Why Wheel Chocks Are Absolutely Necessary For Your RV/Trailer Tires
You have probably heard about them. The trailer wheel chocks. If you ask your RV salesmen what you need to buy before leaving the lot, he or she will give you a list of things, but wheel chocks will be one of the most important purchases for the safety of you, your RV, 5th wheel, or any travel trailer, and people around you. How come? Well, imagine parking your camper, and the first thing you do before unhitching is to present an uphill to the tires. Even if you’re parked on a flat surface, you will give the tires an obstacle that they shouldn’t be able to go over. Stop that trailer tire from doing its job, rolling.
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This will not only prevent the damage that would occur if your trailer started rolling while unhitching but the life-threatening injuries that could happen to you if you’re underneath the trailer working on maintenance when it takes off. Just take a look at this guy working on his truck when it decided to roll (beware, scary video, but he is ok).
So today we will be talking about camper wheel chocks and some of the different products that are on the market today.
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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 also make RV wheel chocks. You can buy them either with or without a rope; I recommend the rope because I 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.
The Camco Wheel Chock 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.
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 though, so durability might not be an issue.
A good start for somebody with a smaller trailer, for heavier trailers I recommend rubber wheel chocks that can handle heavier campers.
These work on both single and tandem axles.
- Light trailer chocks
- Comes in a pack of 2 chocks
- Not for heavy trailers
- For use with tires only up to 26″
If you’re looking for heavy duty RV wheel chocks, look no further. Weighing in at 12.2 lbs per wheel chock, these will be the most robust choice to stop your trailer 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. This is one that will take the biggest beating from the weather without showing it.
Note that the Vestil LWC-15 does not come in a pair. If you buy it, you will get one single wheel chock. 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 trucks and semis when parking. I put them on the list because they’re incredibly good at stopping tires from rolling, so if you have a +10,000 lbs fifth wheel, this can be one to consider.
- Heavy-duty wheel chocks
- 11 (!) Inches tall
- Made out of durable laminated rubber
- Metal handle
These rubber RV wheel chocks from YM are a great choice. The rubber on these will be more durable than the plastic on the Camco, and I like the handle on these better than the Camco’s rope 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 YM W4194 wheel chock, and I can vouch for their durability and quality. I have left them out in rain and storm, but they look like new. They’re easy to wash off and easy to handle.
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, stupid trailer), and these look the same today as the day I bought them.
These RV chocks fit both single and tandem axles and do not lock in any way.
- Solid rubber wheel chocks
- Smart design that makes them lighter
- Comes in a pack of 2
- Rubber handle
- Non-slip rubber bottom
- Heavy (compared to plastic)
- Strong smell of rubber when new
Here is a solution that makes it different from the others. This wheel chock is two-in-one, and you set it up between the tandem axle. It’s also different in the way that you don’t have to kneel to set it up. You can just put 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 and slide the chock 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.
I like the Fastway ONEstep a lot due to how easy they are to setup. 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 locking mechanism also helps make the trailer more stable, while creating a more secure chock solution when parking your trailer.
Note that these are tandem wheel chocks and won’t work on single axle trailers.
- Two wheel chocks in one
- Adjustable length
- Easy set-up without kneeling down
- Prevents trailer from rocking and rolling
- Excellent tandem wheel chocks
- Not made for single axle trailers
Here we have wheel chocks that stick together. A 36″ nylon cord keeps them connected to each other which makes it easy when you want to leave, grab the rope and pull them out.
Along the sides we’ll find 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.
Connected tire chocks are easier to store since they stay together, and the rope also works great as a handle.
For the price, the Buyers Products WC24483 are great wheel chocks and I am happy they chose rubber instead of plastic.
Another thing to note is that the WC24483 are lighter than every other rubber wheel chock we have looked at.
- Made out of rubber
- Reflective tape on sides
- Lightest of the rubber wheel chocks we have looked at
- Nylon cord keeps them connected and easy to handle
- Only four inches high
ABN makes the second to heaviest wheel chocks in today’s comparison. They’re the only ones we have looked at with an eyebolt on the side of them. Put a rope on it to make it easy to carry, or maybe a chain so you can lock them to a part of your trailer. It’s all up to you.
The ABN chocks come in a set of two and look like two big solid pieces of rubber. The weight together with its rubber bottom will provide a firm grip on most surfaces.
If you want heavy-duty wheel chocks but maybe not massive ones, these ABN chocks are a great option.
Their height makes them a solid choice for bigger fifth wheels and travel trailers.
You could use the ABN chocks on a single axle trailer and not only tandem, but it might be overkill depending on how much your trailer weighs. These do not lock in any way.
- Rubber chocks
- Eyebolt on one side of each chock
- Comes in a set of two
- No handle
Conclusion And Camper Chocks Recommendations
I hope you have gotten an understanding about 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 comments.
While all of the wheel chocks I have compared today will do a great job at stopping your trailer from rolling, I have some recommendations based on what you’re pulling.
If your trailer weighs 4000 lbs or less – The Camco Wheel Chock With Rope Handle ended up getting the highest TCN score thanks to its size and weight. They’re a good choice for someone that has a single axle trailer and need something simple to keep the trailer in place.
For anything heavier than 4000 lbs or any tandem axle trailer – I recommend the YM W4194 Solid Rubber Wheel Chock with Handle. After having these for months, I can tell you that they’re great RV wheel chocks. Durable, great handle, great grip, and not for a bad price. 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 users, it’s barely worth mentioning.
Frequently Asked Questions About RV Wheel Chocks
Does it matter if I have a single axle or tandem axle?
The importance of wheel chocks is not related to whether you have a single or tandem axle. Make sure both sets of wheels have a wheel chock if you own a tandem axle. And I recommend placing wheel chocks on both sides of the trailer.
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. Therefore you don’t have to get the most heavy-duty wheel chock. You also can’t use a wheel chock like the Fastway ONEstep Wheel Chock For Tandem Axle Trailers since it was made for tandem axle trailers.
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. 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 wheel chocks 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.
Two on each side will do the job.
Can’t I just DIY and use a rock/piece of wood that’s free?
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? 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.
It’s worth it to buy a real couple of 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 wheel chocks?
- Make sure your wheel chocks aren’t damaged in any way, then it’s time to recycle them and buy new ones.
- The wheel chock should be set tight against the tire.
- Remove them before taking off, driving over the wheel chock is not recommended and will most likely damage it. It’s okay to leave them down 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.
Let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment.