Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-08-2014, 02:31 PM   #1
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Salt Lake City Utah
Posts: 1,328
Year: 2000
Chassis: Blue Bird
Engine: ISC 8.3
Leveling blocks

Last year I used a random collection of wood, mostly 2x4 and 2x6, to help level my bus. They got the job done, kind of, but were a hassle to use. Improvement is on the to-do list for this year.

The interwebs offer various stacking block models from Lynx, Camco, and others. They look okay, and $3.21 each on the Lynx at Wal-Mart isn't so bad.. as long as there aren't many needed, which is unlikely if it's one or both of the duals that need to be blocked up. It does seem like they would sink easily in wet/soft soils too. That creates a double problem of being out of level and also having to pry the sunken block back out of the soil.

Last night I came across this blog post proposing to cut squares from a horse stall mat. This seems like it would come out about half the cost of the Lynx blocks.

Any thoughts on leveling? I'm certain few of us (if any) have hydraulic levelers installed. And surely there are at least a few who like their sink and shower basin to fully drain, dislike sleeping with their head downhill, and prefer to cuddle the significant other on their own terms rather than the dictates of gravity.. Right?
family wagon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2014, 06:32 PM   #2
Bus Crazy
 
Scooternj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: EHT New Jersey
Posts: 1,134
Year: 2003
Coachwork: AmTran
Chassis: International 3000RE
Engine: T444E/AT545
Rated Cap: 75
Re: Leveling blocks

I've spent the night with my head downhill a couple of times in tents and puked because of it. My leveling plan is 2 pair of BAL's 24002D 7500# scissor jacks, with jack pads and chocking whichever wheel is still touching. And, if I have to, a couple of 6x6 or 8x8 blocks as additional spacers.
__________________
Hey! That's not an RV, that's a school bus.
Well thank you for noticing, Captain Obvious

Captain Obvious on deviantArt
Scooternj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2014, 10:40 PM   #3
Bus Crazy
 
gbstewart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,171
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: 3800 International
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 72
Re: Leveling blocks

I have 2 - 7500 pound scissor jacks on rear of the bus they work great, I'm planning on putting 2 on the front sometime this year. I also have 2x6 boards to put under the wheels if needed.
look at page 15 of my build
gbstewart
__________________
my bus build viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5931
gbstewart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2014, 10:58 PM   #4
Bus Geek
 
lornaschinske's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Roswell, NM
Posts: 3,587
Year: 1986
Coachwork: BlueBird
Chassis: 40 ft All American FE
Engine: 8.2LTA Fuel Pincher DD V8
Rated Cap: 89
Re: Leveling blocks

We sunk the Lynx Levelers in an RV pad (sand) under the Class C (about 5000 lbs). We also broke two, also under the Class C. I did find a good use for the Lynx Levelers (I have two sets). I have the sewer hose cradled in a plastic gutter. They are nifty to support the sewer hose/gutter at an angle. To level the bus, we will use either scissor jacks, jack posts or a combination of the two.
__________________
This post is my opinion. It is not intended to influence anyone's judgment nor do I advocate anyone do what I propose.
Fulltime since 2006
The goal of life is living in agreement with nature. Zeno (335BC-264BC)
http://lorndavi.wordpress.com/blog/
http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/s...ps0340a6ff.jpg
lornaschinske is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 03:12 PM   #5
Bus Nut
 
wmkbailey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Frederick Maryland
Posts: 831
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Thomas
Engine: 3126
Rated Cap: 72
Re: Leveling blocks

A 7500# scissor jacks can lift a corner of our school bus. I thought scissor jacks could only be used to prevent rocking ie.. to stableize, not to lift.
__________________
William

visvi Cherokee for Journey, Sounds Like Oeesha

http://thejourneyvisvi.com/

My Conversion Thread:
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=464989
wmkbailey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 05:51 PM   #6
Bus Crazy
 
gbstewart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,171
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: 3800 International
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 72
Re: Leveling blocks

