Leveling the Trailer

Jan 29

TEMP: 34° / partly cloudy 

  2 in. x 12 in. x 12 ft. Better Prime Douglas Fir Board - we cut these in 5 foot lengths to put under the wheels. 

2 in. x 12 in. x 12 ft. Better Prime Douglas Fir Board - we cut these in 5 foot lengths to put under the wheels. 

Building on the grass we needed to put the trailer on some hardwood to maintain a level trailer. We will also need to check how the level the trailer is periodically because things could shift with the dirt.

  1. We knew by an initial level check that the right side needed to be higher than the left. Instead of adding an additional board to the right we dug into the ground a bit on the left which made backing the trailer onto the boards easier as well (it didn't have a lip to bump over). 
  2. We filled the area under the board with dirt to level out the ground so the board didn't wobble at all. 
  3. From here, we backed the trailer up with our Ford Ranger.
  4. Though we started by placing the level on a 2x4 on the pieces of wood on the ground, we checked that the trailer was still level once we had backed it up on the boards. This step makes sure that the trailer is level side to side.
  5. To level the trailer front to back we cut the 2 in. x 12 in. x 12 ft. into 4 sections to place under the jacks. You use the jack handle to lower the jacks onto the boards. These jacks are not meant to lift the trailer and hold a ton of weight, but really just keep the trailer level.
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