The good news is that you can determine with relative ease whether your plastic chocks need replacement. Manufacturers affix expiration dates right on the chocolates. A date could be included together with information like “expires on” or “replace after.” It’s time to get new plastic chocks if your old ones have been gathering dust for a while. In addition to periodically checking the date, you should also make sure your chocks are in excellent shape. To spot degradation, look for chalking and hairline fractures.
When it comes to plastic wheel chocks, there is nothing wrong with being careful. They are cheap and simple to change.
PLASTIC VS. RUBBER. VS. ALUMINUM CHOCKS – WHICH LASTS LONGER?
PETROLEUM RV CHOCKS
Plastic chocks are most often used. The better option is usually one that is less expensive and more easily accessible, however this is not always the case. Plastic chocks can only be a certain size and weight. Big rig drivers who are RVers should read the manufacturer’s instructions before utilising them. According to certain manufacturers, plastic cuffs have a four-year lifespan.
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: ALWAYS CONTACT THE 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.