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Old 06-19-2016, 05:52 PM   #1
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How tight is too tight?

For those of you with experience using the BAL X-CHOCKS, how tight is too tight? I have been using the X-chocks, but wondering if I am putting to much stress on the tires. THANKS FOR ANY INPUT.
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Old 06-19-2016, 05:55 PM   #2
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There's no such thing as too tight! (Sorry couldn't resist

But in reference to the X-chocks, I just snug them up so there's no wiggle.
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Old 06-19-2016, 10:09 PM   #3
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X2 on what he said.

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Old 06-20-2016, 05:47 AM   #4
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I use a 12V electric ratchet to expand mine. After the pads contact the tires well I give the ratchet wrench about 4 more pulls. I make them pretty tight, in the past I would check them a few hours after setting up and they would be loose! Finally figured out that the tires cooled down and shrunk a bit. I think it would be pretty hard to tighten them too tight. When I tighten them I can see the pad push into the tire a bit.
Here is the wrench I use, makes it much easier than the manual ratchet that comes with them. Works good for the stabilizing jacks too!
Milwaukee M12 12-Volt Lithium-Ion 3/8 in. Cordless Ratchet Kit-2457-21 - The Home Depot
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Nice ratchet, but 150.00? Is there an attachment for a regular drill to make that 90 degree turn?

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I install the chocks with the adjusting screw facing the ground. It gives me allot more room to access the adjusting screw. You might be able to fit a regular drill with socket attachment with the chocks in that position
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I snug them up nice and tight, because, as mentioned above, the tires will reduce in size once they cool down.

On a side note, do any of you guys use the x-chocks without regular tire chocks? I personally do, and have never had an x-chock slip. But I appear to be in the minority on the "large" RV forum.
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I snug them up nice and tight, because, as mentioned above, the tires will reduce in size once they cool down.

On a side note, do any of you guys use the x-chocks without regular tire chocks? I personally do, and have never had an x-chock slip. But I appear to be in the minority on the "large" RV forum.
Count me in the minority. I only use the x-chock just make sure they are tight.
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I snug them up nice and tight, because, as mentioned above, the tires will reduce in size once they cool down.

On a side note, do any of you guys use the x-chocks without regular tire chocks? I personally do, and have never had an x-chock slip. But I appear to be in the minority on the "large" RV forum.
Use both. The regular tire chocks are in place before the TT comes off the hitch and remain there for the rest of the stay.
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I snug them up nice and tight, because, as mentioned above, the tires will reduce in size once they cool down.

On a side note, do any of you guys use the x-chocks without regular tire chocks? I personally do, and have never had an x-chock slip. But I appear to be in the minority on the "large" RV forum.
To the OP: I get mine snug and add probably one turn. I try to get them pretty tight because I would have to climb under my slide to snug up the street-side.

I use both types of chocks as well.

I've never had my trailer move after setup "in the wild". Most of my sites have been very level, so not a lot of worry about the trailer moving, 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.

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!
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