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Old 06-12-2018, 09:04 PM   #11
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I didn't think you should use the x chocks until you are also leveled front to back. I thought if they were right and then you raise/lower the front, you risk bending the axles.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:07 PM   #12
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I didn't think you should use the x chocks until you are also leveled front to back. I thought if they were right and then you raise/lower the front, you risk bending the axles.
I really don't see how that would happen. After levelling side to side I use use my x-chocks and/or regular chocks to secure movement of the trailer before levelling front to back. I know people have bent STABILIZERS by putting them down before levelling (or using them to level).
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:12 PM   #13
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I didn't think you should use the x chocks until you are also leveled front to back. I thought if they were right and then you raise/lower the front, you risk bending the axles.
Nope.

Level side to side first.
Put in x-chocks next.
Then level front to back.
Finally put stabs down.
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Old 06-12-2018, 11:05 PM   #14
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We did side to side
Front to back
then stabilizers
then xchocks.

Didn't seem to matter the order of stabilizers or xchocks.
However, putting the stabilizers down after leveling was key and putting the stabilizers up before hooking up was also critical

Sounds like you had a great camping experience. It does get easier.
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Old 06-13-2018, 08:00 AM   #15
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Well we picked Memorial Day weekend for our first EVER camping trip with a trailer, our new 2018 233s Roo. This is our first Trailer. Decided to stay pretty close to home, just in case about an hour away. Planned on 3 nights, but the Friday before was raining so we waiting until Saturday morning to leave. Had a great trip, no issues with the Roo. Had a funny story though. The site was much more sloped back to front that I guess I would have expected. I backed the trailer in no problem (leveled it side to side), put in the x-chocks, REALLY TIGHT, got all unhooked, etc. THEN, when I went to level front to back, hmmm, the front jack didn't have enough travel to get it level, not even close! I had used all of my leveling blocks to get level side-to-side SO, as I stared at this sloping trailer, what to do? I first found a HUGE ROCK and put it under the jack, after re-connecting to truck!. That worked but the wife wasn't happy with that, afraid the trailer would slip off the rock! Ok, Ok, so I went and found two railroad ties (probably 12x8) and used them under the jack. That worked. Ok great, the trailer is now LEVEL! Then I went to put down the stabilizer jacks. Hmmm. Back ones no problem. Front ones, NOPE, not a chance! LOL. Back to the drawing board. I went searching AGAIN, found two BIG LOGS! Take a look at the picture. Hilarious. Oh well, I now own a new Anderson leveling solution and extra leveling blocks as well. Other than the "interesting" experience of the sloping site we had a great time.
We had a similar experience the first night out with our 2017. We were going to a wedding in North Dakota, about 11 hrs away. We powered through the drive in 1 day with only a few short stops. It was midnight by the time we got there. The site I reserved online was supposedly 40 ft. so I should have been able to fit our Shamrock easily. What they didn't say online was that there was a rock embankment a little over half way back with about a 3' rise in grade. I backed the trailer up all the way to the rocks and the tongue was barley out of the road. If this had been a busy area with lots of traffic, I would have probably insisted that we move. But it was early May, about 100 yards from the Canadian boarder. We were the only ones there. Our site was also sloped severely toward the road. I put every piece of cribbing I brought under the tongue jack and could not get it up high enough to level. It was late, pitch black, so we said f* it and went to bed. We spent the first night in our new camper trying not to roll out the canvas at the end of the bunk.
The next day I drove into town and found a Menards. I picked up a 6' long rough sawn 6x6 landscaping timber and a cement block. Both items were around $18 total. I cut the timber into 1 foot chunks and used 1 under the tongue along with the cement block and 1 each under the stab jacks. I finally got it level that way. Now when we go out, I still take the 6x6 timbers for the tongue and stab jacks. They come in very handy, and pretty much stay in the box of my truck all the time unless the camper is set up. They also keep the stab jacks from running all the way down which will make the trailer more stable.
I also have a set of Anderson levelers. Ive used them dozens of times and love them, but they have let me down on 2 occasions. Both times, I was setting up on grass, in the rain. The levelers just sunk into the mud and would not raise the camper up high enough to level. For those occasions, I now carry a few chunks of 2x6 in the toolbox on my truck. Their primary purpose is to keep my floor jack from damaging the bottom of the aluminum box but they will still be used for leveling if the need arises.
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Old 06-13-2018, 10:17 AM   #16
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I really don't see how that would happen. After levelling side to side I use use my x-chocks and/or regular chocks to secure movement of the trailer before levelling front to back. I know people have bent STABILIZERS by putting them down before levelling (or using them to level).


Good to know. I wonder where I got that thinking from.
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Nope.

Level side to side first.
Put in x-chocks next.
Then level front to back.
Finally put stabs down.
bikendan,

What is the advantage of putting in the x-chocks before front to back level?
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Old 06-14-2018, 03:55 PM   #18
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The benefit for me is after inserting the x-chocks the trailer is secure! It's locked into position, and I can disconnect my tow vehicle. I can not level front to back without disconnecting the tow vehicle from the hitch! And I must be secure before disconnecting.
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Old 06-14-2018, 04:03 PM   #19
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bikendan,

What is the advantage of putting in the x-chocks before front to back level?
x2 to what wprather said.
And when doing side to side leveling, I'm already at the tires, so I might as well put the chocks in.
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Old 06-14-2018, 04:07 PM   #20
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Unless you have regular chocks. We used them to keep the trailer from moving before we put on the xchocks. More work, but we didn't always need the xchocks if we were only staying the night.
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