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Old 08-15-2018, 01:05 PM   #21
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Good point regarding tire pressure John. I've also heard on this forum of looping a length of chain/cable through the tire rim holes and securing with a lock. There might be some movement if chocks slip but the trailer could only go so far before the chain/cable stops everything.
I have seen this used as a security measure more so to keep wheels on the trailer and to thwart thieves from rolling off with your trailer.
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Old 08-15-2018, 02:34 PM   #22
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I think using X-Chocks as a tire chock for safety (as opposed to for stability) is something that people will argue "until the cows come home". You'll have people who say they are not safe, because they are not reliable (me included) and you'll have people who insist that since they've always done it and never had a problem, then damn-it there is no reason to be concerned....

I'll just say that this was in the box when I bought my X-Chocks and I don't know if BAL is still including it or not. I'm no longer using X-Chocks, they are on the shelf, and I'm no longer "in the game of proving they work"....

It would be interesting to hear what BAL has to say if someone sent them an email asking, "Can I rely on your X-Chocks to safely prevent my trailer from rolling downhill while parked at a campsite, or should I also use "undertire chocks" for safety?"....

Good points John. I use the X-Chocks in addition to wheel chocks. And retighten after an adult beverage. I don't get the part in their instructions about raising or lowering the TT tongue. How do the wheels attempt to turn if all you are doing is raising or lowering the body on the suspension.
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Old 08-15-2018, 03:49 PM   #23
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Good points John. I use the X-Chocks in addition to wheel chocks. And retighten after an adult beverage. I don't get the part in their instructions about raising or lowering the TT tongue. How do the wheels attempt to turn if all you are doing is raising or lowering the body on the suspension.
IMHO it's not that the wheels roll/turn, but that as you raise/lower the trailer the springs loosen/tighten affecting, to a small degree, the gap between the 2 tires, with the X chock tightened between the tires now has become a wedge that gets tighter the more you raise/lower the rv.
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Old 08-15-2018, 05:47 PM   #24
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harley, 'most of the time' they are off the ground isn't typical.

unless you are always rving on ground that is at a angle the wheels should typcially be ON the ground. Take a look at your jacks legs, you might have to drop them a hole.

as for the chocks, have tried to use them, never really figured i needed them.

Most of my (few) camping experiences thus far have been on grass sites, in fact all of them have, come to think of it, and so yes, the sites have not been "bubble-level" by any means.
My near future camping trips include mostly all concrete pads, so that should give me a better idea whether I have an issue with my leg height, but I currently doubt it.
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:11 PM   #25
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IMHO it's not that the wheels roll/turn, but that as you raise/lower the trailer the springs loosen/tighten affecting, to a small degree, the gap between the 2 tires, with the X chock tightened between the tires now has become a wedge that gets tighter the more you raise/lower the rv.
I believe your opinion is dead on. I made the mistake of starting to raise the front of the trailer ONE time forgetting to remove them first. The X-Chocks got so tight I couldn't get them loose until I lowered the front back to approx. where it was.
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Old 08-16-2018, 05:58 AM   #26
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IMHO it's not that the wheels roll/turn, but that as you raise/lower the trailer the springs loosen/tighten affecting, to a small degree, the gap between the 2 tires, with the X chock tightened between the tires now has become a wedge that gets tighter the more you raise/lower the rv.
Never really took note of the springs binding and pushing the wheels together. I will level TT front/back then puts X-Chocks in place for all the time it takes. Good advice.
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Old 08-16-2018, 07:13 AM   #27
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I use rubber wheel chocks before unhitching. After unhitched and level fore and aft I install X-Chocks to help prevent rocking and not rolling off. Never had one loosen. If there falling out then either they were not installed correctly or you need to work out a little at the gym so you can tighten them up. JMHO
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