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Old 05-29-2016, 06:09 AM   #81
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Using the yellow (or green or orange) chocks, I'll be sitting in a lawn chair contemplating nature long before you will if you use the X-Chocks. I'm into KISS if it works and the yellow chocks work just fine... besides I happen to like yellow.
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Old 05-29-2016, 06:56 AM   #82
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yes indeed, that is true.

any chance that someone who owns both the cheap Camco plastic wheel stops (small) (supposedly those fit fine on a 21')

Amazon.com: Camco 44652 Wheel Stop (Small): Automotive

AND the X-Chocks can do a quick scientific comparison test?

perhaps using a BBQ tank scale or something, to see the inches of tongue deflection sideways when pulled a given force sideways..... comparing the 2?



just a crazy thought.

i like the lower cost and weight of the Camco.... but will spring for the X-Chock if they are measurably better.
Sometimes you have to perform your own tests, I have both sets and use both, depending on which I can find in the garage. The yellow plastic ones have to be modified in that the rod needs to be cut and shortened to fit the Escape, the heavier X-Chocks work without modification. I do not mean this in a negative way but I have more than one item for several reasons, depends on the situation. So try one set, get the other and then decide, you can always sell the ones you do not want or keep them both, like me.
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Old 05-29-2016, 07:47 AM   #83
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I returned the plastic chocks and bought the X-chocks 6 years ago.
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Old 05-29-2016, 08:33 AM   #84
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On my 21 the yellow "cheapies" work fine without modification.
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Old 05-29-2016, 08:40 AM   #85
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Nobody uses my cheapo style chocks anymore? Chock

I've always used 4, one on each side of both tires and never had any problems. I've never had a dual axle trailer, but I assumed that they could work the same, just one on the front tire and one on the rear on each side.
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Old 05-29-2016, 08:51 AM   #86
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Eric,
With tandem torsion axles you will have movement at the axles unless you tie the wheels together with these, otherwise your system will work on the single axle, front and rear. If you could install front and rear on each of the tandem that may work but these simplify that.
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Ok, thanks Jim
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Once I'm set up, I have the stabilizers down, the chocks set a the X chocks set, then I don't have to worry about the coach rockin. Sure I loose a little beer time but I hit her a little harder when I do get going. It's usually time for a very stable nap before I run out of beer. Points of contact are important especially on uneven sites.
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Once I'm set up, I have the stabilizers down, the chocks set a the X chocks set, then I don't have to worry about the coach rockin. Sure I loose a little beer time but I hit her a little harder when I do get going. It's usually time for a very stable nap before I run out of beer. Points of contact are important especially on uneven sites.
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I see, "if you see the trailer a rockin', don't come knockin"?
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Old 07-18-2020, 11:09 PM   #90
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With the home made version, you can adjust the size of the blocks and the length of the threaded rod so that it fits perfectly between the tandem wheels and fiberglass trailer body.
Nice chocks!
I don't have our 19 yet, do you recall the distance across the top and bottom of the blocks or the distance between the two tires?
Might make a set to have when we pick it up.
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Old 07-19-2020, 05:42 AM   #91
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I really enjoy seeing what others have made to replace items normally purchased. This is a prime example of a little scrap wood and ingenuity..............
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Old 07-19-2020, 09:20 AM   #92
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Has anyone used the Fastway One-step Chocks? We currently have the BAL-X chocks. I like them and they are very stable, but DW thinks they are a bit of a pain to set up, especially when we are on level ground. Lindy has been learning how to set up the trailer on her own, and I want it to be as easy as possible for her.

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I use them, at least on the high side (Anderson Levelers on the low.) They take a bit of adjusting to get them so you can lock them by stepping on them, but once set, they act as both chocks & wheel locks. I'm not sure I'd call them easier than X Chocks - If adjusted to lock the wheels, they take a fair effort to push down the locking handle. I carry a pair & use them on each side on level sites...
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Old 07-19-2020, 09:28 AM   #93
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Love the X-Chocks. One of the best things we brought along when we picked up the trailer in Chilliwack. Have been using them now for 5 years. Easy, work well, and the combination of the stabilizers and X-Chocks means no movement, rock solid.

We use them along with the Andersen levelers. We may add a chock on the ground if the site is highly sloped, but that's rare.
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Old 07-19-2020, 10:44 AM   #94
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Humm, I have four of the yellow chocks that match the yellow lego blocks. I just throw each under a tire and kick it to set. Worked on the Scamp, works on Ten Forward (unless I'm using the BAL levelers). Doesn't get much easier than that. Besides, when they get cruddy or muddy, I can hose them off at the site hose bib before storage. Works for me, YMMV
Got a couple hard rubber chocks picked up at Tractor Supply. Cheap, light, no instructions necessary and they work. Checks all the boxes for the KISS principle 😎
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Nice chocks!
I don't have our 19 yet, do you recall the distance across the top and bottom of the blocks or the distance between the two tires?
Might make a set to have when we pick it up.
EDIT: I found the directions in another post. Now to the workbench!
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Old 08-03-2020, 05:40 PM   #96
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Nice chocks!
I don't have our 19 yet, do you recall the distance across the top and bottom of the blocks or the distance between the two tires?
Might make a set to have when we pick it up.
Did you ever find out the distance between tires. I would also like to make some before my pickup in two weeks. Everything is out of stock or longer delivery time than I have.
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Did you ever find out the distance between tires. I would also like to make some before my pickup in two weeks. Everything is out of stock or longer delivery time than I have.
Never got the actual dimensions but the link in my last post has photos and parts info. I decided that since I'll still need regular chocks, since X-chocks aren't really "chocks", that I'll just use my regular chocks and levelers, and if I feel a need for building a set of X-chocks for increased comfort then there is no urgency and they can wait til I get home from my first trip.

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Old 08-04-2020, 11:56 AM   #98
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I’ve always been built for power, not for speed. I don’t care how long it takes me to set up, I’m camping. So I put down the chicks, the stabilizers and the Ball X Chocks for all the ground contact and stability I can get. On steep slopes I’ve stayed connected to the tow vehicle, chocked the vehicle, and set the emergency brake. And that’s for stops of one night when I feel it’s necessary. Everybody has different levels of comfort, be it with the propane system, electrical system, gas gauge in the tow vehicle etc. Had a big guy stop by the house yesterday and do a job for me, he was wearing a belt and suspenders. Worked for him.
Sometimes it takes a little experience to find your comfort level, hopefully discomfort doesn’t occur first.
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There is another important skill one can develop. That is the ability to drink a beer while setting up camp. Takes all the pressure off.

Usually tastes great too!
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There is another important skill one can develop. That is the ability to drink a beer while setting up camp. Takes all the pressure off.

Usually tastes great too!
Once the Camper is chocked, truck is unhooked and stabilizers are down only THEN does the cold beer come out! My wife usually heads inside to get things set up in there once part one is done and she always hands out a cold one at that point. Too many ways to get hurt or do real damage during part one. Setting up power, water, carpet etc now THAT I will do with a cold beer.
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