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How To Choose The Best Wheel Chocks For Your RV

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There are certain accessories that are deemed “essential” when owning an RV or camper. Drinking water hoses, electrical cords, and sewer hoses are just a few examples.

But there are other things that are considered to be essential when it comes to the safety of you and your family. Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and CO detectors are some of the first things that come to mind when talking about safety devices.

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But what about RV wheel chocks? Sure, we all know that we should always stick something under our camper wheels when we’re parked at the campground or at home. And the most popular choices are those yellow plastic chocks, or small chunks of wood you found behind the shed.

But RV wheel chocks are much more important than that. Afterall, they are the only thing that keeps your RV stationary when it’s not hooked to your tow vehicle. The last thing you want is for your camper to roll when it’s not supposed to.

In this article I am going to take you on a deep dive into why RV wheel chocks are so important, the different types of wheel chocks for your camper, and certain things to consider when choosing the best RV wheel chocks for your RV.

Let’s jump in…

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What Are Wheel Chocks?

Wheel chocks, or wheel blocks, are small wedges that are made from plastic, rubber, or metal. They are designed to keep a vehicle, or in this case, an RV from accidentally rolling or moving. Wheel chocks are also referred to as wheel stops, chock blocks, or trailer chocks.

As was stated above, trailer wheel chocks are a very important safety device, regardless of what type of RV you own. Not only are they extremely important to have, but making sure you have the right wheel chocks for your camper is just as critical.

Types Of RV Wheel Chocks

Wheel chocks are available in different shapes and materials, but we are going to focus on four main types of RV wheel chocks.

  • Plastic Wheel Chocks
  • Rubber Wheel Chocks
  • Scissor Chocks (X-Chocks)
  • Leveling Chocks

Plastic Wheel Chocks

The most common, and the most budget friendly wheel chocks for campers, are the infamous yellow plastic chocks. While they may be the most popular, they may not be the best choice for your specific set-up.

If you have a camper that weighs less than 2,000 pounds, the plastic RV wheel chocks should work just fine.

On the other hand, if you have a motorhome or large fifth-wheel camper, the better choice might be a set of heavier duty rubber chocks that we discuss below.

Always check the size and weight restrictions on plastic wheel chocks before putting them up to the task of keeping your camper in place.

While the plastic wheel chocks are ideal for beginner’s and smaller campers, they will become brittle over time. Plus, they have lifespan. However, because of their low cost, replacing them shouldn’t be an issue.

Rubber Wheel Chocks

Rubber wheel chocks are an excellent choice for heavier RVs, fifth wheels, and travel trailers because they have fewer weight and size restrictions than their plastic counterparts. Plus, these chocks are made from a non-slip rubber, giving you the extra peace of mind knowing that your camper will remain in place.

In addition, rubber wheel chocks are more durable, less susceptible to damage from the elements, and they last years longer than the typical plastic chocks.

And you can typically pick up a pair of these wheel chocks for just a couple of dollars more than the plastic types mentioned above.

The main downside I have found with this type of RV wheel chock is they tend to have a strong rubber smell when they’re still new. Meaning that your RV basement storage will smell like rubber for a little while.

X-Chocks (wheel stabilizers)

Scissor chocks, or X-Chocks, are designed to help reduce the amount of back and forth rocking in your camper that occurs whenever someone walks around. I’m sure you felt it on more than one occasion. You’re relaxing in bed when someone walks to the bathroom, and it feels like you’re on a ride at the carnival.

Or if you’re enjoying a nice cup of coffee at your dinette, you might have to pick up your cup to keep it from splashing over. This is especially true in smaller campers.

While these RV wheels chocks are an excellent choice for stopping the front to back motion, they are not designed, or recommended, to be used to keep your camper in place.

Keep in mind that X-Chocks will not work if your trailer tires are too close together. So, if you are considering purchasing a set of this type of chock, pay particular attention to the minimum distance between the tires.

Plastic or rubber wheel stops should always be used in addition to an X-Chock.

Leveling RV Wheel Chocks

There is nothing worse than camping in an RV that is unlevel. Not only is it extremely uncomfortable, but certain RV fridges will also not operate correctly if your camper is unlevel for too long.

Leveling chocks make the process of getting your camper level simple and painless. All you need to do is back or pull your rig onto the curved ramps and when your camper is level, use the provided chock to lock the wheels in place.

Many RVers will opt to use either stacks of boards or build a platform using plastic leveling blocks. However, when using a leveling type of wheel chock, there is no guesswork involved trying to figure out how many boards or blocks to use.

