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Old 03-02-2016, 02:03 PM   #1
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Trailer chocks and level blocks

Funny how that happened to rhyme.

Anyway. I was looking around on campingworld and put some wheel chocks in my basket. I had an actual motorhome before, so I could just put it in gear, set the parking brake, and be done.

But then I realized the trailer, once it's disconnected from my truck, has no brakes...so I figured I'd buy the chocks. But then I remembered how often I used my leveling blocks, which I left with my motorhome when I sold it. So I put some of those in my basket.

So...it seems to me that once I'm on leveling blocks, the chocks can't really do anything. Or would there be enough space on the leveling block for the tire and chocks? And would they even have any traction on the plastic blocks?

I always boondock, so using leveling blocks is pretty common for me, and sometimes both wheels are on blocks.

What's the solution for this?

I'm planning on probably buying some scissor type stabilizers and bolting them to the bumper. But I'm kind of unsure what to do as far as leveling and chocking.
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Old 03-02-2016, 02:07 PM   #2
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You buy a system like Lynx.
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The BAL leveler is one solution. Its limited lifting range may come up short in a boondocking environment, though.
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Thanks to you both!

Looks like the Tri Lynx might be my best option.
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You use enough blocks such that there is space on them to put the chocks.
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I use lots of scrap lumber for leveling. I chock both wheels front and back and then lower the rear stabilizers. Haven't gone for a ride yet. Raz
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Yeah I'm realizing as I go that I only need to level two wheels, so there will be plenty of blocks. With the motorhome, I was leveling four wheels. So it was rare that I could go more than one block wide on the top level, or I'd run out of blocks. But with only two wheels and the 10 blocks I just ordered (which I just now realized is total overkill...), I'll always have plenty of blocks to leave space for chocks.

Thanks.

For whatever reason, I just like the exactness of the leveling blocks, rather than lumber. I remember people on the toyota motorhomes site mentioning they always got by fine with finding rocks around the campsite and didn't travel with any leveling system.

But I'm on some pretty uneven ground sometimes, so I like having the blocks, and like the way they stack.
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They are also lighter than wet chunks of lumber ( which is what I used to use ). I just use normal chocks, not the lynx interlocking chock. I've found I can chock the wheels, even if they are on a couple Lynx levelers.
I have two packs of 10, but I also have a high lift axle and need extra for the stabilizers. They are also handy if you don't want to unwind the jack forever.
One day I will spray paint them brown so that they don't ruin pictures of the trailer. Meantime, I can just use PhotoShop to remove the color from them.
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I'm planning on probably buying some scissor type stabilizers and bolting them to the bumper. But I'm kind of unsure what to do as far as leveling and chocking.
Do not put any stress on that bumper. The metal is too thin and the welds will break. If it had any strength I'm sure Casita would have mounted the spare tire there. It's only meant to carry the sewer hose.
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Since you only have 2 wheels on your Bigfoot, you will only need to level the low side tire to match the other side. For this, we discovered the very useful Anderson Leveler which also acts as a chock for the side that it's used on. We still carry two pairs of chocks because sometimes you get lucky and happen on a perfectly level site but still want chocks on both sides.
We also still carry the lynx blocks, which we used before under one of the tires and the rest under the stabilizers, but now that we have the Anderson it leaves more lynx blocks for the stabilizers, which improves stability.
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I'm with Raz on this. Been camping, in one rig or another, for more'n 50yrs & have never used anything 'cept scrap wood/lumber for leveling. I have installed a set of BAL stabilizer jacks on our casita (just didin't like the factory Atwood stabilizers), & picked up a set of the black 'plastic' chocks at WalMart. Drilled a hole in each chock to thread & knot a quarter inch rope into so I can carry both sets of chocks in one hand, & so they don't get lost. I carry at least a half dozen pieces of 1x8 & 2x8, 18/24" long & beveled at one end, which leaves plenty of room for the chocks on the leveling boards. A few pieces of half inch treated plywood about 6" square works if I need more height (or support on soft ground) for the stabilizers... I used to make my wheel chocks out of beveled 4x4 timbers but the plastic chocks have gotten so inexpensive at WalMart that now I use those. I have a pair of the stick-on/screw-on spirit levels attached to front & one side of the Casita, & with a quick look at those, over the years I've learned to 'guesstimate' pretty accurately how many leveling blocks I'll need to level the trailer for use.
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I'm with Raz and others also, I use wood. Not rocket science to level an RV and if you should drive off and forget to pick up the levelers it's a lot easier to take when it's only wood. Fire wood for the next folks .
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I also use a mixture of plastic blocks/chocks and various handy scraps of lumber. Most of the time I use the scraps because they are in the truck bed and easy to grab, the plastic pieces are stored inside the Scamp or in the fence post sleeve underneath.

In the OP Zach touched on the problem of the chocks sometimes not actually holding the trailer in place. If I am stopping on any kind of incline, I found it best to place the chocks (and blocks if needed for side-side level), let the whole rig roll against the chocks and only then unhook and level front to back. This is an attempt to reduce the bending stress on the stabilizers.
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So...it seems to me that once I'm on leveling blocks, the chocks can't really do anything. Or would there be enough space on the leveling block for the tire and chocks? And would they even have any traction on the plastic blocks?
We usually chock both the front and back - not sure why we did not in this pic - but here's a visual for using the chock with blocks.
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