Essential for our Casita is ground tackle (nautical term from my Navy days).
For wheel chocks, I have 2 types. At home or in storage, I highly recommend rubber wheel chocks over plastic ones. Hurricane Irma hit our camper (which held up just fine), the rubber chocks were still in place on one wheel while the plastic chocks on the other side were blown away. Race Ramps are the best that I’ve found, pricey, but you get what you pay for. I use them on my boat trailer too.
On the road we use the Tri-lynx chocks that integrate with their leveling blocks. Made in the USA, they’re strong enough to use under the stabilizer jacks too. Each layer of blocks adds an inch of height. A 10 pack is plenty and they come with a zip up storage bag.
I added stick-on bubble levels, one to the front of the Casita, and the second to the trailer tongue. The side to side level is graduated in inches so you know how many blocks to put under the tire. The level on the tongue tells me when the trailer is level using the jack.
Tri-lynx blocks in action[/caption]
I upgraded the jack to a Bulldog 5,000 pound capacity, side wind model which is much easier to crank up than the cheap top wind model that comes with the casita. Super easy to install, just 3 bolts. Make sure to support the tongue of the camper before removing those bolts by either hooking up to the tow vehicle or placing the tongue on jack stands and chocking the wheels.
We started out using a little yellow plastic cone to hold up the front of the jack. I upgraded to a heavier-duty red cone from Valterra. After reading about people having the scary moment of their cone tipping over and the front of their Casita crashing to the ground, it was time for an upgrade.
A stack of boards is a popular solution, but I had a better plan. Old growth Miami-Dade Pine was used during the build up of Miami and the Keys from 1800-1920’s. Due to over-harvesting, it quickly went extinct. We bought ours from a reclaimed wood specialist for our home kitchen shelves. The 2×14’s were originally floor joints in an old downtown hotel. We had enough left over to make a stand with 3″ deck screws. At $50 a linear foot, we probably have the most expensive jack stand ever built, but it’s a great conversation piece!