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Old 06-26-2012, 07:41 PM   #21
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We did a walk around the "Chicago" KOA where we are staying at now. None of them have the BAL stabilizers and 2 or 3 have the x-chocks. Unfortunately with it being a Tuesday night, those people are not here so I cannot ask them what they think. Our "neighbor" has a 32' 5th wheel with a set of x-chocks.
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:43 PM   #22
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I had a home made x-chock and it was certainly better than not having it. I do want to try the BAL stabilizers, but I blew my camper mod budget by a lot this year, so it has to wait.
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:51 PM   #23
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I had a home made x-chock and it was certainly better than not having it. I do want to try the BAL stabilizers, but I blew my camper mod budget by a lot this year, so it has to wait.
I hear ya about blowing the budget, I was a boat owner for the past 12 years. LOL!
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:54 PM   #24
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I have been thinking alot about this too after our last trip. No one but me seemed to feel the "wiggle" but it started to get under my skin. I, too, appreciate everyones feedback and I found a lot of great products out there to purchase and hopefully correct the problem. But then ...
after looking long and hard at a few of them, and then in my wallet , I took a scissor jack out of the trunk of an old (unnamed foreign vehicle), then cut two sections out of a 4"X4" piece of pressure treated fence post on a perfect 45% angle (so I don't damage the tires or lift them once applying pressure, to make them similar to wheel chocks), and rested the "chocks" between the tires and the scissor jack on it's side between the blocks atop the leveling blocks between my driver's side tires (the side that always gives me trouble when rested on "major company starting with L" leveling blocks OR the passenger's side when at home that rests on PT 1"x6" to keep it off the ground but also keeping me from chocking the wheels properly), lined everything up by hand, cranked the jack out, snugged it without lifting it ... and viola! Problem solved! Shook the trailer inside and outside (and felt really silly about the shaking it inside when I realized I looked like I was either having a seizure or swatting a swarm of bees away from my head) ... SO ... Tomorrow, while the kids nap I'll grind off or air chisel the rivets out of the base and pivot head, replace the same parts (after drilling holes for some lag bolts for the wood chocks) replace the rivets with some 1/4" nuts, bolts and washers (because it will no longer be lifting a 3000lb car) pre-drill the wood and throw some lag-bolts in and I'm done. No going to the store, waiting for shipping, instead I'll take junk from around my house that I was going to recycle anyway and turn it into GOLD!
Thank you all for this post and responses. If I get this done before the kids wake up from their naps tomorrow I'll try to post some pictures.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:36 PM   #25
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One of these cheap but effective aluminum stack jacks placed under the frame, just in front of the front wheel, on each side will work wonders. I use them along with the BAL X chocks.


We use these also. One set just behind the wheels and two more just ahead of the wheels. They also work great under the bottom step.
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Do you have any bolted on scizzors or ground jacks? Not having them attached to the frame will allow them to move a little in any direction. If you were to go with 4 points of contact hard mounted with the jack stands near the wheels, fore or aft then the bal x in the tires I bet it would be pretty solid.
My 1990 250 Special has no hard mounted jacks. Does not look like there ever was. All I'm using for now is 4 of the pyramid style stabilizers. I have been thinking about ordering 4 and welding them on or maybe scrounging 4 old scissor jacks from cars and attaching them.
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Old 06-28-2012, 06:03 AM   #27
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Those pictured are all the older rigs used. They are still a good alternative.
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:46 AM   #28
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I picked these up at Fleet Farm yesterday and tried it in the driveway. Wow, what a difference!

http://www.cabelas.com/trailering-ac...ng-chock.shtml

Thanks everyone for your help!
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We get sideways rocking too, and for a few days it's okay. But we did a month plus this late winter and it was tiresome. Planning on bottle jacks for our 3-month stay next winter.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:16 PM   #30
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x2 (Type-A) I use these as I can secure my rig, as it parks in the street. I also retighten all my jacks, and chocks every evening.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:39 PM   #31
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I have had great success using Wayne's Stabilizers, now called Valterra RV Stabilizers.

http://tweetys.com/stabilizerstand.aspx

Simple and effective product. Easy to set up.
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