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Old 06-20-2016, 10:03 AM   #11
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Last time we were home, I forgot to put down my wedge chocks. My driveway has a little slant to it, nothing crazy, but definitely a grade. Noticed my trailer rocking on the tongue jack quite a bit after unhooking while DW was working in the trailer. After my initial facepalm, I went and put down the chocks. Probably would give DW a full on coronary if that thing fell off the jack! And I would never hear the end of it!
Was that with the x-chocks deployed? Admittedly I typically am on a relatively level site, and I would likely use both if the slope was a little steep.
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:07 AM   #12
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Was that with the x-chocks deployed? Admittedly I typically am on a relatively level site, and I would likely use both if the slope was a little steep.
No, I don't deploy the X-chocks at home, just the wedge chocks. Though with the gentle slope of my driveway, the X-chocks would probably work.
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:58 AM   #13
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Last time we were home, I forgot to put down my wedge chocks.
I did the same thing unhooking yesterday. When the trailer came off the hitch it suddenly moved backwards about 3 inches and caused a bit of a heart rate increase... I immediately put down the wedge chocks, moved the TV back, and set the TT back on hitch just enough to straighten out the jack.

When setting up camp, I also use the wedge chocks in addition to the X-chocks. If I had a smaller trailer, I might only use the X-chock, but I'm the cautious type.

They're great at stopping the forward backward motions. TT feels much better with them on. I'd still like to figure out how to get a bit more stable on the side-to-side motions. Preferably without adding more steps to setting up camp...
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Old 06-20-2016, 11:32 AM   #14
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When I picked up my trailer last week the dealer said not to make them too tight or they will damage the trailer. Yet I don't see any warnings like that here nor any reported incident of this happening. Any truth to "too tight can hurt the trailer"?
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Old 06-20-2016, 11:44 AM   #15
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I use one x-chock and use the traditional chocks on the opposite side
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Thanks for all the input. Because of the height of my trailer, I have started using both the conventional chocks and the x-chocks. I had an incident where the trailer started to roll backwards while attempting get it high enough to hitch up. DW didn't notice as I just (spoke loudly) to let it back down and trying to hold onto the trailer at the same time. Chocks have been put to full use each time since. X-chocks are now installed after unhooking and not released until veh is reattached. THANKS AGAIN
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Old 06-20-2016, 07:24 PM   #17
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I don't think it's possible to tighten the X-chocks too tight. When you consider the forces that the trailer's tires, wheels and the rest of the running gear is under while being towed at 60 mph, the forces put on the same components by a chocking device are nothing in comparison, IMHO.

We use home-made X-chocks: two pieces of 4x4 fence post cut at angles, joined together with some threaded rod. They're one of the first things I put in place when unhitching, and once we're done setting up, I check the tightness after the tires have cooled. They always need a little more tightening.

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Old 06-20-2016, 08:48 PM   #18
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snip.....but I still use the chocks. It really only takes a second to deploy them, so why not? And the instructions on the X-Chocks say to use standard wheel chocks in addition......snip
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X-Chocks aren't designed to keep a TT from rolling.

There have been reports that under rotational stress (TT rolling, etc.) the X-chocks can dislodge and "snap-outward" from between the tires.

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X-Chocks aren't designed to keep a TT from rolling.

There have been reports that under rotational stress (TT rolling, etc.) the X-chocks can dislodge and "snap-outward" from between the tires.

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Yup, take it from my experience, if you try and move the trailer with the x-chocks still installed, they just spit out the side! One of those DUH moments.
I block the wheels (usually just one side of the trailer only, unless on a steep grade), unhook the trailer and then install the x-chocks.
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Yep, don't think you can't pull a set completely out with a truck. I've almost done it and my brother in law has. They kind of stabilize, but will come out. Can't beat old school. We use a combination depending on sites and slope.
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