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Old 05-03-2015, 06:53 AM   #1
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Close call.

As I'm still lying here in the bed at the lake in my TT, I am reflecting on a moment that I had two days ago.
Was setting up at the spot we picked that was fairly level for the TT. Started to unhook the TV. That's when I had an "almost crapped my pants moment"!
Jacking up the trailer to disconnect the hitch. TV was on a slope. Had the TT wheels chocked. TT started to slip downhill as well as the TV. (Area was gravel too).
Truck was too low in the slope to detach the coupling.
Packed up the family and moved across the road to a more level site.

Big learning experience for me!! Just thought I'd share.
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Been there, done that!! Bought the X chocks to make sure that didn't happen again. X chocks are excellent peace of mind.
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Been there, done that!! Bought the X chocks to make sure that didn't happen again. X chocks are excellent peace of mind.
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Jacking up the trailer to disconnect the hitch. TV was on a slope. Had the TT wheels chocked. TT started to slip downhill as well as the TV. (Area was gravel too). ...snip
WOW! I've have some movement when disconnecting, but nothing like that! Sounds like you were fortunate to only have a close call. It could have been more serious than that.

From your description, it seems X-chocks etc. wouldn't have helped; everything was sliding on the gravel. Do you think they could have helped?
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WOW! I've have some movement when disconnecting, but nothing like that! Sounds like you were fortunate to only have a close call. It could have been more serious than that.

From your description, it seems X-chocks etc. wouldn't have helped; everything was sliding on the gravel. Do you think they could have helped?
Not really sure. TT was level and TV was on the slope. Nose end up and hitch down. The TT would've been jacked way too high to the max of the jack just to unhook.

Gravel is gravel. Slippery as ^%#}!!!
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That's why in Europe the TT's have an emergency brake.........was already wondering why?..lol
Dexter and other mfg's have this as an extra option. As long as the law doesn't require an emergency brake on TT's, manufactures will not put them on
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I suppose you could have pulled the pin out of the brake safety interlock, which would have locked the wheels on the trailer.
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Do not rely on pulling that safety chain. That runs off the battery and if your battery dies, well?
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I've had my TT slide twice now and both times it happened when I was lifting the tongue high to disconnect/connect from the TV. I never thought of pulling the brake pin....your battery shouldn't die as long as you use this method as temporary solution while you connect or disconnect from the TV. I was also using plastic chocks at the time and have since threw them away. I found that rubber chocks hold better in gravel than plastic chocks.
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As an emergency situation you can pull the brake pin. With 4 brakes it draws only 18 amp.
You can leave the cable hooked to the TV until you're disconnected from the ball or 5er hitch.
When you move your TV be sure the cable from the brake pin is disconnected.
Plastic chocks are cheapo's rubber or home made wood chocks are much better.
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