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Old 12-09-2010, 12:06 AM   #21
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:04 AM   #22
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Re: BAL X-Chocks

Has anybody tried using an X-type chock on just one side of the camper? Pros and cons to this? --Liz
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:30 PM   #23
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Re: BAL X-Chocks

We use one on only one side of our 19' and it works great. It is almost mandatory if you have to level the trailer on one side using wood or the stackable blocks, because the chocks will not provide enough support if the wheels are lifted. Also, you can lock it, which provides just that much more security while you are gone.
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:06 AM   #24
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Re: BAL X-Chocks

Thanks for the info on X-Chocks. I ordered some from Camping World and received them yesterday. They make the trailer feel remarkably solid. I think it is a much better solution for 19' dual axle trailers than trying to upgrade the stabilizer jacks. Not that there is a problem with the standard set up, but my wife had commented a few times this summer about trailer movement.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:56 PM   #25
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I'm glad to hear you like the x-chocks. Hubby would like to buy just one, mostly because he wants only one to install and remove all the time. We have been doing pop-up camping for many years and it leaves us weary of all the work it takes to collapse the camper and move on. Therefore, hubby wants the least number of steps with our new Escape, including just one x-chock. I just don't want to regret buying only one. I wrote to the x-chock company with the basic specs of the Escape 19, and their response was noncommittal about one vs. two. Alas, it's just one of those personal preference things apparently.

Robin, if you ever think of it, could you report the difference in stability when you put on the first x-chock vs. when you add the second one? Thanks! --Liz
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Old 09-22-2011, 07:48 PM   #26
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Liz, it takes me about a minute to install two X-chocks, and 30 seconds to pull them both out. They are very fast and easy to use. They are one of my favourite purchases for our trailer. Would highly recommend them. I would imagine just using one would work fairly well too, but for the extra $40, I would definitely want to use two.
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:44 PM   #27
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Re: BAL X-Chocks

Any thoughts on locking chocks, would be a good way to prevent an authorized tow - any brands offer that feature.
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:14 PM   #28
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The BAL X-Chocks can be locked with a padlock. I only tighten them to the point they are snugged and won't allow the tires to rotate. If I wanted, I could force them out relatively easy, with a bar or hammer.
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Old 09-24-2011, 11:53 AM   #29
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Re: BAL X-Chocks

Liz - You made me curious. I removed the X-Chock on the door side, and could definitely see a difference. When I rocked back and forth there was noticable trailer movement, although not as much as with none installed. I weighed the unit at 5.2 pounds. I don't think my wfe would have been happy with only one.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:10 PM   #30
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I just bought a pair of these for my new 19. I'm pleased with them.

But the OP was right to be concerned about the fit. BAL provides a convenient little 3/4" ratcheting wrench with the chocks. The fiberglass V between the wheels of the 19 dips low enough, and the adjustment nut on the x-chock is high enough, that there isn't room between the chock and the fiberglass for the wrench.

So, they're great as long as you don't mind replacing the ratchet with an open-end wrench. But once you've adjusted them to fit your wheels, it only takes a few turns between locked and released, so not having a ratchet isn't a big deal.
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