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Old 02-23-2020, 08:00 PM   #1
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I've ordered a 5.0 and need to get a second set of leveling blocks. I am curious about the curved leveling systems, one is by Anderson. Has anyone had any experience with them? Thanks for sharing your expertise.
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I've ordered a 5.0 and need to get a second set of leveling blocks. I am curious about the curved leveling systems, one is by Anderson. Has anyone had any experience with them? Thanks for sharing your expertise.
They work very well, but you have to remove approximately 1-inch at the tip for them to fit between the wheels. I cut mine with a chop saw and then rounded the edges of the cut using a 12-inch sanding disc on a ShopSmith. Some people have complained that the can slide. I have never had that problem but some have cut shallow groves in the underside and say that it helps prevent sliding when backing on to them.
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I've ordered a 5.0 and need to get a second set of leveling blocks. I am curious about the curved leveling systems, one is by Anderson. Has anyone had any experience with them? Thanks for sharing your expertise.
Yes I have a pair along with the larger Anderson tire changer block. They are a good system especially if you have to correct a significant imbalance. They are adjustable as you drive back on them. Word of caution: on the Tandem Axel you will need to angle cut the leveler down on the one that is placed between the two wheels. They are too big for the distance between the tires on the 5 TA . To be honest I often don’t use this one as it can get wedged between the two tires while installing. My preferred option is 1 Anderson on the back tire and if needed a standard camco flat yellow block on the front tire.

Hope this helps. In summary a high quality levelling system but one that needs some attention when levelling a 5 TA.
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Yes I have a pair along with the larger Anderson tire changer block. They are a good system especially if you have to correct a significant imbalance. They are adjustable as you drive back on them. Word of caution: on the Tandem Axel you will need to angle cut the leveler down on the one that is placed between the two wheels. They are too big for the distance between the tires on the 5 TA . To be honest I often donít use this one as it can get wedged between the two tires while installing. My preferred option is 1 Anderson on the back tire and if needed a standard camco flat yellow block on the front tire.

Hope this helps. In summary a high quality levelling system but one that needs some attention when levelling a 5 TA.
Mark, why donít you just trim one or both of them as many have done. That would eliminate getting the stuck between the two wheels. I use my Anderson levellers almost exclusively. Only time I donít use them is when I only need to raise one side or the other a small amount.
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Anderson chocks are assume! Cut the center one down. Watched my dad over the years leveling their camper. This is a no brainier.
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Mark, why donít you just trim one or both of them as many have done. That would eliminate getting the stuck between the two wheels. I use my Anderson levellers almost exclusively. Only time I donít use them is when I only need to raise one side or the other a small amount.
I did trim the second one down when I got it. It works but I often donít need it. One does the job.
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I don't have the Anderson but the more heavier duty version, can't remember what the brand is. Yes I like them and no I don't like them. I've had times where they work no problems and other times like using them on pine straw it seems to slide and makes it tough to drive on them. Also had the problem of the one in between getting stuck and yes it is cut down as far as they recommend you cut it, one time it was a PAIN IN THE %^&&%%$ to get out..
I still most of time start off with these an if they slide I then try the blocks since we carry both.

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I don't have the Anderson but the more heavier duty version, can't remember what the brand is. Yes I like them and no I don't like them. I've had times where they work no problems and other times like using them on pine straw it seems to slide and makes it tough to drive on them. Also had the problem of the one in between getting stuck and yes it is cut down as far as they recommend you cut it, one time it was a PAIN IN THE %^&&%%$ to get out..
I still most of time start off with these an if they slide I then try the blocks since we carry both.

