It’s important to always remember when you disconnect the trailer from the tow vehicle there are no breaks to hold the trailer. The first step is to always chock the trailer wheels before disconnecting the tow vehicle. Let’s take a closer look. Start with safety regardless of the type of wheel chocks you use. Try to avoid chalking the wheels on a loose road surface and never chalk the trailer on a grade or incline. Let’s look at some different types of wheel chocks. Some people simply take a piece of 2X6 wood and place it in front of or behind the tire. This is not a safe and effective wheel chock. Then there is your very basic plastic wheel chock, it can slide on the ground surface because the plastic has no way to grip the road surface, which makes it not an effective solution. On the bottom of some plastic chalks you will notice a strip of rubber, the rubber is used to give the plastic chalk better traction and attempt to avoid slipping or moving… only a slight improvement. Next, you have chalks that are incorporated into the wheel blocks. These are nice chalks and if used properly will do a good job securing the trailer from moving. I think most trailer owners understand how important it is to chock the trailer wheels but the question is are you chalking the wheels properly and safely? It’s best to place a chalk in front of and behind the tire to ensure the trailer cannot move in either direction. There are lots of different types of wheel chocks and several different ways to employ them. For large trailers, we like a wheel chock system that locks both wheels securely in place every time. The Fastway ONEstep Wheel Chock stabilizes with virtually no wheel movement during your camping trip. To use the chocks you simply remove the center cotter pin and clevis pin from the arms, set the chalks between the tires, and extend them out until the wedges touch both tires. Just slide the chocks into position between the tires so that the wedges are centered on the tread of the tire, step down on the center of the arms to force them out against the tires and lock them into place. When the chalk is installed it prevents the trailer tires from moving in either direction. To remove the chocks grasp the handle firmly in the middle and pull upward. To use a padlock to secure the lock, step the chalk into place tightly between the wheels place the padlock through one of the empty holes in the center of the arms or through one of the lock holes in the wedges just above the scissor arms. The lock is to be used as a theft deterrent and does not guarantee the chocks cannot be stolen. If used correctly these chocks will ensure the trailer tires are secured every time and help stabilize the trailer from moving. There are lots of types of wheel chocks on the market but what’s important is you get chocks that can properly do the job of securing the trailer and that you install them properly. For teardrops and small trailers The MaxxHaul 70472 Solid Rubber Heavy Duty Black Wheel Chock and you get two of them in the box. It’s pretty heavy-duty and it’s not that big but it’s perfect for teardrops. I store mine in my utility box. Its made of heavy-duty rubber construction with horizontal traction ribs for added grip. Wheel chock dimensions are six and a half long 3 and 3/4 wide and four inches high. Nothing to break and solid as a rock. Next, The LWC-15 Laminated Rubberour super heavy-duty versatile LWC 15 laminated rubber wheel chock is suitable for use in helping secure the heaviest vehicles including commercial 18-wheelers. Its curved surface prevents slipping when a tire makes contact. Its rubber resists corrosion and tears and it has a large handle for easy placement and removal. It gets great ratings and reviews from users. Best practices for stabilizing your RV The best practices for stabilizing your RV, the Lynx Levellers RV leveling system. At this point, your RV should already be level with your levelers. Your rig should be safely chopped with your stop and shocks and your tow vehicle should be unhitched from the coach. Here’s what you’ll need to help you properly stabilize your RV, a 10 pack of Link’s Levellers. You’ll often find yourself with a fully deployed jack without reaching the ground, this is where your Levellers will come in. Crank back your jack so you have a bit of slack place your stack of Levellers underneath, crank your jack back down so that it’s firmly resting on the top of your stack, This applies to the landing gear as well. Just lower it down until you have a nice bit of pressure on your Lynx leveler. Sometimes you might find yourself trying to level on soft ground. Depending on the softness of the ground you can arrange your levelers in a variety of ways to do the job.
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