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Old 01-22-2018, 12:33 AM   #1
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Alternative to ETI levellers, another 10 pack or Andersons?

10 pack of levelers has gone up alot from last year, now $55 cnd or $44 usd.

is something like the Lynx Levelers or something else a good alternative?

I'm assuming these Anderson levelers are a complete replacement to regular levelers? is this a good option?
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Lynx levelers and the ones ETI sells are just square plastic blocks about one inch tall that fit together. I don't know that the Anderson levelers you refer to are the same thing. You can cut up 2" X 12" planks to make your own, but they will be heavier and more likely to be slippery. I'd just get them at ETI and not add another chore to my list.
It's kinda like choosing between butter knives.
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Old 01-22-2018, 12:48 AM   #3
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I don't know that the Anderson levelers you refer to are the same thing.
these are the Anderson levelers. https://www.amazon.com/Andersen-Hitc...ustomerReviews

just the same old butter knife or something better?

(I love your minimalist approach. i'm dying to know your opinion on steel vs aluminum wheels in humid South Louisiana.)
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I have both, having started with the grid ones. I like the red wedge so much better--no driving on and off to get the right amt of lift. You only need one red wedge for the low side wheel(thinking 17 here--guess two for the tandem axle models.) I still carry the grids as they come in handy at times for other uses. Under tongue, under stabilizers etc.
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Mine is a single axle trailer so it's really easy to just pull it forward up onto one or two Lynx levelers.
As for wheels, I was due for replacing the tires, so I figured it would be easy to just buy new tires on aluminum rims. Cost wasn't all that much more.
But, one morning I looked out the front door at my trailer in the driveway and thought, "I think I prefer the white steel wheels". So, I just bought new tires.
Aluminum rims need maintenance, as do steel wheels. If my steel wheels need painting some time in the future, I will get them painted.
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these are the Anderson levelers. https://www.amazon.com/Andersen-Hitc...ustomerReviews

just the same old butter knife or something better?

(I love your minimalist approach. i'm dying to know your opinion on steel vs aluminum wheels in humid South Louisiana.)
We ave a set of the Anderson levelers and use them occasionally.
We also have 3 pieces of 1/2 inch plywood and usually end up using 1 to all three pieces of it to level. And at some sites find a slight drag of the foot in the gravel is all that is needed.
If its way off we use the Andersons and even needed all three pieces of plywood at one site.

We have the steel wheels. Coastal Florida has not rusted them yet. If it does they are easy to touch up. I do have aluminum wheels on the 2013 truck and they still look nice so I imagine the Escape ones would hold up well too.
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it sounds like i'll get some anderson's (2?) and maybe a pack of standard levelers or wood also.

i mentioned touching up to my husband, and he's concerned about insidious rust in hard to see and hard to touch-up spots. is this a concern?

if we go for steel over aluminum, it'll be purely to save the $$, so if it bites us it'll be so frustrating. what maintenance do aluminum wheels need?
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We carry both Anderson levelers and Lynx blocks. The Andersons get used most because they’re the quickest and easiest to use. But there are occasions when blocks work better. Even if not used for leveling, both blocks and Anderson’s are also used under tongue jack and stabilizers (turn Anderson’s on their side for such application). They’re both useful tools, and you never know which will work best at a new place til you get there. But usually it’s the Anderson’s.
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I don’t think aluminum wheels have any special maintenance, other than periodic cleaning?
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I don’t think aluminum wheels have any special maintenance, other than periodic cleaning?
I think it depends if you want them shiny and bright, or just want them to support the trailer.
Lots of incentive to spend money here:
https://www.autogeek.net/how-to-clea...um-wheels.html
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