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Old 05-11-2015, 09:46 PM   #1
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New homemade chocks

I recently made a new set of homemade chocks, since the ones I used for our old hybrid were wearing out and didn't really fit our new 24FBS, so I thought I'd post the results here. Here's one of them in use:



The materials are 4x4 PT lumber (made from some fence posts I had laying around), which is cut to 8" long on the short side of the trapezoid, and the angles are 22.5. The rod is 1/2" diameter, cut to 18" long (from a piece I had left over from another project). The bottom block is fastened on both sides with nuts and washers (from the "Nuts and Washers" jar in my workroom), and the top one is only fastened on the top, so it slides. The holes drilled through each block are 3/4" diameter, only because the next smallest bit I had was 1/2", which would have been too tight.

I had enough parts to make two, one for either side. It only takes a few seconds each to put these in place and tighten them down. And best of all, the only thing I spent on them was about half an hour of my time on a Sunday afternoon.
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Old 05-11-2015, 09:56 PM   #2
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Sweeeeet! Nice job.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:11 PM   #3
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Great idea, thanks for the post
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It's an idea that's been around for a while, and we've used it with great success on our hybrid. After getting our new trailer home from the dealer, I was a little disappointed that the axle spread was a little too far apart to use the old ones, so I had to make new ones. I thought I'd post them here with the measurements in case anyone wanted to make their own.
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Old 05-12-2015, 07:14 AM   #5
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Sweet, I like it.
Simple and effective.
I think I have the same spare parts laying around to pull it off.
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Old 05-12-2015, 07:37 AM   #6
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This is another thing I need to do once I get my TT out of storage. With the wide stance of the Whitehawks standard ones will not work so it is off to the work shop and make my own I guess. Thanks for posting.
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Old 05-12-2015, 08:00 AM   #7
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Great job
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:43 AM   #8
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Great job!

First mod: wing nut on one side.

Consider your idea stolen. There's plenty of 4x4 and threaded rod kicking around my barn.
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I did consider a wingnut, or welding "handles" on to the top nut, but I have a ratcheting wrench that works quite well. I can tighten the chocks pretty good without worrying about them wiggling loose. I know from experience that this design eliminates a lot of the wiggle when the trailer is parked. One other change I might make is to use lock washers on the nuts for the bottom block. My last one sometimes came loose. Next time I'm in the hardware store I'll pick some up.

To anyone who wants to steal this idea, please post your photos, and any improvements that you've made!
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Building in a set of 3/4 inch pipe clamps works real well to snug the chocks up well. Not my idea, I got the suggestion from another thread in this forum, but they sure work well.

I looked around the forums and saw several options.
Then I looked around my garage and realized I had the following:
- Left over piece of 4 foot long 4 x 4 treated post.
- Extra sets of 3/4 inch pipe clamps.
- Some old black pipe for which I had no use.

I put the following together this last year, and it didn't cost me anything new, except for my time. I made a set for each side of the travel trailer. I don't know how well it works until I'm laying in the TT bed at 2 AM and someone goes to the bathroom on the other end of the trailer. The pipe clamps make for easy tightening, although I'm guessing I'll need to whack the 4x4 with a hammer to loosen them when I want to take them off.

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