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Old 01-04-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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Parking on steep driveway

Hi... Just bought a 62' 24 ft. airstream, need to bring it home. Problem: Live on steep driveway and is the only place I have for it. Need some advice how to keep it stable and the best way to brace it from rolling down the hill while I gut and remodel the inside. Thanks need answers soon PLease
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You will need a very good set of chocks for the tires and probably a block to go under the tongue jack. Depending on how steep the driveway, it may not be practical or safe, even with chocks. You could use the type that clamp between the tires and those that go in front.
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Real question is, how steep? If the slope is such that if you level the trailer and the up-slope end touches the ground, forget it. You'd be better off finding somewhere else to do the work, even if you have to rent a place. Working on the trailer where you can't even get it level means problems during remodeling.

When you get it where you want it, take the wheels off, and level it with blocks under the axles (jacking up one wheel at a time to get the block under it). No wheels, it won't roll.
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See my avitar...or go to my profile screen. I park, when at home, just about as steep as the tail draggin' bars will allow. I use a wedge style chock/lock between the tires. blocks under the tongue jack and jack almost all the way extended. If it is going to be there more than a day, I put about 1.5" of level blocks under the front tires to relieve the stress on the rear axle. very stable....never moves a bit.
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I have a pair of chocks/locks that go inbetween the tires, they seem to work well. You could also pass a chain through the wheels to lock them together so they can't turn.


I also have a truck mostly dedicated to being a tow vehicle so I can just leave the trailer hitched and the truck in park with the park brake on.
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A note on in-between-the-tire chocks. If tire pressure is decreased suddenly, or over time, they will not hold. I use them, but do not trust them on a grade.

Also do you ever get freezing rain on the driveway, if so the trailer could slip quickly if traction of wheel chocks is lost.

It sounds extreme, but I wonder if you could drill the driveway and put bolts through wheel chocks to anchor it, like in parking lots. I suppose it would need some sort of removal system would be needed for moving it.

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It sounds extreme, but I wonder if you could drill the driveway and put bolts through wheel chocks to anchor it, like in parking lots. I suppose it would need some sort of removal system would be needed for moving it.
I thought of something like that, but then edited my previous post to remove it, since if the driveway is steep enough to really need it, it's too steep to level the trailer.

My thought was to drive a long steel rod as an anchor alongside (not through) the driveway near the trailer's rear bumper, and run a steel chain, nylon webbing tow strap, or a steel cable from the rear axle to the steel rod anchor. No need to remove the steel rod afterwards, just drive it even further into the ground, so that the top of the rod is below ground leveland won't catch a lawnmower blade.
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Doug reminded me, I do chock the wheels on both sides as well as use the between-tire-wedge chock. Never park at home during freezing weather....it's winterized and put away at the "yard". I never thought about sudden deflation. I think I'll add the through wheel heavy cable lock which I use for an additional level of theft deterrent at the storage lot, at home as an anti-roll away device.
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You may want to consider an anchor and chain.....no kidding if there is a secure fence post, building, tree or rock that you can tie off a chain to the axle. If that would be a trip hazzard then allow the chain to rest on the ground. Yes there would be some slack but if the trailer begins to roll.....

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Don't Use Cheap, Plastic Chocks

Go to Harbor Freight and purchase at least four of the heavy, rubber chocks.
For your application, you may want eight chocks.
I would not trust the between the wheel chocks on a really steep driveway for all the reasons already stated.
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You could also attach an extension to your breakaway switch and stake it back and down into the edge of the drive. Use a little imagination on setup. Of course, 12v would have to be up and running.
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........I think I'll add the through wheel heavy cable lock which I use for an additional level of theft deterrent at the storage lot, at home as an anti-roll away device.
Winter Storage anti-theft device....


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You could also attach an extension to your breakaway switch and stake it back and down into the edge of the drive. Use a little imagination on setup. Of course, 12v would have to be up and running.
Except that would fry the brakes in 5 minutes or so if you couldn't release them.
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Except that would fry the brakes in 5 minutes or so if you couldn't release them.
Not with hydraulic. The pump shuts off after 20 seconds, and a hold solenoid retains hydraulic pressure until 12 volts is removed.
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