally not an issue and you do not have to worry about collapse...

Look I use a Andersen Hitch I really like their products, but I am not willing to put my 5er on blocks that are having reported failures. At $44 a piece that is spendy for a plastic tub.
I searched google and couldn't find any bad reviews on the blocks. Where did you see those.
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Old 04-04-2020, 07:08 PM   #50
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Item B is handy - a Valterra waste valve with cap. I hated taking off the cap and catching a few drips of "honey" on my hands before I have the hose hooked up. The valve keeps all the honey from coming out. There are several good threads about these. I anchored mine with silicone tape to help keep it fixed and keep it on the rig. Here is a link to one...you can find them on amazon also.
https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Sewer/Valterra/T50B.html

Item C is a Valterra RV hose carrier. The OEM carrier on my rig was only about 4' long and would barely hold one section of hose. I bought a longer carrier (in fact it was adjustable in length) and now I can easily hold two sections of hose. I took the OEM carrier and mounted it on the opposite side and still use it. I think it is called "Valterra® A04-5094BK - 50" to 94" Black Adjustable Hose Carrier".
interesting we have the same mods as far as the hose carrier and the extra valve.

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Old 04-04-2020, 07:09 PM   #51
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Snap pads are nice ! it gives the jacks a bigger foot print, good investment.
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Old 04-04-2020, 07:25 PM   #52
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Welcome!!...........installing boards under your jacks as suggested is one option.
Another option that we use is plastic standard stabilizer jack pads (ours are 8.25" square x 1 in and we use one for each jack. On a separate note we have compiled a list of items to make setting up camp faster and easier and added the list to our fifth wheel operating/maintenance manual. Of course, the forum can provide additional information on what they have done.
The wife can tell you I am OCD to the extreme. That's why I have 3 packs of those standard plastic blocks that stack together real neatly. But they do tend to be easier to store and you can wash/wipe them off easier.
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Old 04-07-2020, 09:35 AM   #53
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I just cut a down tree, cheap works very well, and I carry a couple 2 x 8 throw under the tires if needed
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