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Old 06-14-2013, 11:28 PM   #31
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Do you think two are needed or could you get by with just one.
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:09 AM   #32
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We don't usually bother with ours either because we don't want to or we forget we have them. If sitting for a while, we may use them.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:28 AM   #33
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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.
Mine works fine. I leave the ratcheting wrench in the chock and don`t need to remove it until I leave camp.

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Old 06-15-2013, 02:10 AM   #34
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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.
I have been using them for a few years now, and really like them too. WAY less movement when walking inside.

We use the wrench that comes with it with no issue. It clears the skirt on the wheels just fine for us. Could there be something different with our trailers?

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Old 06-15-2013, 07:00 AM   #35
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Do you think two are needed or could you get by with just one.
We've gone back and forth over whether two are preferable over one, and right now we think one is enough. Like Jim, we have no trouble with the wrench fit.

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Old 06-15-2013, 09:22 AM   #36
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I have never tried just one. I bought a set and loved the effect on stability they had, and just keep using both. I would imagine it helps a bit, though one would definitely make a huge difference on its own.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:43 AM   #37
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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.
I saw a video demonstration where they turned it upside down and tightened it with the ratchet from below.
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I think one would work fine for the purpose of preventing the trailer from rolling away on you, but I think two make for better stability (though I don't know that -- I'd want to test).

DIdn't occur to me to leave the ratchet in place -- that works if you only use one, but not if you use two (unless you've got 2 ratchets... The pair only came with one wrench).

Jim: 2009 Escape 19 vs. 2013 Escape 19. Likely some minor change in the trailer (frame or axles, I would guess) has shaved off a little bit of clearance.

Jrn56: Looking at them, I'd have thought the threaded rod extends out the opposite side of the chock further than the nut sticks out, so flipping them around would make them worse. Another thing to test, I guess.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:23 AM   #39
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OK, testing done. I went out and pulled off one of the chocks and tried to flip it around. As I thought, there's less clearance with the adjustment nut down than there is with it up.

While I had the one chock off, I got into the trailer and bounced around a little. Put the chock back on and did it again. The difference in stability between 1 and 2 chocks is detectable, but not significant. If money were tight, one chock would be adequate.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:30 AM   #40
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I thought the idea of upside down was a good one, and don't see why it wouldn't work. What would get in the way then? The skirt would not go down that far. Got any photos, Doug?
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