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Old 07-18-2021, 12:49 PM   #1
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Jack pads

I am getting ready to have a Bigfoot Hydraulic Leveler system installed on my 2010 Freedom Elite 21 C on a Ford E350 cut away dually chasis.
I have opted for the 10 “ steel “feet”
Wondering what everyone is using for jack pads under their jacks?
I am really trying to get away from hauling around the assorted slabs of wood.
Thanks in advance for sharing your experiences

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Old 07-18-2021, 12:50 PM   #2
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Snap Pads.......

Have used them on two coaches now and they work very well.
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Old 07-18-2021, 03:47 PM   #3
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2nd vote for snap pads.
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Old 07-18-2021, 03:49 PM   #4
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And here's the third one!
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Old 07-25-2021, 04:26 PM   #5
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I still vote for blocks of wood and one reason is to give some height so the jacks are not extended so far and be "leggy".
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Old 07-25-2021, 05:16 PM   #6
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Storage space is at a premium for us. Snap pads work well for us.
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Old 07-25-2021, 05:28 PM   #7
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Snap Pads, and if your a Veteran you get a discount
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Old 07-25-2021, 05:36 PM   #8
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Snap pads and if your coach cannot handle the jacks at full extension then you have the wrong leveling system (not strong enough) for the coach.

The only reason why blocks of wood may be necessarily is if the site is so out of level the leveling system cannot compensate for the slope. In that case find a better camp site.

I had a campground move us last night because the slope in the site was such that I could not level with raising the front wheels off the ground by 3 inches. Totally unacceptable when the campground on their website advertises "level sites".
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Old 07-25-2021, 05:56 PM   #9
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I had a Bigfoot Platinum system installed on our E-350 chassis about a month ago. The problem you will find is the ground clearance. For each chassis scenario they strike a balance between having ample ground clearance (jacks fully raised) and providing ample "coach lift" for leveling. I forget the exact hydraulic cylinder extension... but with the Ford E series they must weld them fairly low. On my class C, the Snap Pads were too thick... they were concerned they would drag in tight clearance situations. BUMMER!!

I feel your pain on the storage!! But... my solution - go to Tractor Supply, or any farm store, and buy a small stall mat (used in horse stalls). They are hard rubber, and nearly indestructible. I cut it into 4 1-foot square pads. It's a compromise for sure, and not as convenient... and still takes a little bit of storage. Somewhat of a PIA having to do one more step tossing the pads under the feet and all, but hey... the motorhome is perfectly level now... and rock solid!
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Old 07-25-2021, 09:42 PM   #10
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Snap pads and if your coach cannot handle the jacks at full extension then you have the wrong leveling system (not strong enough) for the coach.



The only reason why blocks of wood may be necessarily is if the site is so out of level the leveling system cannot compensate for the slope. In that case find a better camp site.



I had a campground move us last night because the slope in the site was such that I could not level with raising the front wheels off the ground by 3 inches. Totally unacceptable when the campground on their website advertises "level sites".


I carry “lego” blocks for when leveling would require wheels to be off the ground. Put the required number under the wheels and the same number under the jacks. I’ve never needed more than 2 in each location. Not really a big deal for us.
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Old 07-26-2021, 10:37 PM   #11
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Curious but other than making the "foot" bigger what problem is solved by snap pads? On a previous thread I commented that a few, very few, places we have been required WOOD blocks under the jacks/stabilizers. My blocks add to elevation and footprint size in soft terrain. I would guess that the lego style pads would suffice rather than a strict adherence to wood, but that's what was published.

EDIT adding; I looked at the snap pad ads and their 8 benefits. I suppose they can be nice but kind of lame in my opinion. A bit of a solution to not much of a problem.
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Old 07-27-2021, 10:30 AM   #12
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After our first year of use the metal feet were curled up like bowls so that on a flat surface all the weight was on the cylinder. I used my Smithy skills to straighten them out. I think the snap pads absorb some of that weight differential so as to not allow the metal feet to bend again.

