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Best RV Wheel Chocks in 2020

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If there's one thing you want to have to secure your RV when parked or camped somewhere, it's a pair of decent RV wheel chocks.

What are RV wheel chocks, or trailer chocks?

Let's take a look at this important part of keeping your RV in its proper place!

RV wheel chocks example

Marshall's X-Style Chocks. He Uses These With The YM Wheel Chocks.

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What Are Chocks For?

RV wheel chocks are made to keep your rig from rolling away from where you intended for it to stay!

Yeah, they are a pretty important thing to have, and you want to make sure that the ones you have are reliable.

There's not a WHOLE lot to say about RV wheel chocks or trailer chocks aside from the fact that the main thing they need to do is work... i.e. not even let your rig slip an inch.

Therefore, we are going to jump right into the good and the bad of what we have reviewed in this category.

YM wheel chocks in use Class C tire

Class C Motorhome Wheels Chocked

Whether or not to use X-chocks alone is a hotly debated subject.

The manufacturer says not to use them as a 'parking brake' for your trailer.

From experience, we understand why.

However, some people have used them alone with no other chocking method for years without issue.

If you park regularly at very level campgrounds, you probably won't have any issue. 

Still, 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

Wandering Nation Testimonial

Celeste

Wandering Nation

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 a few bucks, 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, whether it was on a level pad or a rocky, uneven surface, 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 put them between the tires and unhitched the camper, 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.


We've been in all sorts of places - sandy beach, rocky mountainsides, dusty creek beds, hilly slopes, etc.


We're still amazed they hold so well and wonder what took us so long to buy them.


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 (especially since our plastic yellow guys are now in the landfill), and like so many others, we're wondering how we survived so long without them.


Matthew and Celeste

WanderingNation

Marshall's X-Chock 'Close Call'

  • Always be sure to re-tighten your chocks on both sides if you are raising or lowering your trailer tongue after you have secured the chocks. Read on to find out how we know this. Eeek.

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.

We learn from all of them.

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.

Therefore, he had to raise the nose of his rig up quite a ways to get it level.

He had chocked his rig, put a good number of lynx levelers under the tongue jack.

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.

Marshall trailer slid off blocks

The aftermath. Tongue jack was on top of all of those levelers right before this photo was taken.

Marshall trailer slid off blocks

This is how far it rolled off the levelers.

We found that his 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.

Don't try to just get by with one! (Yes, Marshall has two.)

Marshall also got himself two sets of rubber chocks. 

Now, his trailer is going nowhere.

Also, it's not recommended to put your jack on lifts of any sort.

This made the '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.

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

Summary

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

YM Wheel Chocks

Pros

  • Heavy enough to prevent blowing away
  • Heavy duty solid rubber won't break down
  • Non-slip rubber bottom
  • Designed for heavy-duty loads
  • Crush resistant
  • Resists ozone weathering, tearing and abrasion

Cons

  • Smells. Literally (But it eventually fades)

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.

Big mistake.

Continue Reading Rubber RV Chock Review

Best RV Wheel Stabilizers

BAL X-Chock Wheel Stabilizer

BAL X-Chock RV wheel chock

Pros

  • Super sturdy/works like leg stabilizers to decrease tire roll
  • Works with tire's natural movement
  • Cannot blow away
  • Fairly priced
  • Made in the USA

Cons

  • Unable to use on single axle trailers
  • If tires are too close together, you're out of luck

These 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

Conclusion

If you have an RV, you are going to need wheel chocks.

They will keep it in place while you are camping or you are parked at home.

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!

Camp Addict Kelly
Kelly Beasley

Kelly Beasley is co-founder of Camp Addict and loves sharing her enthusiasm for the RVing lifestyle. As a full-time RVer since May 2015, Kelly's playful writing style helps make learning about the sometimes dull subject of RV products a bit more interesting.


Marshall Headshot
Marshall Wendler

Camp Addict co-founder Marshall Wendler brings his technical expertise to help explain RV products in an easy to understand fashion. Full-time RVing since April 2014, Marshall loves sharing his knowledge of the RV lifestyle.

