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Old 04-12-2014, 04:51 PM   #1
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I can't believe what I just did!

Like the title says, I'm still recovering from probably a heart attack. I moved the 5er and forgot to chock the wheels. Pulled the hitch release, trailer moved back about 4 feet into the gravel pad and hitting the bed of the truck. It was like super slow motion and there was nothing I could do but watch. As a reminder to anyone, chock, chock, and chock before unhitching. I became complacent and never thought it would happen to me. Damage doesn't look too bad, mostly cosmetic. My pride has suffered the most. Click image for larger version

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Old 04-12-2014, 04:58 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear of your mishap. That's why the first thing I do is install the Bal X Chocks even tho' the instructions say not to. Did it on our tt for 6 yrs and 2 yrs on our 5er with no known problems.

Maybe polished alum plate will hide the damage to the 5er and give you a conversation pc.
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Old 04-12-2014, 05:28 PM   #3
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I can't believe what I just did!

Man that stinks. It can happen to any of us. We all get the routine down so well we end up getting lazy and don't double check things. Especially the easy things like wheel chocks. You would think that would come first to mind but so many things to do it happens. Hope you can get it all fixed up. Don't beat yourself up too hard. At the end of the day they are just things. No one was hurt.
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Old 04-12-2014, 05:33 PM   #4
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True, no one was hurt. The kids were outside too. So I'm very thankful everyone is ok. I'll get it fixed up and it shouldn't delay any trips this year.
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Old 04-12-2014, 05:39 PM   #5
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Talk about routine, I have mine and get those who want to stop and talk while you are pulling in is when the trouble starts. Takes you out of the routine and then trouble. Please, Please, wait til someone gets set up before you start yacking. Hate to be rude, but stay away unless you see a problem and then yell at them to stop. Biggest possibility of accidents were not waiting til someone gets set up before heading over. Distracting from routine.
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Old 04-12-2014, 05:43 PM   #6
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Hate to hear this happened to you, but THANK YOU for sharing your snafu with us.

It's a perfect reminder and hopefully prevents us from making the same mistake.

Glad to hear no one was hurt, and it sounds like the gravel helped prevent it from moving further.

We park ours here at home backed up about five feet from a HUGE oak. Every time we bring it home and park it I get a mental picture of how messed up the rear end would be if it hit that oak. As odd as it sounds, that oak tree is always a reminder; chock! chock! x-chock! Even it if IS on level ground. That's a fear I hope I never get over.

I'm paranoid about 5th wheels (major reason we went with the bumper full first time around) and every time he starts to pull that release arm I hold my breath.
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Old 04-12-2014, 05:59 PM   #7
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Yep, almost did the same thing this morning when I got the Flagstaff home. Luckily, I remembered to put the BAL x-chocks in before I elevated the tongue jack above the hitch ball. But, I almost forgot! Not quite sure what made the alarm go off in my head!
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Old 04-12-2014, 06:31 PM   #8
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Like the title says, I'm still recovering from probably a heart attack. I moved the 5er and forgot to chock the wheels. Pulled the hitch release, trailer moved back about 4 feet into the gravel pad and hitting the bed of the truck. It was like super slow motion and there was nothing I could do but watch. As a reminder to anyone, chock, chock, and chock before unhitching. I became complacent and never thought it would happen to me. Damage doesn't look too bad, mostly cosmetic. My pride has suffered the most. Attachment 49686Attachment 49687
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Ok I understand forgetting to chock the wheels but did you also not put the landing gear down?

Being a truck driver since out of high school the landing gear is always the first thing down before anything happens including chocking the wheels
And the last thing that goes up after the pull test.

Sorry this has happened to you.



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Old 04-12-2014, 07:02 PM   #9
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Ok I understand forgetting to chock the wheels but did you also not put the landing gear down?

Being a truck driver since out of high school the landing gear is always the first thing down before anything happens including chocking the wheels
And the last thing that goes up after the pull test.

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The landing gear was down, it was on wood 4x4s I normally use to help distribute the load on the gravel. It actually slid off of those and that's when it hit the bed of my truck. So it dropped 3+ inches from that and then dug into the gravel. There is a slight grade where it was putting it. Obviously it was enough to roll.
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I feel you pain. I experienced the same sinking feeling when it happened to me. The only damage I experienced was to the rail of the tonneau cover and of course my pride. The first thing I did was to look around to see if anyone was watching. No one would have known if I didn't confess here on FRF first. From that day forward, chock and chock.
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