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Old 06-12-2016, 04:59 PM   #1
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Hello, newbie member & Scamp owner here. We recently got our 2004 Scamp, and want to park it in our driveway that has a mild incline. I choked it with these seemingly cheap orange plastic wheel chokes and cranked up the tongue jack to almost level, sitting on a 2x4. Also threw some 2x4s in from of each wheel as a backup. First off, is this sufficient to keep it from sliding? It seems solid at the moment, but afraid to actually step inside, as I feel it might start inching down the driveway. Are there better chokes that work better for inclines? I've seen the rubber ones, but they look like they are too big for the scamps wheel size. I've also looked at some wheel locks online, but seem to be more for anti-theft. Finally, is there a choke that might keep the tongue jack from sliding down the driveway? Again, it seems fine now, but worried about stepping in. Thank you!
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Old 06-12-2016, 05:52 PM   #2
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I'd suggest, as a first measure, deploying the rear stabilizers and transferring a little weight to them. My guess, though it is hard to gauge the incline from the picture, is it will stay put and feel stable at that point.

BTW, nice looking trailer. Congratulations!
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Old 06-12-2016, 06:39 PM   #3
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My 17' trailer has spend seven winters in a similar situation.
I place chocks ( not chokes ) front and back of the tires on both sides.
Jack sits on wood blocks so I can crank it up to level. It's not gone anywhere.
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Old 06-12-2016, 07:06 PM   #4
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I find the cheepo chocks slid out real easy if there is no pressure on them. You might want to get better ones.

But regardless of which ones you use, you can park the trailer, then place the downslope chocks, and then while still hitched, allow the rig to roll the 1/4 inch or so downhill that is needed to put weight on the chocks.

When you get ready to leave, you might have to remove the upslope chocks, then back the trailer an inch or less to relieve the pressure so you can get the chocks free.
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Old 06-12-2016, 07:12 PM   #5
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I put the rear stabilizers down - that way if I enter the trailer and go to the rear of it the tongue does not pop up.
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Once it is level ( assuming single axle ), it is no longer on a slope.
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Once it is level ( assuming single axle ), it is no longer on a slope.
So once it is level, you can remove the chocks?

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Let's put it this way. I don't want to try it just to prove me right. But, I would say there is very little pressure for the trailer to move "downhill".
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Old 06-12-2016, 09:09 PM   #9
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Welcome to the group Jay. Looks like your driveway is asphalt. I would use a rubber type chock for a good grip on it. Wood & plastic ones will have tendencies to slide. One other thing you may want to do/try is to drill a hole through the sides of the chock, run a light rope through it then around the tire and through one of the holes in the rim. I'm on a concrete slab with a slight slope to the street. The prevailing wind hits my SD almost head on and can blow the uphill chocks away. It only took one windstorm and finding the TT moved uphill to tie the chocks to the wheels. Hasn't moved again .
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Old 06-12-2016, 10:21 PM   #10
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I have a similar situation at my house. I made some chocks out of some 4X4 and a small piece of plywood. The 4X4 is glued and nailed to the plywood so the weight of the trailer is on the plywood. I do have to back the trailer onto the plywood (my driveway slopes to the back) but once its parked, it's solid. I can't remove the chock until I pull the trailer forward.
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Parking 13' Scamp on mild incline

All good advice. Better chocks and using the rear stabilizers should do it. If the slope isn't too steep, the stabilizers alone might be enough, so I'd try that first.
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Old 06-13-2016, 12:21 PM   #12
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Paul brought home 16 industrial sand bags from work.

He sets the cheapo-plastic chocks and then bunts some sandbags against them. He put sandbags in front of and behind the weels and around the stabilizer jacks (ours are separate from the rig) that were perched on 4x4s laid sideways. I didn't realize how sloping our driveway was until Paul levelled the trailer so inside work would be easier to level.

It's finally rolling--he took it to show it off (incomplete but stable) today to his old job, the one that helped weld and repair the frame, and has been so very helpful to us. He took 3 dozen assorted doughnuts as a first reward for the guys...

And I see he forgot to take the chocks with him!
Oh, well, they have lots of sandbags where he's going!
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Old 06-13-2016, 12:28 PM   #13
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I use a Bal tire leveler as my driveway is also inclined. I take it everywhere I take my trailer as many campsites are also not level. I won't travel without it. Available at Amazon or RV supply stores.
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The only time I saw a trailer "override" a set of chocks was a boat that rocked back & forth in the wind (45-55MPH) enough to loosen the chocks & blew it across a parking lot & almost into the nearby lake. It also blew my portable solar panel 20' away from the trailer (with 2 10 lb rocks on the legs). To add to the excitement, there was a Trillium parked directly up hill from me on a very sloped site that only had a couple of small rocks as chocks. Somehow, it stayed there. (Quail Creek State Park, UT).
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