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Postby PAUL C » Sun Feb 13, 2011 12:59 pm

Hi,
New to towing campervans and the like, we have just retired the tent. Having trouble with the old jockey wheel on the camper and just would like some advice on a decent type before I go and buy one. Currently this one needs to be totally removed from the bar when towing, and every time we put it on it never seems to stay in line giving us grief when trying to move it around by hand, even on a flat garage floor.

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Re: campervan accessories / equipment

Postby Titch2 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:33 pm

No idea if this helps,but mine is welded to the drawbar and locks up when traveling.
Our Camper is rather light weight tho.

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Re: campervan accessories / equipment

Postby GypsyLady » Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:11 pm

Mine is also attached to the drawbar and swings away; my CT is quite heavy with an ATM of 1750kg.
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Re: campervan accessories / equipment

Postby PAUL C » Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:22 pm

Thanks, Ours is a light weight camper as well. I like the idea of it being welded onto the bar then just folding away during travel. Thanks heaps. I will look into it.
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Re: campervan accessories / equipment

Postby GypsyLady » Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:40 pm

Here is a pic of mine as well.
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Re: jockey wheels

Postby Rosco1 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:05 pm

Paul...Put abit of thought into deciding to weld your jockey wheel onto the A frame....
Firstly, With the heat from the welding and combining 2 different metals i.e. galv/zink jockey wheel...onto steel will cause a chemical reaction between the 2 different metals ....ask your local engineer for advice on that one...Also....if its welded on and ''fails'''...you are in for a major job grinding it back off.....one of the reasons Gypsy's one is as it is. (bolted / U clamped on)....easy to replace if it fails or you choose to move it.

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Re: jockey wheels

Postby PAUL C » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:00 pm

Cheers,

So I have some thinking and searching to do. That is the reason why I joined this site. Chees mate and thanks for your advice.
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Re: jockey wheels

Postby itchyvet » Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:51 pm

Bloody good subject mate, specialy for CT'lrs.
Had lots of problems with ours as well. Firstly, it fell off in transit, bits spread along the road behind us for 100 metres or so. Fortunately(or unfortunately) we found all the bits and reassembled it OK.
BUT, lesson learned ? REMOVE jocket wheel for traveling.
Next problem, jockey wheel totaly useless in gravel/soft sand/loam soils, sinks in and impossible to move around.
Solution ? Ditch old tiny solid wheel and replace with large penumatic type wheel with fat tyre.(similar to wheel barrow tyre)
No more problems, that is until time came to buy new tyre, unfortunately, can't buy similar tyre to replace old one, and all jockey wheels now available are solid wheels but larger diameter.
Fitted smaller tyre, no longer FAT, but working OK, so far.
I'm not too sure how the welded on type would work on our camper, specialy with the barn doors on my Patrol, whether they clear the wheel in it's 'up' position or not.
It is a bit of a hassel, removing the wheel for towing, storing it somewhere easily accessible, to refit when arriving at your destination, but we seem to have survived now for 6 years doing so, it can't all be bad.
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Re: jockey wheels

Postby stevo. » Sun May 01, 2011 10:43 am

Here's my jockey wheel on my car trailer, it just bolts on to the draw bar. The pins pull out by pulling on the blue handle, so it locks in position, up or down. Works well. I think they're about $60 from SuperCheap.
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Re: jockey wheels

Postby Rosco1 » Sun May 01, 2011 10:54 am

I'm with our vet thats 'itchy'.....Go for the larger tyre if possible...So much easier to manouver around

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Re: jockey wheels

Postby stevo. » Sun May 01, 2011 11:43 am

maybe you need one of these....
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