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Use Camper Wheel Chocks to Keep Your RV Where You Parked It

Use Camper Wheel Chocks to Keep Your RV Where You Parked It

Camper wheel chocks may seem like a simple, unimportant piece of camping gear of little consequence to your camping experience. But, while an RV wheel chock may indeed be simple in design, it’s an indispensable piece of safety gear that every RVer should carry.

In fact, wheel chocks are so important that we’re devoting an entire post to covering these unassuming little hunks of plastic/rubber devices.

What Are Camper Wheel Chocks?

Camper, RV, or trailer wheel chocks are typically wedge-shaped blocks made from heavy-duty plastic, rubber, or metal. Wheel chocks are designed to fit snugly against the wheels of your RV to prevent it from accidentally rolling away. They can also help reduce any unwanted motion while the rig is parked. Trailer chocks provide safety, stability, and peace of mind.

Why Are RV Wheel Chocks Important?

Though their design is simple and they’re generally fairly inexpensive, wheel chocks are extraordinarily important from several perspectives:

Accident Prevention

The most important reason for using trailer wheel chocks is to prevent an accident that could not only cause serious personal injury to anyone in the vicinity of the RV but could also cause expensive damage to your rig and other RVs or items nearby.

Without wheel chocks in place, a parked RV can easily roll away, especially when it’s on a slope or uneven terrain.

Two RVs crashed into one another

Don’t ruin an otherwise beautiful camping trip by failing to use wheel chocks

Stability

Camper wheel chocks also stabilize your rig and are especially essential when you’re parked on uneven ground or rough terrain. A tire chock provides a secure foundation for your camper, making your stay safer and more comfortable.

Safety Regulations or Requirements

Some campgrounds and RV parks require the use of wheel chocks for safety reasons. Using wheel chocks enhances the safety of others camping around you and helps to prevent accidents that can cause damage to other RVs or objects at the campground such as nearby power pedestals, water spigots, picnic tables, trees, etc.

Peace of Mind

We’re including peace of mind as an important goal of using tire chocks because knowing that your camper is securely parked is likely to allow you to relax and enjoy your camping adventures without also worrying about the possibility of an accident occurring because your rig isn’t secure.

Where Do You Put Wheel Chocks On an RV?

Properly placing your wheel chocks is essential to their ability to keep your RV where it’s supposed to stay. Following are the things you should be sure to pay attention to when placing chocks on your RV’s tires:

  1. Always use wheel chocks in pairs
  2. Make sure to place the chocks so that they’re centered and squared with (i.e. not too far to one side of) the tread side of the tire (placing the angled portion toward the tire)
  3. Press the chocks firmly against both the tire tread and the ground
  4. When parked on an unlevel site, be sure to use your wheel chocks on the downhill side of your RV:
    • If you’re parked nose low, place one chock against the downhill side of each of the two forward-most wheels
    • If you’re parked tail low, chock both of the rear-most wheels (again, placing the chock against the tire on the downhill side)
    • If the slope/grade of your parking location seems particularly steep, consider using more than one pair of chocks
  5. On level ground (wait, there are campsites that are level?!), chock a single wheel… with one chock in front of, and the other behind, the same tire
Chocking a single wheel (front and back) of an RV

When parked on level ground, place your chocks on the front and back of a single wheel.

How Many Wheel Chocks Do You Need For an RV?

The answer to this question depends on the size and weight of your RV. If you’ve got a small trailer or a small Class B motorhome, for example, you may only need to carry the recommended minimum of two chocks.

However, as the size and weight of a trailer or motorhome increases, so should the number of chocks. With larger trailers and motorhomes, the minimum number of chocks you should carry is four. The four chocks should be placed securely at two front or two back tires (depending on which is downhill) to prevent the rig from rolling or moving at all.

A wheel chock centered snugly against a tire

If your wheel chock is more narrow than your tire, the chock should be centered and placed snugly against the tire. That said, it’s best to buy larger/wider chocks for larger tires.

Is It Necessary to Chock the Tires of a Small Trailer?

While it may not always be necessary, it is always best to chock the tires of a trailer, RV, or motorhome of any size or weight. This is the best practice from a safety perspective (see above for recommendations on the number of chocks to use for larger/heavier RVs).

Types of Camper Wheel Chocks

There are several different types of RV wheel chocks, and there are a couple of important things to consider when buying them.

Wedge-Style Wheel Chocks

Most standard wheel chocks are the wedge type. These all work the same way but you can buy them made from different materials and in different sizes. Again, for larger tires, buy the larger wheel chocks.

