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Buying guide: The best ramp wedges – so that nothing goes wrong

Do I need ramp wedges for my motorhome, caravan or van? At the latest when the water in the shower doesn’t drain or half the household rolls onto one side of your vehicle, you’ll have the answer: yes! In this buying guide, I explain to you what is important when choosing the right ramp wedges for camping and which are our clear favourites.

The most important at a glance

  • Chocks are designed to keep your caravan, motorhome or van level.
  • Most pitches are uneven, so without chocks your vehicle would be at an angle. This can prevent water from draining, make it uncomfortable to sleep on, or throw a spanner in the works when you’re cooking.
  • Levelling with the help of the ramp wedges is also called levelling.
  • They can be used on both the front and rear wheels of a motorhome.
  • There are different types of levelling wedges. These include: Skew wedges, step wedges, round wedges and inflatable wedges.
  • The size and weight play an important role, especially for small vehicles, because the wedges have to be stowed away.
  • The manufacturer’s recommended maximum weight should not be exceeded, otherwise the ramp wedges could break.
  • You can take a second person to help you drive up and level.
  • A spirit level should definitely be part of your equipment.
  • Caravan supports and wheel chocks are not an alternative to ramps. However, they are practical additions.

We have compared these ramp wedges

Thule 307617 Auffahrkeil 2er-Set
AG Automotive Stufenkeile Auffahrkeile Ausgleichskeile Wohnmobil Wohnwagen Womo Level Up Rampe Caravan Camping grau
Fiamma Auffahrkeil Level Up Premium inkl. Tasche
Milenco Auffahrkeil Quattro Level 2er Set
Fiamma 97901-015 Auffahrkeil Level System Magnum
Größe
56 x 20 x 15 cm
57 x 20 x 13 cm
83 x 20 x 31 cm
80 x 24 x 21 cm
50 x 20 x 9 cm
Gewicht (gesamt)
3,7 kg
2,9 kg
3,7 kg
7,6 kg
2,6 kg
Empfohlenes Maximalgewicht (pro Achse)
5 Tonnen
5 Tonnen
5 Tonnen
1,5 Tonnen
8 Tonnen
Wohnwagen geeignet
Wohnmobil geeignet
Bus / Van geeignet
Anzahl der Stufen
3
3
3
4
1
Besonderheiten / Extras
Ausgleichs-Höhen: 4,4 cm, 7,8 cm, 11,2 cm, Befestigungsmöglichkeiten für Heringe o.ä.
UV-beständig, Befestigungsmöglichkeiten für Heringe o.ä.
Ausgleichs-Höhen: 7 cm, 13 cm, 17 cm, Befestigungsmöglichkeiten für Heringe o.ä.
Ausgleichs-Höhen: 4 cm, 8 cm, 12cm, 18 cm
Stapelsystem mit selbstblockierender Einrastung, UV-beständig
Unsere Empfehlung
Thule 307617 Auffahrkeil 2er-Set
Größe
56 x 20 x 15 cm
Gewicht (gesamt)
3,7 kg
Empfohlenes Maximalgewicht (pro Achse)
5 Tonnen
Wohnwagen geeignet
Wohnmobil geeignet
Bus / Van geeignet
Anzahl der Stufen
3
Besonderheiten / Extras
Ausgleichs-Höhen: 4,4 cm, 7,8 cm, 11,2 cm, Befestigungsmöglichkeiten für Heringe o.ä.
Preis-Sieger
AG Automotive Stufenkeile Auffahrkeile Ausgleichskeile Wohnmobil Wohnwagen Womo Level Up Rampe Caravan Camping grau
Größe
57 x 20 x 13 cm
Gewicht (gesamt)
2,9 kg
Empfohlenes Maximalgewicht (pro Achse)
5 Tonnen
Wohnwagen geeignet
Wohnmobil geeignet
Bus / Van geeignet
Anzahl der Stufen
3
Besonderheiten / Extras
UV-beständig, Befestigungsmöglichkeiten für Heringe o.ä.
Allround-Paket
Fiamma Auffahrkeil Level Up Premium inkl. Tasche
Größe
83 x 20 x 31 cm
Gewicht (gesamt)
3,7 kg
Empfohlenes Maximalgewicht (pro Achse)
5 Tonnen
Wohnwagen geeignet
Wohnmobil geeignet
Bus / Van geeignet
Anzahl der Stufen
3
Besonderheiten / Extras
Ausgleichs-Höhen: 7 cm, 13 cm, 17 cm, Befestigungsmöglichkeiten für Heringe o.ä.
Stufen-Gewinner
Milenco Auffahrkeil Quattro Level 2er Set
Größe
80 x 24 x 21 cm
Gewicht (gesamt)
7,6 kg
Empfohlenes Maximalgewicht (pro Achse)
1,5 Tonnen
Wohnwagen geeignet
Wohnmobil geeignet
Bus / Van geeignet
Anzahl der Stufen
4
Besonderheiten / Extras
Ausgleichs-Höhen: 4 cm, 8 cm, 12cm, 18 cm
Stapel-Favorit
Fiamma 97901-015 Auffahrkeil Level System Magnum
Größe
50 x 20 x 9 cm
Gewicht (gesamt)
2,6 kg
Empfohlenes Maximalgewicht (pro Achse)
8 Tonnen
Wohnwagen geeignet
Wohnmobil geeignet
Bus / Van geeignet
Anzahl der Stufen
1
Besonderheiten / Extras
Stapelsystem mit selbstblockierender Einrastung, UV-beständig

