I am about to build a tiny house in March, and am researching leveling jack alternatives. I just purchased 4 car jacks at a garage sale for a good price. Does anyone know if this is possible? I know they will lift each corner of the trailer when it's empty, but once the build is complete is the unknown. Thanks for any insight!
No expert, but I think I've seen tongue trailer Jacks at each corner. Assuming the tires are level with each other, use these tongue Jacks to swivel it up or down to level it the long length of trailer. Most of the weight should be on tires.
There should be a weight rating on the jacks, ranging from say 2 to 6 tons or more. I have a 200 sq ft tiny home and I used car jacks at each corner for the whole build and put blocking under the trailer in certain areas when it was built. I still have the car jacks at each corner and they have been there for 14 months.
Check out my thread and ask any questions you would like, I would be happy to help in any way I can.
You should look into the piers they use for mobile homes. They're technically jacks.
You get a metal support stand that's usually bolted or resting on a concrete pad/patio stone somehow, then you buy a jack piece which threads down the center, and you adjust it with a wrench. Each one of these are rated to lift 6000lbs.
The main issue with tiny homes on wheels, as with mobile homes, is that sometimes they have to comply to a wind/hurricane/tornado threat to have them tied down to the ground. If they don't need to be tied to the ground, then these easily function as leveling jacks as long as there's enough of them.
Not growing or raising anything at the moment, but I'm here doing research for the future.
posted 4 years ago
Thanks for the replies! Great to hear all the ideas and experience using them (leveling jacks).