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Old 11-02-2011, 10:43 PM   #29
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Cool Chocking

We made a very simple pair of chocks with four pieces of 2x4 and two pieces of 1x4.
Make the 2x4s about 4in longer than your tires are wide. Place one in front and one behind each tire. Lay the 1x4 across the protruding ends, nail or screw and you're done!

As far as a level area. Yes there are such things, although I haven't found very many. HOWEVER there is always the WIND. Since our eggs are so easy to move by hand, I think the wind would also find them easy to move.

As long as you are playing with 2x4s why not make a pair for under your stabilizers. A campground with nice, white concrete pads will appreciate not having rust stains left on them.

If you want even more fun, you can paint your ground tackle whatever color you like.

Having a one piece block makes it simple when setting up and tearing down. See picture before I painted mine.

Also notice the picture of the Mustang in the Mesa Aircraft Museum. What more level floor could you find than inside a building, yet they block the wheels of all the aircraft on display. Maybe they know something?
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Old 11-03-2011, 11:45 AM   #30
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Jacks need help because they have limited range of movement. Stabilizers likewise. I have a stack of 10 pieces of 3/4" plywd 8" square, all edges radiused with a router and a 5/8" dia hole bored in the middle each. Tie a stopper knot in a piece of polyprop, pass thru the stack; tie a bowline or other loop in the carrying end and throw in the forward locker. At the Pococo KOA in July, had a site which appeared relatively level but after leveling fore and aft the left bumper stabilizer dropped to contact with the slag fill and the right didn't. Plus it's slag and reacts to load by moving and settling. So out come the stack of pads--one under the left to spread the load over a wider area; three under the right so that, like A Lincoln's legs, it's of sufficient length to reach the ground. One under the tongue jack also. I'm not about to back time and again onto "leggo" ramps so I love the Baljack for transverse leveling, but there again, one can run out of lift. It also cam be shimmed but it's some work with a bottle jack on the frame to get the low side tire off the ground to place pads.

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Old 11-03-2011, 03:37 PM   #31
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On the Fourth of July weekend this year I was forced to get creative with leveling my 1977 Scamp. This was my third camp out with this Scamp that I bought almost a year ago in November of 2010. It is my first trailer.

This was a Teardroppers of Oregon and Washington event that I had visited for the past 5 years. It was primarily for teardrop trailers but vintage travel trailers were welcome too. It was held at a member's 5 acre home in Carnation, WA. Most of the property is on a steep hill.

He has a collection of vintage automobiles (mostly 1936, his favorite year) and motorcycles so it was vintage vehicles and trailers, a real fun event. I would drive my 1931 Ford DeLuxe Roadster there for the day.

After several years of attending I was getting close to building a teardrop trailer but was never too interested in towing anything behind my Roadster. I then discovered glass eggs and that was the end of the teardrop thing.

I live 40 miles from Carnation. I towed the Scamp there with my 1983 Ranger truck and stayed the night. I then went home and drove my Model A back to drive around for the next four days. I had to drive the Model A back home on the last day to get the truck to bring the Scamp home. This added up to 240 miles of driving between both vehicles to and from this event but it was worth it.

I had never seen anyone park at the location I chose. It was near the house and upper garage where I could plug into power and be very close the the meals and other activities.

I wanted to be very sure my Scamp would not roll down the hill into the white and blue 1975 Scamp or others below. I chocked both wheels front and back. I used a bottle jack on the downhill side for leveling. I left it in place. I put two jack stands under the tongue (one for back up). I used pieces of 2 x 10's to angle them towards the slope of the hill. I wanted to be real sure this Scamp didn't move. There was not enough height for the tongue jack so I left it up.

It was very stable. The uphill tire actually sunk down a little into the soft soil. We had a wet winter and spring and the ground was still soft in early July.

Sadly, after ten years of Fun in Carnation, this event is no more. The owner is moving to Arizona. We all will have to find something else to do on the Fourth of July from now on.

It was so nice to have my own trailer at this event. I don't expect to have to park on a hilly location such as this again but you never know.

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Old 11-03-2011, 03:55 PM   #32
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One more thing that I forgot to mention...

Sharp-eyed viewers will probably notice that I don't have an upper vent for the 3-way Dometic refrigerator that I had just installed. I only ran the referigerator on 120v electricity this year.

My trailer had an old, broken original 1977 ice box in it and I decided to replace it with a refrigerator.

I didn't want to waste one minute of nice summer weather working on the Scamp. There will be plenty of rainy, cold days to work on it this winter. I will then enclose the back of the refrigerator, plumb the propane to all appliances and install the upper vent.

It was bare-bones camping in the Scamp this year. I went out 8 times and did mostly tear drop, glass egg and vintage trailer camps.

I will be very busy completely restoring and upgrading my egg this winter for coming years.

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Are you sure that other trailer was a Scamp? It's hard to tell with such a small picture but it looks like it has that "boss" above the front window like a LoveBug? the jalousie windows say otherwise though.
If I had that little feather of a trailer I would not have hesitated to install a hitch on my '29 sedan. Just let the "lady" take it easy, she'd do alright, It's only 40Miles. You might have to build up that right leg though!
(You could add surge brakes to the trailer.)
Nice car!
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:22 AM   #34
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Yes, it is a 1975 Scamp. It was at three of the gatherings I went to this year. I've put three pictures of it in this message.

