Did you know that deploying your RV hydraulic leveling jacks onto asphalt surfaces, you risk damaging your jack pads and where your RV is parked? RV SnapPads help alleviate those issues by protecting both, the leveling jacks and asphalt parking lot surfaces.
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RV SnapPads: Protect your RV Leveling Jack Pads
Do your RV leveling jacks look like the photo below? If so, your RV leveling jack feet are unprotected.
What does that mean? RV leveling jack pads or feet are subject to everything they come into contact; sand, gravel, asphalt, mud, etc. They also are subject to road debris and will rust even after just a few months on the road.
We had to fix that problem. We had to find a product that would keep our leveling jack pads from becoming damaged.
But, was there such a product out there?
Introduced to RV SnapPads
A couple years after buying our fifth wheel, we were introduced to a fairly new product that would alleviate those two issues.
On several fifth wheels leveling jacks, we noticed these rubberized, octagon-shaped shoes that permanently attached to the underside of the leveling jack pads. And, of course, we just had to get them.
We immediately contacted the company to get these SnapPads to fit our fifth wheel’s jack pads.
About the RV SnapPads:
RV SnapPads are an environmentally-friendly green product manufactured of heavy-duty rubber from recycled American tires which helps minimize vibrations and may protect against electrical surges. They are also engineered to be resistant to UV exposure, water, heat, oil, tar, mud, and other environmental hazards.
RV SnapPad’s anti-slip construction will grip and conform to any terrain. No more popping jacks or slipping in high winds or on slick surfaces. They also increase stability by creating a larger footprint for your motorhome’s or travel trailer’s leveling jacks.
Each SnapPad has a water drainage trough system that helps drain excess water and protects your driveway or parking surfaces from rust marks.
Installation is as easy as touching a button! You simply deploy your hydraulic leveling jacks into your RV SnapPads and then literally snap into place. Then, your RV is ready for travel and parking anywhere. And, these SnapPads will stay on forever.
The cost of protecting our hydraulic leveling jack pads is about $60 per SnapPad. RV SnapPads are made in the U.S.A. and come with a two-year manufacturers limited warranty.
So, no more crawling under your motorhome or travel trailer every time to adjust leveling blocks in the rain, snow, or hot sun.
Receiving and Pre-Installation
We received our box of six RV SnapPads only a few short days after ordering them. For our Heartland Landmark fifth wheel, we ordered the RV SnapPad Xtra because of their 9″ size. They are also specifically designed for many fifth wheels and motorhomes.
Notably, each SnapPad can withstand well over 10,000 pounds of pressure. So, that’s more than enough to support our fifth wheel Landmark at 18,000 pounds gross weight.
Let’s get on with the easy installation process.
Step-by-Step RV SnapPads Installation:
Be aware, the RV SnapPads installation process should be a 2-person process. For our installation, Dan operated the electronic leveling system control panel while I was in charge of placement and monitoring our RV SnapPads snapping into place.
Also, whomever is doing the placement and monitoring the actual installation will want to wear old jeans as you’ll be on your knees.
SAFETY FIRST!! Keep your pets and children out of the way. Also, minimize any outside distractions so you can both communicate with each other clearly.
After carefully reading the enclosed instructions, we prepared our RV SnapPads for installation. We first inspected each for any concerns such as blemishes, cracks or tears. They were all perfect and ready to be installed. I prepared each RV SnapPad by squeezing a thin bead of dish soap around the inner lip to help snap it into place.
WARNING! Never use petroleum-based lubricants (i.e. Silicone or WD 40), as this can erode your RV SnapPads.
Once we got all of them prepared, I placed a new SnapPads near each landing jack. Dan manned our electronic leveling system control panel. We made certain we could hear each other’s installation commands.
Step 1 – Hooking our truck
To install all 6 of our RV SnapPads to our fifth wheel, we needed to hook up our truck completely as if we were getting underway. The reason for this is the two front landing gears can only be extracted after being hooked and secured.
After getting hooked up, Dan engaged the emergency brake on the truck. We also placed wheel chocks in front of and behind our fifth wheel tires to ensure there would be absolutely no movement.
Step 2 – Raising the front landing gears
For our fifth wheel, Dan extracted all six leveling jacks up about 4-5″ off of the parking surface.