Quote:
Originally Posted by wmkbailey
A 7500# scissor jacks can lift a corner of our school bus. I thought scissor jacks could only be used to prevent rocking ie.. to stableize, not to lift.
they will left the corners of the bus to help level out, no problem at all, I have mine bolted to the frame.
gbstewart
__________________
my bus build viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5931
gbstewart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 06:02 PM   #7
Bus Nut
 
wmkbailey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Frederick Maryland
Posts: 831
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Thomas
Engine: 3126
Rated Cap: 72
Re: Leveling blocks

Quote:
Originally Posted by gbstewart
Quote:
Originally Posted by wmkbailey
A 7500# scissor jacks can lift a corner of our school bus. I thought scissor jacks could only be used to prevent rocking ie.. to stableize, not to lift.
they will left the corners of the bus to help level out, no problem at all, I have mine bolted to the frame.
gbstewart
I'm going to give them a try. I found a pair of 7500# scissor jack on Amazon. So my question is that 7500# each or combined?

http://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Scissor-...k+Set+7500+Lbs
__________________
William

visvi Cherokee for Journey, Sounds Like Oeesha

http://thejourneyvisvi.com/

My Conversion Thread:
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=464989
wmkbailey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 06:17 PM   #8
Bus Crazy
 
Scooternj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: EHT New Jersey
Posts: 1,134
Year: 2003
Coachwork: AmTran
Chassis: International 3000RE
Engine: T444E/AT545
Rated Cap: 75
Re: Leveling blocks

Quote:
Originally Posted by wmkbailey
Quote:
Originally Posted by gbstewart
Quote:
Originally Posted by wmkbailey
A 7500# scissor jacks can lift a corner of our school bus. I thought scissor jacks could only be used to prevent rocking ie.. to stableize, not to lift.
they will left the corners of the bus to help level out, no problem at all, I have mine bolted to the frame.
gbstewart
I'm going to give them a try. I found a pair of 7500# scissor jack on Amazon. So my question is that 7500# each or combined?

http://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Scissor-...k+Set+7500+Lbs
Each. Third bullet point.
__________________
Hey! That's not an RV, that's a school bus.
Well thank you for noticing, Captain Obvious

Captain Obvious on deviantArt
Scooternj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 07:07 PM   #9
Bus Crazy
 
gbstewart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,171
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: 3800 International
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 72
Re: Leveling blocks

Quote:
Originally Posted by wmkbailey
Quote:
Originally Posted by gbstewart
Quote:
Originally Posted by wmkbailey
A 7500# scissor jacks can lift a corner of our school bus. I thought scissor jacks could only be used to prevent rocking ie.. to stableize, not to lift.
they will left the corners of the bus to help level out, no problem at all, I have mine bolted to the frame.
gbstewart
I'm going to give them a try. I found a pair of 7500# scissor jack on Amazon. So my question is that 7500# each or combined?

http://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Scissor-...k+Set+7500+Lbs
get the socket that goes into a cordless drill, makes it much better to raise and lower
gbstewart
__________________
my bus build viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5931
gbstewart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 07:38 PM   #10
Bus Crazy
 
opus's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Montana
Posts: 1,615
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: All-American R/E
Engine: 8.3 Cummins
Rated Cap: 72
Re: Leveling blocks

This is how we slept the other night. At least we were "head up".

opus is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Leveling your bus... ezbme Conversion General Discussions 9 10-25-2009 03:26 PM
Does anyone have a leveling system ? Kirbystud Conversion General Discussions 3 08-27-2009 09:54 PM
Skoolie leveling KC10Chief Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 4 09-30-2007 01:17 AM
leveling jacks? The Wanderer Conversion General Discussions 33 03-14-2007 02:52 AM
Bus Leveling rabiznick Conversion General Discussions 8 11-08-2004 06:24 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.