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Mickey G

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Chocking a 5th wheel
« on: August 26, 2017, 08:34:02 PM »
This will be an ignorant question, but I know you should chock your 5th wheel prior to hooking it up.
Do you need to chock both sides, or would it be ok to chock only one side?
I figure with the landing gear legs and chocking one side in the front of and behind the tires would be ok.

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Re: Chocking a 5th wheel
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2017, 08:54:51 PM »
I use an x-chock on one side. Trailers never move.

Rene T

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Re: Chocking a 5th wheel
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2017, 09:06:05 PM »
I never use chocks unless I'm parked on a site that is really steep up or down. I usually just use a chunk of firewood.
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Roy M

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Re: Chocking a 5th wheel
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2017, 09:16:26 PM »
I use four plastic chocks, that way the trailer stays put when I am hooking up or unhooking. I would rather do that than risk pushing it off the blocks.

VallAndMo

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Re: Chocking a 5th wheel
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2017, 08:13:20 AM »
To any and all Andersen hitch (or, I guess, gooseneck hitch) users out there,

Would chocking be needed on such a setup?

I'd think not (no "backstop" during the hitching procedure like in the 5thWheel hitch situation to be hit and end up pushing the trailer), but then, what do I know...

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Alfa38User

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Re: Chocking a 5th wheel
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2017, 08:18:12 AM »
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no "backstop" during the hitching procedure like in the 5thWheel hitch situation to be hit and end up pushing the trailer

....unless you screw up!!!


Chocking is always a good idea and chocking both sides is the best way. But to each his own though!!!
« Last Edit: August 27, 2017, 08:20:34 AM by Alfa38User »
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Re: Chocking a 5th wheel
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2017, 08:24:32 AM »
I rarely chock the wheels as hooking up and unhooking the 5er  it moves a bit and it impedes the process. Having said that most sites are relatively level. I do carry them with me and if needed i use them as needed - but its rare at 15000 lbs its best to let it move abit to avoid damaging the truck or hitch it usually wont go very far only an inch or so
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VallAndMo

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Re: Chocking a 5th wheel
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2017, 08:26:27 AM »
Hi Alfa38User,

....unless you screw up!!!

Chocking is always a good idea and chocking both sides is the best way. But to each his own though!!!

I'm not arguing, but trying to learn... What kind of screwup would make chocking necessary in that case? Going past the hitch point so much that the truck's rear ends up pushing the trailer?

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steveblonde

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Re: Chocking a 5th wheel
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2017, 08:43:41 AM »
Hi Alfa38User,

I'm not arguing, but trying to learn... What kind of screwup would make chocking necessary in that case? Going past the hitch point so much that the truck's rear ends up pushing the trailer?

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Not sure if i understand the comment 100% so please forgive me if i read wrong

But

When unhooking a 5er you need to take the pressure off the jaws of the hitch. - so you actually back up a hair to take the pressure off, when the jaws release the trailer will often move an inch or so. If the wheels are chocked tightly and the trailer cant move the jaws dont open correctly and you have fight on your hands. This obviously is only the case if the site doesnt slope downward alot front to back or back to front hope that helps
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Joezeppy

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Re: Chocking a 5th wheel
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2017, 09:14:50 AM »
I got used to using a locking X-chock on our TT so I just continued to use it on our 5th wheel. I also use plastic chocks in the other side unless I know I'm on a level surface such as our concrete pad at home.
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Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Chocking a 5th wheel
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2017, 09:41:45 AM »
Chocking thew wheels (both sides) is just plain good procedure when parking the RV. One of those things that mostly isn't truly needed, but damned important that 1-in-a-100 times it is. If the terrain is a bit more uneven than meets the eye and that trailer starts to move on you, you aren't going to stop it by hand!   So if you are going to chock the wheels anyway, why not have them in place to hitch & unhitch?

And if you use the x-type tandem wheel chocks, it also acts as a stabilizer to prevent trailer wiggle while parked.
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VallAndMo

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Re: Chocking a 5th wheel
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2017, 10:06:36 AM »
Hi Gary, Joe and Steve,

Thanks for your answers! More below:

Chocking thew wheels (both sides) is just plain good procedure when parking the RV. One of those things that mostly isn't truly needed, but damned important that 1-in-a-100 times it is. If the terrain is a bit more uneven than meets the eye and that trailer starts to move on you, you aren't going to stop it by hand!   So if you are going to chock the wheels anyway, why not have them in place to hitch & unhitch?
And if you use the x-type tandem wheel chocks, it also acts as a stabilizer to prevent trailer wiggle while parked.

Very good points, Gary, and the mental image of the trailer moving on us certainly made your point clear!  :o
Regarding the x-chock type, is this what you meant? https://www.amazon.com/X-Chock-Wheel-Stabilizer-Handle-28012/dp/B002XLHUQG

I got used to using a locking X-chock on our TT so I just continued to use it on our 5th wheel. I also use plastic chocks in the other side unless I know I'm on a level surface such as our concrete pad at home.

If our reference Andersen user here uses the X-Chocks, so we will! :-) But why use just one (and the plastic ones on the other side)? Less hassle setting up and tearing down camp?

Not sure if i understand the comment 100% so please forgive me if i read wrong

But

When unhooking a 5er you need to take the pressure off the jaws of the hitch. - so you actually back up a hair to take the pressure off, when the jaws release the trailer will often move an inch or so. If the wheels are chocked tightly and the trailer cant move the jaws dont open correctly and you have fight on your hands. This obviously is only the case if the site doesnt slope downward alot front to back or back to front hope that helps

Steve, thanks for your insightful comment. We don't have any experience with hitchs and trailers (so far all our camping has been on rented Class-C motorhomes), so every bit of info helps.

Cheers,
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HappyWanderer

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Re: Chocking a 5th wheel
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2017, 12:53:21 PM »
BAL says you should use wheel chocks with their X-Chocks, maybe just a product liability CYA type recommendation.

As to backing up when unhooking a fifth wheel, I always chocked first. Just putting the truck into reverse at idle was enough to relieve tension on the hitch, it wasn't necessarily to actually move the trailer.

There's no parking brake on a trailer. I never once considered not using wheel chocks.
« Last Edit: August 27, 2017, 12:58:12 PM by HappyWanderer »

Joezeppy

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Re: Chocking a 5th wheel
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2017, 07:44:28 PM »

If our reference Andersen user here uses the X-Chocks, so we will! :-) But why use just one (and the plastic ones on the other side)? Less hassle setting up and tearing down camp?


Well, actually it's just because it's what I have. I only used the plastic chocks for years and then a friend gave me the locking chock when he sold his TT. I've thought about getting a second one but never got around to it.
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Mickey G

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Re: Chocking a 5th wheel
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2017, 04:17:20 PM »
I have a set of the X chocks and I really like them.

 

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