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Old 07-02-2015, 08:22 AM   #11
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I only have one but if I had two, I would use both.
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:28 AM   #12
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I would also keep using the standard chocks, since you shouldn't install the x-chocks until unhooked and level.
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:33 AM   #13
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I would also keep using the standard chocks, since you shouldn't install the x-chocks until unhooked and level.
Roger that! Thank you!!!
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:03 AM   #14
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I would also keep using the standard chocks, since you shouldn't install the x-chocks until unhooked and level.
I bought x-chocks (actually a pair of yellow, Camco 'Wheel Stop' - much cheaper) primarily because my standard chocks didn't grip the leveling boards I use. My other chocks would sometimes slide on the boards making them virtually useless and creating a potentially dangerous situation - thinking the trailer was secure and have it move unexpectedly .

An added bonus, the Camco Wheel Stops eliminated virtually all of front-to-rear movement so reduced that portion of the trailer movement.

This is the first time I've heard that leveling and disconnecting should be done before installing the x-chocks/Wheel Stops.

So... my leveling procedure has been...
Level TT from side-to-side using boards.
Install Wheel Stops on both sides.
Disconnect from TV.
Level TT from front-to-rear.
Lower TT stabilizers.

I could, if necessary, try releasing then re-tightening the Wheel Stops to remove any tension. I'd rather not do that due to the risk of having the trailer shift.
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:33 AM   #15
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I have a set of X-Chocks that I use - I've lent them to friends in need and they promptly went and bought their own shortly after. A little on the pricey side but worth it - not just to reduce the jigglies but as a safety feature when faced with a particularily uneven site.
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Old 07-02-2015, 01:22 PM   #16
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This is the first time I've heard that leveling and disconnecting should be done before installing the x-chocks/Wheel Stops.

So... my leveling procedure has been...
Level TT from side-to-side using boards.
Install Wheel Stops on both sides.
Disconnect from TV.
Level TT from front-to-rear.
Lower TT stabilizers.

I could, if necessary, try releasing then re-tightening the Wheel Stops to remove any tension. I'd rather not do that due to the risk of having the trailer shift.
BAL X-chocks state in the written instructions (that I couldn't find online, but mine are in the trailer) that you are to unhook and level the trailer before you set the X-Chocks. IIRC in the written manual, it says they are not designed to hold the trailer in position on a grade (as regular chocks are).

Here's their Youtube vid on installation and features; at :48 seconds the narrator says "after unhooking and leveling your trailer..."

https://youtu.be/qlXsECP9_ok
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Old 07-02-2015, 05:26 PM   #18
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Tired of the "Rock n Roll?"

It's very dangerous to not chock. If I used x- chocks, I would have to carry traditional chocks to keep the rig from rolling away.
I use Roto-Chocks.

Purchased years ago.

They last forever.
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It's very dangerous to not chock. If I used x- chocks, I would have to carry traditional chocks to keep the rig from rolling away.
I use Roto-Chocks.

Purchased years ago.

They last forever.
I just use a couple of pieces of fire wood to temp chock the trailer while I get everything else sorted, disconnected, leveled etc... then I put the X-Chocks in place and the fire wood returns to it's previous role.

These Roto-Chocks look cool but a bit cumbersome - probably no more than the X-Chocks though.
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