After a long day driving, all you want to do is park the RV and rest for the night. You definitely don’t want your camper to slide away slowly and realize before it is already too late. Keeping RV wheel chocks is such a huge advantage in case you have to park on a rough terrain. It is a huge relief as not only you have extra support but also stay relaxed and calm throughout the night.
Types of RV wheel chocks
There are typically two types of RV wheel chocks. Both are equally efficient, so it is more about which you are more comfortable with.
- RV wheel chock ramps
They come in a pair, so you place one chock in front of the wheel and one in the behind. It is mostly used as a safety accessory on uneven terrain.
X-chocks are used to stabilize your RV by placing them in between the tires. You will need a little practice getting used to them.
Considerations before choosing a Wheel Stop
It is important to purchase in a good quality wheel chocks because they are not only convenient while parking on rough terrain but also when you have to change a flat tire. Here are five things you need to consider before choosing RV wheel chocks:
- Weight – You will need heavy duty wheel chocks for your RV because you will be parking slopes or a rocky road. The chocks should at least be 15 lbs in weight to provide 100 percent support. It should at least be ¼ th of the wheel’s size.
- Material – You can find chocks made using a variety of materials using aluminum, rubber, and urethane. Each them have their own unique characteristics. For example, aluminum wheels chocks are lightweight and waterproof, while rubber ones offer better grip.
- Storage design – An ideal wheel chocks pair should fit into each other. It is called nesting and makes storing them easy and hassle-free.
- RV weight rating – The wheel chocks you are interested in should specifically mention that they are the right size for your RV. If you buy a pair that isn’t so, you will find yourself moving down the slope inch by inch.
- Number of chocks – Chocks can be sold in a pair or in singles. If the one you are purchasing is sold in singles, you might want to purchase one more at the same time. One wheel chock won’t be efficient enough to supporting your RV.
Choosing the right material
The material you choose has a huge influence on your camper’s stability. Let’s take a look at four commonly used wheel chock materials:
- Rubber – Affordable and durable, rubber wheel chocks aren’t always ideal if you live in extreme conditions. If the temperature drops too low, they can crack and become brittle. High temperatures can degrade the quality and reduce the product’s life. They are also heavy, so you have to pay higher shipping costs.
- Urethane – Urethane is lightweight, which makes people doubt its strength. However, it offers better stability than any other wheel chock materials. They are easy to put in position and extreme weather resistant. They also have a longer product life than any others materials.
- Aluminum and Steel – Both, aluminum and steel, wheel chocks are effective in offering your RV stability. However, they have a short product life because if they get damaged, they develop sharp edges and can puncture your RV tires. They are also conductive, so you can’t use them if you are doing transmission projects. However, they are still a great option for use in extreme heat or cold.
- Wood – Wood chocks are made only for temporary use if you are camping somewhere dry. Even if they come with a waterproof coating, they can get wet and swell up. Most DIY Wheel chocks are made out of scrap wood from around the house. They can also splinter and pierce through the tires.
Wheel chocking safety tips
Making sure that you follow these safety tips ensure not only your safety but also of the RV and those around you.
- Always place the chocks at the center of the tire.
- Always use the chocks in pairs. You can’t put only one wheel chock and expect the RV to stay in place.
- When you are an uphill grade, always place the chocks behind the rear wheels.
- Store your wheel chocks in your trailer away from moisture or sun exposure to prolong the product life.
- Never use lumber to chock the wheels because it isn’t really that safe.
- Check the ground before placing the chock. If the terrain is frozen or icy, clean the chocks’ bottom to help them get a better grip. If it is muddy, fix them into the ground and snuggle it behind the wheels.
Ensure you don’t have kids or pets around when you are chocking the wheels. Not only are they distracting, but they can get their toes and fingers in places that they shouldn’t be very quickly.
BAL RV Group X-Chock Wheel Stabilizer
- Provides added stabilization and prevents tire shifts by applying opposing force to tandem tire applications
- As opposed to other chocks, the X-Chock works with the tires’ natural movement instead of against them
- Fits even the tightest of applications retracting down to 1 3/8” and extends to 10”
- Rust inhibitive coating.
- Plated ratchet wrench with comfort bumper included
This pair of X-chock wheel stabilizers from BAL RV Products Group works with the tire’s natural mechanism instead of against them like other chocks do. It applies force against tandem tire applications, which makes it very efficient at the job. It retracts down to only 1 ⅜ th” and extends to up 12”. However, they offer maximum strength when they are extended at 8”. You can use it for chocking different vehicles from a small car to a big RV.
