How To Make Wheel Chocks For RVs: A DIY Guide
Admittedly, there are many reliable RV wheel chocks available in the market. You are probably thinking about buying these wheel chocks, but, what’s the labor of fun in that. Not to mention the costs it could take to buy a wheel chock, let's say $100 upwards. How about making a functional RV wheel chocks by yourself for half of the regular price? Plus, you can also keep yourself motivated to do something useful and tell your friends about how to make wheel chocks for RV. That's value.
What is a Wheel Chock
Wheel chocks are an important auxiliary to stabilize dual axle RVs. Two sets of wheel chocks are required to lock and balance both wheels of the RV. Physically, they are used to wedge against both sides of tires to prevent it from moving. Wheel chocks are also suitable for trucks, aircraft, and trailers. However, this article will focus on how to make wheel chocks for RV.
You can find the vehicle’s parking brake in the rear wheels, which tends the car to move forward, thus prone to potential accidents. It is also essential to impose chocks when the rear wheels are elevated using a jack. There are many different wheel chock designs like a simple wedge shape that is made of compact metal, solid wood, or rubber.
Wheel chocks only need a simple design to work effectively, and this guide will explain how to make wheel chocks for RV that is done efficiently and safely.
Things you need to make a wheel chocks
Here are the following tools you need first before making wheel chocks
- Drill with a bit (choose a size that fits the rod of your choice)
- Tape measure
- Hacksaw to cut the lengths of the rod
- Table saw for cutting 4”x4” wood
- Grinder or file to remove sharp ends or burrs after cutting down the rod
Additional parts needed
- 8 stainless steel nuts
- 6 large flat washers
- 6 lock washers
- 1 tube Loctite
- 2 pieces of ½” or 5/8” threaded rods
- 1 pressure treated 4”x4” wood
How to make wheel chock for RV
Start with a solid 4”x4” treated wood, approximately 12 inches long. You can generally find this size of wood from scrap yards without visiting a store. A wedge that has a 45-degree angle should work fine with a standard 15 inches tire. Mark an angle from your tire using a piece of chalk and record this measurement onto the wood.
- Choose a height, target the wheels of your RV on a degree that you want to place the bottom of the chock by using a level.
- Using a white chalk, measure and mark the distance between the two tires.
- Above the first mark, you should make a second mark using a tape measure.
- Make an equal distance to the width of the 4”x 4” wood you are using. The length you marked should determine the range for the top side of the chock. Cut the angle line that you’ve marked using a handsaw, and then you shall have a wedge-shaped arc chock.
- Once you’ve finished cutting down the first chock, check the angle to ensure that you have a quite similar fitting by placing the chock between the tires.
- To get the best possible result, match the closest contact between the block and the tire.
- Make three more chocks if you’re satisfied with the fitting of your first chock.
- By turning the first chock you cut and connecting the angled end of the wood piece, you will get the idea of cutting the next three similarly.
Additionally, you can staple a considerable length of a rope into the back of the chock for an easy pull, or attach a piece of string by screwing a small loop at the end of each line into the side of the chock. You can use a staple gun to attach the rope at the end of each metal loop.
Benefits of having a wheel chocks
It is worth considering the durability and frequency of use when determining if the wood is the right material.
A heavy-duty rubber or metal wheel chock is best suited if you expect to use the chocks regularly at different weather conditions and with a variety of vehicles.
Here are some benefits of having wheel chocks:
- Prevents slippage – wheel chocks are extremely handy because it doesn’t allow the vehicles to slide down the road. There are many times where cars experienced collisions as the tires failed or blocked the brakes.
- Weatherproof – wheel chocks are resistant to scratches and often weatherproof due to the material used in making wheel chocks.
- Loading and Unloading – wheel chocks are extremely easy to use. While loading and unloading the goods, the rear tires cover the changes in weight, resulting in a sudden movement where you should also put the device therein.
Now, you are equipped with knowledge as to what types of wheels you can use by following the steps on how to make wheel chocks for RVs to protect your vehicle from accidental motions. Practically, you made use of your household tools without spending much money just by making chocks.
Why spend your hard-earned money to buy a pair of chocks when you can build a couple of ready to use wheel chocks with a bit of enthusiasm and materials you can find at home! Always make sure that your safety is your top priority so that your DIY chocks will prevent the risk of damage to your RV.