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Old 06-23-2014, 11:05 AM   #21
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Let us know how they work on the 21.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:31 PM   #22
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What size are those with the new 5.0TA using? Or do you?
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:26 PM   #23
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wheel chocks

I tried the plastic ones from camper world, returned them to exchange for the bal metal ones, after more than 3 years using them on the 19 and 21 I wouldn't consider anything else. Makes the trailer as solid as a fixed building if the four legs are also down with tension applied. Sat. night we were on a hill where the aft legs would not reach the ground and the tongue was almost on the ground and I didn't have enough blocks to help in the back. The chocks worked great and almost no wiggle inside.
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:29 PM   #24
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I tried the plastic ones from camper world, returned them to exchange for the bal metal ones...
The plastic ones do look a little flimsy. The homestyle wooden chocks are much more solid, probably quite comparable to the Bal-X version.
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:02 PM   #25
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I setup my RA with a pair of the plastic wedges then added 1 xchock. First time I used it and it makes a world of difference. I'm not going to bother gettiing a second one. Rock solid is not an exaggeration.
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Old 06-23-2014, 05:32 PM   #26
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What model Bal -x chock are you Escape 19 trailer owner using ? I think you guys talked me into purchase some Bal -X chocks. Pretty soon my wife is going to band me from this website with all the purchases I have made because of reading posting here of RV toys I just got to have.
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:02 PM   #27
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These are the ones I am using with our 19.
Amazon.com: BAL 28012 X-Chock Tire Locking Chock: Automotive
After two months of the UPS truck stopping every day my wife told me nicely that I maybe should stop reading the forum for a little while. . Most of the suggestions here were very good though!
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:44 PM   #28
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Thanks John I am going to order them right now. I am sure glad my wife loves me or I thinks I might be sleeping in the doghouse later this week when that Brown Truck pulls up are driveway.
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:47 PM   #29
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:53 PM   #30
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The deed is done they are now ordered. Hopefully I will receive in time to use them this Friday on our first time out camping with our new Escape 19 trailer.
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:56 PM   #31
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Those are the ones I have, but I'm switching to the plastic in an attempt to save weight. Will do a comparison and then decide.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:37 PM   #32
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Those are the ones I have, but I'm switching to the plastic in an attempt to save weight. Will do a comparison and then decide.
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:03 PM   #33
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but I'm switching to the plastic in an attempt to save weight..
Same philosophy as Colin Chapman, the designer of Lotus cars. "Add lightness"
You're right though, without a conscious effort to control weight it can creep up.

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Old 06-24-2014, 11:17 AM   #34
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Wheel chocks

Here is a picture of dual axle wheel chock which is 2 wedges top and bottom with a screw rod. Pictured on a 1985 Bigfoot 19. FiberglassTravelTrailersrv.com sell these.
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Old 06-24-2014, 12:11 PM   #35
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Here is a picture of dual axle wheel chock which is 2 wedges top and bottom with a screw rod. Pictured on a 1985 Bigfoot 19. FiberglassTravelTrailersrv.com sell these.
The 19' Bigfoot is a nice trailer. Looks like the wheel well design is a bit different from the Escape tandem trailers, in that the fibreglass body does not come down between the wheels on the Bigfoot like it does on the Escapes. Because of the tighter space on the Escapes, it is possible that some chocking systems may not have sufficient room to fit without coming into contact with the fiberglass above the space between the wheels. One advantage of the home built wedge type chocks is that they are easily custom fitted so that there are no clearance issues. With the other systems, you need to take your chances or know someone else has successfully used it prior to yourself. Otherwise you may find that it does not fit well on the Escapes.
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Old 06-24-2014, 12:38 PM   #36
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Bigfoot uses "fender skirts." The picture of the Bigfoot Chuck posted is missing that piece. From a distance, both Escape and Bigfoot look the same with the "tab" that is between the tires.
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and the plastic wedges, in the small size fit the tandem Escape axles.
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:34 PM   #38
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The trick to making the yellow, Camco chocks work on the 19' is to bring the threaded rod as low as possible into the top wedge and the bottom wedge as high as you can and still get it between the tires with the turning knob on the bottom. By doing so, when tightening, you'll only raise the threaded rod a few inches and not hit the fiberglass. Works for me just fine. And interestingly, I have yet needed to tighten them after the initial installation.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:27 AM   #39
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The Bal-X chocks offer another way to secure the trailer from theft by placing a lock through the holes at the top where the ratchet attaches - prevents them from being removed.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:57 AM   #40
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The Bal-X chocks offer another way to secure the trailer from theft by placing a lock through the holes at the top where the ratchet attaches - prevents them from being removed.
This does not stop someone from driving away, and having the X-Chocks come loose. Don't ask me how I know this.

I would also suspect that they could be forced out, even when set tight.

Nonetheless, I have had the X-Chocks for a few years now, and we love them.
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