Best RV Wheel Chocks in 2023
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By Marshall Wendler
Last Updated: February 5, 2023
Rubber Wheel Chocks
Best For Large Rigs
Laminated Rubber Wheel Chocks
Best Wheel Stabilizers
If you need one thing to secure your RV or travel trailer when parked, it's a pair of decent RV wheel chocks.
Camping chocks keep your RV from rolling when it's not meant to move. Seeing your motorhome or travel trailer roll, even a short distance, is frightening.
You need wheel chocks for RV use to keep this from happening, even on level-looking surfaces.
Let's look at this important product that keeps your travel trailer or motorhome in its place!
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What Are RV Wheel Chocks For?
To repeat the above, wheel chocks for campers keep your rig from rolling away from where you intended for it to stay. For this reason, they should be put on your list of essential camper items.
Unquestionably, they are a pretty important thing to have, and you want to ensure that the ones you have WORK.
There's not a WHOLE lot to say about motorhome wheel or trailer chocks aside from the fact that they should not even let your rig slip an inch.
Sure, most motorhomes have a parking brake, but they can fail, or yours might be broken, so there are times that chocks for a motorhome are needed.
Are RV Wheel Chocks Necessary?
If you have a trailer of any type and plan to unhook it from your tow vehicle, trailer wheel stops are necessary.
Even on the grounds that look level, sometimes the eye can be deceived.
And trust me, it's no fun to unhitch your trailer only to have it move a few inches the second it comes off the hitch! Get yourself a deluxe tire chock set, and be safe.
Types Of RV Wheel Chocks
There are two types of tire chocks for campers out there. One is made for stopping the roll, and the other is CALLED a chock, but it's made as a trailer wheel stabilizer.
Here are the two types:
- Chock Blocks
- Scissor Chocks
The blocks are just what they sound like. They are big blocks. (Or they should be! There are smaller ones we don't recommend, more on that later.)
The best chocks for RV use are the block style. They should be big, durable, heavy, and made to last. The scissor chocks, commonly called x-chocks, are used by some to stop trailer roll. They are not recommended for this use, but they have their own free will, so...
How Many Wheel Chocks Do You Need For Your RV?
We recommend having two RV wheel chocks for your rig. One could suffice for tiny trailers.
If you have a huge fifth wheel or one of the longer travel trailers (28 foot+), you might consider getting four, one for each tire.
Do You Need To Chock Both Sides Of Your RV?
You do not need to chock both sides of your RV unless you have a long and heavy one.
Or, if you are parked on a steep incline, it's best to chock both sides of your axle.
As stated above, we only recommend getting a set of four if you have a huge trailer. Otherwise, you're fine chocking two chocks on just one side under relatively level circumstances.
Keeping your RV from 'running off' is easy when you use RV tire stoppers. Be sure always to use travel trailer chocks or motorhome chocks so no damage happens and nobody gets hurt.
We found a couple of really good, sturdy chocks aside from the x-chocks, which aren't made to be a 'chock.' (Despite the name.)
Below are our findings for the best trailer wheel blocks on the market.
RV Wheel Chock Reviews
Here are the best wheel chocks for travel trailers and motorhomes. No rolling down the hill for your expensive home on wheels!
We believe that urethane or rubber RV wheel blocks are superior in weight and materials over anything else on the market.
These are the RV wheel chocks that each of us uses. Marshall uses these in conjunction with his camper x-chocks.
If you park on ice or snow, consider getting aluminum chocks with 'feet' that grab the ice.
Best RV Wheel Chocks
Rubber Wheel Chocks
These wedge-style heavy-duty RV tire chocks are a common style of RV tire blocks.
Installation is as easy as slapping them down against your rig's wheels.
Trailer tire blocks need to be hearty enough to withstand WIND. This set of solid rubber wheel chocks weighs a total of eight pounds.
They go nowhere fast on a windy day. These travel trailer wheel chocks have a thick, durable grip, so it's easy to pull them out from your tires when you're done.
Continue Reading Rubber RV Chock Review
Best Large Rig Chocks
Vestil LWC-15 Laminated Rubber Wheel Chock
We love and completely trust the rubber chocks we list above.
However, we each used them on 24 feet travel trailers, and they were sufficient. That said, I can imagine having a much larger/longer rig and possibly wanting larger wheel stops for campers to use with my setup.
Therefore, we found these beasts that measure 8x8x8 inches.
They weigh 13 pounds EACH. This product doesn't come in pairs. Keep this in mind when you're ordering.
