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Lwiddis

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Posted: 02/27/20 09:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

“They get tossed into the back of the truck so that thy are easy to get if we park on a steep incline.”

A good safe practice. I see many newbies not at all concerned. They don’t even turn their front wheels into the curb when available. I moved once to get uphill from one airhead


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Snomas wrote:

Do I need use one or two X-chocks? I have always used plastic wheel chocks to keep TT from moving when camped but like the between dual wheel X chocks.


I use two.

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I tried the store bought brands when I first started. For the last 20 years or so, I ahve been using homemade ones. Two 4x6s cut into a wedge with a large 12-14' bolt and nut to tighten them. A lot of times I don't need them. When I am off level, I dig holes for the high side wheels. Lots of advantages to doing it like this. The TT cannot fall out of the holes, like ican off of blocks. The TT sits lower which is better for the steps and stability in wind. The only thing needed is a shovel which is a handy thing to have in camp anyway.


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X-Chocks are meant to reduce the rocking sensation by preventing minor rolling of the wheels. They are NOT meant to replace actual chocks, which are meant to reduce the trailer from rolling away.

I use Fastway wheel chocks, as it does BOTH. It is an actual chock that prevents the trailer from rolling away and it reduces the rocking sensation by not allowing the tires to have that minor roll.


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Throw the cheep plastic chocks in the nearest garbage can, get 4 of the hard rubber chocks from harbor freight.
Set the chocks properly,I set the rear chocks and slightly back into them then I set the front chocks put the truck into neutral and let it set into the front chocks the put the x chock in.


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Huntindog wrote:

I tried the store bought brands when I first started. For the last 20 years or so, I ahve been using homemade ones. Two 4x6s cut into a wedge with a large 12-14' bolt and nut to tighten them. A lot of times I don't need them. When I am off level, I dig holes for the high side wheels. Lots of advantages to doing it like this. The TT cannot fall out of the holes, like ican off of blocks. The TT sits lower which is better for the steps and stability in wind. The only thing needed is a shovel which is a handy thing to have in camp anyway.
Don't take this the wrong way but it would be kind of hard to dig holes under the high side wheels when you are in a state campground when the parking area is tar. Out in the boonies would be ok. I use a homemade set of 4x4 chocks and the store bought x-chocks and it works out just great. Never had the trailer even think about moving while unhitching it.

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I see some are recommending the rubber chocks from Harbor Freight. I have them and don't like the design or shape. I recently got some chocks from Tractor Supply that I believe will be much better.
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/produc........tural-foam-poly-chock-ts239?cm_vc=-10005


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Quite frankly I have never found trailer movement to be an issue. I set the chocks as needed for the slope of the ground and that is that.

Perhaps it has never been an issue because I have a shorter 25 ft. 6500 # TT.

Even my worst case in KY where I had the tongue 30" off the ground and the back bumper off the ground by mere inches caused no TT movement.

I have driven over my chocks a few times but those cheapo yellow plastic types pop back after a few days.


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Walaby wrote:

Xchocks are not supposed to be a "replacement" for regular wheel chocks.

Mike


Ditto......they cannot hold the weight of an RV trailer unless it's a Casita or Bollero (2,000 lbs).

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Here's my homemade x-chocks for my spread axle travel trailer. Without the chains and turnbuckle, the wheels still move and I get a seesaw effect of the chocks when I push the back of the camper. With the chains and turnbuckle, the wheels are held rock solid and don't move when I push on the back of the camper.

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