One wheel chock weighs 11.2 lbs and is coated with an anti-rust finish, making it an ideal choice during monsoon and winter season. A plated ratchet wrench with comfort bumper is included in the package. You can lock the stabilizers in place by fixing a small padlock in the adjustment nut. BAL RV Products Group offers lifetime manufacturer’s warranty on this model. It also comes with a 30 days return policy.
- Easy to use and rust-proof
- Can be locked for superior protection and support
- Ideal for regular or full-time use
- Best grip only up to 8” of extension
YM Solid Rubber Wheel Chock with Handle
- This durable, solid rubber wheel chock designed for use with heavy-duty loads
- Non-slip rubber bottom maximizes the grip when vehicle is parked on the chock
- Unique built-in rubber handle for easy transport
- They smell strong of rubber and it goes away after leaving them outside for weeks
- Pack of 2
A solid pair of wheel chock, the YM W4194 is a perfect solution for stabilizing your camper on a slope. They have a non-slip rubber bottom that achieves a maximum grip on any surface from wet and icy to hot and dry. The built-in rubber handle helps you carry the chocks around easily. However, since they are made with rubber, they give off a strong smell, so we suggest you leave it out for a couple of weeks to air out the odor. Each chock weighs up to 7.95 lbs and is 6” tall, 4” wide, and eight ¾” long.
They are surprisingly lightweight, which totally works in your favor because you can carry both at a time. The price is also very affordable, so there’s nothing you have to worried about. They have two orientations — smooth and textured. Use the smooth side when you are on flat ground and the texture one when you are on a slope or an icy ground. Unfortunately, there is no information on the warranty.
- Two orientations to choose according to parking ground
- Non-slip rubber bottoms for maximum grip
- Lightweight and easy to carry using built-in handles
- Smell awful in the beginning; keep them out for a couple of weeks to get rid of it
Andersen Hitches Chock Kit
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Andersen Hitches Chock Kit is a cool-looking pair of levelers constructed using premium quality plastic. They are very easy to use. All you have to do is take the longer chock and push it under the tire. Put the RV in low 4-wheel drive and move a little forward so that the bubble chock is right under the tire. Put it and block and secure the wheel chock in place. Use the bubbles to determine the level that which you want to stabilize your RV.
The process is simple and hassle-free and doesn’t take more than five minutes. However, you might need an extra hand to guide you when to stop. It supports up to 30,000 lbs of RV weight and 32” of tire size. You get a three years limited warranty that begins from the day of purchase.
- Weight bearing capacity of 30,000 lbs
- Three years manufacturer’s warranty
- Gets work done in less than five minutes
- You will need a ground cover before using the chocks on wet ground
Beech Lane Camper Leveler
Another pair of excellently designed wheel chocks, the Beech Lane Camper Leveler offers a leveling increment between ½” to 4”. Each chock is 4” wide and 15” long. Constructed using durable custom nylon polymer blend, the manufacturer proudly states that you can use them for your entire lifetime. Each leveler has a weight bearing capacity of 35,000 lbs, making it one of strongest wheel chocks in the market.
The side that you slide under the tire is lined with a grip tape to boost tire traction when you are leveling your camper. If you have been driving for long, it is best to let the tires cool off before you level them for a better grip. Before you slide the leveler, place a rubber mat under the tires because you always won’t be on rough terrain and the rubber will help from sinking into the ground. Beech Lane offers a lifetime warranty on the product.
- Lifetime warranty
- Leveling increment of ½” to 4”
- Made using durable and high-quality nylon polymer blend
- Needs a rubber mat for leveling
Ultra-Fab Super Grip Chock
- Anchors opposing wheels of tandem axles
- Eliminates front-to-back rocking motion
- Superior handle design reduces slippage while mounting between tires
- Collapses to 3.5" and expands to 17"
- Heavy duty steel construction
Ultra-Fab Products 21-001095 Super Grip Chock is a simple yet effective X-chock stabilizer that retracts to 3 ½” and expands up to 17″. Available in a pair of two, the wheel chocks have heavy-duty steel construction. Its handle design ensures that you achieve maximum grip when you are chocking the wheels.
Each X-chock stabilizer weighs 16.4 lbs and 22” in length. Keep them covered at all times and away from moisture because you don’t want to them to rust. It works with a dual axle trailer, which has a distance of 16” between them.
- Gripped handle design
- Constructed using durable stainless steel
- Comes in a pair
- Not ideal for widely separated axle
After reviewing all 5 chocks and trying them for ourselves (friends at campgrounds are awesome) we have a favorite. It is the Andersen Hitches Chock Kit, which is a two set red-colored wheel chocks constructed using premium quality plastic. We love that it comes with a three years manufacturer’s warranty, so you can replace it if it breaks down. It has a weight bearing capacity of 30,000 lbs, which makes it a perfect choice for big RVs and heavy trailers.