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Old 04-24-2011, 09:03 PM   #1
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Thumbs up One of the First Things to Buy for a New Camper

Look into buying you a pair of X-Chock Tire Locking Chocks. They were one of my first purchases, but I must tell you one of my best. They really help with camper jiggle and most importantly you do not have to worry about your camper rolling after you unhook from your tow vehicle. I personally witnessed a 5th wheeler being uncoupled and it rolled back and crunched the bed of the tow veh.
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They really help with camper jiggle and most importantly you do not have to worry about your camper rolling after you unhook from your tow vehicle.
Yikes, well, if your tires are "cold" you may not have to worry about movement (slight roll)..... Let me share a mistake we made (from an ealier post)....

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Hi Lou, I posted this below a few weeks back. A big mistake if you travel all day in the hot sun and forget the tires heat and swell is to rely solely on the X-chocks as the tires reduce in size while cooling off. We were not on a "level site" when the tt shifted putting lotsa pressure on the stabilizers and tongue (we were lucky, no damage) . The first thing we do now is chock the tires and secondary is install x-chocks with lock for security and reduce tt movement - we set the timer for 30 minutes and to remind us to go back and tighten down the x-chocks . Here's what I shared earlier (what we jokingly refer to as our "bonehead moment") LOL .....

"YUP!!! We arrived really late into a cg after traveling all day. We were tired and although we installed the Bal-X chocks, neither of us put down chalks in front/back of tires. Half an hour later, the tt rolled a little putting a lot of pressure on those poor stabilizers! The tires heated from a full day of desert highway travel had cooled and reduced in size! Mistake we won't make again! And we now are always sure to re-tighten down the Bal-X after an hour or so."

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Hope sharing the above is helpful somehow
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:41 PM   #3
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I have not personally had any trouble with the X chocks but will keep closer look at while camping, thanks Healthi
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Keep in mind that it's better to set up the x-chocks AFTER you have set down all of the jacks and leveled the trailer out (which is after the trailer is unhooked from the truck 99% of the time). A lot of angles change when you level out the trailer, and it puts undue stress on the suspension of you already have your x-chocks installed. This also allows for a bit of time for the tires to cool off.

Next time you set up, do this - put your standard chocks on both sides of the same tire and then go level your trailer. When you're done, it'll look like someone moved the two chocks.
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Are they hard to use with the tightening nut on the top or bottom - hard to access it? Do you use a socket wrench?
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Yikes, well, if your tires are "cold" you may not have to worry about movement (slight roll)..... Let me share a mistake we made (from an ealier post)....

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Hi Lou, I posted this below a few weeks back. A big mistake if you travel all day in the hot sun and forget the tires heat and swell is to rely solely on the X-chocks as the tires reduce in size while cooling off. We were not on a "level site" when the tt shifted putting lotsa pressure on the stabilizers and tongue (we were lucky, no damage) . The first thing we do now is chock the tires and secondary is install x-chocks with lock for security and reduce tt movement - we set the timer for 30 minutes and to remind us to go back and tighten down the x-chocks . Here's what I shared earlier (what we jokingly refer to as our "bonehead moment") LOL .....

"YUP!!! We arrived really late into a cg after traveling all day. We were tired and although we installed the Bal-X chocks, neither of us put down chalks in front/back of tires. Half an hour later, the tt rolled a little putting a lot of pressure on those poor stabilizers! The tires heated from a full day of desert highway travel had cooled and reduced in size! Mistake we won't make again! And we now are always sure to re-tighten down the Bal-X after an hour or so."

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wondering about the lock for security Did your x chocks come with a lock or is this something u added
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Are they hard to use with the tightening nut on the top or bottom - hard to access it? Do you use a socket wrench?
Nope, easy to access the top adjusting lugnut, and they come with their own ratchet.

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Just remember to do the Bal chocks before you run out the slides. It is a pia to crawl under the slides to install the chocks.
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Bought the X Chocks after a "rolling incident" in Michigan. 100% satisfied. Have never experienced tire shrinkage which causes them to come loose but will keep an eye on it. One of the best investments I ever made.
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