If you are travelling with a camper for the first time, or even for the hundredth time, there is a long list of things that you should definitely have with you. One of them is your set of 2 ramp wedges. Especially if you’re going to be changing locations frequently, you shouldn’t be without this aid. Let’s take a closer look at the whole thing.

Ramp – what is that anyway?

Very rarely are camping pitches perfectly level, straight and without slopes. If you find such a place, you can consider yourself very lucky. But since this is unfortunately not very often the case, drive-on wedges come into play. They ensure that your caravan, motorhome or VW bus can be placed in a horizontal position. In technical jargon, this is called levelling, aligning or levelling the motorhome. Some vehicles are generally not in a horizontal position and need to be levelled as soon as they are stationary for a longer period of time.

By the way, you can also find drive-up wedges under the term levelling wedges or drive-up ramps. As the name suggests, the ramp wedge is wedge-shaped. Depending on the inclination and individual position, levelling wedges are attached to the front or rear wheels. If your vehicle is leaning to the left or to the right, you can of course also attach a levelling wedge to the front wheel and one to the rear wheel.

Good reasons for ramp wedges

Most campers can no longer imagine life without ramps. They bring the caravan, motorhome or van into a horizontal position. On many vehicles with a shower, the drain valve is on one side. If your vehicle is tilted to the other side, the water won’t run off and the shower tray will quickly fill up. The same applies to washbasins, of course. Here, too, water can back up if your motorhome is on a slant. A horizontal position is also quite practical when cooking and frying, so that the fat is not only on one side of the pan. Not to mention that loose objects roll onto the lower side. Even if you don’t have a shower, sink or cooker in your bus or motorhome, you will become aware of the tilted position at the latest when you or you spend the night against the wall, or your head is lower than your legs. This list could be extended forever, but we’ll leave it alone for now.

These types of ramps are available

As we now know, ramp wedges are really practical and get your camper’s life back on track. But there are certain differences here too. Let’s take a closer look at the different versions.

Skew wedges

Let’s start with the inclined wedges, which are almost reminiscent of a doorstop in terms of their shape, except that they are much larger. A big advantage of this variant is that it has no steps and you can drive on it exactly as far as the spirit level indicates the ideal position. On the other hand, with sloping wedges you have to apply the handbrake or leave a gear engaged so that the caravan or motorhome can hold its position. Most models have a width of about 16 to 18 cm, are between 42 and 46 cm long and have a maximum levelling height of 7 to 12 cm. If you have a large motorhome, you can also choose the XXL version. This is usually around 20 cm wide, 50 cm long and 8 to 13 cm high.

Step wedges

Also very popular are the so-called step wedges. As the name suggests, these consist of several steps. Depending on the model, there are usually between two and four steps. Some of the steps are slightly cupped so that the tyre lies in the trough and you don’t have to apply the handbrake. The big advantage is that you usually feel a jolt when your vehicle has reached a step. This means that you run less risk of driving over the wedge. A step wedge is usually between 17 and 24 cm wide. This varies depending on the model. Variants with recesses or pockets are often slightly wider than flat step wedges. The same applies to the length, which is between 50 and 80 cm, and the maximum compensation height, which is between 12 and 20 cm.

Round wedges

One of the innovations on the market is the round wedge. The round wedge has a round shape, with one side significantly thicker than the other. You virtually drive into this shell, which slowly lifts the wheel off the ground. However, it takes a bit of dexterity to ride on it or you need someone to tell you that you have already reached the highest point. Since there are no steps on the round wedge, it is not so easy to estimate how far you can still ride on it.

Inflatable wedges

Lastly, I’ll briefly introduce you to the inflatable wedges. These are particularly practical and easy to use. They are placed under the tyre before they are inflated or you simply drive onto them. Now the cushion is levelled out using a hand/foot pump or a mini compressor. This variant is very space-saving, but you have to pay more for it.

