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slumper1
03-13-2011, 02:52 PM
Hello i'm new to fifth wheels picking it up in a few weeks. would like to be able to park it in my driveway but it is quite a grade. can i do this or will it be to much on the front supports?

Pat L.
03-13-2011, 05:09 PM
You should back it in and block the wheels plus I would put a wheel lock between the tires. Then using blocks spaced apart about a foot form a cribbing. On the top tier install additional blocks and then lower the jacks. The shorter the jacks the more stable it will be. [MAKE SURE THE WHEELS ARE LOCKED IN PLACE] Level the unit and you should be good to go. When alternating the blocks use all of the same size materials. You might have to go to the supply house and purchase some extra boards and cut them up. DO NOT skimp on the cribbing as this is the foundation of your castle. Good luck.

wingnut60
03-14-2011, 12:00 AM
How much is "quite a grade"? As Pat said, should be doable. I would suggest getting a PAIR of Rotochoks to lock the wheels AFTER you place a chock of suitable size in front of the both wheels, and let the truck/trailer roll into the chocks. Be sure the trailer can't roll forward even a little bit before lifting off the hitch. Some hitches can be hard to unlatch if the trailer is pushing into or pulling back from the tow vehicle.
Joe

RGordon
03-15-2011, 07:54 PM
The chocks that fit between the wheels will sometimes loosen when the tires cool off. I always go back later and retighten my BAL chocks.

wingnut60
03-15-2011, 10:06 PM
Ron,
Good point, something I regularly forget to do since they are back under the slides after setting up.
Joe