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Old 08-24-2009, 10:05 AM   #1
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Parking on an incline

Hello - we just returned home with our 25', our driveway has a slight incline so i was unable to get the boot on the bottom of the jack. we used a 1inch thick peice of plywood and some 2x4s under the wheels.

On our first attempt, to try and level the trailer, we used the 1 inch plywood with a painted 2x4 on top - when i moved the the TV the jack slid down the 2x4 and luckily i had the other 2x4 under the wheels or it would have gotten messy.

my question is ... is there any way to lock the brakes when parking? seems to me this would be the safest option - i dont want to try and level the trailer on my driveway without knowing its not going to roll over me.
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:19 AM   #2
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You can not leave the trailer brakes activated without doing damag to the brake magnets.

I might suggest using the between wheel chocks like these.

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Brakes are electric....no good long term.
I saw a device that sets between the two
tires on a dual axle. A good set of blocks
will keep it in it's place.
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I park on an incline also. I use chocks as Moosetags does and regular old chocks. Short lengths of 4x4s will work. Always chock your wheels....even on level surfaces.
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If you have dual axles, go with X Chocks. I love them! even made a video about them.

YouTube - Review - XChock and Lynx Levellers
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thanks again ... yeah i grabbed a set of chocks ... do the disc brake AS have parking brake? that would save alot of hassel wouldnt it? why cant a drum brake set up have a parking option? isnt this what older cars would do?

i am just a curious guy.
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some european countries require a cable parking break system. we have not caught up to them yet.
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No parking brake on any travel trailer that I know of. Chocks of various types are part of trailering.

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Certainly you can get electric brakes with a parking brake feature. Easy replacement for your existing brakes. They cost about $30 more than brakes without the parking feature.

You will need to arrange a cable and locking lever.

Not a substitute for chocks though.
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On an incline do not put slippery painted wood under the tires. It is asking for trouble. If you have 4 wheels on the trailer, the between the wheel brakes are the way to go. There are many versions out there. There are also chocks that you lever out between the two wheels and the ground by stepping on the adjustable spacer bars, which work pretty good as well. I own a set but have never taken a picture of them.
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