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Old 02-19-2014, 06:15 PM   #1
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Question Wheel Chocks with an Expiration Date?

I bought a pair of the below Camco wheel chocks many years ago. I donít use them very often, only when I have an extremely unlevel campsite, and my rear wheels are barely touching the ground. While cleaning some mud off of them after my last trip, I noticed that they have an expiration date, one that past several years ago. I didnít realize these things ďexpireĒ like old bread. Just wondering if the plastic becomes brittle over time or if itís a liability thing on the part of the manufacturer...



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Old 02-19-2014, 06:23 PM   #2
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Most likely a CYA thing for the MFGR.
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No longer fit to eat..
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:19 PM   #4
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Plastic becomes brittle slowly over time, especially when exposed to sunlight. That's only my EWAG though.
I carry an aluminum wheel chock designed and used for semi's, it's large- and dependable.
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I emailed Camco and received the below reply:

Thank you for your email. Our chocks have an expiration date due to the UV inhibitors they contain. We are required to put a date on them during the manufacture process. However, if they are stored in a dry environment and out of constant sunlight they will last much longer than the date on the chock.

As suggested, it is a CYA issue due to potential sunlight exposure. Mine are rarely used and are always stored in a closed compartment, so I feel safe using them indefinitely.

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so I feel safe using them indefinitely.

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Craig, always check the plastic for chalking, on the surface, exposure to cold ,can be just as damaging as sunlight to plastics.
I had a plastic chock crumble under load after 3 winters of use in storage.
I now have chocks made of rubber, 6 times as heavy, no BBD.
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Skip426,

Thanks for the warning. Living in Southern Cal, we don't see much cold weather. If we do, I'm not camping in it, LOL!

The chocks look ok on the surface, no signs of deterioration. They're lucky if they see use more than once a year. I would like to eventually replace them with something like you have.

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I have (had) a set of lightweight portable ramps, and can definitely say that plastic degrades. Mine shattered, and weren't 2yrs old. Mind you they weren't meant to be left outside with a car on them...
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My inclination would be to replace them with something, but like you I don't think it is an emergency. Keep my eyes open and find something metal on sale, put it on a gift list etc; I'd get around to it, as a matter of fact I will I have the same ones. Thanks for asking the question.
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When my wheel chocks expire I will just cut a couple more just like them from whatever scrap lumber is laying around at the time. (-:
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