Size and weight – you should pay attention to this

Not every ramp wedge is suitable for every bus, caravan or motorhome. It is important that you know the maximum weight of your vehicle. Depending on the product and manufacturer, the maximum weight is given in tonnes per axle. Since a wheel chock has to withstand a lot and you may drive over it at the beginning, you should always adhere to the manufacturer’s specifications. Otherwise, cracks or broken parts can quickly occur.

Another important aspect is the size and weight of the ramp wedges. The smaller the caravan or van, the less storage space you have. You will probably also want to save on weight. However, it is important that you do not ignore the maximum permissible weight. A cheap and light model may be practical at first glance, but if it can’t withstand your motorhome, you won’t enjoy it for long.

Application: Positioning the ramp wedges correctly

Admittedly, placing the tyres on the ramps is not that easy the first time. If you are travelling with two or more people, there is no reason why you shouldn’t get some help. To ensure that your vehicle is really level, you can place a spirit level on the floor of your camping vehicle, which your helper should keep an eye on. Now drive carefully in first gear onto the ramp wedges, which you must of course position appropriately beforehand. As most models have different steps, you can check step by step whether the levelling has already taken place or whether you still have to drive a little further. If you have a caravan, you can either pull the car onto the wedges with the car or use the mover.

Caravan supports instead of ramps – what are the dangers?

Of course, there are also opponents who consider the use of ramps to be completely unnecessary. They then align their caravan using the caravan supports. However, if the vehicle is in a real inclined position or on a very uneven surface, the horizontal position is literally forced via the supports. These are under extreme stress for the duration of the camping holiday. In the worst case, the frame can warp and leak. By the way, the same applies to additional caravan support stands. These help you jack up the caravan for changing tyres or similar, but cannot replace the function of the levelling wedges.

Wheel chocks and/or ramp chocks – what is the difference?

You may have come across the subject of wheel chocks in your research. These are very practical, but should not be confused with wheel chocks. Chocks can in no way replace the function of wheel chocks. They are rather a useful addition.

Wheel chocks are there to keep your vehicle from rolling away. The chocks are much smaller, but you usually have to drive on them.

DIY: Build your own ramp wedges

If you are particularly talented and know your way around, you can of course build wedges for motorhomes yourself. The choice of material plays a particularly important role here, as it has to withstand a lot of weight. However, you should only take on this project if you are really sure about it. The best thing to do is to check the Internet for suitable instructions.

These are the features you should look for when buying

Have you made up your mind and want to buy a pair of ramp wedges for your next camping trip? Then you are spoilt for choice, because the range of wedges is quite large. Well-known manufacturers from Froli to Thule and Milenco to Fiamma offer a wide range of wedges. You can find out which model suits your requirements on the basis of various features and information.

Art

First of all, you should decide on a type of ramp wedge. If you want a simple version, you can choose between step wedges and slanted wedges. Round wedges are a modern method. Inflatable ramp wedges are particularly easy to use and are new on the market. They are easy to use, but a little more expensive.

Material

Most chocks are made of very robust plastic, as they want to withstand a lot of weight. If you come across a metal model, it is more likely to be a wheel chock designed to keep your caravan, motorhome or VW bus from rolling away.

Size and weight

Depending on whether you are travelling with a small van, a caravan or a spacious motorhome, you will have different amounts of space available. It is therefore important to measure in advance how big the ramp wedges can be so that you can still stow them easily. The weight should also not be underestimated. The smaller your vehicle, the lighter it often is. This means that a smaller version is probably also an option. As a rule, you can choose between different sizes from mini to XXL and thus find the right part for your vehicle.

Maximum weight

By this we mean the manufacturer’s recommended maximum weight. To ensure that your motorhome is really safe and secure, you should always adhere to these specifications. If your vehicle is significantly heavier, the ramp wedges can no longer withstand the weight and may break.

Accessories

The right accessories for your ramp wedges should not be underestimated. A spirit level is particularly recommended to help you determine exactly when your caravan, motorhome or bus is level. A suitable transport bag is also practical. This makes it easier to carry the wedges and you don’t have to drag the dirt and mud inside with you when you stow them away.

 

Frequently asked questions

Why drive-on wedges for motorhomes?

With ramps, you can align your motorhome, caravan or bus if it is not completely horizontal. If your vehicle is not level, water, for example, cannot run off and objects roll onto the lower side.

How are ramp wedges used?

Drive-up wedges are placed in front of the tyres. Then drive slowly in first gear onto the wedges. Another person can use the spirit level to check when the vehicle is level.

How long are motorhome ramps?

There is no standard size for the length of ramps. This varies depending on the manufacturer and model. Most models have a length between 50 and 60 cm.

How do I find suitable motorhome ramp wedges?

Which model suits your motorhome or caravan depends on various factors. The size, the weight, the recommended maximum weight and the material play an important role.

 

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