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Old 11-01-2011, 11:05 AM   #1
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Are those plastic wheel chocks any good?

I have been looking at wheel chocks and wonder about your opinions on those plastic ones you see for sale. Are they OK, or worthless?

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Old 11-01-2011, 11:10 AM   #2
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I, personally, would get the hard rubber ones..
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:11 AM   #3
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Good enough for my ATV trailer. Not on my fifth wheel. Even with locking chocks I sometimes get about a inch of travel when I unhook.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:28 AM   #4
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I'm sure you want to hear from a plastic chock owner---but here is my 2 cents.

I don't have chocks--so take this with a grain--of plastic. You no doubt get what you pay for---plastic or not. Like a lot of things some plastic ones may be very cheap others excellent; same with other materials.

I don't think we are talking plastic in the plastic toy sense. The plastic is an amalgamation of differing materials, light weight and very sturdy as are many of the things we buy today. Kevlar could be called plastic for instance but is extremely strong and light---stops bullets when properly designed into a vest.

I have what one might call plastic blocks to place under tires or levelers if I coose or need too. If I stack them as directed the stuff seems indestructable in normal use.

Chocks have lateral stresses but the plastic ones I have seen give the impression of being designed to do the job. How are the ones you look at moulded, designed, composition?

Personally I would not hesitate to buy plastic looking chocks provided I read the material to see their make up----I would not automatically favor metal or steel over plastic until I examined how they were made.

I prefer the light weight, resistence to rust etc; of plastic and have learned it is tough stuff when formulated and designed well for the job.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:43 AM   #5
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I have the yellow plastic wheel chocks. They work well for the intended purpose. I have forgotten they were there a couple of times in the past and pulled the trailer over them. The trailer did a good job breaking them.... I would not count on them to hold the trailer on a steep incline, but for any campsite you are likely to be in, they work fine.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:46 AM   #6
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Harbor Freight has some nice rubber ones. I've got 2, they are the best I have ever found. $7.99 eaSolid Rubber Wheel Chock
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There are several varieties of "plastic" wheel chocks. I have them all the way from light duty on up. I've used them for over 15 years with no problems, but I don't ask too much of them. In other words, if I back over one at 10 MPH, the tire is going to go over it and crush it, regardless of how sturdily it might be constructed.

If, on the other hand, I position the RV and then chock the wheels securely, they work just fine for my purposes.

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Old 11-01-2011, 02:24 PM   #8
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I started with the plastic ones on my motorhome because I already had them. Forgot to remove them one time and crushed them like a bug. Didn't even feel them go crunch.

The solid rubber ones from Harbor Freight are bigger and won't collapse.
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:35 PM   #9
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I have the yellow plastic ones for my motorhome, use them as a back up to setting the parking brake. I block both sides of the rear wheels. I've never had them move on me and they serve as the final backup.
I did back over one and as stated above it smashed it like a bug!
I keep them onboard because the yare light and don't take up much space.
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I started with the plastic ones and forgot to remove one-- when I started to pull forward the truck didn't even grunt and the chauk exploded into a pile of plastic pieces. I'd say you could have my remaining 3 but they are not worth the price to ship them.
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:15 PM   #11
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Had a set of the yellow plastic ones and they work just fine.
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I, personally, would get the hard rubber ones..


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Old 11-01-2011, 06:54 PM   #13
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I have a set of four like new ones if you need some.
Just pay for shipping and they are yours.
How do you like that deal?
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Harbor Freight has some nice rubber ones. I've got 2, they are the best I have ever found. $7.99 eaSolid Rubber Wheel Chock

This. HF ones work really well. So good we use them to play tricks on overnight guests who try to back out of our driveway. We offer them "transmission insurance" before they leave... some how they always ask if they can still purchase it after the first attempt to back out.
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