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Old 04-23-2014, 06:20 PM   #1
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Wheel chock/stops

I bought a set of Camco wheel stops on the advice of an owner of an older Escape to stop the rock'n and roll'n. OK if you have one with the facia and a single wheel well. They don't fit my 2013 19' with the full formed wheel wells.

What works?

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Old 04-23-2014, 06:32 PM   #2
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Greg, would those not work if you put the knob at the bottom, and cut of any excess length to the threaded rod you do not need?

I have used BAL X-chocks for a few years now. They really do steady the trailer a lot. I do have one of the first 19s with the fascia type fender.
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Old 04-23-2014, 06:40 PM   #3
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No, the top chock won't clear the wheel well. Camco makes a much smaller set that might but honestly I doubt it would do much good. I'm thinking the BAL might be my next stop. How tight to you set them? I read someplace that a guy put a set on and cranked them so tight he broke the belts on his tires.
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Another brand I'm considering is Rotochocks, look lighter and smaller to store then the BAL's, although I have no experience with either.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:51 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=padlin;50546]Another brand I'm considering is Rotochocks, look lighter and smaller to store then the BAL's, although I have no experience with either.
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I was thinking these would do the trick until I saw the price (for one!).

So do folks use only one set or two? I'm thinking one wouldn't be adequate.

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I've heard you should use 2. I agree the price is a bit of a stumbling block.
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Greg, I have the same product and it works well on my 2013 19'-er with full wells (with knob at top as Jim mentioned). Have you tried it with the wedge close to the knob when first installing, drawing the bottom wedge up? Sure you know what you're doing, but it's odd it would work on one, but not the other.
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Greg, I have the same product and it works well on my 2013 19'-er with full wells (with knob at top as Jim mentioned). Have you tried it with the wedge close to the knob when first installing, drawing the bottom wedge up? Sure you know what you're doing, but it's odd it would work on one, but not the other.
No, it won't work. Won't come close to fitting with the knob up or down. Too big to fit between the wheels and clear the wheel well.

You must have the smaller size. Work ok?
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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.
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How tight to you set them? I read someplace that a guy put a set on and cranked them so tight he broke the belts on his tires.
Just snug enough that they won't slip.
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Another brand I'm considering is Rotochocks, look lighter and smaller to store then the BAL's, although I have no experience with either.
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Those look cool, but too many working parts, and the price...........
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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.
If I didn't have my X-chocks already, I would certainly be just making something like these.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:43 PM   #11
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Greg, there are 2 sizes of these. I got the small size and it fits good on my 19. I put the knob at the bottom. The wedges can be spun around before placing between the tires to adjust the length of bolt at top/bottom.

I figured if the yellow plastic wedges broke, I could re-use the metal parts and add wooden wedges like Ice-breakers.

The trailer does not wobble with one of these chocks installed. I am a happy camper.
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Another approach is a pair of chocks that work wedged against the ground, like a normal chock, but in a pair to work with tandems so they stay in place...
RV Wheel ChockÂ* for Trailer Tandem Wheels - PPL Motor Homes

Sorry, I haven't used any of these tandem schemes.
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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.

Outstanding! When are you going into production?
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We use BAL-X chocks on our 19 on both sides and they reduce movement. They have holes on the top and can be locked in place; however, are a bit pricey.
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Outstanding! When are you going into production?
Did a production run of 2 chocks last summer.
May have to wait a bit longer to retool and complete some other mods before a 2nd production run can begin.

But they are so simple and cheap to make, anyone with any kind of rudimentary knowledge of tools should be able to manage quite well. Maybe even this guy:

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Old 04-24-2014, 04:32 PM   #16
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Like Jim, I use the BAL-X chocks on my 19 and they fit fine. I really don't see how you could ever develop so much compression to damage a tire with these. I only use one on one side and my trailer is very steady.



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UPDATE: I bought a single set of Camco size small wheel stops. Easy to fit and stops the "seismic tremors" in the trailer. ($18 from Amazon with free shipping over $35).
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if you want to Geek out .... rotochoks work very well

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I'm looking at these instead of the X style. Seems simpler and can still put a chock on the outer sides of the wheels.

Amazon.com: BAL 28000A Standard Tire Locking Chock: Automotive
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I'm switching mine from the B@l X metal chocks to the plastic chocks in post# 17 in an attempt to alleviate some weight, every little bit helps.
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