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Old 08-03-2014, 09:30 PM   #1
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oops...lose the jack block?

Since we have owned the TT, I've always used a 6" tall retaining wall block (the solid concrete, stackable kind) under the tounge jack for a firm footing and to get a little more lift out of the jack when I set up or take off the WDH bars.

This weekend, we camped and I used the tounge block at a site with a little downhill and side slope. We chocked the right side and used lynx levelers (3 high on the left) and all was fine until we started to break camp this morning. The DW grabbed the drill and began to lift the stabalizer jacks starting with the front. She moved to the rear of the TT and safely raised the right stabalizer jack but when she started to raise the left rear jack, the TT rolled back off the Lynx levelers and the tounge block. The chock blocks acted like a pivot point and the TT didn't roll far but it was enought to shake us up for a few seconds.

Is the use of a block under the tounge a bad idea or was this just dumb luck? The DW pointed out the TT's tanks were empty when we parked and the grey and black tanks were nearly full and may have contributed to the downhill weight shift. If there a way to chock a raised wheel(s) when the TT is on leveling blocks or something I could have done different?
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:42 PM   #2
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I'm certainly happy no damage was done, I can imagine it was very startling.

I don't think the block under the tongue jack was the issue, more about dumb luck.

But have you heard the saying "luck is when preparation meets opportunity" or something like that. I imagine that is what happened hear, if you would have had wheel chocks on both sides this might have been prevented. I too use links so I get that it's hard to use standard chocks on the side with leveled, but I usually can find a way and that is often building the platform big enough to use them. Lynx makes some chocks specifically for use with the levelers, I haven't bought them yet but plan too. I also use X-Chocks between the tires...these may have helped hold the trailer. In future I would keep the tongue jack block, but I would be sure to chock both sides.
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I just witnessed a situation similar to this a month ago. In this case the grandson installed the chocks the wrong way for the ground conditions. The use of a solid concrete block is OK. Never use a hollow block.

As for the stack of Legos. If you can make a ramp of them, then add an extra one that you do not roll up on to. And use it as a chock. One of the Lego makers have an optional chock. I have used a stack of fire wood as a chock before too.
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I use Lynx levelers with the chock fixture - works very well.
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When one side is higher to level trailer i use my ratcheting wheel lock that goes between the tires and applies pressure works great no movement
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When one side is higher to level trailer i use my ratcheting wheel lock that goes between the tires and applies pressure works great no movement
x2, only I always use them. First thing on. Last thing off.
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It really has nothing to do with the cement under the tongue jack. It has to do with the chock blocks. They should be on both sides of every tire on the trailer..
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I have a set of x-chocks but took them off before we started to raise the leveling jacks. I think there was a statement from Bal that said they are not intended to be used as a wheel chock to prevent the trailer from rolling. That statement could have been more of a liability disclaimer but will an x-chock really stop a 5k TT from rolling?
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I have a set of x-chocks but took them off before we started to raise the leveling jacks. I think there was a statement from Bal that said they are not intended to be used as a wheel chock to prevent the trailer from rolling. That statement could have been more of a liability disclaimer but will an x-chock really stop a 5k TT from rolling?
X2. I do the same for the same reason. X-chock goes on after leveling and comes off before raising the tongue to hitch.

I suspect the x-chock could damage the tires when the trailer pivots when hitching and unhitching. I am extremely cautious about my tires.
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I have a set of x-chocks but took them off before we started to raise the leveling jacks. I think there was a statement from Bal that said they are not intended to be used as a wheel chock to prevent the trailer from rolling. That statement could have been more of a liability disclaimer but will an x-chock really stop a 5k TT from rolling?
If the trailer wants to roll, those X-Chocks will pop right off from what I've heard. Mine are LAST on, FIRST off. I would also try to chock both sides of the trailer at least (if not every wheel), but I don't know how I'd do it. Typically, we only need one lynx leveler block to level our trailer, and I don't yet know a good way to chock that side in that situation. I'm looking really closely at adding one of their chocks that fits their system, but just haven't pulled the trigger yet... After your story, it might just move right up to the top of the wish list!
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