Best RV Wheel Chocks in 2021
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If there's one thing you want to have to secure your RV when parked, it's a pair of decent RV wheel chocks.
They keep your RV from rolling when it shouldn't be. Seeing your RV roll, even a short distance when it shouldn't be rolling is a VERY scary sight.
You need RV wheel chocks to keep this from happening, even on level-looking surfaces.
Let's take a look at this important part of keeping your RV in its proper place!
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What Are RV Wheel Chocks For?
To repeat the above, RV wheel chocks keep your rig from rolling away from where you intended for it to stay.
Unquestionably, they are a pretty important thing to have, and you want to make sure that the ones you have WORK.
There's not a WHOLE lot to say about RV wheel chocks or trailer chocks aside from the fact that they should not even let your rig slip an inch.
The X-Chocks Debate
X-Chocks are a product designed to keep your rig from rocking when you're inside walking around.
They have the word 'chocks' in them, indicating they should disallow an RV to move when in use.
However, whether or not to use X-chocks alone, as a chock, is a hotly debated subject. The manufacturer says not to use them as a 'parking brake' for your trailer.
In fact, Marshall had a bad experience with his X-chocks, so we understand why they shouldn't be used without a 'real' chock.
However, some people have used them alone with no other chocking method for years without issue.
In truth, if you park regularly at very level campgrounds, you probably won't have any issue. Even so, we don't recommend using them without a supplemental chock.
Friends, such as Matthew and Celeste, below, have used them for over a year with no issues. However, it only takes one time for it to slip and roll with potential damage occurring.
Still, people love X-chocks, as do we. They do a great job of keeping movement out of the RV.
BAL X-Chock Testimonial
When we purchased our first RV, I remember standing in the camp supply store and weighing our chock options.
Should we spend just a few dollars for the plastic, yellow type? Or should we unload a good chunk of change on the X-Chocks?
Looking to save $, we opted for the plastic yellow chocks and spent the next several years kicking ourselves for this decision.
Every time we unhitched and set up our camper, we would watch the tires slip back just a little.
Those weak little yellow chocks couldn't stop the movement. We'd pray the jack didn't jump off the blocks in the front because of this slippage.
After more than a few good scares (we're full-timers who travel pretty broadly, so we unhitch quite a bit), we hopped online and ordered the X-Chocks.
From the very first time we used them, we have been pleasantly surprised at how tightly they hold.
We've been using them for 6 months now and have not even had one slip or slide in that time.
They've been used in all sorts of places - sandy beach, rocky mountainsides, dusty creek beds, hilly slopes, etc.
We're still amazed they hold so well. The truth is that X-Chocks cost a bit more than the other chock options.
In our opinion, the extra cost is 100% worth it. Especially when it could prevent a major camper fall or even injury to the person setting up.
We will never go back, and like so many others, we're wondering how we survived so long without them.
Matthew and Celeste
Well now, the nice thing about Camp Addict Kelly and Marshall being full-time RVers is that we experience a lot of stuff while traveling.
Stuff from our own experiences and stuff from friends' experiences. We have good times and we make mistakes at times.
Either way, we learn from every trip and mistake.
Marshall's X-Chock 'Close Call'
In 2017 in Idaho, we learned a pretty big one. This one is very valuable for anyone with a trailer, so we had to share.
Marshall has a chock that is very similar to the X-chocks in design. They are similar in how they keep the trailer from moving. However, they are not designed as well.
We had just moved to a new spot. Marshall was setting up and had to deal with a rather unlevel spot.
He was raising the front end when I heard a huge commotion and him yelling out. I ran over to find that the rig had rolled forward and the jack fell off the tall stack of levelers!
Yikes for sure!
We found that his 'X-style' chock had loosened on the right side. And the rig rolled forward. A good foot and a half.
Therefore, it is important to RE-TIGHTEN your x-chocks if you are raising or lowering your nose any significant height.
