Of all the external accessories you can purchase for your caravan, perhaps the most important from a security point of view are caravan clamps
A general search using Google or your preferred search engine for caravan wheel clamps will give you thousands of results. Picking and sorting through the vast quantity of different types, brands and models may be something you just don’t have the time or motivation to do. Understandably so.
Fortunately, you don’t have to, as we will look at what we believe are some of the best caravan wheel clamps available at the moment. To help you understand a little bit more about them, we have also included some helpful information to the bottom of the page.
Best Caravan Wheel Clamps/Locks UK (Our Top 8 Picks)
1. Bargains-Galore Car Van Caravans Wheel Clamp Safety Lock
If you are looking for a reasonable quality, but low price option for caravan wheel lock, this particular product might be for you. It can be used on all manner of vehicles from cars and vans to caravans, motor-homes and even trailers.
Despite its price tag, this wheel clamp for caravan can be adjusted between 13 inch and 15 inch to fit most sizes of wheels. Constructed from stainless steel, it has a bright, security-style yellow lacquer coating.
2. Maypole Universal Wheel Clamp
The Maypole Universal Wheel Clamp for caravans is another very affordable and adjustable wheel clamp. though a little smaller than the one above, it can still be adjusted to fit wheels with widths between 6.5 and 8.5 inches . The solid steel construction is covered with a very soft PVC coating to protect the integrity of your wheels.
Thanks to its compact design, it can be stored away easily when not in use and comes with 2 keys.
3. Nemesis Ultra Caravan Wheel Clamp
The first product on our list is this Purpleline Nemesis ultra high-security caravan wheel clamp. Although more expensive than others, it does come with the Thatcham Quality Assured stamping and has been designed fully with caravans in mind.
Not only is it easy to fit, but it is also very easy to store away when not in use. This is probably one of the most secure ones available.
4. Milenco Compact Wheel Clamp
Another pricier wheel clamp, but one that is not as expensive as the above, is the Milenco Compact Wheel Clamp. For the price though, you do benefit from a device that can work with both alloy and steel wheels.
It is fully adjustable and will therefore fit all motor-home, caravan, van and car wheels that are 12 to 16 inches in size and tyres ranging between 145 to 225.
One of the striking things about this particular product, which is not necessarily a must when choosing it, is the fact that it is insurance approved. It has also been certified beyond the Solid Secure Gold standard and approved by SCM MP03, the highest level for caravan security in the world.
5. Goodyear Heavy Duty Car Wheel Clamp
Goodyear are one of the most popular and reputable tyre manufacturers in the world, so it makes sense that they should be a name you should consider when looking for a new a wheel clamp
Heavy duty and fully adjustable to fit just about any wheel size, whether you are looking to use it with a motorbike, caravan, motor-home, van or car. The soft coating on the jaws help to protect your alloys from damage and it comes with 2 keys.
Considering the brand and the fact that it is adjustable, the small price for these is unbelievable.
6. Stoplock HG 400-00 Steering Caravan Wheel Lock Wheel Clamp – Yellow
From Stoplock, comes the HG 400-00 wheel lock that will fit just about any wheel as long is it is between 13 and 15 inches, regardless of whether it is on a car, trailer, caravan, van or motor-home. The steel disc that sits in the centre adds an extra layer of protection for your wheel. The locking mechanism features multiple combinations and two keys, that will prove difficult for thieves to break into.
7. Maypole N9061 Universal Trailer Wheel Clamp
The last wheel clamp on our list is the second product from Maypole and is another affordable item. Designed to work with a wheel between 8 and 10 inches and tyre widths of as much as 140 mm. Folds away easily when not in use, to make storage easy.
Maypole is one of the leading manufacturers of caravan wheel clamps and other similar accessories, so is often a go-to brand when those in the know are looking for this kind of thing.
8. Bulldog Auto Clamp CAT
The CAT Autoclamp from Bulldog is the next item we want to highlight here. This is designed to fit caravans and vehicles with wheels that have a diameter of between 480mm and 640mm and a width of between 145mm and 205mm, including the trim.
It features a lightweight design with case-hardened arms at the top for additional security. As well as being incredibly easy to spot, thanks to the traditional bright yellow colouring, it features a lock that is highly pick and drill resistant and this design has been fully approved by most insurance companies. Although it’s at the higher end of the price range, it’s an incredibly robust and well-designed wheel clamp.
Important Things To Consider
As we established at the outset, wheel locks for caravans are an essential deterrent to criminals looking to steal your car or caravan. Often hitch locks and wheel clamps are bundled together as the same thing. While they both serve similar purposes, wheel clamps are a lot bulkier and take a lot more time and effort to install. However, they are worth the effort.
Obviously, the most important time to install them is while it is in storage, whether it is on your property or not; however it is also essential to get into the good practice of using them while you are at a caravan park or camp site. It is not uncommon for caravans to be stolen from even the busiest holiday parks.
Also noted at the outset and the fact that we listed 8 different models, is the fact that they are not all made equally. There are a wide array of different sizes, colours and styles of wheel clamps that all offer different levels of caravan security products.
Security On The Roadside
Generally speaking, we would suggest that you opt for a simpler hitch lock than a full-blown clamp while you are actually on the road and when you make roadside stops. Your car full of family and kids will be grateful that you didn’t have to mess around with a wheel clamp each time you stop.
Some Features To Look Out For
When choosing wheel locks for caravans, it is wise to choose one that will be highly visible to any thief. This is often deterrent enough for most opportunist thieves. You also need to choose one constructed from high quality materials that features an attack-resistant lock that can withstand attempts to be levered, drilled or picked off. As a general rule, the longer a thief has to spend trying to prise a lock off a caravan wheel, the more likely they are to give up before they are successful.
As some varieties of wheel clamps tend to leave your wheel nuts exposes, this makes it possible for a thief to remove the wheel clamp off by simply taking the wheel off. Under such circumstances, it is recommended that you use locking wheel nuts in conjunction with the clamp.
Security Approval Standard Logos
The price of a wheel clamp, as you’d possibly expect, in most cases is a good indication of whether or not it is high quality caravan wheel lock. In other words, you get what you pay for.
However, to give you additional help when choosing a best caravan wheel lock, there has been a few independent testing standards formed, which are now recognised by most caravan insurance companies. This is why it is always a good idea to check what the mandatory security requirements your insurer expect you to adhere to if you ever need to make a claim. Many insurers will even offer discounted prices to customers that use a caravan wheel clamp that’s insurance approved.
Solid Secure is one of the most widely recognised independent organisations that carry out tests on a wide array of security devices and related equipment, including the likes of caravan clamps and hitch locks. Therefore if you see the Solid Secure logo on a clamp you are interested in along with a bronze, silver or gold rating – you know it has been tested to a high standard. The Thatcham Approved symbol is another sign of a good device, as is anything related to SCM or TUV.
Hopefully the information on this page, both that directly above and the list of highlighted best caravan wheel clamps, is enough to help you find the one for your budget and requirements.
As we are passionate about caravanning, we want to ensure that fellow caravan enthusiasts and newcomers have access to excellent resources.
Check out our article on caravan leg locks if you want to make your caravan even more secure.