Originally Posted by cpaharley2008
Now, back to leveling a tandem axle trailer........
OK. Sounds like a Great Idea...
I got these Beech Lane rocking leveler ramps a couple of years ago, shortened them both by a few inches (since I wanted the front and rear axles to rise at the same rates to the same heights in unison, OCD?), and have used them a few times - on dirt, gravel, and pavement. Concerned about slippage since the rocker ramps and the chocking wedges are smooth hard surfaces, I first lay my unused Escape mud flaps on the ground.*
I then place the thin rubber sheets (that came with the ramps) on top of the Escape mud flaps, position the rocker ramps atop these 2 layers of rubber, then move the trailer forward or backward onto the rocker ramps till it's level side-to-side, allowing the ramps to rock as they see fit, then I lift up the unweighted edge of each thin sheet and insert the chocking wedges so they're pinched between the top surfaces of the Escape mud flaps and the bottom surfaces of the thin rubber sheets so they can't squeeze out like a watermelon seed pinched between 2 wet fingers. And then finally it's 'brakes off' in neutral and let everything mush forward or backward to allow the ramps and trailer wheels to settle into their happy places. This puts grippy rubber surfaces between all the hard slippery surfaces and I have never had any slippage issues. So from bottom to top, it's Escape mud flap, thin rubber sheet, ramp on top, and the chocking wedge between the 2 rubber sheets. This all sounds like it's a lot of trouble, but it's really not bad at all. And it looks all modern and clean and high tech, unlike using clunky bright orange and yellow plastic blocks and chocks, although Your Taste May Vary.
I still carry a stack of the good old orange plastic interlocking blocks and use a few of them for the typical easy leveling job, for which they work great, but for those really tilted sites that require a good bit of lift, the leveler ramps work great. Looking at the Camco 44423 ramps (which I don't think were around when I got the Beech Lane ramps), it looks like they might sort of lock together with each other thereby obviating the need for the rubber mats. They are apparently quite a bit shorter so no need to shorten them for use with dual axles (?), and have rubber grippers on the bottoms of the chocks. I suppose all of these are subject to breakage (especially if subjected to shocks, heavy loads, and/or very cold temperatures). The Beech Lane ramps have some bad reviews on Amazon w.r.t. breakage issues. The rocking ramp scenario does take up a good bit of storage space, and the Beech Lane ramps are pretty heavy as well.
* I had Escape not install them on the trailer since I didn't want any unnecessary holes in the shell, didn't really want water and road slime to stay trapped between the flaps and the shell, wanted to be able to apply 3M clear protective film to the wheel wells without any obstructions, and anyhow as a matter of policy I never leave behind anything that I might be able to use later, but I digress which sometimes happens and for which I somewhat apologize.