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Old 03-03-2016, 09:24 PM   #1
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What happened when I disconnected?

Have a feeling I just did something stupid, but can't figure out just what it was.

Backed into a site nice & straight. It had a pretty bad slope to the right. So much so that the Anderson leveler couldn't get the TT level. So I used the Anderson tire changing thing. Looks like the leveler, but has a bit more lift. That got the TT very close to level. So I'm chocked & level. Raising the tongue to get it off the hitch ball. As soon as tongue cleared the ball, the TT shot to the right about 1.5 feet. Scared the you know what out of me. Clearly a lot of lateral pressure came from somewhere. I'm wondering if it had to do with the leveling. Had to re-set most everything up again. Things had moved, but the tire was still on the tire changer/leveler. So I hooked up again, got level again, and disconnected again. Some lateral movement to the right, but it was "minor" this time. Wondered if because the tire was already on the leveler, and had "less" adjustment than the 1st time, the pressure was less.

Anyone experience this? Anyone know for sure what happened & what I did incorrectly?

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Old 03-03-2016, 09:54 PM   #2
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That type of movement was why I always use x-chocks (Camco brand). I don't use Anderson levelers, but had a similar movement problem when using wood blocks to level. That experience taught me that chocking the tires is a VERY important step EVERY TIME and the wedge type chocks sometimes slide.

Also, did you have blocks under BOTH tires on the low side? From your post it seems you raised only one tire on the low side. Peronally, I've never tried that when leveling.
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Old 03-03-2016, 10:20 PM   #3
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That type of movement was why I always use x-chocks (Camco brand). I don't use Anderson levelers, but had a similar movement problem when using wood blocks to level. That experience taught me that chocking the tires is a VERY important step EVERY TIME and the wedge type chocks sometimes slide.

Also, did you have blocks under BOTH tires on the low side? From your post it seems you raised only one tire on the low side. Peronally, I've never tried that when leveling.
Yep chock the wheels before you drop the TT. Get good solid chocks the Andersons can be used w/o the levelers.
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I had chocks on the high ( left ) side of the TT. Probably should have had them on the elevated side as well. I had the flat tire Anderson on the front tire. The standard Anderson would not fit between the two tires when both were on the ground ( I know I have the trim option ). Once the larger Anderson had raised the TT, there was some space under the rear tire, and I could get the regular Anderson in place. I was able to get it pretty well under the rear tire. It was more just to support the tire so it wasn't just hanging there. I doubt it added any lift.

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Old 03-04-2016, 03:39 AM   #5
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You might want to look into getting some of these chocks they are the best I have ever seen and super simple to use.

I use Andersen levelers then use these chocks on the opposite side and I have never experienced any problems.


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Old 03-04-2016, 05:00 AM   #6
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What happened when I disconnected?

I always chock both sides front and behind the wheel. I learned the lesson a lot harder way than your experience.



I bought a set of Roto-Chocks years ago. They are the best but no longer in business.
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Norty1 is right CHOCK both sides more so if you are on s slant no matter how small.
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I use the big rubber commercial tire chocks. One experience with the Camping World yellow plastic chocks took care of that issue!
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Well, if the tongue moved that much to the side, the tires on one side of the trailer had to move. Period. If you chocked the side that was on the ground, my guess is the side with the levelers moved.

Invest in a set of x-chocks like these BAL X-Chock Tire Wheel Locking Chock - $33.83 . I use this exact brand and they work great. There is no way your tires can move at all. And when your up on your leveler you can still use it, which in my mjnd is where you need the chock the most anyway.
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For 50 years I have used simple 2 x 6 or (8) boards 1-60 and 1-48 long.
Cut my own chocks out 4x4: 2- chocks fits exactly between the tires (1/4 short) and after the TT is disconnect I put a couple of wedges in each of them........No trailer rocking or swinging effect and no force on the front jack. Life can be so simple with simple things!
Tried plastic chocks once.........forgot to remove.......plastic chock flat. Can't call that safe chocks. With wood it would tell you or you run over them but have no flat chock (maybe flat tire if the sliver is to long)
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