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Hi Steve this is exactly my experience as well. You can only cut the block down so far.
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I've ordered a 5.0 and need to get a second set of leveling blocks. I am curious about the curved leveling systems, one is by Anderson. Has anyone had any experience with them? Thanks for sharing your expertise.
I have the Anderson curved blocks and love them! Most situations that is all I need and they are so easy. I do carry a couple of the square leveling block kits that you get at Walmart. They are good as a backup to the andersons but also are good to use under landing gear and back stabilizers so you don't have to crank them down so far. Get the optional flat top blocks as they make it a lot easier to use since without them you are trying to put the stabilizer between the lego pieces.
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I tried the Anderson levelers and they like to drove me nuts! As soon as I had it level I had to go past that point to insert the other blocks and then let it center. Leveling took forever. I went back to stacks of 2 X 10s about ten inches long with one edge beveled at a 45 degree angle. They are inexpensive and you don't have to mess around.
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I did trim the second one down when I got it. It works but I often donít need it. One does the job.
It is my understanding that it is much better for both wheels to be raised when leveling rather than just one. I do know that Andersen recommends using two on tandem axle trailers. Perhaps someone with technical knowledge can chime in.
Brian, perhaps?
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It is my understanding that it is much better for both wheels to be raised when leveling rather than just one. I do know that Andersen recommends using two on tandem axle trailers. Perhaps someone with technical knowledge can chime in.
Brian, perhaps?
I agree, with the tandem axle, both wheels should be chocked and supported to prevent frame stress.
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It is my understanding that it is much better for both wheels to be raised when leveling rather than just one. I do know that Andersen recommends using two on tandem axle trailers. Perhaps someone with technical knowledge can chime in.
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From a safety point of view both wheels engaged with the ground, or through chocks to the ground is more stable and less likely to slip off than one wheel, and for that reason two chocks make sense. However from a structural load perspective, each individual wheel and the frame will see loads several times greater traveling down the road over bumps and hollows at varying speeds than sitting static while camped. and one wheel can easily hold the trailer without structural issues. Therefore it would primarily be a safety issue.
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So I’ve done a lengthy search through my email archives and found a response from Andersen from a few years ago when I first considered/researched their levelers. Their response (which follows) was copied directly from that message:

“We recommend a leveler on each axle to help level the trailer. When only using one leveler it does not properly distribute the weight on the one side needing leveled. You can cause extra stress on the axles by trying to compensate the lift on the one axle being lifted. When using two axles with two camper levelers you are getting the proper lift for each tire to level the trailer on the one side.”

I am not qualified to debate the issue, as I lack the technical expertise on wheel or axle stress in various situations or conditions. All I can say is that proverbially speaking, this is directly from the horse’s mouth, and in this case, the horse that manufactures the product in question. I always use both levelers. Everyone is free to make the choice to only use one. If the Andersen response is in fact correct, it’s not my trailer’s components that will be stressed.
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So Iíve done a lengthy search through my email archives and found a response from Andersen from a few years ago when I first considered/researched their levelers. Their response (which follows) was copied directly from that message:

ďWe recommend a leveler on each axle to help level the trailer. When only using one leveler it does not properly distribute the weight on the one side needing leveled. You can cause extra stress on the axles by trying to compensate the lift on the one axle being lifted. When using two axles with two camper levelers you are getting the proper lift for each tire to level the trailer on the one side.Ē

I am not qualified to debate the issue, as I lack the technical expertise on wheel or axle stress in various situations or conditions. All I can say is that proverbially speaking, this is directly from the horseís mouth, and in this case, the horse that manufactures the product in question. I always use both levelers. Everyone is free to make the choice to only use one. If the Andersen response is in fact correct, itís not my trailerís components that will be stressed.
Agreed. The only time I use one is to lift the other wheel off the ground to adjust the brakes or some other such maintenance.
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I tried the Anderson levelers and they like to drove me nuts! As soon as I had it level I had to go past that point to insert the other blocks and then let it center. Leveling took forever. I went back to stacks of 2 X 10s about ten inches long with one edge beveled at a 45 degree angle. They are inexpensive and you don't have to mess around.
I get the trailer level, and kick the wedge under the front of each til its in snug, and then release the TV brakes and it stays right where it is.
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I tried the Anderson levelers and they like to drove me nuts! As soon as I had it level I had to go past that point to insert the other blocks and then let it center. Leveling took forever. I went back to stacks of 2 X 10s about ten inches long with one edge beveled at a 45 degree angle. They are inexpensive and you don't have to mess around.
How do you chock your wheels when they are up on these boards?
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I use them exclusively and I would wholeheartedly recommend them too. As someone stated, one of the levelers needs to be shortened.

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