Why RV Wheel Chocks Are Absolutely Necessary For Your Camper
Campers like 5th-wheels, pop up campers, and travel trailers all require RV wheel chocks because they don’t really have parking brakes. The only thing keeping them from rolling is the force from the front of the trailer against the front tongue hitch.
Even when on level ground a camper trailer may move around a little from the tongue jack raising and lowering. Any kind of trailer must have tire chocks to help keep them from rolling, it’s both for safety and to help keep bad pressure from being put on the stabilizer and tongue jacks.
RVs with engines like Class A and Cs should also use tire blocks even though there is a parking brake. RVs are heavy and you can’t always trust the parking brakes to do the job.
RV wheel chocks are small, portable, and very easy to use. There’s really no reason why you shouldn’t be able to have a few in the bed of your truck or the outer storage of an RV. They make all kinds of RV camping safer, help take pressure off of stabilizer jacks, and even help stabilize the forward and back motion of a camper.
Today I will be reviewing the best RV wheel chocks on the market today. There are different styles and materials to fit every preference or need. Whether it’s for a large Class A, a dual axle travel trailer, or a small pop up camper, this review has you covered.
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Camco is a company that I think most campers have heard of. The reason being that they make a lot of different camping and RV gear for a price that is hard to beat. It’s like the IKEA of RV accessories.
Of course, they make RV wheel chocks. You can buy them either with or without a rope; I recommend the rope because I used to have a pair without them and they’re awkward to carry around.
Of course, you can also add your own rope to the ones without it. Having wheel chocks with handles makes it so much easier to grab them out of my storage compartment.
What makes them so different from the other products in this comparison is the weight. They’re more than half the weight of the competition I am comparing it to. Why? Because it’s made out of plastic. Camco advertises it as being made out of durable hard plastic with UV inhibitors, so durability might not be an issue.
The Camco RV Wheel Chocks With Rope Handle are good for trailer tires up to 26″, remember that we want them to cover at least 25% of the height of the tire.
They’re a great basic tire block for somebody with a smaller trailer, for heavier trailers I recommend solid rubber wheel chocks that can handle heavier campers. You can read more about those below.
These work on both single and tandem axle trailers.
- 2 Per Purchase
- Not for heavy trailers
- For use with tires only up to 26″
If you’re looking for heavy duty rubber wheel chocks for large RVs like Class As and Class Cs, look no further. Weighing in at 12.2 lbs per wheel chock, these will be the most robust choice to stop your camper from rolling.
A metal handle makes it easy to carry this beast of a wheel chock, and the laminated rubber will help to stop the chock from slipping and tearing on the ground.
This is one that will take the biggest beating from the weather and regular use without showing it.
These are the biggest RV wheel chocks in this review measuring 11 inches tall, 11 inches deep, and 7.5 inches wide.
If you follow the 25% rule these can safely support trailer, truck, or RV tires that are up to 44 inches in diameter.
Note that the Vestil LWC-15 does not come in a pair. You will get one single wheel chock per purchase. And remember to check the measurements on these, they’re huge!
While these will work on any single/tandem travel trailer or fifth wheel, they’re more suitable for RV, trucks, and semis. I put them on the list because they’re incredibly good at stopping tires from rolling, so if you have a +10,000 lbs camper or trailer, this is one to consider.
- Heavy Duty Solid Rubber Wheel Chocks
- 11 Inches Tall
- Uses Laminated Rubber For Grip
- Metal Handle
- Can Handle Extra Large Class A RVs (44 Inches)
- Only One Per Purchase
These rubber RV wheel chocks from Maxxhaul are the top choice of many campers including me.
The rubber on these is more durable than plastic, and I like the handle on these more than the rope style because it’s solid and you won’t swing it around and hit yourself or things near you.
The fact that the handle is also made out of rubber is a great feature.
They come in a pack of 2, and two of these together weigh about 4 lbs less than the heavy-duty Vestil model. Note that these are almost half the height of the Vestil’s but slightly taller than the Camco model.
The non-slip rubber on the bottom grips the surface, and they feel very sturdy.
