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Old 08-03-2020, 10:21 PM   #1
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X chocks, duh

Second shakedown trip on 3rd AS and learned lesson I should have known better. I bought X chocks since I have two axles now. First trip was full hook up, flat pad. As before used regular chocks. This time at pretty flat pad but was a bit inclined in front and to one side. Total failure trying to get low side wheels leveled with yellow plastic squares and had chocked wheel on just one side while I was screwing up leveling

So, tv unhitched and jack on those same plastic blocks as a nice guy in SOB walks over to ask if he can help. Wife and dog in AS and the jacks slides off the blocks and the round foot busts off and cylinder in on the asphalt AS did not move any further, thank heavens

So Nice Guy (he really is) told me when there is an incline he uses these things and points to his X chocks. Just like the new ones i have with me, unused

Bottle jack up, inspect the wayward round jack part and see that it has a bolt and nut laying there. I screw it in and all back together

It was loose already and enough stupidity from me and collapse

Damn, I am lucky
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Old 08-03-2020, 11:32 PM   #2
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I'm glad you escaped with no damage!

I have camped 13 years with a Scamp and 7 years with my dual-axle Airstream. Until last year, I only used plastic chocks to keep the trailer from moving. Always used two on each side, and never had a runaway. I got BAL Xchocks last year. But I don't use them every time. The main desire was to reduce motion of the trailer as people walked inside, but I have also used them on extra-steep camp sites.
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Old 08-04-2020, 12:12 AM   #3
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Glad everything turned out ok.

I have a pair of X-chocks and use them frequently. One thing to be aware of is that despite the name they are actually designed as stabilizers to damp unwanted motion, not wheel chocks. The instructions state this explicitly and while they no doubt provide some degree of rollaway resistance they should always be used with actual chocks.

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Old 08-04-2020, 04:31 AM   #4
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. . .
. . . they should always be used with actual chocks.
As the title of the thread says, "duh" . . .

Glad there was no serious damage, Garfish.

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