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Old 06-25-2011
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Does anyone have a jack pad they recommend that works for a heavy BB? I saw an ad for "Super Dolly Bus Pads" tested to 100,000 PSI - two for around $80 - made for buses and tractor trailers - sounds good. Can anyone recommend these or others? Thanks
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Made some out of 3/4 AB X plywood. About 14" x 14". Glued and screwed two layers thick with a short loop of nylon strap wedged in between (makes it easy to pull out). Sprayed the edges black. Glued indoor outdoor carpet to both sides. Going on 3 years and they are holding up nicely. Estimated cost $20 for 4 plus my time... about 2 hours.

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We use 12"x12"x1/2" aluminum plates, they work well and do not hog a bunch of space.
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I use my great aunt's christmas fruitcake; I think it's rated for 30 tons!
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I use my great aunt's christmas fruitcake; I think it's rated for 30 tons!
I don't care who you are..............that there is funny.
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I used 1/2" CDX plywood. Cut to 16 x 24 inches. Drilled two holes on one end, put a knotted polyethylene rope loop to facilitate picking up. No paint... Worked great, were still in great condition after 2+ years of use (new owner has 'em now). Polyethylene rope is resistant to moisture.

The boards would warp a bit, especially if the bottom side got wet. I'd just flip the curved side up, and the coach would flatten 'em out again. Used them in gravel, mud, soft sandy soils, over damp grass, asphalt, and a variety of other parking surfaces. Never any problems with them sinking in. (Fortunately, the muddy situation was during a frigid winter in Santa Fe, NM. The ground had thawed when we arrived at an RV park, and I was afraid we'd drop down to the axles when we pulled into our assigned site. By morning, the ground was frozen solid (17 degrees outside) and we had no trouble driving out. The jacks had pretty much lifted the tires out of the mud for the night.

Used the awning pole hook to grab the rope loops, to avoid having to bend down too much (especially for the front jacks). The 24" length made it easier to position them -- (again) especially for the front jacks that (on a '95) are kind of behind the front wheels, where the light often makes it difficult to see exactly where the jacks will drop down.

The main idea is to spread the weight over a wider area. The jack pads, as they are made, tend to "punch through" dirt and even asphalt (and I have the dents in front of my house to prove it). It really doesn't take too much to spread the weight out.

I'd be concerned about plastic choices, simply because plastic often becomes somewhat brittle (over time) and then can crack. The plywood was very durable and did a great job.

Sadly, my fruitcake baking aunt passed away before I had my coach ... but I'm sure her fruitcake would have been in the running. The stuff was nearly indestructible (and not edible).
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I tried two "wonder plastic" jack pads from 2 diffrent vendors...they each lasted about a year before cracking.

I later bought two 12"x12"x1/4" steel plates. Drilled 1/2 inch hole in one corner and painted black with a rattle can. The hole is to allow easy placement/removal using the awning "hook". 2 years, no issues...if they get scratched up...re paint. Very small storage footprint.

Also have two sections of 4x6" PT about 17" long (length cut to fit in FC bay)...used on occasion for stacking if neeed on a really bad site.
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I have been using the "Super Dolly Bus Pads" for about 3 years now. They are a plastic material, about 15 X 17 - 1" thick with nylon loop handles. They are more like a nylon material that I doubt would ever crack.

While I have not had any problems with them so far, on soft ground they do tend to bend and have a slight permanent bow in the middle. I don't know if I would buy them again, as they are kinda pricey at $150 + up for 4, but they do a pretty decent job.
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I use my great aunt's christmas fruitcake; I think it's rated for 30 tons!
can i get a price on 4 of those fruitcakes
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My aunt had the best brandy,errr,fruit cake.
She served brandy with her fruit cake,boy was it good.
(the brandy!)
Theres a fruit cake plant in Ga.
They ship their cakes in a box that looks like a fancy brick,if you had enough of them you could build a house!
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