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Old 04-04-2016, 07:07 PM   #61
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Unless I missing something here, by using two BAL Levelers, each one has to lift only half the weight (axle weight) of your 19. So unless your 19 is twice the weight of my 17B, your still lifting less weight per BAL Leveler than I am. Thus, your successful use of two Levelers for your 19 (tandem axles) is not inconsistent with my experience with my 17B (single axle).
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Old 04-04-2016, 07:12 PM   #62
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One of my new favorites which I didn't used to use all the time but now do for safety after my tongue jack slid sideways a few times is the Bal X-Chock Wheel Stabilizer for tandem axles.

We love ours. Use them every time we camp.
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Old 04-04-2016, 07:24 PM   #63
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... by using two BAL Levelers, each one has to lift only half the weight (axle weight) of your 19. So unless your 19 is twice the weight of my 17B, your still lifting less weight per BAL Leveler than I am.
Escape 17B
empty/dry axle weight: 1920 lb
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 3500 lb
assume at least 10% tongue weight
... so each tire is carrying between 960 and 1575 pounds

Escape 5.0TA (not a 19')
empty/dry axle weight: 3100 lb (total of two axles)
empty/dry pin weight: 600 lb
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 5500 lb
... so each tire is carrying between 925 and 1225 pounds, if the axles are equally loaded.

I agree. Although the possible load per wheel overlaps, the load on each wheel of a 17B is likely to be substantially higher than that of any of the Escape tandem-axle models, because the tandems are nowhere near twice as heavy as the single-axle 17B.
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Old 04-04-2016, 07:59 PM   #64
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Donna:
Unless I missing something here, by using two BAL Levelers, each one has to lift only half the weight (axle weight) of your 19. So unless your 19 is twice the weight of my 17B, your still lifting less weight per BAL Leveler than I am. Thus, your successful use of two Levelers for your 19 (tandem axles) is not inconsistent with my experience with my 17B (single axle).
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Yeah, my bad. I didn't think about that. BUT, I don't have a 19' I own a 5.0TA so it weighs a tad bit less than twice the weight of your 17B
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:15 PM   #65
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Perhaps a silly question, but for a single axle would I need just one of these? In other words, I would not need to level both wheels.
Got one at Camping World today. 😊
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:32 PM   #66
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I find that these home built wedge chocks work really well to stabilize the trailer, and they cost only a few bucks to make.
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:41 PM   #67
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Do you need just one x chock or do you use one on each side?
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:46 PM   #68
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Do you need just one x chock or do you use one on each side?


We use both of them. It immobilizes both sides and the trailer feels more stable. Be aware however that it's still a good idea to chock conventionally if your site has excessive slope back to front or front to back. I remember at Ainsworth SP in Oregon I got a bit of a scare during setup. The site had a pretty good slope back to front, and I hadn't adequately tightened the x-chocks (mistake number one). The site had virtually no slope side to side, so I hadn't used the Andersen levelers, which also act as a chock when the small triangle piece is wedged underneath (mistake number two). The trailer began to very slowly creep forward! I grabbed a block from the bed of the truck and hurriedly shoved it under the front tire. After my embarrassment wore off, I reminded myself to use a conventional chock or an Andersen leveler/wedge as a chock whenever there was a good amount of slope. At most sites however, all we need are the x-chocks.
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I find that these home built wedge chocks work really well to stabilize the trailer, and they cost only a few bucks to make.
Very nice wedge chocks ! Pat
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Old 04-05-2016, 12:16 AM   #70
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I find that these home built wedge chocks work really well to stabilize the trailer, and they cost only a few bucks to make.
And they do look nicer than my X-chocks.
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