Another great benefit of these types of RV wheel chocks is their high weight rating, meaning they can used on virtually any size RV.

The downsides to leveling chocks are the price and they may be difficult to use if your camper’s wheels are too close together.

What To Consider When Buying RV Wheel Chocks

Before jumping in and buying the least expensive set of camper wheel chocks you find, there are certain things to consider. You don’t want to spend your money on something as important as wheel stops only to find out they aren’t rated for your rig, or they simply aren’t what you wanted.

Some things to consider are weight rating of the RV wheel chock, how easy they are to use, and the overall quality of the chocks.

Weight Rating

Certain RV wheel chocks will have a maximum weight rating. Make sure you know the weight of your FULLY LOADED camper before making a purchase.

If you’re not sure how heavy your camper is, check the owner’s manual or the manufacturer’s website and look for your specific RV.

If you buy wheel chocks that aren’t rated for your rig, you take the risk of them failing or not doing the job for which they were made.

Size

Along with weight rating, make sure the RV wheel chock is the correct size for your rig. If you have a larger rig, like a Class A motorhome, the small yellow wheel chocks may not be the best fit.

In addition, when shopping for scissor chocks, or X-chocks, make sure you know the distance between the wheels for a proper fit.

Durability

RV wheel chocks are subjected to harsh environments and weather extremes. You will want to make sure the wheel stops you choose are durable enough to handle anything you put them through.

As we stated above, the plastic wheel chocks do have an expiration, or “use by” date, but they will perform well in most situations for smaller campers.

A good rule of thumb is to pay attention to the build material. For wedge chocks, make sure they are made from a high-quality UV resistant plastic or a more durable rubber.

For stabilizing chocks, look for heavy duty aluminum or steel construction that is strong enough to manage the task of keeping your camper stable and secure.

Best RV Wheel Chocks

I have been RVing for many years with my wonderful wife and our canine companions. While the biggest part of our journeys has been on the weekends, I have learned many valuable lessons over time.

One of those lessons is that not all RV accessories, including wheel chocks, are created equal. The cheapest option isn’t always the best. Many dollars have been wasted learning this valuable lesson.

Below is a list of the wheel chocks that we have used or are currently using on our camping trips.

Camco Plastic RV Wheel Chocks

Yellow Camco Plastic RV Wheel Chocks

The Camco plastic RV wheel chock is easily the most popular camper wheel stop on the market. And like most new RV owners, these were the first set of wheel chocks we bought when we bought our first camper.

If you are looking for a lightweight, durable, UV resistant wheel chock for your small travel trailer or camper, you can’t go wrong with these chocks from Camco.

The elevated ribs on the bottom of these plastic wheel chocks provide enough gripping strength to keep your camper securely in place.

Although they have an average “lifespan” of 4 to 5 years, the affordability of these wedge type wheel stops makes replacing them hassle and stress free. Plus, they won’t break the bank.

The bright yellow color of these RV wheel chocks makes it much easier to spot them when breaking camp, so you don’t accidentally leave one behind.

In addition, they are extremely lightweight and compact, so they don’t take up much space in your RV basement storage compartment.

On the downside, because they are so lightweight, they tend to be blown away by high winds or be pulled out by one of our dog’s leads when they walk under the camper.

PROS:

  • Durable Plastic Material With UV Inhibitors
  • Budget Friendly
  • Ideal For New Camper Owners

CONS:

  • Not Designed For Larger Rigs
  • Prone To Chipping And Cracking Over Time
  • Will Need To Be Replaced Before “Use By” Date

MaxxHaul Rubber RV Wheel Chocks

MaxxHaul Black Rubber RV Wheel Chocks

Another very common wheel chock used by many RV owners are the MaxxHaul wheel stops. We upgraded to these chocks after our yellow plastic chocks became chipped and broken. And I must say, they much better.

These high-quality rubber wheel chocks are extremely easy to use and at 4 pounds each, will not blow away in high winds, or be pulled out by a dog’s lead.

The non-slip rubber bottom of these trailer wheel stops provides peace-of-mind knowing your RV will stay put on any terrain.

You won’t have to worry about mistakenly rolling over these travel trailer wheel blocks because of their strength and sturdiness, unlike the smaller plastic wheel stops.

An added convenience of these rubber wheel stops is the built-in handle which makes breaking camp a breeze.

