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Old 03-17-2015, 10:37 PM   #11
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I see a need for a modification there to prevent this from happening.
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:43 PM   #12
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I see a need for a modification there to prevent this from happening.
Huh? What modification? Dennis told me to keep from dragging the landing gear you place a chock behind the rear wheels and one in the front of the forward wheels. Shouldn't move. Squared up. Unless you GUN it
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:56 PM   #13
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I was talking about the interior wire connection being exposed to damage and malfunction, not the levelers themselves.
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Old 03-17-2015, 11:15 PM   #14
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Just checking to see if I understand the concern here:
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... 5ers need to be chocked differently than typical trailers due to the landing gear (Dennis SAID, don't drag the landing gear when hooking up!)
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Dennis told me to keep from dragging the landing gear you place a chock behind the rear wheels and one in the front of the forward wheels. Shouldn't move. Squared up. Unless you GUN it
The 5.0/5.0TA uses the same type of jack for landing gear as the conventional trailers use for a tongue jack; however, the unhitching and (especially) hitching of a fifth-wheel pulls or pushes on the trailer, risking bending the jacks if the trailer moves too much.

If that's it, then effective chocking (or use of wedge devices such as the Rotochock or BAL X-Chock) is the immediate solution. A different jack style could be less vulnerable: normal fifth-wheel landing gear (which are heavy, presumably why Escape doesn't use them) is the obvious choice, but I think single-leg leveling jacks (such as the BAL C-Jack) would work well. Another solution would be parking brakes - commercial semi-trailers with air brakes all have them and that has to be the biggest reason that they don't need chocking, and don't have this issue with their landing gear.
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Old 03-17-2015, 11:22 PM   #15
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Like Dennis mentioned, this isn't hard. Chock the back wheels and the front wheels and the landing gear won't move. That's worked for me. I don't need to Google other solutions....
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Old 03-17-2015, 11:33 PM   #16
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I don't need to Google other solutions....
Neither do I!
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:29 PM   #17
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Like Dennis mentioned, this isn't hard. Chock the back wheels and the front wheels and the landing gear won't move. That's worked for me. I don't need to Google other solutions....
Another reason to Chock the front and back is that if you accidentally forget to open your hitch you can very easily push your trailer off the blocks under the landing gear while you are hitching. For that reason I put the minimum amount of blocks necessary under the landing gear. My next door neighbour has his (35' 5th wheel) landing gear up on a stack of 4x4's and it gives me the heebee jeebies every time I see him hitching his trailer. As an aside, to be safe, I like to have any block under a hitch or landing gear at least under 1.5 times as wide as it is high.
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Old 03-18-2015, 04:36 PM   #18
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I was talking about the interior wire connection being exposed to damage and malfunction, not the levelers themselves.
And: back on topic
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Old 03-18-2015, 04:54 PM   #19
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Another reason to Chock the front and back is that if you accidentally forget to open your hitch you can very easily push your trailer off the blocks under the landing gear while you are hitching. For that reason I put the minimum amount of blocks necessary under the landing gear. My next door neighbour has his (35' 5th wheel) landing gear up on a stack of 4x4's and it gives me the heebee jeebies every time I see him hitching his trailer. As an aside, to be safe, I like to have any block under a hitch or landing gear at least under 1.5 times as wide as it is high.
I agree. Normal landing gear legs are typically long and have a manual extension in addition to the power travel, so a stack of blocks shouldn't be needed under them; perhaps the neighbor has a raised suspension or is accommodating a steep driveway. The jacks used by Escape don't have that manual extension, so it might be tempting on sufficiently sloped campsites to stack up blocks, and this is a good warning to avoid that.
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