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Old 05-29-2012, 10:20 PM   #11
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Mike444, that is a great idea. I tried to rig up a similar deal with two steel ramps and a long bolt to spread them but it was cumbersome. I still have the ramps, so will just go looking for a scissor jack in the scrap pile.
Thanks a bunch!
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:42 PM   #12
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DonG,

I really tighten them up, sometimes to a point I can't knock them out real easy, I just have the DW to pull forward a little to get the pressure off and once one on each side it out, no sweat. I hope it works as well for you as it does for me.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:50 PM   #13
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I was told the complete opposite advice from what you had, wind. I was told to put my Bal X-chocks on before unhitching and to just adjust the tightness after leveling. I was told keeps the trailer from moving while unhitching and leveling and then you just adjust after. Then upon breaking camp, they should be the last thing you remove before towing away.

I didn't notice much difference after leveling and unhitching in tightness, but I will check after they cool down now. I don't think I will have much change, though, since I have N2 filled tires, but it's worth the check!
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:52 PM   #14
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I really tighten them up, sometimes to a point I can't knock them out real easy
That is the way I would do it!
Thanks again for the idea.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:56 PM   #15
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What I should of said was, after I remove the jack, they may or may not come out easy, not easy to move with the jack in place at all.
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:03 PM   #16
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What I should of said was, after I remove the jack, they may or may not come out easy, not easy to move with the jack in place at all.
Oh, of course I knew that is what you meant!
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:06 PM   #17
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Due to the pivot bar that connects the springs together between the axles, (talking leaf spring trailers), and movement of the frame, as when leveling, will move this pivot bar, as it tries to keep equal pressure on both axles, (that is what it's job is). As it pivots, there can be some variation of the distance between the wheels, especially where the X Chocks are touching. The distance between the axles at the center of the hub won't change, but the distance at the point of contact for X Chocks may move, as one wheel gets farther, the other gets closer. Anyway, I would never hook or unhook without ground chocks. One in front, and one in back, one each side. Nothing fancy, sometimes, just a short piece of 2x4 lumber, but will keep a trailer from moving very far. Also, when unhooking, the last thing I remove are the safety chains. That way if it left on it's own, it will have to take the truck with it. I do camp in the mountains a lot, and on some not so level sites.

Just stating what works for me, you will have to do as you wish, and pay for the damage when things don't go as planned.
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:54 PM   #18
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I'll have to agree with windrider on this.

It's my understanding the X-chocks or the pinch down kind (I've used both) are for stabilizing the fore and aft movement of the tt after you're set up. They're the first thing I remove when tearing down.

You should always use ground chocks to stop trailer movement. They're the first thing I do before unhitching and I only remove them after hitching up.
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X2 for both WindRider and grhodes50. Must level L/R then ground chock (at LEAST one fwd one aft, opposite corners; e.g. left front/right rear) FIRST, then go about with the for/aft leveling. Once complete THEN put in the X-Chock(s). The X-Chock instructions state they are LAST to be installed, FIRST to be removed when making/breaking camp. Also - one IS able to pull the trailer over (and thoroughly squish) plastic chocks, don't ask how I know.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:32 AM   #20
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When 1st setting up we use ground chocks and when camper is level all the way around then we put in the x-chocks and tighten as much as possible, after finishing set up of camp we go back and tighten x-chocks one last time. Also if we are out for more than a few days we check again just to be on the safe side.
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