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Old 07-23-2019, 02:30 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, 02:40 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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Old 07-23-2019, 03:20 PM   #3
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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, 03:23 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, 03:25 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, 03:27 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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Lightweight plastic chocks + shifting winds = trouble.
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Old 07-23-2019, 03:28 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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I've had an X-Chock pop out twice with little effort. Perhaps I'm doing it wrong.

They are good for stability, but as with the trailer's jacks I just don't use them. Since I'm traveling alone the trailer's movements are my movements, so they don't bother me. I can see using the jacks or X-chocks when you have two more more people, or when high winds are rocking the trailer.


Heavy rubber chocks are the way to go imo.
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They pop out if you forget about them and try to drive away.
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Old 07-23-2019, 04:03 PM   #13
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"X-Chocks" and similar products are not chocks; they are brakes. That's okay, because in most cases where real chocks are used brakes are an acceptable or even preferable alternative. The only reason that this style of brake is used is that North American trailers typically don't come with parking brakes.
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The best chocks I have used are the Fastway ONEstep. The trailer is not going to move with these in place and they will not pop out.

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The best chocks I have used are the Fastway ONEstep. The trailer is not going to move with these in place and they will not pop out.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Tom when we first got our trailer , daughter purchased those for us . Love them and can put a lock on them too . Pat
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They pop out if you forget about them and try to drive away.

Yes, that's what happened to me the first time. Afterward I tied a bright orange ribbon on the X-Chock to help me remember. But the second time the trailer was on a slight slope, unhitched, and that was enough to pop the X-Chock out. Apparently I had not properly chocked the wheels. Lesson learned.
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They pop out if you forget about them and try to drive away.
I'm going to have to agree with you, I'm just not going to say how I know.
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When I had a single axle trailer I would chock both sides, front and rear of the tires. with the tandem I do the same, but on one side it is the leading tire and on the opposite, the trailing tire. I do not chock all 4 wheels. I then install the X-Chocks to lock the tandem set up and then let the stabilizers down.
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Yes, that's what happened to me the first time. Afterward I tied a bright orange ribbon on the X-Chock to help me remember. But the second time the trailer was on a slight slope, unhitched, and that was enough to pop the X-Chock out. Apparently I had not properly chocked the wheels. Lesson learned.
I leave the ratchet on the folding table we use under the awning, reminds me when I break camp.
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The first year I went to Alf’s Wine Escape we had the 19 and opened it for trailer tours. A lady came by and looked the trailer over. When she stepped out of the trailer she noticed the Bal X Chocks. She asked what they were and what was their purpose. I told her they were to keep the trailer from rocking. “ what’s the fun in that? She asked. I wondered what kind of a rally Alf was running for a few moments. And never forgot the question.
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