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Choosing the Right Wheel Chocks

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Choosing the Right Wheel Chocks


What's up everybody, it's AJ with etrailer.com. Today we're gonna be checking out various wheel chocks. So there's a bunch of 'em on the website and each one has its benefits to use with specific trailers or specific situations. It can get a little confusing. So we're gonna go down the line here. Some of the ones we pulled today and kind of just show you which ones work best with what trailer.

The main point of a wheel chock is gonna be to put something behind your tire, to either keep your travel trailer, your boat trailer, your regular trailer from moving on you when it's parked in it's spot. So a lot of people use rocks or blocks of wood, which those work temporarily but they're not good in the long term. So those rocks can break up and fail on you. The blocks of wood can absorb a bunch of moisture and deteriorate, and that's just not gonna be good if that actually goes out when you're not around, your trailer's gonna move. So all these here are good for putting behind your tire.

And they're gonna last a lot longer just because they're made out of better materials. Let's check 'em out. We're gonna start things off with the standard wheel chocks. You've probably seen this style or this design on behind a trailer, a boat trailer, even a vehicle. If something goes wrong, you might need that.

These are the ones that are most common. You see, they go right behind the tire. We have the normal one, like you've seen around or this one's slightly more aggressive and more for off-roading. So again, if something goes wrong, you're off-road. This one's gonna dig in there.

Let's check 'em out. It's gonna be the normal wheel chocks that we're used to here at etrailer. This is actually the etrailer version of the wheel chock. So this is gonna go right behind the tire like you can see on our hike trailer here and it's got grips on the bottom to help whatever terrain you're in, help it get grip to stop that tire. Keep our teardrop camper from coming back. And it's also gonna grip here on the top side. So the tire, when it lays on there has something to grip onto. You got a handle on the backside that makes it easier to remove from the trailer. That way it's not just a solid block you have to kind of find somewhere to grab your hands. It's easy to grab onto this. Plenty big too to get a good grip on it, to pull it out. And then you got the hole here in the center which if you wanted to run a rope through there to make it even easier and put a handle on it and pull it out that way too. We also have one that's made out of carbon steel. So this is gonna be far more aggressive. You see the serrated edges all around. So this one to me just says off-road. So I think it's gonna help you out when you're on that uneven terrain, maybe gravel, mud or even when it's raining, This is gonna dig in and hold better in that ground, on your off-road either your vehicle or your trailer, you know, You saw that those rubber ones we did earlier. those probably would slip around and stuff in the mud or the rain. This one's gonna grab in there much better. Plus has an outside handle that makes it easy to grab and pick back up. Now let's take a look at the more heavy duty option. Now these are gonna be more for dually tires, those heavy duty trailers that need a little bit more to keep that trailer from moving anywhere. And these big wheel chocks are gonna go on the front and the back of bigger tires whether there's a semi-truck. Here you still use it on your trailer, maybe some construction equipment. That's gonna be big enough to go on these dually tires here. So not only it goes from the front of the first tire but back of the second tire. And you also have a five foot chain on here to get these big rubber blocks out of the way. So they're really gonna help you out when you're working on these bigger, heavier duty options. But if you wanna use 'em on your rig too, they're gonna keep that tire in check as well. The next one we're gonna look at is gonna be the ONEstep. So this one does kind of a friction fit style. If you want more than just a regular wheel chock that sets behind your tire, you want something that gives you more of a mechanical advantage. You have this. So what this does is it wedges between the tandem-axle of the trailer, pushing on those tires and giving you stability that way. So it doesn't just rest behind the tire. It's pushing on the tire and wedging the actual wedge itself underneath the tires to keep that stability. So this is nice. I like it, because maybe you have an enclosed trailer like this you got it parked, and you're gonna be working on it. You wanna get in inside and out of it, loading stuff or unloading stuff. You want a little bit of stability. The wheel chocks, you know it's still gonna go back and forth on you. This is gonna get rid of that movement with it in there. So you can freely work on this without it attached to a truck. Make sure you measure the space in between your tires. The ONEstep's gonna work with a spacing of 16 all the way up to 24 inches of spacing your tire there. Another thing I really like is the steel cable that's on here. So it's really easy to remove. You don't have to worry about getting down there and using your hand, you just grab the steel cable, lift up and they're outta the way. Now we're gonna look at these options from Stromberg Carlson. They can actually be used together. So that's pretty interesting to help out with the various different things. So you can use it as just a standard wheel chock. You can use this to help level it. And while it's being leveled, you can put this between the two tires, spread that out and take out that front and back loop. So Stromberg Carlson has these wheel trucks slash levelers. So we gotta pull up there right now to level out our rig. And you can also see down here, it also works as a chock. So you can use that by itself as well. Maybe you don't need to pull this up and level it. Maybe you just need to chock the wheel. You can just use this portion to jam underneath the wheel and that way it's chocked. Now we also have the T chock right here in the center and that's gonna help out whether you use it with this setup or by itself. So that pushes out on the tires and gets rid of some of that forward to back movement there. So when you have this leveled out with this on there and you walk around the inside, you won't have that shifting as much back and forth. This is gonna push out on those tires and kind of just keep everything in place. One last thing with these is make sure you measure the distance between your tires before you order your T chock. There is different brands out there. They have different sizes. The specific one from Stromberg Carlson is gonna work with two inches of space all the way up to 17 inches of space in between the tires. Another style of wheel chock that we have at etrailer.com is gonna be the flat stoppers from race ramps. Now, this is more for our track cars or show cars, any car that's low to the ground that might just need a little bit more space. So you can pull up on all four of these ramps that gives you a little bit more at the bottom so that you can work under there if you need to, or just to get a jack under there to get the tires off, to switch those out. But another thing this is good for is for storage. So if you're leaving it parked for a while, you can park on these flat stoppers and that's gonna prevent any flat spots in the tires for it sitting down for a long time in the same thing with dry rock points, it's gonna keep those away as well. Now something a little specific would be a motorcycle wheel chock. We're inside this enclosed trailer and we actually mounted this here in place. You can see, we have tracks for tying down bigger ATVs or vehicles like that but that's not gonna work with our motorcycle. So we got the motorcycle wheel chock here that's specifically made for that. Drill three holes into the bottom of your enclosed trailer and attaches that way. But the cool thing about that is it's made to be removable. So you got these inserts that go in, you run those bolts down and then the keyhole designs, while you strip this out and remove it when you don't need it. So you don't have to sacrifice pulling in something bigger. If you wanna mount this, it's not a permanent mount. It can be removed whenever you don't need it. Now we've looked at the different styles that we have at etrailer.com, whether you just wanna get a vehicle or a trailer up off the ground and try and protect that trailer from flat spots or dry rocks or if you have a motorcycle that you wanted to store, you've got the chock for that. If you wanted a heavy duty option for dually tires here or if you wanted some kind of stabilization system and leveler for your rig, that also helps you out with chocking those wheels or just the standard wheel chocks is all you we're looking at and saw what we had to offer. Hopefully I gave you enough information to help you pick, decide which one's gonna work best for you. I think that does it though. Thanks for hanging out and hope this helps..