I own the Maxxhaul Solid Rubber Wheel Chocks, and I can vouch for their durability and quality. I have left them out in rain and sand storms, but they look like new even after years of use. They’re easy to wash off and easy to handle. They do a great job of locking up the tires and stopping them from moving.
They did smell a lot like rubber when I bought them, but it has gone away with time. I had plastic wheel chocks before these until they broke (Yes, the trailer rolled onto one and broke it), and these look the same today as the day I bought them.
These RV wheel chocks fit both single and tandem axles but they can also be used with vans and RVs with smaller tires. They are also the more premium choice for smaller trailers.
- Solid Rubber
- Smart Lightweight Design
- 2 Per Purchase
- Built In Rubber Handle
- No-Slip Pattern & Rubber On Bottom
- Heavy Compared To Plastic Alternative
- Strong Rubber Smell In Beginning
Here is a solution that’s a little different than the others. This folding wheel chock is a two-in-one unit you set up between the tandem axle of a camper trailer.
To install just drop it down on the ground between the tires and step down on the scissor arms until it pushes firmly against both tires.
The cable makes it easy to remove it when it’s time to leave. Just grab it so the chocks fold up and slide them out.
The ONEstep comes in two sizes. One that is made for axles between 16″ to 24″ and one that is for axles between 16″ to 30″. Both options are adjustable.
The function is a lot like the popular X-Chocks since it sits between two tires and stops any forward and back motion. It’s not quite as adjustable as X-Chocks but the set up is much faster and you don’t have to crouch down to install them.
They also can be used on their own as tire blocks, unlike X-Chocks which must be used in combination with wheel chocks.
Not having to kneel down makes it great for campers of all ages. They’re not made out of rubber, but durable metal that will stop your camper from rolling and rocking.
Its dual locking mechanism also helps make the trailer more stable, while creating a more secure chock solution when parking your trailer.
I like the Fastway ONEstep a lot due to how easy they are to setup. A dual wheel chock like this is perfect for tandem axle trailers.
Note that these are tandem wheel chocks and won’t work on single axle trailers.
- Two RV Wheel Chocks In One
- Adjustable Length
- Fast No Knee Set Up & Take Down
- Prevents Trailer Rocking
- Not Compatible For RVs & Single Axle Campers
Here we have rubber tire blocks that are tied together with a 36″ nylon cord. It makes it easy when you want to leave, grab the rope and pull them out.
Along the sides is reflective tape to help with visibility in the dark. These are also made out of rubber so you can count on these to last years to come.
Another thing to note is that they are lighter than every other rubber wheel chock in this review.
Because they are so lightweight they are also fairly small measuring only 4 inches tall and deep and 8 inches wide. Using the 25% rule these can really only safely work on tires that are 16 inches in diameter.
If you have a cargo trailer, boat, or small travel trailer these will work fantastic but I don’t suggest them for larger RVs or heavy 5th-wheels. They could be a good combo to have with X-Chocks but you must be using them with the X-Chocks at all times.
Connected RV wheel chocks are easier to store since they stay together, and the rope also works great as a handle.
The Buyers Products Rubber RV Wheel Chocks are great basic solid rubber wheel chocks. Rubber is the more popular material choice for tire chocks since it doesn’t crack over time like plastic and it gets a better grip on both the ground and tire.
- Reflective Tape On Sides
- Lightest Rubber RV Wheel Chock In Review
- Connected With Nylon Rope
- Only 4 Inches Tall (For 16 Inch Or Smaller Tires)
Before I get into reviewing X-chocks I want to quickly note that they are not meant to be the only thing keeping your trailer immobilized. They are designed to be used with other tire chocks for added stabilization and safety.
X-chocks are great for a number of reasons, but only if you have a dual or tandem axle trailer. They will not work on single axle trailers.
They are placed between two tires and then extended using the included ratchet wrench. Once the feet of the X-chocks are snug they stop any kind of movement or bounce from happening between the tires which really helps a lot with stabilizing.
We use them on our 32 foot travel trailer and there is a noticeable difference when they are in place.
