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Old 06-22-2015, 08:01 PM   #11
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Here is a link to an earlier thread on the Anderson Levelers
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Old 06-30-2015, 10:50 PM   #13
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What about those things that go between the tires? Any input on those chock and lock kind of things? I think they are made by BAL.
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Old 06-30-2015, 11:15 PM   #14
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What about those things that go between the tires? Any input on those chock and lock kind of things? I think they are made by BAL.
That would be likely be the BAL X-Chock (so search for "x-chock" in this forum)
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Absolutely love the X-chock. So simple and effective on a slope compared to stick-under the wheels chocks. I use one on each side.
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I have had x-chocks for 6 years, and love them. If they wear out, I might likely try making some like Beaumont Dave did.

I use the Lynx Blocks for levelling. I stop, look at the level, and determine how many I need. I can even tell if I need one extra one under just one tire most times too. Only on severe slopes does it ever require two manoeuvres. If one side is slightly high still, we set the stabilizers on the other side first, bringing it fairly close, at least good enough. I like the simple light, and easy to stow method. But, so long as you get your bed level, how you achieve that is all a personal choice.
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We have the x-chocks, and use them for stabilization. We don't depend on them as chocks, though. We have had one slip on us when parked on a slope. I don't like cranking them down too far, as I'm concerned about the lateral stress on the axles -- they aren't really designed to be pushed apart.

(And, if you read the product information, they are not sold as chocks, but as stabilizers, despite the name...)
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We have the x-chocks, and use them for stabilization. We don't depend on them as chocks, though. We have had one slip on us when parked on a slope.
Presumably it just wasn't tight enough...

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I don't like cranking them down too far, as I'm concerned about the lateral stress on the axles -- they aren't really designed to be pushed apart.
I think it's good to consider this, but on the other hand none of the tires, wheels, hubs, bearings, or spindles care which way (vertical or horizontal) you push on them. The suspension arms should be even stronger horizontally, and the rubber rods which hold the square bar on the arm - like the bearings - work in all directions. I don't think I'd worry about it, especially with the oversized axles of a tandem Escape (they are built for 3500 lb capacity, but used in this case at only 2500 lb rating).

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(And, if you read the product information, they are not sold as chocks, but as stabilizers, despite the name...)
Well, they're really brakes - just like an old horse-drawn wagon with wooden wheels rimmed in steel might have a brake block pushed against the outside of the wheel by a lever. They stabilize by keeping the trailer from rolling around, so they have about the same function as a chock. I suppose they also interfere with suspension movement somewhat, but they don't prevent vertical movement like a stabilizer jack.

The brochure says "BAL offers a complete line of wheel chocks to improve front-to-back trailer stability during use." To me, that makes it a brake used instead of a chock to keep the trailer from rolling slightly.

As I've mentioned in past discussions, parking brakes would do the same thing, more conveniently, but almost no trailers in North America come with parking brakes.


And, of course, none of this helps with leveling.
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What about those things that go between the tires? Any input on those chock and lock kind of things? I think they are made by BAL.
I'm with Charlie and many others. Love the x-chocks. You usually only need one if the site is level but we use both.
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Thanks, I have invested in a pair and a set of Anderson Levellers.
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