PROS:

  • Built-In Handle
  • Can Withstand High Winds
  • Ideal For larger RVs

CONS:

  • Strong Rubber Odor When New

BAL X-Chocks (scissor chocks)

Aluminum Scissor Chocks For RV

These stabilizing X-Chocks by BAL, are one of the best ways to keep your camper from rocking back and forth when someone is walking around inside.

We use these X-Chocks and the difference it has made with stabilizing the camper is like night and day. When installed, there is absolutely zero front to back movement. These have been an absolute game changer.

They work by using a threaded rod that extends the legs of the scissor chocks while tightening, pushing against each wheel until they are firmly locked in place.

These scissor type chocks will fit in spaces between tires that are between 2 inches up to 10 inches. Always check the distance between your camper’s tires to ensure they will fit.

While this type of RV wheel chock may keep your RV from rolling, you should always use these in conjunction with a standard wedge type wheel chock.

The BAL X-Chocks are made from a durable steel, have a rust resistant coating, and have a built-in anti-theft device. (ability to install a padlock)

Weighing just 7.5 pounds, these travel trailer wheel chocks are lightweight and compact for easy storage.

The main downside of these wheel stabilizers is they will only work on campers with more than one axle.

PROS:

  • Made In The USA
  • Sturdy And Well-Built
  • Can Lock With Small Padlock

CONS:

  • Can Only Be Used With Tandem Axles
  • Will Not Fit If Tires Are Too Close Together

Anderson Leveling Wheel Chocks

Red Plastic Curved Wheel Chocks For Leveling RV

If you have been looking for a high-quality and durable leveling wheel chock for your camper, look no further than these Anderson RV levelers.

With a weight rating of up to 30,000 pounds, these RV leveling chocks are sure to meet the needs of any RV owner.

These leveling blocks are extremely easy to use making the process of leveling your camper simple and hassle-free. Simply drive on the curved ramp, and when your camper is level, place the provided wheel chock under the curved piece to hold your camper in place.

The Anderson leveling chocks are made from a brightly colored red plastic that makes them easy to spot, even in low-light conditions.

PROS:

  • Easy To Use
  • High Weight Rating
  • Lightweight And Compact

CONS:

  • May Have Issues When Tires Are Too Close Together
  • Will Not Work With Tires Over 31″ In Diameter

Do RV Wheel Chocks Expire?

Yes. The very popular plastic wheel chocks do expire. They are made of plastic that will, over time, begin to break down and become brittle.

There are many factors that can cause your camper wheel stops to wear out even if you’re not using them daily. Cold weather and freezing temperatures make the plastic more susceptible to hairline cracks and chips, especially if you use a hammer or mallet to install them.

At the other end of the scale, UV rays from direct sunlight are another major contributor to the plastic breaking down.

Your RV wheel chocks may seem like they are in perfect working order to the naked eye, however, they can still fail on you when you need them the most. The last thing you want is your camper moving when it’s disconnected from your tow vehicle.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you check the “use by” date or the expiration date on your chocks.

How To Find The Expiration Date On Plastic Wheel Chocks

If you have the plastic wheel chocks, finding the expiration date is quite easy. There will be a stamp somewhere on the chock that reads: “Replace By” or “Expires On” and then a date. The date will typically be inside a circle that looks just like a clock face with one hand pointing to a number.

The large number in the middle of the circle is the year, and the number that the arrow is pointing to is the month. In the image below, the expiration date would be October 2020.

So, before you head out on your next great adventure, take a few minutes to make sure your RV wheel chocks aren’t expired. In addition, check the overall condition of your chocks. Are they cracked, chipped, or broken? If so, this might be the perfect time to replace them and avoid a disaster down the road.

How To Use RV Wheel Chocks

Chocking your RV wheels seems like a fairly straightforward process, however, there are a few things you should know to make sure you are installing your wheel stops correctly. Otherwise, it is only a matter of time before the unthinkable happens.

By now you know how important it is to make sure your rig stays put once you disconnect it from your tow vehicle. Not only is this important for the safety of you and your family, but for the overall safety of those around you as well.

Before unhooking your camper from the tow vehicle, place your RV wheel stops in front, and back, of your camper’s wheels.

Some RV owners will place the chocks in front of the leading wheels and slightly pull the vehicle forward. After setting the parking brake, place another chock behind the back of the same wheel. By doing so, when the parking brake is released, the camper will “settle” equally in between the chocks.

Final Thoughts

I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a set of durable, sturdy wheel chocks for your RV. They are an essential part of your gear and should never be overlooked. It’s also a good idea to put your chocks on the list of routine gear checks and make note of the expiration date if you’re using the plastic type.

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