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Old 09-06-2006, 09:00 AM   #15
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After unhitching, I like to drop the front of the trailer a tad bit lower than level, go to the rear and secure the stabilizers snugly, then go back to the tongue jack and raise it until it is under just a little bit of strain (not too much here or you could do some damage) then lower the front stabilizers, retract the tongue jack, and youíve taken all the jiggle out of the trailer.

Also, when moving the TV, go real slow, just in case youíve forgotten to unhook the safety chains. Donít ask me how I know this!

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Doesn't that put too much weight on the stabilizers?
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Old 09-06-2006, 11:51 AM   #16
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thanks all, I think I got it, now to try it out.....I will probably get some chocks to go between the wheels, and use my current aluminum blocks to level the trailer.
Its amazing how different this all is for the moho. Very little leveling eve r required for it, and of course a parking brake.
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Old 09-07-2006, 11:40 PM   #17
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Hi Alan

Welcome to the other side of Airstreaming.

Since no one mentioned it, be sure to disconnect your seven pin before you remove the chains. Ours has been damaged as a result of forgetting this simple step.

Happy Trails.

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Old 09-08-2006, 08:30 AM   #18
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My wife and I make a good team when it comes to hitching and setting up. We each have our tasks and we double check each other. One important thing I learned on a resent trip is, do not let others help. It is distracting and you will forget things. When others are setting up, keep your distance and let them do their thing. If they ask for help fine or if they are about to do something bad (raise the hitch with the jacks down), you should help. Other then that, wait till they are setup (or hitched) before you join them.
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Old 09-08-2006, 08:35 AM   #19
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My wife and I make a good team when it comes to hitching and setting up. We each have our tasks and we double check each other. One important thing I learned on a resent trip is, do not let others help. It is distracting and you will forget things. When others are setting up, keep your distance and let them do their thing. If they ask for help fine or if they are about to do something bad (raise the hitch with the jacks down), you should help. Other then that, wait till they are setup (or hitched) before you join them.
This is so true! I never have any problem when we camp alone but I have found that when we go with a group I have to take time to say hello and then unhitch by myself when the time comes because I am distracted if someone try's to help. I have a certain order to things and if I follow that order everything is OK but I have to be very careful if something is done out of sequence.

This may sound funny but it works for me.
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Old 09-08-2006, 08:44 AM   #20
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Doesn't that put too much weight on the stabilizers?
Good question. I don't think it does as I am careful to not overdo the process. Perhaps my description leaves the impression that I use the stabilizers to actually raise the trailer--I don't do that. Its just a simple trick that simplifies my set-up.

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Old 09-08-2006, 09:22 AM   #21
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Since I am new to the trailer side of this aluminum thing, I have a couple of questions.
1, What type wheel chocks or blocks are best for stability. The ones I have are like those below. Actually leveling blocks.

2. When you set up, what is the order that you normally do things, like set the blocks, lower the levelers, unhook from the truck, etc.

My main fear at this point is having a 31 footer rolling down an incline becaue I didn't get it right.
Does anyone know where to get these chocks?

Thanx, Bill
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Old 09-08-2006, 09:22 AM   #22
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Something simple...

Honestly, I don't worry about side/side leveling. I've only been one place where I felt like I'm going to keep rolling out of bed. (on to the floor). My fridge has been working fine.

I wouldn't put my stablelizers down prior to unhitching - that's a LOT of force for those to accept.

I back in, check that all my cords/hoses etc will reach (chock the rear wheels)- then unhitch and level front/rear. Then I plug in / hoses on. Then stablelizers down.

I'm off the ball and setup in about 15 minutes.
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Old 09-08-2006, 02:29 PM   #23
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The easiest thing to do is just live in Florida where everything is pretty much flat anyway - I rarely bother to even use chocks around here. Between the stabilizers and the jack Silver Sally isn't going anywhere. I envious of the "15 minutes off the ball and setup" system. It sure seems to take me a lot longer by the time I've put out the folding chairs/awning/welcome mat/stabilizers/hammock/EZ-UP/antenna and/or satellite/toothbrushes/hang the shower head back up/turn on the water heater/turn on the AC (Florida, always turn on the AC)/put out some ant killer around the tires/tie up the dogs and give them some water/sit down wipe the sweat off and pop open the first of many cold ones! Whew!

Takes about an hour and a half; at least two hours in reverse to load up and head home. Am I doing it all wrong/working too hard?

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Takes about an hour and a half; at least two hours in reverse to load up and head home. Am I doing it all wrong/working too hard?

Brad
Not all wrong or too hard. Jut needing practice like me. It can take a while for me too. Especially the dumping the tanks/flushing the black tank part. I always make about three trips around the coach to make sure I haven't left anything up that should be down or down that should be up and that everything that should be connected is and everything that shouldn't isn't. I am paranoid that I'll forget something!

BTW, dbradhstream, my wife and I are looking toward moving to Winter Garden in a couple of years. Probably summer '08, depending on her class schedule and my project schedule. We might we down the toll road from one another one day.
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Old 09-08-2006, 03:24 PM   #25
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Welcome to the 'neighborhood' in advance! Winter Garden is definitely growing, but then everywhere around here is. As a real estate atty I'm not complaining!

I do the same thing; go around and around and around the trailer. Big time killer but I can't hit the road until I reach a certain zen-like oneness with the trailer. At the perfect moment when I'm satisfied I've done all I can to get her ready and she's given me a certain vibe that she's agreed to follow me wherever I go without objection, off we go!

Wish I was going somewhere right now ...
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so will my smaller aluminum blocks work on flatter ground to chock the wheels? If I don't use the larger one to level and lock? I am thinking I need somehting in addition....is that overkill?
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Old 09-08-2006, 05:05 PM   #27
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Just a judgment call depending on the terrain. Most places I go are dead flat so I feel comfortable with no chocks at all sometimes. Obviously, you want to be careful and be confident that your trailer is going to stay where you put it, but since it only takes a couple minutes of your time I'd say do whatever you need to do help you enjoy your trailer, relish the peace and quiet and get a great night's sleep without it ever occurring to you that you might possibly wake up a few feet (or a quarter mile) away from where you laid down. If that means chocks, locks and an anchor to boot, so be it!
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so will my smaller aluminum blocks work on flatter ground to chock the wheels? If I don't use the larger one to level and lock? I am thinking I need somehting in addition....is that overkill?
When I am on level ground, which is mostly when I store my trailer I use the cheapo plastic chocks from CW. Even though it is level, we do get some big winds.
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