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Old 04-03-2014, 02:30 AM   #1
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Which Wheel Chocks

I was wondering which wheel chocks everyone uses or prefers. My cheap plastic Camco chocks from WallyWorld have about given up the ghost and before buying new ones I thought I'd see what everyone uses or recommends and how many do you use. In the past I have always chocked all 4 wheels. Tim
 
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:36 AM   #2
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I used pieces of treated 4x4's with my 2008 3400RL prior to buying the larger yellow plastic ones. Even with the new Monte I still use those.
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:48 AM   #3
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I've used RotoChoks for the last 14 years on three different rigs and like their stability. A bit pricey but they do the job.
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Old 04-03-2014, 04:03 AM   #4
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After 7 years I am still using the cheap orange plastic chocks I bought at the RV dealer. Don't remember the brand. I only chock one wheel on each side. Never a problem. I have thought about buying some better ones, but haven't seen a reason to yet.
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Old 04-03-2014, 04:05 AM   #5
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I carry a length of 4x4 angled on both ends to fit perfectly centered between two wheels, plus one heavy duty black rubber chock for the opposite side.
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Old 04-03-2014, 04:35 AM   #6
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I have a couple of heavy rubber ones that have a handle on them that fell off my Verizon truck just before I retired lol lol lol they work great especially on pavement. Also use the Bal chocks but they are more for stabilizing the rig.
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Old 04-03-2014, 04:49 AM   #7
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Heavy rubber one here as well. Harbor Freight special! Only use one pair, usually behind one of the front tires and in front of the one behind it. Previously used Bal-Choks but they are a no-no with the new Level Up system.
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Old 04-03-2014, 04:54 AM   #8
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I used the scissor type between the tires. I forgot them one time and they let go. So I will say under forceful conditions they did not hold.

I now use the rubber wedge between the tires with one on each side.
I got mine at Tractor Supply.
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Old 04-03-2014, 05:10 AM   #9
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We used a good set of X chocks until we went to Level-up. Now we use the cheap plastic ones.
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Old 04-03-2014, 05:19 AM   #10
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On my 3400RL, I used four treated 4 X 4s. When parked for more than a day or two, I also used the scissor type between the wheels.
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Heavy rubber one here as well. Harbor Freight special! Only use one pair, usually behind one of the front tires and in front of the one behind it. Previously used Bal-Choks but they are a no-no with the new Level Up system.
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Ok Bingo: We are about to be new 2015 Montana owners WITH the Level Up system. What is the reason behind Bal-Choks, or I presume other x chocks, being a no no with level up? For some reason I just don't get that!!!
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Old 04-03-2014, 06:46 AM   #12
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From previous forum reports, when the bal-choks are tightened between the tire surfaces, and the load is lifted off of the tires (could be fully lifted depending on the levelness of the site), the chocks will spread the tires and possibly slip. The wrong thing to do then is to readjust the chocks. When the rig is then let down off of the Level Ups, damage can occur to the chocks or worst case to the tires or possibly even affect the suspension. Someone can hopefully explain it a little clearer, but that is my take on it.
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Old 04-03-2014, 07:30 AM   #13
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Thanks to everyone for the suggestions! I just recently purchased a pair of the X Chocks so looks like I will be paying the local Tractor Supply Store a visit for some new rubber chocks. I just don't feel that the cheap plastic yellow chocks are heavy duty enough for the weight of the Monty. Worked well with my previous campers buit they were considerably lighter than the 3400. Tim
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I had the X chocks and when I upgraded to the Level Up I found they no longer were effective. Enough weight can come off the wheels that the chocks move the tires. Then when the Level Up is retracted after hooking up, they become jammed.

I next tried the yellow plastic chocks and found they are pretty light weight and tended to slide on concrete surfaces. Bingo put me on to HF's rubber chocks. Those do the trick. I put a pair around one wheel on each side.
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But with 6 points on the ground do you really need x-chocks. The only time I can see when you need a chock is to block the wheels till you get it leveled.
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:03 AM   #16
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Here are the chocks that Carl is referring to that we use:

Harbor Freight Wheel Chock

They weigh a little less than five pounds apiece. The ones H. John showed are available at HF as well, but they weigh around eight pounds. As always a personal choice, but now at least you have some alternatives.
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But with 6 points on the ground do you really need x-chocks. The only time I can see when you need a chock is to block the wheels till you get it leveled.
To prevent hijacking this post I have posted this one about extreme side to side leveling. The jist is I raise the rear jacks before hooking up when on extreme slops. This puts more of a possibility of the trailer moving and therefore I always chock for safety.
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:31 AM   #18
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Black chocks here, the way the wind blows around here, if the yellow ones get loose, they WILL blow away
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RotoChoks...don't leave home without them.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:28 AM   #20
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Here are the chocks that Carl is referring to that we use:

Harbor Freight Wheel Chock

They weigh a little less than five pounds apiece. The ones H. John showed are available at HF as well, but they weigh around eight pounds. As always a personal choice, but now at least you have some alternatives.
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Bingo thanks for the link, they do look a lot lighter than the other rubber ones and look like they might fit the contour of the tire a little better. There is a Harbor Freight within 30min from me so will pay a visit and check them out. Also I can vouch for the yellow plastic ones blowing away. With previous sob 5er I had Dea put the chocks in the truck bed instead of in the belly storage where they belong (I was to lazy to walk back to the camper to properly store them). We were traveling with 2 other campers and when we reached our destination one friend said "someone lost a set of chocks on I71". Not 5 minutes later the other friend said "some poor S.O.B. lost his chocks on I65 and I almost ran over them". When I looked in the truck bed I realized that I was that poor S.O.B.! Needless to say I don't carry anything light weight in the bed anymore while towing.
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