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Old 02-03-2014, 09:53 PM   #11
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Yep went down to Harbor freight today and got the rubber wheel blocks and yes I was looking at the Link's orange ones they look pretty durable thanks for the info guys in San Jose California lots of Harbor freight's stores picking up the trailer this Sunday get a little nervous though big storm coming in Sunday when I have to drive up two hours to pick it up never towed anything that large
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:58 PM   #12
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Plus I'm towing my 2013 Rockwood freedom pop up up there hope it doesn't rain too hard
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Old 02-03-2014, 10:46 PM   #13
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Have used BAL X-Chocks for 6 years on an 08 Flagstaff 831RLSS and now on a 12 Flagstaff 8528RKWS 5er. They lock the tires so good I use them to do the pull test on the hitch. Trailer will not move if you tighten them enough. Have never had one come loose and I install them as the very first thing when camping and the very last thing removed when leaving. Even with the tires hot from towing, I've never had one loosen.
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Old 02-03-2014, 10:58 PM   #14
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.....Just be mindful of how much you use the tongue jack/ landing gear once they are installed, once locked down and you start rotating front of camper up or down it puts a lot of torsional stress on axles and frame....
RhoZeta, Why would that be? When I put wheel checks in place the wheels don't move when I lower or raise my trailer... Why would x-checks be different besides the fact lock the wheels are more firmly locked in place. They don't lock the axle? And the axle is on a spring or torsion bar so should they not still move.

I have wondered about this but am not an expert by any means. Thanks for any thought on this issue.
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Old 02-03-2014, 11:47 PM   #15
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RhoZeta, Why would that be? When I put wheel checks in place the wheels don't move when I lower or raise my trailer... Why would x-checks be different besides the fact lock the wheels are more firmly locked in place. They don't lock the axle? And the axle is on a spring or torsion bar so should they not still move.

I have wondered about this but am not an expert by any means. Thanks for any thought on this issue.

Exactly! The wheels do not move, next time you get a chance have somebody raise/lower the tongue while you look at the wheels without the X chocks in place and watch how much they turn while camper is moving up and down, when locked against each other they no longer turn and try to force the axles and subsequently the frame to twist. If all the chocks did was affect the wheels/tires then they would not be useful to us, because they force the axles and frame to be rigid due to locking the two tires together it helps to keep the trailer taught while walking around inside.
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Thanks RhoZeta, I will have to look at the wheel movement. I guess I wonder how much stress this applies to the axle but maybe it is just easier to throw the chocks in place while uncoupling from the trailer and leveling and then apply the x-chocks....
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:14 AM   #17
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Wheel chocks

Preferred method:

1) Use levelling blocks/boards to level side to side.
2) chock with wedges.
3) Unhook from truck, level front to back.
4) Install X-chocks
5) Put out slide
6) Reconfirm everything level, tweak as necessary
7) Put down stabilizers
8) Hookup power, water, sewer.
9) Turn on HW
10) Put out awning, outdoor carpet, get out camp chairs.
11) Relax with cold brew.

Usual method

1) Screw it, it's level enough, chock with wedges
2) Unhook from truck, get front to back close enough.
3) Put out slide so DW can get kids ready for bed.
4) Hook up power/ water so kids can get ready for bed.
5) Pull out chairs, carpet etc... so bunk can be folded down so kids can go to bed. Chairs get dumped in a pile.
6) put down stabilizers in response to DW complaining the trailers too shaky. Stabs throw level off even further but slows down shake.
7) run and hide from wife on backside of trailer doing "that dang outdoor stuff." I.e. The rest of the hookups.
8) Install X-chocks cramped under slide out in the dark, and of course in the mud puddle, though it's been a drought for 3 weeks.
9) go inside, go to bed.
10) get up from bed, go back outside and turn on HW.
11) take dog for walk "since I'm up anyways" though I'd rather just crawl back into bed.
12) crash in bed
13) get up in morning and fix it all.
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:39 AM   #18
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Preferred method:

1) Use levelling blocks/boards to level side to side.
2) chock with wedges.
3) Unhook from truck, level front to back.
4) Install X-chocks
5) Put out slide
6) Reconfirm everything level, tweak as necessary
7) Put down stabilizers
8) Hookup power, water, sewer.
9) Turn on HW
10) Put out awning, outdoor carpet, get out camp chairs.
11) Relax with cold brew.

Usual method

1) Screw it, it's level enough, chock with wedges
2) Unhook from truck, get front to back close enough.
3) Put out slide so DW can get kids ready for bed.
4) Hook up power/ water so kids can get ready for bed.
5) Pull out chairs, carpet etc... so bunk can be folded down so kids can go to bed. Chairs get dumped in a pile.
6) put down stabilizers in response to DW complaining the trailers too shaky. Stabs throw level off even further but slows down shake.
7) run and hide from wife on backside of trailer doing "that dang outdoor stuff." I.e. The rest of the hookups.
8) Install X-chocks cramped under slide out in the dark, and of course in the mud puddle, though it's been a drought for 3 weeks.
9) go inside, go to bed.
10) get up from bed, go back outside and turn on HW.
11) take dog for walk "since I'm up anyways" though I'd rather just crawl back into bed.
12) crash in bed
13) get up in morning and fix it all.



Nice...That is way too funny...
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:44 AM   #19
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Yep, commonly referred to as "legos". I was just adding to the needed equipment for preventing roll aways. There's been much discussion here on the forum regarding the x chocks and whether or not they're for reduced movement while inside the RV, or were they manufactured to keep the RV from rolling.

We don't trust 'em for total prevention of movement, thus the mention of the heavy rubber wheel chocks.
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:28 AM   #20
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I have wide spaced axles on my TT so the standard X blocks didn't work. So I made my own set of X blocks.
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