  • I find the X Chocks even more important when the wheels are on levelers. Even the thicker black chocks seem less effective when wheels are raised.
    Any brand preferred for XChocks?

    • Yes, we prefer the Bal-X chock wheel stabilizers.

      Marshall has a very similar product he uses. Be aware these should not be used exclusively to disallow a trailer to move. The heavy black chocks we recommend are also vital to use to keep your trailer in place. Use them on the side you are not using levelers on.

  • I’m looking for something to place on or behind my dad’s lift chair recliner as it slides on the carpet at his assisted living apt. Someone suggested I get some chocks. Do you think these will work? He hasn’t been able to sit in his lift chair for several months now because it slides when he tries to stand up. He’s uncomfortable sitting in the wheelchair all the time but that’s the only other choice he has. If anyone has any other ideas I’d love to hear them too. Thanks!

    • Hi Sherri,

      Awe man, that sounds frustrating! Sorry to hear your dad hasn’t been able to use his chair. The chocks we recommend likely won’t work. Though they are rubber and probably wouldn’t slide, I think the triangle angle of it would not work for a chair. What about trying regular doorstops?

      Or have you tried those non-slip mats like the kind made for keeping stuff from sliding around in cabinets and such?

      I am really surprised the assisted living place hasn’t already found a solution to the issue. Seems like that would be part of their job, but I don’t know this.

      Lastly, what about getting some REALLY large kettlebells, and placing them behind the legs in the back? I think you can even get 50lb kettlebells. 100lbs should do a pretty good job of keeping the chair in place.

      Any other suggestions, readers?

      Good luck with this, Sherri!

  • The manufacturer says the X-Chocks are not substitutes for regular chocks. They also warn to NEVER raise or lower your tongue jack while they are in place. The instructions say to chock, level, stabilize, THEN install the X-Chocks.

    They are intended as stabilizers only. We love ours.

    • Hey Jeff,

      Thanks for the comment. We agree- and have changed our recommendation and wording on the chocks page. This was on our list of ‘to-do’s’, but your comment nudged us to get it done ASAP! The manufacturer’s wording on their website is very, very vague. They don’t actually state that they are not ‘chocks’ (Extra confusing that they call them ‘chocks’ in the very name of the product as well). Instead, they only state in instructions that come in the box when you get the product, that they are not to be used as a ‘parking brake’. Interesting terminology. As if they are working hard not to use the word ‘chock’.)

      They also do not state in their instructions to CHOCK your rig before detaching from your vehicle. (Not that we can find, at least) They say to “level, unhitch, then put on the X-Chocks”. RVing 101 is that you CHOCK your rig BEFORE you unhitch.

      We find their marketing to be frustratingly vague and elusive. After having an accident happen with Marshall’s rig with his X-style ‘chocks’, he, and we, no longer trust X-Chocks to be used as chocks without a supplemental chocking system. He did use them for his first three years on the road without issue.

      The question of whether they should be used as chocks without a supplemental chock is a hot debate, yes. However, in light of Marshall’s incident, we can’t recommend them as a ‘chock’, but only as tire stabilizers, which is what they really are. We both have the YM chocks for our rigs. Thank you for your correct input, and for getting our butts in gear! We appreciate the butt kick. This is an important subject and recommendation for safety!

      PS- If you have the paperwork that came with your chocks, or can take a screenshot of where they state to use supplemental chocks, we would love to see it! (For documentation and for preciseness of information for Camp Addict and its readers.) You could even email it to us at Newsletter@CampAddict.com. We would really appreciate it!

      • It’s a common sense mechanical issue. Think about it you were to raise or lower your tongue jack. The whole trailer has to move in the opposite direction that you’re moving your jack hence the wheels are moving. Once you get settled and leveled using your wedge jacks so it doesn’t roll then you place the X-chocks and tighten then. You can’t get more secure than that.

