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Old 03-31-2016, 06:15 AM   #11
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I used to use those little yellow wheel chocks from camping world. Not any more. Now have the big rubber wheel chocks like the truckers use. Don't ask me why. I still use the X-chocks for stability and they seem to help a lot.
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:54 AM   #12
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Wow, I always just use the pair of X-chocks. How unlevel was the site for the RV to roll with a pair of those between the tires?
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He didn't say but I could tell he was serious about not trusting just the x-chocks. Just sayin'. Like I was saying, I bought mine, and hitch pin tripod, to help stabilize. I block the wheels with chock blocks. This thing isn't moving.
I had a similar miss with X-chocks. Wasn't the chocks fault though.

I backed into a campsite, up a hill(key part here). I put the X-chocks in and tightened them up as usuall. I raised the front up until I could see a small air gap between the lube plate and fifth wheel hitch like always before i pull the truck away. Luckly my wife was messing around hooking up the power and wanted me to come look at the power pedistal. As I was walking back there, I glanced at the X-chock and knew something was up with it.
After looking at what happened, because it was an uphill slope, when I jacked the front of the trailer up, the suspension design and load equalizer allowed the front axle to stay on the ground (of course) and the distance between the front and rear tires became greater, allowing the X-chock to be loose. As I was jacking up the camper to unhook, the front axle was moving away from the rear and the X-chocks were getting looser as the front went up.
Im glad I noticed it before I pulled the truck away, im sure the site was steep enough for a run away.

I've done it like that several times on fairly level sites with no issues. Now, I always scotch the down hill side and unhook and level before the X-chocks go in. Im confident the X-chocks will keep a trailer from rolling if they're tight....Im just not confident they will stay tight while unhooking on a moderately sloped site anymore.
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Old 03-31-2016, 07:08 AM   #13
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I had a similar miss with X-chocks. Wasn't the chocks fault though.



I backed into a campsite, up a hill(key part here). I put the X-chocks in and tightened them up as usuall. I raised the front up until I could see a small air gap between the lube plate and fifth wheel hitch like always before i pull the truck away. Luckly my wife was messing around hooking up the power and wanted me to come look at the power pedistal. As I was walking back there, I glanced at the X-chock and knew something was up with it.

After looking at what happened, because it was an uphill slope, when I jacked the front of the trailer up, the suspension design and load equalizer allowed the front axle to stay on the ground (of course) and the distance between the front and rear tires became greater, allowing the X-chock to be loose. As I was jacking up the camper to unhook, the front axle was moving away from the rear and the X-chocks were getting looser as the front went up.

Im glad I noticed it before I pulled the truck away, im sure the site was steep enough for a run away.



I've done it like that several times on fairly level sites with no issues. Now, I always scotch the down hill side and unhook and level before the X-chocks go in. Im confident the X-chocks will keep a trailer from rolling if they're tight....Im just not confident they will stay tight while unhooking on a moderately sloped site anymore.


You'll need to be careful with x-chocks when hitching up too. The opposite happened to me. I was on a slope, and left the x-chocks in place. The suspension moved and actually squeezed the chocks so much that the frame of the x-chock got bent outward from the force.
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Old 03-31-2016, 08:39 AM   #14
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I don't have our x-chocks handy to check the instruction sheet, if it's still to be found, but from what I recall it specifically states to not have the x-chocks installed while raising or lowering the trailer to level or hook up the tv. And to not rely on the x-chocks to prevent the trailer from rolling. "Normal", everyday wheel chocks should be used to secure the trailer!!! Only after the trailer is leveled, should the x-chocks be installed.

And after the tires have cooled some the x-chocks may need to be retightened just like the stabilizer jacks do sometimes once the tt/5ver has "settled" after sitting for a while/ overnight.
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I have used them for years with no issues, however I do agree do not use as primary chocks, get the heavy rubber ones and USE THEM. It will prevent heartache down the road. I use the X-chocks strictly for stability.
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I don't have our x-chocks handy to check the instruction sheet, if it's still to be found, but from what I recall it specifically states to not have the x-chocks installed while raising or lowering the trailer to level or hook up the tv. And to not rely on the x-chocks to prevent the trailer from rolling. "Normal", everyday wheel chocks should be used to secure the trailer!!! Only after the trailer is leveled, should the x-chocks be installed.

And after the tires have cooled some the x-chocks may need to be retightened just like the stabilizer jacks do sometimes once the tt/5ver has "settled" after sitting for a while/ overnight.
Instruction sheet!?!?? Whats that?

Yes your right. Stability is all I use the X-chocks for now.
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Old 04-04-2016, 06:01 PM   #17
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I've used x-chocks for about 10 years and love them. I had to buy a new set for my last 5er cuz the tires were too close together compared to the older one. I keep them snugged up when camping to cut down on the "wiggle" of the trailer. I also have used a kingpin stabilizer for a long time and really like it. I never count on the x-chocks to keep the coach from rolling though...always chock the wheels the old fashioned way too. I forgot to remove one of the X's once and pulled the RV a few feet ahead in the driveway and the chock just popped out of position.
For what it's worth there's my humble opinion.
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