But I’m still trying to contact the guy on a different thread who made his own extra heavy duty foot pads.
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Old 07-27-2021, 01:36 PM   #13
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We always use the wood under the pads on ANY stone surface. Keeps the weight distribution over the surface of the pad even, let cheap wood absorb the pressure points. Was on a site where the stone was very large (about 1" in diameter) and that can cause the pad to bend if you only have a few stones in contact with the pad.
If concrete or asphalt don't need the wood and these surfaces are typically mostly level to begin with.
But having a stack of something for a out of level site is good to have, but I have a storage area that can hold a bunch.
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Old 07-27-2021, 02:38 PM   #14
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We always use the wood under the pads on ANY stone surface. Keeps the weight distribution over the surface of the pad even, let cheap wood absorb the pressure points. Was on a site where the stone was very large (about 1" in diameter) and that can cause the pad to bend if you only have a few stones in contact with the pad.
If concrete or asphalt don't need the wood and these surfaces are typically mostly level to begin with.
But having a stack of something for a out of level site is good to have, but I have a storage area that can hold a bunch.
In the south asphalt, especially new, can get soft in the heat and the jack feet will leave a depression. I've seen motorcycle kick stands sink in a couple inches and virtually trap the bike. At the county park in Hamilton County TN they require the use of blocks on their asphalt pads. One in central FL specified wood. That was a few years ago so maybe they updated.
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Old 07-27-2021, 03:02 PM   #15
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In the south asphalt, especially new, can get soft in the heat and the jack feet will leave a depression. I've seen motorcycle kick stands sink in a couple inches and virtually trap the bike. At the county park in Hamilton County TN they require the use of blocks on their asphalt pads. One in central FL specified wood. That was a few years ago so maybe they updated.
Heavier coaches require wood on asphalt or rock for sure

I use my wood blocks to keep rock off the top of the pads as they will sink in soft or wet gravel sites

Saw a latge class A coach yesterday at Walmart, 4 slides extended, jacks down, grill outside

Driving by it was clearly visible the back jack pads were sunken into the asphalt at least 2 inches as the top was below lthe surface

Temperature was about 100 so it was warm outside
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Heavier coaches require wood on asphalt or rock for sure

I use my wood blocks to keep rock off the top of the pads as they will sink in soft or wet gravel sites

Saw a latge class A coach yesterday at Walmart, 4 slides extended, jacks down, grill outside

Driving by it was clearly visible the back jack pads were sunken into the asphalt at least 2 inches as the top was below lthe surface

Temperature was about 100 so it was warm outside
And the damage to parking lots is one of the reasons may landowners leasing to WalMart no longer allow overnight parking in WalMart parking lots.
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Old 07-27-2021, 09:28 PM   #17
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I thought the etiquette at Walmart, Cracker Barrell, etc. was to not extend slides and to buy something. Slides extended, Jack’s down, grill out? Sorry, but at a lot of Walmart’s we’ve been to I’d stay inside, doors locked, ammo loaded and ready.
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Old 07-27-2021, 10:14 PM   #18
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I was over at IRV2 a while ago and people were discussing the merits or lack therof of extending their oil changes based on advertising claims that synthetic oils can go for longer than engine manufacturers requirements. Pages of discussions about not spending $30.00 for a jug of oil and a filter. But I bet those same folks all have snap pads to protect the asphalt at Wal Mart. Another vote for no snap pads.
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And the damage to parking lots is one of the reasons may landowners leasing to WalMart no longer allow overnight parking in WalMart parking lots.
We commented that there will be one less place to stay a few hours

Looked like a new coach so maybe they weren't aware of Wally Docking etiquette
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We commented that there will be one less place to stay a few hours

Looked like a new coach so maybe they weren't aware of Wally Docking etiquette
We have stayed at Walmarts quite a few times and I'll put out slides if there is room. I don't put out awnings, lawn chairs, grills, jacks, or pet enclosures. I treat it like a NFS camp ground, leave no trace, pack it in, pack it out. We usually do shop for supper when we stay. Max stay 1 night. I also call ahead to the store and ask for permission and where they would like me to park. I follow their requests.

In Meridian MS I saw 3 large As and 5th wheels circle the wagons, set all their gear out, block driving lanes, and proceed to "gather round the propane fireplace. We left early the next morning so not sure how long they were planning to be squatters.
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