  • I just had my 28′ 5th wheel roll back about a foot or so while I was unhooking at a new storage yard. I was parked in a covered spot with a metal wall behind the trailer. I had rolled the trailer up onto yellow leveling pads and placed two small red chock blocks front and rear. It was bare ground (no Cement). When I released from the truck the trailer rolled back off the levelers and right over the chock blocks. Fortunately it stopped before it hit the back wall. Big lesson learned with no damage done.

    • Yikes! Yeah, that will get your attention.

      I assume your 5th wheel has dual axles, right? If so, I’d consider purchasing something like the Andersen X-Chocks to help lock the wheels together. Or, at the very least, get some taller, higher quality chocks (I assume the red ones are plastic) that have more of a fighting chance of stopping the rig.

      Speaking from experience (more times than I’d like to admit), it pays to make sure your wheels are VERY well chocked. Nothing gets the heart racing like having your rig start sliding backwards. ?

      Here’s to locked wheels when parked! And undamaged rigs.

      Thanks for the comment, Ed, and Camp On!

      • Well I received the X-Chocks and was a little disappointed. There was a warning in the box that said “not to use the BAL CHOCK as a parking brake for your trailer” And to remove the BAL CHOCK from your tires before connecting the trailer to the tow vehicle.
        I am returning them in unused condition and will be ordering some better Chock Blocks than the Small red ones that I currently have. The red ones were always good when you stopped a commercial RV campgrounds that had level pads. But if you encountered a uneven surface that you had better beware.
        Bottom line here is that I wanted something that would prevent the trailer from moving forward or backward while hooking and unhooking.

        • Hi Ed,

          Welcome to the United States, where there’s a legal disclaimer on everything. BAL states that the X-Chocks are used to “prevent tire shifts”. Yes, they market them as ‘stabilizers’, but when installed and used properly, your trailer isn’t going to roll. Just make sure to check the tightness after a day or so, per the instructions.

          We think it’s a great idea to use multiple chocking options on your RV, especially when on anything but level ground. I personally use both X-style chocks and the rubber chocks that we review on this page. I’m in the camp of you cannot have enough prevention when it comes to keeping your home on wheels from rolling while parked. It’s cheap insurance to use multiple chocking devices.

          I hope the X-Chocks work out for you (they truly are a great product!). Either way, Camp On!

        • You shouldn’t be parking on leveling pads when storing. You either want to park on the solid surface rather than the plastic Lego type blocks, if you want to park on anything besides flat ground get the curved blocks that mimic the natural shape of tires. You should also NEVER place wheel chocks where you have leveling pads.

    • Hey Alec,

      I have a pair of wheel chocks made by a different company that are of the same design as the BAL Deluxe X-Chocks, and I don’t like them. Each side is made up of a single half-moon piece of metal that is supposed to press up against each tire. If you don’t get them positioned quite right, there could be more pressure on the top or bottom part of the tire and not make for a secure ‘connection’. I’ve had mine shift on me (though it most likely has to do with the torsional axle design on my Lance trailer).

      I like the idea of having separate ‘pads’ on the regular X-Chock.

      The Deluxe also require slightly more tire spacing (distance between the sets of tires). This is something that comes into play on my trailer, where my chocks barely fit in there and I really need the ‘skinnier’ version.

      Either chock style may work great for you. But the standard X-Chock is my personal preference.

    • Hey Greg,

      If your tire spacing is greater than the 17 inches that the X-tended Fit X-Chocks can cover, then yes, they definitely won’t work for your situation. This is definitely a case of one-size doesn’t fit all, even with the two sizes available. Which is a bummer since the X-chocks are pretty nice!

  • Thanks for the great review CA. I used my new x-chocks last night (purchased using your link of course) and despite the fact that the wind is blowing like crazy I’m pretty rock solid!

    • That’s awesome, Katina! Good to hear the positive review on the X-chocks. But then, we totally knew they were that good. ????❤️ Thanks for purchasing through Camp Addict, commenting, and supporting this great resource for our fellow RVers!

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