Marshall will from now on, that's for sure! This also proves that you need a pair of X-chocks, one for each side of the trailer.
Two X-Chocks Are Better Than One
Don't try to just get by with one! (Yes, Marshall has two.) Marshall also got himself two sets of rubber chocks. Now, as long as he uses both types, when unhitching, his trailer goes nowhere.
Also, it's not recommended to put your jack on lifts of any sort. This made his 'fall' greater.
Marshall was in a very unlevel spot and couldn't have leveled without doing so. Still, he could have paid a huge price for that. We recommend getting an electric jack with a drop-foot.
Much safer in design. OR, you could get a Fastway Flip foot attachment. This adds 4-6 inches of length to your existing jack.
However, if you are a boondocker, this may not work for you because the manual for the Fastway Flip states 'do not use to support trailer parked on grade greater than 3%.
X-Chock Style RV Wheel Chock Slippage Aftermath
Keeping your RV from 'running off' is a basic need. Be sure to always chock your motorhome or trailer so no damage is done and so nobody gets hurt.
We have found only one really good, sturdy chock aside from the x-chocks, which aren't made to be a 'chock'. (Despite the name)
Below are our findings for the best chocks you can get.
RV Wheel Chock Reviews
Here are the best RV wheel chocks you can find for your RV. No rolling down the hill for your expensive home on wheels!
There's very little to zero competition when it comes to chocks. The rubber wheel chocks are superior in weight and materials to anything else on the market.
These are the wheel chocks that Camp Addict co-founder Marshall uses in conjunction with his x-style wheel stabilizers.
Best RV Wheel Chocks
Rubber Wheel Chocks
These wedge-style heavy-duty RV tire chocks are really a common style that many RVers use.
However, more often than not, people fall into the trap of thinking any old wheel chock will do. They buy the cheapest set of flimsy yellow RV chocks they can get their hands on.
At any rate, it's a big mistake.
Continue Reading Rubber RV Chock Review
Best RV Wheel Stabilizers
BAL X-Chock Wheel Stabilizer
X-chocks serve two purposes. First, they lessen rig 'wiggle' when walking around inside.
Second, they help stop forward or backward movement, increasing your 'chocking' power.
The BAL X-Chock comes in a standard size as well as an X-Tended Fit X-Chock version for tandem wheels that are spaced farther apart. These are NOT intended for use as your sole chocks.
Standard X-Chock (single)
Standard X-Chock (pair)
X-Tended Fit X-Chock
Continue Reading BAL X-Chock Wheel Stabilizer Review
If you have an RV, you are going to need wheel chocks. They keep it in place while you are camping or wherever you are parked.
It's a small investment to keep your large investment safe. It's better to buy a good quality one first that will last and won't blow away or get crushed.
Pick your set of RV wheel chocks or trailer chocks and get out there into nature.
Camp on, Addicts!
He-llllo. I'm the co-founder of Camp Addict, which my biz partner and I launched in 2017. I frigging love the RVing lifestyle but in December of 2020, I converted to part-time RV life. Heck, I lived in my travel trailer for over 5.5 years, STRICTLY boondocking for pretty much all of it. Boondocking is a GREAT way to live, but it's not easy. Anyway, I'm passionate about animals, can't stand campgrounds, I hardly ever cook, and I love a good dance party. Currently, I can be found plotting and scheming whether or not to start collecting farm animals (or plotting my next RV trip!) at my beautiful new 'ranch' named 'Hotel Kellyfornia', in Southern Arizona.
Camp Addict co-founder Marshall Wendler brings his technical expertise to help explain RV products in an easy to understand fashion. Full-time RVing from April 2014 - December 2020 (now RVing about 50% of the time), Marshall loves sharing his knowledge of the RV lifestyle. Marshall spends the majority of his RVing life boondocking. He is the part of Camp Addict that knows 'all the things'. He's good at sharing his technical knowledge so you can benefit.
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