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Old 07-23-2019, 01:30 PM   #1
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Chocking

Just for fun I rode the bike around the CG where we’re currently parked overlooking the Admiralty Inlet in the Salish Sea, and I counted up the number of trailers that are chocked correctly vs incorrectly. I consider correct chocking to consist of both sides being chocked in both direction, with the possible exception of not chocking the uphill side on an incline.

This small and certainly not scientific sample was shocking. Out of 40 trailers, 4 were chocked correctly, 34 incorrectly or not at all, and 2 were indeterminate without invading someone else’s campsite.

One of the incorrect trailers was the camp host. Wow.
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Old 07-23-2019, 01:40 PM   #2
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Many campers are very lucky and do not realize how close they are to a tense situation with their chocking practices. Changing wind conditions, internal movement by people inside the trailer, action around the trailer by kids etc. are all possible factors. Once set up with chocks, stabilizers, ball X Choks and a good front jack base I usually go around and Thump my chocks in with a rubber hammer a piece of firewood or a club. Nothing gets a look like an axe handle. The scariest thing is watching folks unhook from the tow rig before chocking in. Second scariest is camping without putting in chocks on purpose.
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I don't chock both sides so I'm in the incorrect camp.


I do add the X-chock if on a hill.
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Old 07-23-2019, 02:23 PM   #4
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I once set up on a slope and blocked all 4 wheels on my old trailer. On the down hill side since I figured it could not roll uphill. Came back a few hours later and the wind had moved my trailer with the toung jack and stabilizers down to the point where the chocks that I put behind the front tires stopped the rear tires before my toung jack flipped off the pads. So now I chock in front and behind.
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Old 07-23-2019, 02:25 PM   #5
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X chock both sets all the time. First time out I did forget to chock and trailer backed up six inches as my heart stopped.
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Old 07-23-2019, 02:27 PM   #6
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We always use X-Chocks as they not only are chocks but they also stabilize a lot of shimmying in the trailer. If there is a slope at all we do use wedge chocks on the downhill side. I have never had an issue with a moving parked trailer.
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Old 07-23-2019, 02:28 PM   #7
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Lightweight plastic chocks + shifting winds = trouble.
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Old 07-23-2019, 02:28 PM   #8
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I have heard of x chalks popping out when least expected so rubber is the way I go
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I find that if the wheels are not properly secured, that inside the trailer it feels like walking on Jello, not that I have ever walked on Jello.
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I have heard of x chalks popping out when least expected so rubber is the way I go
I have used X-Chocks for about 8 years now and have never had one pop out, it would be almost impossible. Plus, if you ever try them and see how much stability you get to your trailer, you will love them.
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