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WILL1E
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# Posted: 16 Oct 2020 12:04
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I bought a cargo trailer that i'm going to use a semi-temporary storage shed on my new land.

Since it has a ramp door that i'll be driving my wheeler in/out of i figure i should stabilize it while it's just sitting there. Plus, i don't want the tires just sitting on the dirt. So i'm planning to get some pavers to put under the tires and then i was thinking cinder blocks to put in the 4 corners for the frame to rest on.

Should i put something between the cinder blocks and the steel frame of the trailer to minimize rusting? I plan to put the blocks inset of the edge of the trailer so the only water that should be able to land on the cinder blocks would be blowing snow.

Thoughts?

WILL1E
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# Posted: 16 Oct 2020 12:06
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I guess the same question will apply for my 5th wheel once i get it into the property. Blocking vs. only using the jacks should help take some of the bounce out of the trailer as well.

ratfink56
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# Posted: 19 Oct 2020 18:06
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Why not put blocks under the axle to take the load off the tires. Then block the ends to level and stabilize.

toyota_mdt_tech
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# Posted: 19 Oct 2020 22:12
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I have these weld on stabilizer jacks for the rear, and then use the toung A frame jack to stabilize it. Keeps it rock solid.

https://smile.amazon.com/Class-Customs-Telescoping-Stabilizer-Capacity/dp/B0875LR1YZ/ ref=psdc_5743826011_t1_B089B6Q6MP

WILL1E
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# Posted: 20 Oct 2020 10:42
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@toyota_mdt_tech i saw a guy on youtube do that on his cargo trailer. Might have to take some measurements next time im up there to see if that would work on mine. Right now it's sitting on the cinder blocks.

paulz
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# Posted: 26 Oct 2020 15:00 - Edited by: paulz
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Ha, I just an hour ago picked this up. Got home from the cabin last night, guy down the road had it for sale, $200 with title, plate, current reg and brand spanking new tires with warranty. Even the deep cycle battery that was in the box is sitting at 12.7 volts!

Anyway, was a camper. Has those built in leveling jacks front and rear. I doubt they will lift the tires off the ground though, which would be best for long term as mentioned.
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WILL1E
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# Posted: 26 Oct 2020 15:26
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Nice score!!

Only watchout is that i've built ice shanties on camper frames before and the frames tend to be built out of the thinnest material possible. So keep that in mind if your planning to put any sort of weight on there.

paulz
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# Posted: 26 Oct 2020 15:54
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Thanks! Good point. I'm planning to use it to haul my little hot rod pickup. Probably about 2,000lbs. by the time I add plywood and a tool box. The main rails are 6" box, not channel, should be plenty enough for that.
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