Although they aren’t meant to be the only RV wheel chock used they can be a great added safety feature for tires that are up on blocks. If you’ve ever had to drive up on a few camper leveling blocks you’ve probably noticed that the standard RV tire blocks don’t fit as securly and they don’t go as high up on the tire.
In this scenario, X-chocks are really fantastic because they will help keep the trailer tires from moving even no matter how many blocks they are on.
The body is made of metal that is coated in anti-rust and weather-resistant material. They are around 16 inches tall and a few inches thick. The width can be as small as 1 3/8 inches and extend as far as 10 inches to fit any camper trailer axle width.
If you have a wide set axle base trailer you can also get the BAL X-Tended X-Chock (click to view on Amazon) that can reach from 10-17 inches. You can read more about measuring for X-Chocks in the FAQ section below.
There is a metal handle built into each unit making it easy to hold them in place while installing. Each foot has holes and small bumps on them to help grip the tire without damaging it.
The arms are extended and retracted by loosening or tightening a large bolt. BAL has included the correct size of ratchet with purchase. It’s very simple to install these, and because of the bolt, it can be any size between 1 3/8-10 inches for a perfect custom fit.
When installing you don’t want to tighten too much. The X-chocks should be snug enough to not move when you tug on them but not so tight that it starts to press into the tire which could eventually damage it if you go too far.
These are also tire locking chocks which means you can put a padlock on them to lock your camper tires in place so no one can easily drive away with your trailer. (read more about how to lock them in FAQ section below)
The BAL X-Chocks Wheel Stabilizers are the perfect addition to any tandem tire camper. They help keep your trailer more secure when up on blocks, stop extra movement when walking around in your camper, and they can even be used as a security feature to stop the tires from moving if someone were to try and drive away with your trailer.
You get a lot of bang for your buck with X-chocks. We’ve been using ours for a few years and so far they have held up well even in rain. They show no sign of rust and work just as good as the day we bought them. I highly recommend these to any tandem tire trailer owner.
- Durable Metal With Anit-Rust Coating
- Custom Fit For Any Axle Width
- Stabilizes Tire Movement
- Helps Keep Trailer Secure When Up On Blocks
- Tire Locking Chock With Use Of Padlock
- Quick Install
- Not Compatible For RVs & Single Axle Campers
What To Look For In RV Wheel Chocks
As a general rule of thumb tire chocks should be around 1/4 or 25% the height of the tire it’s supposed to be stopping.
For example, our travel trailer has tires that are 28 inches tall. To follow the 1/4 rule we need to have RV wheel chocks that are 7 inches tall.
Addmiditally the solid rubber ones we have are only 6 inches tall but when used in combination with X-chocks they have done a fantastic job keeping our travel trailer from moving, especially when jacking it up from the tongue.
Camper wheel chocks are made of all kinds of material. Plastic, rubber, metal, homemade wooden ones and sometimes even rocks or chunks of cement. Each material has its own pros and cons.
Plastic RV wheel chocks are normally the lightest but they can have a hard time finding traction on smoother surfaces like asphalt or cement. They also tend to weaken and crack over time.
Metal ones hold up very well from regular use and won’t crack under pressure but there is always a risk for rust and they often have the same issue getting a good grip on cement surfaces much like plastic. That being said most metal wheel chocks are mostly for stabilization and meant to be used with other tire blocks.
Rubber is by far the most popular material for RV wheel chocks and for good reason. It’s very durable and it can get a good grip on any surface. It also works well with the rubber of the tire and won’t damage it over time. The only slight downside to rubber is it’s heavy.
If you’re handy with a saw you can also make some decent RV wheel chocks out of wood. The plus side to this is you can make them as tall as you need to fit your tires. Just make sure they are also wide and have something on the bottom to help with traction.
The perfect rock can be a decent tire block but you want to make sure you get a smooth one that won’t sand down the rubber from the tire over time. It’s also the most heavy material you could possibly use for a wheel chock and unless you take the perfect rock with you everywhere you go you may end up in an area where a good sized rock cannot be found.
