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Huntindog

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Posted: 04/09/12 07:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just got back from a trial. One of the fellas there got his first TT a little while ago and is still learning.

This time I was just finishing my setup and noticed that his had the tounge on the ground and the rear really high. I went over there to find him and another trialer trying to jack it back up with bottle jacks.

He had used 2x6 boards to level it, and the ground gave way causing the TT to roll off the boards.

I told him about the advantages of digging holes for his high side wheels....He is now a believer.

Although, when I went over there later he had his high tires in holes, and then used all his lumber to chock it in every way possible...
I told him that gravity was his friend and all that wasn't needed.

He replied that after what just happened, he was using a belt, suspenders, and a rope!

* This post was edited 04/10/12 01:38am by Huntindog *


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Posted: 04/09/12 08:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There are a LOT of campgrounds that would frown on digging holes in their camping pads I'd suggest he get rid of that wheel on the tongue since it's counter productive to the purpose of keeping a trailer still. Also to buy a set of wheel chocks (X Chalk style if he has a tandem axle trailer and solid wedges for a single axle) and MOST importantly, learn how to use them.
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Posted: 04/09/12 08:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I second not digging holes - never done it and don't intend on angering any CG owners. I have gone up on three or four 2x6's on the low side numerous times camping. If you chock both sides' tires, especially the ones on the ground, and don't have a wheel on your tongue jack, you aren't going anywhere. Once you plant your stabilizers, "no worries"!

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Ditto on not digging holes! Besides, thats just extra work. Use wheel chocks. Easier than digging and keeps campground owners from running you off with a shotgun!


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Some people just have a way of making things harder than they have to be. I have made it my business to make it as easy as possible.


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Posted: 04/09/12 09:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It is easy to take the high side down a couple inches and use the material to raise the low side. If you have to set the step side up high on blocks it doesn't make it easy to get in and out of the rv. If the park owner would spend a bit of time leveling the sites instead of grousing about someone leveling them as needed the park would be a better place. Shotgun, I don't think a gun fight is needed.


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When I level my trailer I follow this procedure:
1) level side to side by placing lynx levelers under the low side wheels
2) chock the wheels using my homemade rotochock style chicks made from a section of 1/2 pipe, pipe clamp ends, and 4X4 sections cut to fit
3) unhook from truck
4) level front to rear with tongue jack
5) run down scissor jacks on the corners

I have never dug out under the high side wheels and I am sure the park ranger would take issue with that.

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Posted: 04/09/12 10:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The next camper can thank you for creating a hole to drive through or twist an ankle in. I use lynx levelers and appropriate chocks on both sides. No problems yet.


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Posted: 04/09/12 11:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Relax.

We aren't anywhere near a "campground". It is soft dirt with lots of gopher and rabbit holes present,,,along with cactus etc. There is NO campground owner to get angry. This is typical camping in the southwest.

Digging of holes means that it is impossible for the TT to fall out of the holes if the earth should give away a few inches. The TT has a lower profile and is more stable when the ever present wind whips up. No need for wheel chocks so long as gravity remains present. The door remains lower to the ground. We don't need to carry any lumber, and can use that capacity for items that are important such as water. etc. We all carry shovels anyways as we need to fill in dog holes before leaving and clean up after the dogs. SO the shovel becomes a multi purpose tool. And it is super easy to do.

* This post was edited 04/10/12 01:40am by Huntindog *

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Posted: 04/10/12 01:32am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

anaro wrote:

The next camper can thank you for creating a hole to drive through or twist an ankle in. I use lynx levelers and appropriate chocks on both sides. No problems yet.


Another assumption. Did I say I left the holes?
That makes about as much sense as me assuming that you all leave your leveling blocks or lumber laying around for the next camper to trip over.

Although I have on numerous occasions seen just that.
The lumber is usually used as fire starter, or if it is a really good piece I will take it home for a upcoming project.
The Lynx blocks I find get sold at my next garage sale..

I am apprecative of those peoples contributions to MY fire or wallet.:


* This post was edited 04/10/12 04:08am by Huntindog *

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