Have you used Wedgies ??

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  1. Larrynwin

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    Found these Alko wedgies in the tool kit supplied with Hymer . I guess necessary when parked on steep incline with auto box as no fallback if brakes fail.
    Surprising on a modern vehicle :Eeek:
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    Probably for when you jack the vehicle up to change a wheel. Can be very useful if you have to jack up the axle which has the handbrake as the vehicle can roll away if you are not careful and fall off the jack.

    But similar things are also used with levelling ramps so you don't have to leave the handbrake on.
     
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    I had these supplied with an auto Land Rover I bought years ago, the handbook said they were to chock the wheels as you were jacking it up.
    They maybe supplied with yours for the same reason because it is an auto.
    No reason you can't use them for the reason you specified, but the Park position on your auto box should lock the gearbox up anyway so it shouldn't move if the handbrake fails.
     
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    Generally, those chocks fit ON wheel ramps to form a cradle.
    I dont think they would provide sufficient grip on tarmac.
     
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    Only if its a true torque converter auto.
    Far too many pretend autos with robotised manual boxs.
    But then, just leave it in a low/reverse gear.
     
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    I use mine as a wedge for the ramps, just in case the truck wants to move off them a bit. And I know this works, because sometimes their jammed under the tyre.
     
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    I assume they have a similar ridge pattern on the underside to the ramp ridges allowing them to lock in place ?
     
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    They also have a steel insert on the bottom edge to aid digging in to a firm surface which you can see on the bottom of the top wedgie in the photo.
     
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    I don't use them that high John, I put the truck onto the ramp, then shove the wedge under the tyre, rear end of the wedge still on the ground. Any movement of the wheel 'locks' the wedge quite firmly.
     
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    I cannot find the reference now, but I'm pretty sure I have read that some EU countries (probably Germany) require vehicles over 3.5 tonnes to carry wheel chocks for use on inclines.
     
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    Just checked my Hymer manual ,
     
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    I use them when parked up for a few weeks so I can leave the handbrake off. Stops the brakes sticking on. Leave it in gear and a wheel chocked front and back. It is parked on level ground.
     
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    Note to ageing receding brain, " must read Hymer manual " :)
     
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    We do the same and if parked up for a while when we want to leave the handbrake off.
     
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    That's where I read it - just checked my manual too. But as our GVW is 3,800 kg, we didn't get chocks with ours.
     
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    Legal requirement in Germany and for all trailers too!
     
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    Mine is 3500kgs gvw which was ordered by Becks , the original plate shows 3800kgs.
     
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    As with (apparently) the vast majority of Al-Co equipped Ducato chassis. Mine sits downhill at all times and must be parked on blocks, even on the (Level) driveway!. I use wedges too so that I can park up with the handbrake off!, saves the big "Crunch" that is the seized on brake lining coming off when it is first moved after a longish lay up!!. I`v always used blocks and or wedges to immobilise vehicles and caravans, rather than the brakes, if they are going to be parked more than a few days (even bricks in the past!).

    BTW, I`ve always spelt it Wedges?. a wedgie was something eye-wateringly painful as I recollect!!

    Pete
     
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