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Old 07-24-2013, 09:21 AM   #1
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saw a bad one

Saw a bad one this last weekend: a 35ft 5th-wheel took out the side of his truck uncoupling.
The short of it was no chocks were used before disconnecting.
Now I wasnít hands-on when it happened I was the next site over and came running when I heard the bang and saw the camper moving through the truck.
This was my take on it.
I was at the beach(Seacliff State Park) camping on sandy asphalt with a small slope. The guy backed in with a 45deg to the camper, to line up in the spot. Well maybe he got in a rush or just inexperienced but the landing gear went down and he unlocked/disconnected (he didnít level-up or chock) and the rig just took off. Good thing for emergency-break-away-brake because thatís what kept it from going through a fence, off a 4ft drop and on to the beach.
Sorry I am not a 5er, yet, so I do not know the term of what he unlocked before the camper took off.
Many of us local campers came in to help, he was slightly shaken up. A fellow 5er brought his own truck in and moved the camper for this guy. Several of us asked/found his leveling blocks and chocks and got him all set up. His truck was still drivable with only major cosmetic damage to the bed, sidewall and tailgate.
I couldnít get myself to take pictures; I felt bad for the guy and didnít feel pictures were appropriate.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:43 AM   #2
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Glad I learned this lesson on a smaller trailer. The second or third time I had my popup out, I leveled it on blocks on a pretty flat piece of ground (no pad ) and proceded to unhook. I scared the mess out of me when it jumped back and then rolled two feet or so off the back of the blocks. Hasn't happened since.

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Old 07-24-2013, 10:26 AM   #3
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For the edification of us all what chocks do people recommend for these larger rigs (5ers and larger TTs).

This question is open to all not just the OP

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Old 07-24-2013, 10:57 AM   #4
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I just put the rubber ones in, my level blocks (wood have a built in chock ) if I use them, if not I also have a 6x6 that also slides in
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:17 PM   #5
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Pretty scary event - never seen it happen, hope I never do. I have seen the yellow plastic chocks (available at most places) actually explode out the back when forgotten and driven over. This made me search for better ones. I came across some solid rubber chocks that are sold by Harbor Freight for about $8 each. They are a bit larger than the yellow plastic ones, but more importantly, they are nearly impossible to forget and drive over. If you try to drive over one, it is like leaving the parking brake on and having the brake pedal to the floor - the engine revs, but you don't move. Since they are relatively inexpensive, indestructible, and very effective, I ended up buying a set of four for our new rig. They work great!

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Old 07-24-2013, 02:33 PM   #6
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When I'm unhooking I have a triangular shaped piece of wood (I believe it was an 8x8" block that I sawed to make the triangle) - mounted an old drawer handle on it for ease in carrying. I slide that in while unhooking, then once I get leveled (six-way auto-levelers) - then I use Fastway OneStep chocks. Not only are they great chocks, but it completely stops any rocking as we walk in the fiver.


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Old 07-24-2013, 03:04 PM   #7
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X chocks for us.

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Old 07-24-2013, 03:12 PM   #8
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This is the type that I use.

10 x 8 in. Heavy Duty Rubber Wheel Chock | Princess Auto
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:52 PM   #9
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Large yellow chocks from CW. The BIG one not the little $# ones that crush when you roll a little farther than you should (don't ask how I know). No damage other than DW (still) screaming at me. At least is was at the storage lot, not a CG. Chock before unhooking, remove chocks only after fully hooked up.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:00 PM   #10
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chocks chocks and more chocks!!! and do NOT rush!!


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