Another function of RV wheel chocks is to help stabilize. A camper actually moves a lot when you’re walking around inside of it and having the tires secured on the back and front helps reduce shaking. If you have a tandem tire trailer you can use tire blocks with X-chocks for the ultimate tire stabilization.
If you have a single axle trailer, van, or an RV like a Class A or C you can get extra RV wheel chocks to put on each side of every tire. This is another fantastic way to better stabilizer your camper.
Conclusion & My Recommendation For Best RV Wheel Chocks
I hope you have gotten an understanding of RV wheel chocks and what they can do. If you have any questions that don’t get answered in the FAQ below, let me know in the comments.
While all of the wheel chocks I have compared today will do a great job at stopping your trailer from rolling, with the exception of the X-chocks which are to be used in combination with tire chocks. I have some recommendations based on certain criteria.
Most Lightweight –Camco RV Wheel Chock With Rope Handle
If you camp with a small trailer like a pop-up or teardrop weight capacity is a big deal. You don’t need to be adding 10 extra lbs for wheel chocks alone.
The Camco’s are a fantastic option for campers with small tires that are up to 22 inches tall. They are durable, lightweight, and very easy to transport.
The main downside is they can slide on cement. Make sure they are secured tightly under each tire before unhitching.
Best For Large Tires – Vestil LWC-15 Laminated Rubber Wheel Chock
Following the 1/4 tire chock rule is surprisingly difficult. Large travel trailer tires are around 28 inches tall which means you need an RV wheel chock that’s around 7 inches tall.
If you have a Class A or C RV or even a truck camper you are going to have even larger tires than a camper trailer does.
The Vestil solid rubber wheel chocks are around 11 inches tall which means they can safely block tires that are up to 44 inches tall. They will even work for some semi-trucks.
These are also made with very durable rubber and have handles you can tie a rope to for easier transport.
Best Overall – Maxxhaul Solid Rubber Wheel Chock
Even though they could be just one inch taller to more fully fit 28 inch camper trailer tires I still recommend the Maxxhaul solid rubber wheel chocks.
After having these for months, I can tell you that they’re great. They’re durable, have a built in handle, get a fantastic grip on all surfaces, and don’t break the bank.
I have bought two pairs so I can put two on each side. The rubber smell that bothers some never really bothered me, and since it disappears after a couple of days, it’s barely worth mentioning.
Frequently Asked Questions About RV Wheel Chocks
How tight should X-chock wheel stabilizers be?
Snug enough to not move when you push or pull on them but not so tight that they are digging into the tires or putting pressure on the bearings.
Because of the design X-chocks use it’s very easy to keep tightening them much more than you should. Normally when I install them on my own tandem travel trailer I extend the arms so each foot is touching the tires.
Then I turn the bolt using the included ratchet wrench just a few times before checking the tightness by pulling on the bottom of the X-chock. If it moves I know it needs to be tightened just a bit more.
When I can give the top and bottom of the X-chock a good tug without it moving I know I have them installed just right.
It’s also a good idea to check the X-Chocks after a few days as they can sometimes loosen as the tires settle. To fix just tighten them a little more and you are good to go.
If the trim on your tandem trailer hangs low and makes it hard for you to use the wrench you can turn the X-chock upside down so the bolt faces down instead.
How to measure for X-chocks?
X-chocks sit in the center between both tires. The arms slowly get more narrow as they extend out. To measure to make sure X-chocks will fit the axle width of your camper measure the distance that’s about 3/4 of the way up the tire from the ground.
Regular X-chocks fit tires with up to 10″ of spacing. This will be most travel trailers and 5th-wheels. If your trailer has an extended axle base like a toy hauler does you may need to get the BAL X-Tended X-Chocks (click to view on Amazon).
The X-tended X-chocks are made to fit tandem tide widths from 10-17 inches.
How does the X-chock lock with a padlock?
X-Chocks by BAL can lock tandem trailer tires. There is a washer with holes just under the head of the bolt you use to extend or retract the arms.
To lock simply put the padlock through one of the holes, preferably the closest to you on the left side. This will stop anyone from being able to turn the bolt to the left to loosen and remove the X-Chock.
