Best RV Wheel Chocks in 2018
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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?
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.
RV Wheel Chocks Compared
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 really very little to zero competition when it comes to chocks. The YM wheel chocks are superior in weight and materials to anything else on the market that we can find.
These wedge-style RV tire chocks are really a common style that many RVers use to help keep their rig from rolling while at the campsite. However, more often than not (as Camp Addict Co-Founder Kelly can attest), people fall into the trap of thinking any old wheel chock will do. Therefore, they go down to the nearest discount store or camping supply house and purchase the cheapest set of flimsy RV chocks they can get their hands on. Big mistake.
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Kelly of Camp Addict made this common mistake and got the popular cheap yellow Camco chocks when she first got her travel trailer. More often than not, she has had to chase one down from under her RV due to high winds. If high winds can take it out from under your wheel, you know it's not doing much good.
(Also, she's forgotten to take them out and ran over them. If you can run over your chocks without noticing, that should also be a 'sign' that they aren't very effective. They are in a REALLY sad state now, because they are in the trash.) Lesson learned.
A chock needs to be hearty enough to withstand WIND. The YM wheel chock weighs a full 8.1 lbs. It goes nowhere fast on a windy day.
The only issue with the YM RV wheel chocks is that they emit a nasty smelling rubber chemical something smell. However, simply leaving it out in the sun for a few days should get rid of most of the smell.
We don't know many people who store their chocks in their house or inside of their RV living space, so really, it's a non-issue, unless you are very sensitive to things like this. Just be aware.
If you try to pull away with this chock under your wheels, you will know about it because you can't move, or you will FEEL the chock resisting, or you possibly rolling over it. The larger your setup, the less likely you are to feel it. However, it's very likely you WILL feel it, or at best, won't be able to move.
If you have a large RV, say over 35', it might be a good idea to chock multiple tires.
This is your best bet for RV wheel chocks.
YM RV Chock Features and Specs:
- Non-slip rubber bottom
- Built-in rubber handle
- Comes in a pack of 2
- Dimensions: 4" Wide x 8.75" Long x 6" Tall
- Just over 8lbs each
The BAL X-Chock wheel stabilizers rule! We believe that they serve two purposes. First, they give your rig more stability and less of a feeling of movement while walking around inside. Second, they help assist with forward or backwards movement, increasing your 'chocking' power.
The BAL X-Chock comes in 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
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The standard BAL X-Chocks can be purchased individually or in a pair. We recommend getting a pair, so you have one for each side of your rig. This will provide maximun stabilization. They will work on tires that are anywhere from 2" apart to about a little under 10" apart.
Bal X-Chocks also come in an extended version of RV wheel chocks, the X-Tended Fit X-Chock for wide track tandem RV tires that are up to 17" apart.
The BAL X-Chock is an expanding system that uses a ratchet wrench to open and close the 'legs' of the chock. The hand-operated wrench turns a drive nut, pushing the feet of the chock into the tires until the pressure is so great that they are unable to move.
BAL X-Chock Wheel Stabilizer Manufacturer's Video
These trailer chocks also feature a locking system so you can use a padlock to keep anyone from stealing the chocks, and in turn, your RV. (Well, yeah, we know that if someone wants to steal your RV, a padlock isn't going to stop them, but it will make the process take that much longer!)
Come to think of it, it's a 3-in-1 product: Stabilizer, wheel chocker, and an anti-theft device! (Marshall has X-style RV chocks. Kelly
has HAD the cheap yellow Camco chocks that blow away at the smallest breeze. Now she has the big black YM chocks we recommend below and loves them 100%. )
We haven't heard of anyone with rust issues when using the BAL X-Chock wheel stabilizers. The reviews on Amazon are stellar and understandably, it is a very popular seller for a wheel stabilizer.
This is the most surefire way to keep your rig in place and motionless, with no possible accident happening such as a child taking a wedge chock out of its place.
Please be aware that the manufacturer, in a very roundabout way, states that these are not to be used as chocks alone. They don't SAY it, but in the box that the chocks come in, you will have instructions that state not to use the chocks 'as a parking brake' for your trailer. Hmm. Ok.
But they NEVER state on the site to use or to CHOCK your trailer before you unhitch. They only say to unhitch, level and then put in the X-chocks. Who does that? No-one who knows better.
Chocks MUST be put into place BEFORE unhitching, or you may have potentially dangerous surprise roll on your hands.
We used to list the X-Chocks as our #1 chock. That is, until Marshall had a scary moment with his rig rolling when he was raising the nose of his trailer. Yes, he was going against the 'rules' and had stacked lynx levelers under the jack, which might have contributed to the roll issue.
It was the raising of the jack that caused the X-Chocks to loosen. Therefore, common sense states that you should have chocks in addition to X-Chocks if you want to use them for stabilization.
This is your best bet for helping to stabilize your RV and to potentially ASSIST in keeping it from moving.
BAL X-Chock Review by Morton's on the Move
BAL X-Chock Wheel Stabilizer Features and Specs:
- Made of steel
- Rust inhibitive coating
- Standard BAL X-Chock for tandem tires with spacing between 1-3/8" and 10"
- BAL X-Tended Fit X-Chock is for wider spaced tandem trailer tires up to 17" apart
- BAL X-Chock comes with built-in anti-theft device
- BAL X-Chock serves more than one purpose - RV stabilizer and wheel chocks
- Weight: 7.5 lbs
- Made in USA
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, and we understand why.
However, some people have used them alone with no other chocking method for years without issue. If you park regularly in very level campgrounds, you likely 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 the one time for it to slip and roll with potential damage occuring.
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 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.
Each and 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 becuase of those little yellow chocks and we'd pray the jack didn't jump off the blocks in the front because of this slipping.
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, even with unhitching and setting up in all sorts of places - sandy beach, rocky mountainsides, dusty creek beds, hilly slopes, etc.
We still pinch ourselves when 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, but in our opinion, then 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 other, we're wondering how we survived so long without them.
Matthew and Celeste-
Marshall's X-Chock 'close call'
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. We have good times and we make mistakes at times. We learn from all of them. We recently 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 and have slipped.
We had just moved to a 'secret spot' in Idaho. 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, and 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 levelers! Yikes for sure.
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, ding-dong! 😳(Yes, Marshall has two.)
Also, it's not recommended to put your jack on lifts of any sort. This also allowed the forward movement to be 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. But first, read below:
X-Chock Style RV Wheel Chock Slippage Aftermath
If you have an RV, you are going to need wheel chocks to 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!