The owner of this Scamp used to have a teardrop trailer. She was at a vintage trailer meet with her teardrop a couple of years ago. It was raining and she was getting tired of it. A local man stopped by the meet to look at the trailers. He told her about this Scamp that used to belong to his father. She went to his house to look at it and bought it that day.

Many of the teardroppers are moving up to eggs or stick-built vintage trailers. One man refers to them as "stand-up" trailers. I've included a picture of the teardrop that he built and towed behind his 1929 Model A Tudor for almost 10 years. They now have a 1960's trailer that has separate beds and lots of room compared to the teardrop.

Like I said in my previous message, I wasn't really interested in towing anything behind my Model A. Now that I've done some towing with my
Ranger pickup I would feel more comfortable towing with the A at slower speeds.

One thing I found out last year is that most vintage vehicles insurance policies do not allow towing anything. A man in Ohio had to get a standard insurance policy for his Model A coupe to be able to be covered while towing a 1935 Bowlus trailer.

A standard insurance policy from State Farm for my Roadster was $1200 per year when I ask about it several years ago. A vintage vehicle policy from State Farm runs about $230 per year. Vehicle use is limited to car shows and club events but it is a lot cheaper. The man with the teardrop has two different insurance policies. One for the trailer and one for the Tudor. If there is an accident they work together.

This motivated me to think about a larger trailer than a teardrop since I wasn't going to tow a trailer behind the Model A. It didn't make sense to tow a teardrop behind my Ranger. I already have the same sized sleeping area in the bed of the Ranger with my canopy on it. Once I discovered fiberglass egg trailers I was obsessed with getting one.

I am considering looking into having a professionally-built, custom hitch put on the the Model A. There is a local company that has been building custom hitches for a long time and I would like to talk to them to see if it would be possible to tow the Scamp with my Roadster. The hitch would have a certified rating and would hopefully reduce my liability in case of an accident.

I will be putting a new axle under my Scamp this winter and it will have brakes. I really feel that it needs it with my Ranger and there is no way I would tow it with the Model A without electric brakes on the trailer. My Model A Roadster is 12 volt negative ground so wiring a brake controller in it would be easy.

I realize we've strayed a little from the original topic of this thread. I have learned a few new things about chocking my trailer. I really like the BAL Light Trailer Tire Leveler. I'm going to take a look at them tomorrow. I think it would be really useful to raise the trailer to put stands under the frame to take the load off the torsion axle during storage.

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Yes, it is a 1975 Scamp. It was at three of the gatherings I went to this year. I've put three pictures of it in this message.

The owner of this Scamp used to have a teardrop trailer. She was at a vintage trailer meet with her teardrop a couple of years ago. It was raining and she was getting tired of it. A local man stopped by the meet to look at the trailers. He told her about this Scamp that used to belong to his father. She went to his house to look at it and bought it that day.

Many of the teardroppers are moving up to eggs or stick-built vintage trailers. One man refers to them as "stand-up" trailers. I've included a picture of the teardrop that he built and towed behind his 1929 Model A Tudor for almost 10 years. They now have a 1960's trailer that has separate beds and lots of room compared to the teardrop.

Like I said in my previous message, I wasn't really interested in towing anything behind my Model A. Now that I've done some towing with my
Ranger pickup I would feel more comfortable towing with the A at slower speeds.

One thing I found out last year is that most vintage vehicles insurance policies do not allow towing anything. A man in Ohio had to get a standard insurance policy for his Model A coupe to be able to be covered while towing a 1935 Bowlus trailer.

A standard insurance policy from State Farm for my Roadster was $1200 per year when I ask about it several years ago. A vintage vehicle policy from State Farm runs about $230 per year. Vehicle use is limited to car shows and club events but it is a lot cheaper. The man with the teardrop has two different insurance policies. One for the trailer and one for the Tudor. If there is an accident they work together.

This motivated me to think about a larger trailer than a teardrop since I wasn't going to tow a trailer behind the Model A. It didn't make sense to tow a teardrop behind my Ranger. I already have the same sized sleeping area in the bed of the Ranger with my canopy on it. Once I discovered fiberglass egg trailers I was obsessed with getting one.

I am considering looking into having a professionally-built, custom hitch put on the the Model A. There is a local company that has been building custom hitches for a long time and I would like to talk to them to see if it would be possible to tow the Scamp with my Roadster. The hitch would have a certified rating and would hopefully reduce my liability in case of an accident.

I will be putting a new axle under my Scamp this winter and it will have brakes. I really feel that it needs it with my Ranger and there is no way I would tow it with the Model A without electric brakes on the trailer. My Model A Roadster is 12 volt negative ground so wiring a brake controller in it would be easy.

I realize we've strayed a little from the original topic of this thread. I have learned a few new things about chocking my trailer. I really like the BAL Light Trailer Tire Leveler. I'm going to take a look at them tomorrow. I think it would be really useful to raise the trailer to put stands under the frame to take the load off the torsion axle during storage.

Jeff
I was thinkin' a little weak there for a moment. All you need is brake lights, not juice to run the trailer brakes Nice!
Thanks for the photos!
And now to get back to the subject of Chocks....

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I was thinkin' a little weak there for a moment. All you need is brake lights, not juice to run the trailer brakes Nice!
Thanks for the photos!
And now to get back to the subject of Chocks....

CHOCKS VITAMINS Tv Commercial 1970 - YouTube
Dang, I didn't know you road a horse...
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Dang, I didn't know you road a horse...
A Snidely remark, I assume?... Almost gave me Whiplash!

[But actually it's "off-road" only!]
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