Using a tire locking chock like this can help reduce the risk of theft but it’s not a 100% foolproof method. X-chocks could be removed with heavy force.
What lock should I use for X-chocks?
Just under the bolt you use to extend or retract X-Chocks there is a washer with a bunch of holes. You will use one of these holes to put the padlock through.
The holes are slightly more than 1/4 inch in diameter. A standard padlock like the Master Lock 141DLF will fit perfectly.
Does it matter if I have a single axle or tandem axle camper?
The importance of RV wheel chocks is not related to whether you have a single or tandem axle trailer. Make sure both sets of wheels have a wheel chock on each side if you own a tandem axle.
It does, however, matter when picking what product to buy. Having a single axle most likely means that your trailer doesn’t weigh more than 4000 lbs and it probably has smaller tires than a large tandem tire.
Therefore you don’t have to get the most heavy-duty wheel chock if you don’t want to. I still recommend the solid rubber style to everyone but if you want to get the more plastic style you can.
One thing to remember if you have a single axle camper is you can’t use a wheel chock like the Fastway ONEstep Wheel Chock For Tandem Axle Trailers or the BAL X-Chocks Wheel Stabilizer since they are made for tandem axle trailers.
What are the best folding RV wheel chocks?
The only folding wheel chocks that are truly made to keep a camper stationary are the Fastway ONEstep Wheel Chock For Tandem Axle Trailers. The Fastway’s go in between the tires on a tandem tire trailer and fold out to snuggly fit under each tire.
These folding wheel chocks can be used without other tire blocks to assist them unlike the BAL X-Chocks Wheel Stabilizer which are made to be used with other RV wheel chocks and are not meant to keep a camper stationary on their own.
What are the best kind of RV wheel chocks?
The most popular and best kind of RV wheel chocks are those that are solid rubber. Rubber is a fantastic material for tire blocks because the rubber does a good job gripping any surface whether it’s gravel or cement.
They also work well with the rubber from the tires they are against. Instead of scratching and scraping they grip and stick which is much better for the tire.
How to use wheel chocks on a camper?
Keep the trailer attached to the tow vehicle during the installation, with the parking brake enabled on the vehicle. Then install wheel chocks on both sides of the trailer and both directions (front to back). This will help stop the trailer from moving when you unhitch from your tow vehicle.
How many wheel chocks are required for my RV?
I recommend using four if you have a single or tandem axle trailer. By covering all possible directions the trailer could roll, you’ll decrease the risk of accidents and be safer.
For heavy RVs like Class A, C, and even B it’s recommended to have at least one chock per tire. RVs like these have parking bakes most people use when stationary but there is always a small chance something could go wrong. Even air brakes can fail at times.
Putting a couple of RV wheel chocks in front of and behind the rear tires never hurts.
Can’t I just DIY and use a rock/piece of wood that’s free as a tire block?
Think about how a rock will react if your tire starts rolling over it. Will it stay in place? Will it roll out of the way? How heavy is the rock and how big is it? Also, what will happen to the rubber on the tire if it starts to move against the hard rock surface? It may end up doing some serious damage to your camper’s tire.
It’s recommended that the wheel chock covers at least 25% of the tire height, will a rock be high enough? Most wheel chocks on the market don’t cover 25% of the tires they end up next to.
I think it’s worth it to buy real RV wheel chocks that were made with the intention of stopping tires from rolling. That said, a rock is better than nothing at all.
If you want to make homemade wheel chocks, check out this blog post on doityourselfrv.com.
What else do I need to think about when using RV wheel chocks?
- Make sure they aren’t damaged in any way. When visible wear and cracking start to happen it’s time to recycle and buy new ones.
- RV wheel chocks should be set tight against the tire. Some people even use rubber mallets to tap them into place.
- Remove them before taking off, driving over tire blocks is not recommended and will most likely damage it. It’s okay to leave them out while hooking up the trailer though.
- Finding a flat, solid surface is important so the wheel chock can do its job and work the way it was designed. Remove any rocks or objects so they can sit as flat and solid as possible.
Have any more questions about RV wheel chocks? Leave a comment below.