The Vestil chocks are made from laminated rubber that's resistant to slipping, UV rays, tearing, and adverse weather conditions.
Vestil's come with a limited 30-day warranty.
Order as many as you're comfortable having.
Best RV Wheel Stabilizers
BAL X-Chock Wheel Stabilizer For A Camper
X-chocks, or scissor wheel 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 and 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
The X-Chocks Debate
Are x-chocks worth it? Well, x-Chocks are designed to minimize how much your rig rocks when you're inside moving around.
Confusingly, they have the word 'chocks' in them, indicating they should not allow a recreational vehicle to move when in use.
However, whether or not to use x-chocks for RVs alone as a chock is a hotly debated subject. The manufacturer only 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 block chock.
However, some people have used them alone with no other chocking method for years without an incident.
In truth, if you park regularly at very level campgrounds, you'd probably do fine with them. Even so, we don't recommend using them without a supplemental chock.
Friends of ours, such as Matthew and Celeste, below, used them for a couple of years 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 minimizing annoying movement inside your 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 on the plastic, yellow type? Or should we unload a good chunk of change on the X-Chocks?
Looking to save $, we opted for the yellow plastic 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.
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 first time we used them, we were pleasantly surprised at how tightly they held.
We've been using them for six months and have not even had one slip or slide.
They've been used in all sorts of places - sandy beaches, rocky mountainsides, dusty creek beds, hilly slopes, etc.
We're still amazed they hold so well. The truth is that X-Chocks cost more than the other chock options.
In our opinion, the extra cost is 100% worth it, especially when it could prevent a significant 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
Now, the nice thing about us being full-time RVers is that we experience a lot of stuff while traveling.
Stuff from our own experiences and things from friends' experiences. We have good times, and of course, we make mistakes too.
But we live and learn and pass on our knowledge to you.
Marshall's X-Chock 'Close Call'
In 2017 in Idaho, we learned a pretty big one. This one is very valuable for trailer owners.
Marshall has a chock that is very similar to the X-chocks. 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 dealing with a rather unlevel area.
He had to raise the nose of his rig quite a ways to get it level. He had chocked his rig and put a good number of lynx levelers under the power tongue jack. (Leveling a camper trailer.)
He was raising the front end when I heard a huge commotion and him yelling. I ran over to find that the rig had rolled forward, and the jack fell off the tall stack of levelers!
SCARY AS CRAP!
While raising his jack, we found that the 'X-style' chock loosened on the right side. So the rig rolled forward by a good foot and a half.
Therefore, it is essential to RE-TIGHTEN your x-chocks if you raise or lower your nose any significant height after putting them on, ESPECIALLY if you choose not to use any block chocks.
Marshall will from now on, that's for sure! This also proves that you need TWO X-chocks, one for each set of tires.
Two X-Chocks Are Better Than One
Don't try to get by with just one! (Yes, Marshall has two.) After that event, Marshall also got himself a second set 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 tongue jack on lifts of any sort. This is what made the trailer 'fall' further, but he also wouldn't have gotten to level without the extra lift.
Still, he could have paid a huge price for that. We recommend getting an electric jack with a drop-foot.
It's 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
If you have an RV, you need wheel chocks for trailers or possibly for your motorhome. These products keep your rig in place while you are camping or whenever you are parked.
It's a small investment to keep your large investment safe. It's better to buy good heavy-duty rubber or urethane ones first that will last and won't blow away or get crushed.
Pick your set of RV wheel stops or chock blocks for RV use and get out there into nature.
Author: Marshall Wendler
As the co-founder of Camp Addict, Marshall Wendler is a seasoned expert in the world of RVing, with years of hands-on experience living the full-time RV life in his travel trailer. From 2014 to 2020, Marshall learned the ins and outs of the lifestyle and has enjoyed sharing his knowledge and expertise with others. After a brief hiatus as a part-time RVer in 2021 and 2022, Marshall is back on the road full-time, embracing the vanlife and all the exciting possibilities it brings. He particularly enjoys the freedom and flexibility of boondocking and is excited to share his technical insights with the Camp Addict community. Whether you're a seasoned pro or new to the RV world, Marshall has valuable insights and information to share, and is here to help you navigate the exciting world of RVing with confidence and ease.
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!
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.
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.) 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.
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.
Is the BAL Deluxe X-Chock any better than the regular one?
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.
X-Chocks would be great except none of them can cover the space between my tires.
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!