We worked on one leveling jack at a time.
Step 2 – Placement of the RV SnapPads
Once each leveling jack was off of the ground, I simply slide each SnapPad underneath the metal leveling jack pad foot; making sure it was aligned as closely as I could.
CAUTION! Be sure to keep your fingers away from pinch points while installing your SnapPad!
Step 3 – Lowering the Leveling Jacks
On my command, Dan lowered each leveling jack foot into the RV SnapPad cavity until the lip wrapped over the edge of the leveling jack foot.
Step 4 – Repeat 2 & 3
After getting the hang of the first SnapPad installation, it was pretty easy thereafter. We repeated steps 2 and 3 of the installation process on the remaining five leveling jack pads.
By this time, all six leveling jacks with SnapPads installed are all on the ground.
INSTALLATION NOTE: Should your SnapPad not install correctly, raise your leveling jack foot about 3 – 4″, place a shim on the side of the pad, and lower the foot. The shim will help snap the pad into place.
Step 5 – Deploy Level ups and Unhook
After our RV SnapPads installation, we extracted only the four rear leveling jacks to properly unhook our fifth wheel from our truck; leaving only the front landing gears down. Once unhooked, we deployed the rear four leveling jacks and auto-leveled our RV.
Time for a beer!
UPDATE: Motorhome gets RV SnapPads too!
A year after we traded our fifth wheel in for our Winnebago View Class C motorhome, we made an appointment with Quadra Manufacturing in White Pigeon, Indiana to get our Bigfoot Platinum Leveling System installed on our Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis.
Part of the install was also to also get new RV SnapPads that fit our Bigfoot 4-point leveling system 7″ square jacks.
We ended up installing our 4 RV SnapPads ourselves later. Since we were already familiar with the installation process, it was quite easy install. We applied similar installation as we did on our fifth wheel.
And now, our Winnebago View got new shoes too!
Where can you get RV SnapPads for your motorhome, fifth wheel or travel trailer?
Here’s a listing of RV SnapPads. Click on each for more detailed information. Make certain you order the correct SnapPads for your particular RV.
SnapPad EQ 10″ Octagon Landing Feet Motorhome (4-Pack) – Compatible with Class A motorhomes and RVs including those from Entegra (Anthem and Cornerstone), Forest River (2011 Berkshire), and Newmar (Bay Star, Canyon Star, Ventana, and Verona) as well as Class C models from Jayco (Seneca) and Dynamax (DX3, Dynaquest, Force, Isata 5, Isata 3)
EQ 10″ Round Landing Feet Motorhome Bundle – for RVs and motorhomes that sport Equalizer leveling systems
EQ 10″ for Equalizer Landing Feet (Round Single) – fits Equalizer 10” round metal feet on Berkshire and Newmar RVs.
HiWay for HWH 10″ Landing Feet (4-Pack) – Specifically designed for 10″ round metal feet commonly found on many motorhomes. Compatible with 10″ Power Gear and Kwikee Level Best leveling systems.
Xtra 9″ Landing Feet Motorhome (4 Pack) – compatible with RVs and motorhomes that sport LCI and Ground Control leveling systems with 9″ round jack pads.
Xtra 9″ Landing Feet Motorhome (6 Pack) – compatible with RVs and motorhomes that sport LCI and Ground Control leveling systems with 9″ round jacks
Xtra for 9″ Landing Feet (6-Pack) – Xtra fits 9” round metal feet on many Class A and 5th Wheels RVs.
Rival for RVA Landing Feet (8″ 3-Pack) – Explicitly made for 8″ round RVA jack feet. This configuration is for most larger Class A Motorhomes.
SnapPad Mini RV Jack Pad for 5.5″ Round Leveling Feet on Tongue Jacks and Stabilizers (Single) – Mini 5.5 is made for truck campers and travel trailers with 5.5″ round leveling jacks or stabilizer feet.
SnapPad BF 7 for Bigfoot Landing Feet (4-Pack) – Fits Bigfoot Hydraulic Leveling Systems 7” square landing feet on many Class C Motorhomes.
That’s a Wrap!
As you’ve just read, this innovative RV component not only protects your RV jack pads, but also the asphalt and parking lot surfaces.
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