The good news is that you can easily tell when your plastic chocks need to be replaced. Expiration dates are imprinted directly on the chocks by the manufacturer. You may see a date along with information such as “expires on” or “replace after.” If your plastic chocks have been sitting around for years, it’s time to replace them.
You should also make sure your chocks are in good condition regularly, in addition to keeping an eye on the date. Look for signs of deterioration, such as hairline cracks and chalking.
There is nothing wrong with exercising caution when it comes to plastic wheel chocks. They are inexpensive and easy to replace.
PLASTIC VS. RUBBER. VS. ALUMINUM CHOCKS – WHICH LASTS LONGER?
PLASTIC RV CHOCKS
Typically, plastic chocks are used. Cheaper and readily available chocks are typically the best option, but they may not always be the best choice. The size and weight of plastic chocks are limited. RVers who are driving a big rig should consult the instructions provided by the manufacturer before using them. Plastic chocks are said to last about four years according to some manufacturers.
For RVs such as fifth wheels, rubber chocks are also available. Wheel size restrictions are generally less restrictive with these.
A rubber chock is made from heavy-duty rubber and is known for its:
- A more durable material
- Having a better grip
- Compared to plastic, they last longer
ALUMINUM TIRE CHOCKS
A final type of chock is aluminum, which is commonly found on fire trucks and semi-trucks. In spite of extremely high pressure, they will maintain their shape. The best grip and longest life are potentially the biggest advantages of these tires for RVs, even though they may be overkill for most RVs.
Advice: Consult with manufacturer
You should follow the manufacturer’s instructions no matter which wheel chocks you choose for your rig. Wheel chocks must meet size and weight regulations as well as expiration dates. Keep a close eye on yourself, your family, and the people around you to ensure your safety.