A wheel chock is a device that helps hold an RV’s wheels in place, preventing it from rolling. Wheel chocks are usually made out of rubber or plastic and come in various sizes, depending on the size of your tires.
In this post, I’ll discuss how many you need by considering the tire size and weight restrictions for each type of vehicle.
If you don’t know which chocks to buy, take a look at: 10 Best RV Leveling Blocks for Perfect Leveling (in 2022). Let’s dive straight in 🙂
Do I need to use wheel chocks for my RV?
The short answer is yes; you should always use wheel chocks when parking your RV.
Not only do they prevent the vehicle from rolling, but tire movement can also damage surfaces that it’s parked on.
Even if you’re using a level surface for parking on them, this is still something you need to worry about.
However, suppose there are any inclines at all. In that case, the risk of rollaway increases exponentially, so I’d recommend taking extra precautions such as putting out more than one set of wheel chocks per axle (most RVs have two axles).
Also, remember that these devices MUST be placed in front AND behind each rear tire for best results!
How to use wheel chocks for an RV?
Place your first set of wheel chocks directly in front and behind the tire on one side.
It’s essential to make sure that both tires are entirely off the ground before putting down any other sets; otherwise, you risk damaging not only your RV but also surrounding surfaces such as concrete or asphalt.
Once both wheels are fully elevated, put another set of chocks directly in front and behind each rear tire (if it’s a two-axle vehicle).
If there is an incline at all, I’d recommend putting out even more than this number (maximum four per axle) – however, if there isn’t, then three should be enough for most vehicles.
Remember that these devices must be placed in front AND behind each rear tire for best results! If your RV is parked on a flat surface, you should get by with just two sets of chocks per axle.
Here’s a video by Andersen Hitches that’s explaining the process:
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How many wheel chocks are required for an RV?
The short answer is that it depends on the size of your tires.
If you’re using a level surface for parking on, then you can consider using a few less chocks.
However, if there are any inclines at all, the risk of rollaway increases exponentially, so I’d recommend taking extra precautions in terms of adding additional chock, such as putting out more than one set per axle (most RVs have two axles).
The general rule for how many chocks are required can be obtained by multiplying the number of feet in height by three – but remember, these rules apply ONLY when parking on flat surfaces without any inclination whatsoever!
In addition, it’s important to note that not all-wheel chocks are created equally.
Some may be able to hold more weight than others, so it would be wise to purchase a set of heavy-duty ones if you’re in doubt!
Different types of wheel chocks available
There are a few different kinds on the market, and here we will go over some of them to figure out which ones might be best for your situation.
Rubber wheel chocks
This is by far the most common type of RV wheel chock on the market, but it’s also one that many people don’t bother to use correctly!
The reason for this has nothing to do with its design or function – it all comes down to common sense (or lack thereof).
Even though these devices come in various sizes depending on the tire size, they’re typically designed for larger trucks and SUVs due to their weight capacity (ranging anywhere from 2500-3500 pounds), while smaller RVs such as travel trailers and motorhomes typically fall under the 1000-2000 pound weight range.
If you’re not sure about your RV’s exact size or how much it weighs, then we would advise that you err on the side of caution and purchase a lightweight set instead (which will be more expensive but well worth it in this case).
Never use rubber wheel chocks to secure an RV that weighs more than what the chock is rated for!
Plastic wheel chocks
These are much lighter than rubber chocks and can be found in a wide range of sizes to fit any tire size.
As with the rubber ones, these also come in various weights, so you’ll need to ensure that they will adequately secure your RV before using them (don’t take chances when it comes to protecting either yourself or your vehicle).
Although these devices might seem like an attractive alternative given their price tag, many users find very little difference between this type of wheel chock vs. the more expensive types, which makes for one less thing to worry about!
Wooden wheel chocks
This device has been used by truckers since the beginning of time due to its unique ability to absorb vibrations.
They work great on uneven surfaces and are highly recommended for use on gravel or other types of loose terrain.
When using this device, remember to place it at the front AND back tires (for all four) to get enough support – although they’re typically more expensive than rubber chocks, you can’t put a price tag on your safety, so don’t skimp here!
Is it safe to use leveling blocks and wheel chocks together?
Yes! Even though leveling blocks are not technically wheel chocks, it’s okay to use them together.
Leveling blocks add an extra layer of safety when placed underneath the frame inside your RV.
Other devices such as tie-downs and stabilizers help while also preventing excessive movement due to wind or a shifting surface.
Many people think that having enough ballast weight in their trailer is all they need, but this isn’t true – even if your vehicle doesn’t shift on its own, there still may be strong gusts of wind present, which could cause it to roll away unexpectedly.
Use both types of equipment together for optimal results!
As you can see, there are many different types of wheel chocks available to the general public. Therefore, I advise that you do your research and pick the device that will work best for your specific situation