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Dave H M wrote:

[emoticon] I have had a fifth wheel parked in the pole barn for storage for over 18 years now on a level cement floor without chocks. Why would I be chocking that thing up?


I don't chock here at home on my driveway storage spot. Never had any issue with it moving when I hitch up. I guess you took "always chock" a little too literally.

For the last couple of years that hasn't been exactly true. I have a 3 x 4 block of wood that I leave sitting on my driveway. It serves as my target when I come back home and park the trailer. I back up until I hit that block and I know I've got the thing sitting exactly where I want it. I guess that acts as half a chock, but it isn't there for that purpose.


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A few years back we were camping at the shore when neighbors showed up after dark. We were sitting around the camp fire and I was trying hard not to be that guy that just has to help. They got their 5th wheel backed in just fine. But watching these two ladies make multiple attempts to unhook and having nothing but problems, I finally gave in and asked if I could help. They were glad to accept my assistance as they thought they just were not strong enough to pull the pin.

So I proceeded to give them a lesson. I said, first thing you need to do is put chocks under the wheels. They looked at me funny. I pointed to my trailer wheels. Apparently Canadians call them "stoppers". They put their stoppers in place. I then had the driver get in and back the truck up against the pin. And to make sure they knew they could do it, I had the other one very easily pull the pin. Yes, they already had the legs down. They were very grateful as the back of the site sloped right into the lake. And the way they were going, that was where their camper was going to end up.


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schlep1967 wrote:

A few years back we were camping at the shore when neighbors showed up after dark. We were sitting around the camp fire and I was trying hard not to be that guy that just has to help. They got their 5th wheel backed in just fine. But watching these two ladies make multiple attempts to unhook and having nothing but problems, I finally gave in and asked if I could help. They were glad to accept my assistance as they thought they just were not strong enough to pull the pin.

So I proceeded to give them a lesson. I said, first thing you need to do is put chocks under the wheels. They looked at me funny. I pointed to my trailer wheels. Apparently Canadians call them "stoppers". They put their stoppers in place. I then had the driver get in and back the truck up against the pin. And to make sure they knew they could do it, I had the other one very easily pull the pin. Yes, they already had the legs down. They were very grateful as the back of the site sloped right into the lake. And the way they were going, that was where their camper was going to end up.


No!!! Canadians do not call them stoppers!!! 40+ years Rving and I have NEVER heard that term.

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schlep1967 wrote:

...had the driver get in and back the truck up against the pin...


You touched on another reason to chock. I also have one of those hitches with the Chinese finger design, and if you aren't pushing rearward on the pin it will fight you when releasing. Actually took me a few trips to figure that out on my own. Now I often travel alone, so I've learned to chock, put the truck in reverse, and get out and release the jaws, then jump back in the cab. Not something you would want to do without chocks in place.

I've witnessed people hammering on their release lever, apparently not having learned that lesson.

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Ummmm, Barney I messed up with the post and did not paste this first.

Abot X15 by now I always chocks the wheels!!! ALWAYS!!!

No argument, I just do not chock up when it serves no purpose to me. The other side of the coin.

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We just use light weight plastic chocks on the 5er. We chock the tires every time.


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CHOCKS! Front of wheels and back of wheels.

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I always chock the wheels. I know there's time when I could get by without but by doing it all the time it's becomes a routine and I don't forget when they are needed.


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