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Old 06-17-2013, 05:37 PM   #1
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Not sure if this is the right section, but seemed the most appropriate.
We have our first TT. Have owned several motor homes before.
We are just getting to the one month mark of ownership of our Salem and have taken several trips with no real issues.
While putting it in the driveway this weekend, I got her backed in as usual.
My driveway is slight downhill and slopes some to the left, so I already knew I would be putting one of my better blocks under each wheel on that side.
Got it all done, back up on them, my TV is slightly jackknifed to the trailer, but always end up this way, so no worries.
I get a stack of 4 of the blocks out, put them under the tongue jack up front, lower it down on them, it isn't exactly centered, but figure it is ok, not bad. Mistake No. 1 Maybe a 5 degree slant to the left.
I start to unhook from the truck and realize I had no chocks under the tires. Stop what I am doing, throw a chock under one of the tires on the downhill side, no problem. Mistake number 2
Once the truck is unhooked, I watch the tongue jack start to slide across the better blocks.
As you can imagine, panic is setting in as my trailer is moving slowly across the blocks and NO WAY to stop it.
My angel was shining on me and I learned something about 30 seconds later because the part that is stuck up on the better blocks is just the right size for the tongue jack and it slides over the top of one and 'falls" on it and it stops the slide.

Lesson learned to PROPERLY chock the wheels before unhooking and think I will use my 2x10 boards from now on for the tongue jack.

Thought I would share, maybe stop someone else fromm having that PANIC of watching your trailer move while you stand there.

Mark
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:26 PM   #2
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Not sure if this is the right section, but seemed the most appropriate.
We have our first TT. Have owned several motor homes before.
We are just getting to the one month mark of ownership of our Salem and have taken several trips with no real issues.
While putting it in the driveway this weekend, I got her backed in as usual.
My driveway is slight downhill and slopes some to the left, so I already knew I would be putting one of my better blocks under each wheel on that side.
Got it all done, back up on them, my TV is slightly jackknifed to the trailer, but always end up this way, so no worries.
I get a stack of 4 of the blocks out, put them under the tongue jack up front, lower it down on them, it isn't exactly centered, but figure it is ok, not bad. Mistake No. 1 Maybe a 5 degree slant to the left.
I start to unhook from the truck and realize I had no chocks under the tires. Stop what I am doing, throw a chock under one of the tires on the downhill side, no problem. Mistake number 2
Once the truck is unhooked, I watch the tongue jack start to slide across the better blocks.
As you can imagine, panic is setting in as my trailer is moving slowly across the blocks and NO WAY to stop it.
My angel was shining on me and I learned something about 30 seconds later because the part that is stuck up on the better blocks is just the right size for the tongue jack and it slides over the top of one and 'falls" on it and it stops the slide.

Lesson learned to PROPERLY chock the wheels before unhooking and think I will use my 2x10 boards from now on for the tongue jack.

Thought I would share, maybe stop someone else fromm having that PANIC of watching your trailer move while you stand there.

Mark
I had similar experience several years ago when I bought my first TT. Its a good lesson to learn and an extra blessing when no damage is done.

Even if it looks level I always chock before I unhook. It a lot better than having that helpless feeling you get as you TT rolls away uncontrolled.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:54 PM   #3
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Mark, been there and it's no fun at all. A little experience without damage definitely makes us better.

For the tongue blocks I used 4x4s and made a stack of alternating pairs of them, starting with them farther apart and the next pair a bit closer and the next pair a bit closer together. This makes a kind of pyramid shape. I saw this being done on a house that was being jacked up to be moved across town and it looked pretty sturdy. Usually it only took two pairs of 4x4s and then a 2x6 or 2x8 across the top pair. When parked in a steep driveway it took 4 pairs of 4x4s and it was still stable enough.

Douglas fir construction lumber is still the lightest and strongest material for blocks I have found. On our new rig, I made some 3" tall blocks using 2x12s. I cut them lengthwise to the width of a 2x12. Then oriented the grain of the wood so the two pieces crossed and glued and clamped them together. This gave me a block that was roughly 10x10 and 3 inches tall. Very stable block and with a 1" hole in the center easy to stack on a stand in my storage. These come in very handy when you need to get one side or one end up in the air a bit.
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:37 PM   #4
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Hey guys another thing you can do to stop a slide slip what ever you want to call is to pull the cable on your breakaway breaks. This will allow the breaks to energize and stop the trailer once you have stopped it chock wheels and put the pin back in the emergency breaks.
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Not sure if this is the right section, but seemed the most appropriate.
We have our first TT. Have owned several motor homes before.
We are just getting to the one month mark of ownership of our Salem and have taken several trips with no real issues.
While putting it in the driveway this weekend, I got her backed in as usual.
My driveway is slight downhill and slopes some to the left, so I already knew I would be putting one of my better blocks under each wheel on that side.
Got it all done, back up on them, my TV is slightly jackknifed to the trailer, but always end up this way, so no worries.
I get a stack of 4 of the blocks out, put them under the tongue jack up front, lower it down on them, it isn't exactly centered, but figure it is ok, not bad. Mistake No. 1 Maybe a 5 degree slant to the left.
I start to unhook from the truck and realize I had no chocks under the tires. Stop what I am doing, throw a chock under one of the tires on the downhill side, no problem. Mistake number 2
Once the truck is unhooked, I watch the tongue jack start to slide across the better blocks.
As you can imagine, panic is setting in as my trailer is moving slowly across the blocks and NO WAY to stop it.
My angel was shining on me and I learned something about 30 seconds later because the part that is stuck up on the better blocks is just the right size for the tongue jack and it slides over the top of one and 'falls" on it and it stops the slide.

Lesson learned to PROPERLY chock the wheels before unhooking and think I will use my 2x10 boards from now on for the tongue jack.

Thought I would share, maybe stop someone else fromm having that PANIC of watching your trailer move while you stand there.

Mark
Use a pr of Bal X Chocks and forget using blocks for chocks.
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:48 PM   #6
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One in front of each tire!

Search results for: 'chocks'

Item #96479, Item #69326 or Item #69853

Or if you want to go big.

Item #69828
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Old thread, but the first thing I connect while hooking up and the last thing I unhook as I was setting up, is my emergency breakaway switch. That was as I am moving things around if I get surprised or forgot something the trailer isn't going far.

Got lucky once too, I was setting up, forgot to chock the wheels and the daughter unit declared she simply had to pee now and bebopped inside before I could say a word. That shifted the weight just enough that it started to move. A foot later the cable pulled the breakaway, trailer stopped and all was well. And yes, she went on like nothing happened.
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First thing in is chocks and the last thing out is chocks. I even use x chocks and rubber chocks combo.
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Step 1 - set chocks under wheels on downhill side.
Step 2 - put TV in neutral and roll weight onto the chocks.
Step 3 - set parking break on TV, start unhitching.

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Step 1 - set chocks under wheels on downhill side.
Step 2 - put TV in neutral and roll weight onto the chocks.
Step 3 - set parking break on TV, start unhitching.

Wisdom comes from experience - DAMHIK.
Step 1 - set parking brake on TV.
Step 2 - set Ball X chocks between wheels on both sides.
Step 3 - put TV in neutral and roll weight against trailer.
Step 4 - set parking brake on TV, start unhitching.
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