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Howdy.
Our 1993 Wanderlodge is our fulltime home. Because the front jacks leak fluid, all of the jacks are retracted and the coach is resting on the tires. Due to health issues, neither of us can drive our coach.
Jack wants to use concrete blocks to support this coach, in place of the 4 jacks. How safe it that? I am having a really hard time with that idea. But since this problem has been handed over to me, I thought that this forum was the best place to discuss this idea and save my marriage and husband's life.

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If the coach is on flat ground (or even close to flat ground) why would Jack want to support it using concrete blocks? Just have the coach on flat ground and dump the air bags (both the suspension switch and the tag axle switch) and the coach will sit as level as the ground and you would hardly ever notice that the jacks aren't extended. Maybe I don't understand, happened many times in the past! Where are you located right now...perhaps a WOG member could come by to give you a hand?
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Liz, Don't use concrete blocks. There are too many sharp objects under the coach that could put a pressure point on the block and break it. Use hard wood blocks or treated wood if you must use something to block it up. Sorry to hear of the health issues.

I would air the coach up, ensure the jacks are in the travel position then block to the level wanted under the jacks and let the air out of the suspension. The coach would then be sitting on the jacks and with them in the travel position, they cant leak.
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Or better yet if you can have a road service pull the leaking cylinders and have a local shop rebuilt then.
I just had that done and total cost was less than $400
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get a couple of bottle jacks and some plywood . cut the plywood into squares and put the bottle jacks on them. Is you site on a slope like your original location?
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Liz,

Reach out to the Lone Stars members for assistance . I know someone is in your area and will help you, and Jack . Post your location and lets put the WOG to work for you .
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get a couple of bottle jacks and some plywood . cut the plywood into squares and put the bottle jacks on them. Is you site on a slope like your original location?
No, Ernie. Our site is flat on a concrete driveway. The Bird is level, just sitting on the driveway on the tires. Jack is uncomfortable with that.

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Thank you to all to replied to my post. Jack is comfortable with using wood blocks and now that I have a clearer idea of what is involved, I feel better, too.
The desired size for this block is: 8 inches high by 8 inches wide by 18 inches long. What materials do we use to "build" this block? We will need 4, one for each jack.

We are located in the Lone Star Corral, really close to Dhanis, TX.
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I purchased a 2x12 from Low Depot and had it cut into 11.5 inch pieces (squares) When you stack them make sure you alternate the grain one east/west then one north/south. You will get 8 - 1.5 inch blocks from each 8 footer.
Low Depot will cut them for you if you are "persistent"
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