Here are a couple of options for standard wedge-type wheel chocks. The first is a cheap option made from heavy-duty plastic, while the others are more durable and made from a heavy-duty rubber material.

Standard Camco Wheel Chocks

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Camco Wheel Chock w/Rope for Easy Removal - Helps Keep Your Trailer or RV in Place - Pack of 2 (44471)
  • Helps keep your trailer in place
  • Durable hard plastic with UV inhibitors

Rubber Wheel Chocks w/Rope

AFA Tooling Set of 2 Wheel Chocks with Rope | All Weather Rubber Tire Wedges | Quick Grip Ribbed Design and Tie Off Rope | Chock Block for Your Camper, Trailer, RV, Truck, Car or ATV
  • LARGE WHEEL CHOCKS: At 4.1 x 8 x 5in and 3.4lbs these wheel chocks work best for vehicles, ATVs, trailers and RVs that weigh up to G.V.W. 2T.
  • DUAL WHEEL CHOCK SET: This 2-Pack of rugged wheel chocks let you quickly chock a full axle of tires - both front and back - to give you the peace of...

These are larger chocks for RVs with larger tires (particularly large motorhomes or towables):

X-Large Rubber Wheel Chocks

AFA Tooling Large Heavy Duty Set of 2 Wheel Chocks | All Weather Rubber Tire Wedges | Quick Grip Ribbed Design and Steel Tie Off Handles | Chock Block for Your Camper, Trailer, RV, Truck, Car or ATV
  • EXTRA LARGE WHEEL CHOCKS: At 5.9 x 10.6 x 4.7in and 5.7lbs these wheel chocks work best for vehicles, ATVs, trailers and RVs that weigh up to G.V.W....
  • JUMBO WHEEL CHOCK SET: Our Extra large and heavy duty wheel chock set lets you chock the largest of vehicles, from 18 wheelers to full size RVs, farm...

X-Chocks

There’s also another type of trailer wheel chock called an X-chock. X-chocks not only help to keep the wheels (and therefore the RV) from rolling, but they can also help to make your trailer or 5th wheel feel more stable when you’re walking around inside.

NOTE: on very steep inclines (or with very large RVs) you should also use at least one additional, standard wedge-style wheel chock to make sure the RV stays put.

Another thing to know about X-chocks is that if you install them as soon as you arrive at your campsite, they can loosen up. This happens because after driving for any reasonable distance, your RV’s tires will have swollen a bit from being hot. As they cool down, the tires will shrink slightly, and therefore the space between the tires becomes slightly larger, making the X-chocks not as tight as they were when you installed them.

For this reason, you’ll need to make sure to check them after the tires have cooled down for a couple of hours and re-tighten them if necessary. This is especially critical if they’re your only means of keeping the trailer from rolling away. Again, we STRONGLY recommend also using standard wheel chocks with x-chocks for this reason.

X-Chock

X-Chock Wheel Stabilizer - Pair - One Handle - 28012
  • Provides added stabilization and prevents tire shifts by applying opposing force to tandem tire applications
  • As opposed to other chocks, the X-Chock works with the tires’ natural movement instead of against them

Wheel Chocks Keep Campers In Their Place

We highly recommend carrying and using wheel chocks/tire chocks to keep your expensive rig and, more importantly, everyone around it safe.

If you’re interested in more on the topic of keeping your RV stable while you’re parked, see our post on stabilizing an RV.

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Phil

Tuesday 23rd of April 2024

Personally I would not recommend the plastic style of chock. These can be crushed and it not tight a strong wind can blow them out and you loose the purpose of having chocks. I would use the rubber chocks. They are much more durable and will not get blown around in the wind. Harbor Freight has rubber chocks at a great price (like $8 each).

Tom

Tuesday 23rd of April 2024

I place a chock on the low side or high side of the tire, and then pull or push the tire (while still hitched to the 5W) into the chock. This 'tightness' also helps in the stability of the set-up.

Jerry

Tuesday 23rd of April 2024

We were on the Isle de Madeline a few years back when the tail end of Hurricane Dorian passed through. At two in the a.m., it was so windy that our trailer was being battered from all sides enough that the wheel chocks (plastic) blew away. Next, the tongue jack lid sideways off the the spacers that were about 10" off the ground! The Jack /tongue dropped to the ground.

As soon as I could, I bought and have been using Cross Chocks. They have worked well and never blown away! That was a scary event that could have ended badly.

TheRVgeeks

Thursday 25th of April 2024

Oh wow, Jerry! Glad you made it through, OK! That does sounds like a really scare situation!

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