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Old 08-22-2015, 08:01 AM   #11
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I use the BAL Deluxe Locking Chocks. They take only a few seconds to put in place and the work great. Each one comes with a ratcheting wrench, which makes tightening them down a breeze. Not as cheap as the home made ones, but not as bulky or heavy.



They make another version, too - the X-Locking Chock. Right now Camping World has a 2-pak for $69 + shipping.

X-Chock Tire Locking Chock, 2-Pack - BAL 28012 - Chocks & Levelers - Camping World
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Old 08-22-2015, 10:30 PM   #12
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I don't even own a set of chalks. I had them for my TT but not my 5ver. I use the BAL chalks after I am level but I never use them while hooking and unhooking. This is how I do it been fool proof for the last 4 years. I raise my trailer until the king pin is just clear of the hitch plate. At that point I know the load of the trailer is sitting on the landing gear. I then release my hitch and drive out. I then level the trailer front to rear and place the Xchalks in to help with trailer movement while camping. I have seen people level with the x chalks installed and they get spit out while leveling. I have used a chunk of wood a couple of time on some extreme down hill campsites before unhitching the trailer.
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Old 08-24-2015, 07:03 AM   #13
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I use the BAL Deluxe Locking Chocks. They take only a few seconds to put in place and the work great. Each one comes with a ratcheting wrench, which makes tightening them down a breeze. Not as cheap as the home made ones, but not as bulky or heavy.



They make another version, too - the X-Locking Chock. Right now Camping World has a 2-pak for $69 + shipping.

X-Chock Tire Locking Chock, 2-Pack - BAL 28012 - Chocks & Levelers - Camping World

I have these as well! What a huge difference!
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Old 08-27-2015, 07:29 AM   #14
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Yes yes yes Chock the wheels ! The chocking is to keep the unit in place while hooking and unhooking on uneven ground it could move until you get all your jacks down . I got in a hurry once and forgot to chock the wheel the site was sloped a little to the back once unhook from the truck it slid about eight inches . It was enough that I never forgot again. Talk about a rapid heart beat I had one. Now the first thing I do is chock both sides of the wheel I only do the driver side some do all.
As stated above, Chocking is to keep the unit in place while hooking and unhooking! (pushing a trailer around on its front jacks can't be good.) I carry two styles of chocks the ramp style for hooking and unhooking the trailer, and a set of BAL style to install once the trailer has been leveled. I have found that if the BAL style chocks are installed and then the trailer is leveled, the leveling process causes a binding in the suspension and tries to push the BAL chocks out. But, the BAL chocks sure provide a more stable feeling in the trailer when comparing them to the ramp style.
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Old 08-27-2015, 07:38 AM   #15
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unhitching

The instructions for unhitching say to push the rv back against its chocks to releave pressure at the pin, in order to pull the release. I hear a loud snap sound as this occurs and the handle pulls out easily. Don't know how you'd perform this without the rear chocked.
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Old 08-28-2015, 06:59 AM   #16
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I use 4 chocks each and every time I'm going to unhook regardless of how flat the site is. It just makes me feel better and doesn't take much time to do it.
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:27 AM   #17
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I use a large black rubber chock while unhitching as this relieves tension on the hitch and makes unhitching easier and safer. Once leveled I use the Bal X-Chocks on each side as I find they help with the stability of the trailer when parked.
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I learned about being a consistent chocker the hard way. One day while unhooking, I thought the site was level and pulled the pin.

The rig rolled back off the hitch and smashed my truck bed.

From then on, I always chock first and un-chock last.
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