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Old 03-23-2017, 12:57 AM   #1
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Do you like the Anderson levelers ? I just use the little plastic blocks that came with my trailer but with the new trailer double axel I thought about buying them and leaving my blocks with my 17. Also do I need to buy those metal ex things that go between the tires? Anything else I need to park a 5.0?
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Old 03-23-2017, 01:09 AM   #2
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My plan is to buy the Anderson levelers, jack and pads as well as getting two of the big round Trailer Jack Blocks to put under the front jacks. I'm hoping that will make it stable enough to avoid having to buy X chocks. My build list is signed but I am still several months away from delivery. I'll report on how the stuff works.
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Do you like the Anderson levelers ? I just use the little plastic blocks that came with my trailer but with the new trailer double axel I thought about buying them and leaving my blocks with my 17. Also do I need to buy those metal ex things that go between the tires? Anything else I need to park a 5.0?


Many happy owners of the Anderson levelers. Jon V has that great LED level indicator that helps with them.


Personally I use the legos or the BAL levelers but have been lazy and not going for perfect level on most sites this past season.


I use the plastic X chocks and it seems to reduce sway some.


I do recommend some chocking of the wheels, especially for the TT's, as the hitch decoupling can let the trailer free wheel momentarily. Maybe not so much on the 5th.
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Do you like the Anderson levelers ? I just use the little plastic blocks that came with my trailer but with the new trailer double axel I thought about buying them and leaving my blocks with my 17. Also do I need to buy those metal ex things that go between the tires? Anything else I need to park a 5.0?
There are lots of different types for both the levelers and the chocks, but we are quite happy with the Andersen levelers and the x-chocks too. I've nothing to compare them to since I've used them from day one. The only thing that is sometimes a pain is getting in and out of the truck and inching it forward until it's perfectly level side to side. I'm a bit of a perfectionist though, so I'm probably making it harder than it is.
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Old 03-23-2017, 02:23 AM   #5
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Yes I wondered about that it looks pretty easy with someone helping but hard to get out and check and adjust but I guess I did that with my blocks too.
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Old 03-23-2017, 05:41 AM   #6
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Those going from single to dual axles must realize it is an entirely new type of towing and set up. Whereas the single axle pivots on the single wheel with the dual axle sometimes the rear wheels will scrape sideways or be up in the air while maneuvering. With a single axle you had 4 chocks, you still need 4 chocks plus the "X" chocks between the axles to prevent movement. The B@L leveler worked well with the single axle, now you need plastic or wood blocks to raise one side in leveling.
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For checking side to side level I use a Level Master by Wheelmaster, can see it well in the rear view mirror. Keep in mind I have a 5.0TA.
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:29 AM   #8
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I personally love the Andersen levelers. They allow precise leveling from side to side (I, like Robert, am somewhat of a perfectionist), as well as serving as chocks for that side of the trailer. I would still recommend using chocks on the other side. While I have the "Lego" blocks, spacing between the 5.0TAs wheels make it difficult to configure them for more than a "2-block" height. Getting a perfect side to side level is, as you say, difficult without an assistant due to all of the in and out of the truck. I, too, like Bob (Pailin) have affixed a level which is visible from the driver's seat to the frame supporting the loft.
As far as the X-chocks between the wheels are concerned, I find the support provided by the two landing gear legs stabilizes the 5.0TA better than dual axle bumper pull trailers (single point in the front touching the ground) I have been in, and the "cradle" effect of the Andersen levelers contributes to the stability. Actually, the biggest cause of shaking is when other occupant(s) walk around or roll over in bed, so if camping alone, they are not necessary at all. If you yourself are in motion, you won't feel the trailer's motion. And as a final thought, I have a set of RotoChoks for between the wheels. They cost me $100, slightly used ($300+ when new), but they are no longer made. They do not work any better than the yellow plastic ones (Camco, I believe) that cost around $40 and eliminated any and all shaking. They come in two sizes, large (most common) and small. You would want the small. They are both lighter and less expensive at half the cost of the X-chicks. I don't believe you will need them, however, if you use Andersens on one side and the inexpensive yellow wheel chicks you can find in the RV section at Walmart (AKA, Chinamart). Keep in mind you will probably want to trim a bit off each of the Andersen levelers, due to the short distance between the tires. Other threads have discussed this issue. I trimmed mine using a chop saw, but it could be done with a table saw or a hand saw, if you can follow a straight line.
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:55 AM   #9
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The Andersen is the only leveler that we have used and love it. We did end up trimming the second one to fit between the wheels. And since we did have some movement in the trailer last year when my wife would be up moving around after I went to bed, we bought a set of X-chocks over the winter hoping that they will make a difference, but we won't know for sure until our first trip in April.
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Old 03-23-2017, 07:27 AM   #10
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We have the 21 and we use the lego style blocks and also have 4 pieces of 2/6 with edges cut at 45 degrees makes it easier to drive up on One piece is labeled "1" the other "2" so you can drive up on these 2 pieces and get 3 1/4 in higher. Number "1" is 2 foot long the number "2" is 18inches long .This is also good if one gets a flat tire much easier to change a tire on a tandem axle trailer .
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