Lifiting device for caravans

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 19:27
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I would like to raise and lower my caravan by a 12 volt type devise instead of a hand opperated jockey wheel or a hydrolic jack. I visualise a geared 12volt electric motor on a worm drive to raise and lower the caravan onto the vehicle using the caravan battery. The unit would need to be fully retractable. This would suit older travlers who want ease of use.
Rae Davison
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Reply By: Lachy T - Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 19:54

Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 19:54
Kangaroo Creek imports (KCI) make the KCI hi-jacker. I've never used, own or seen one myself, but it is a commercially available product for this type of purpose.

Link to products page

RRP on their website is $255

They also seem to have a cheaper option, not sure of the differences.


Hope this helps.
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 19:57

Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 19:57
G'day Rae, how are you?

There are a few different things available for different applications.

I just bought one of these to make changing a wheel easier:



Available here: Ebay Link

I considered one of these once to replace the jockey wheel:


but I haven't looked for one for ages and I'm not sure where they would be available. When I was looking at this it was from a shop in Brisbane somewhere.

I just put one of these on my drawerbar:


Here it is installed:



They are available from Vehicle Components in Brisbane.
http://www.vehiclecomponents.com.au/products/liftmaster-hd-jockey-wheels-a-stands

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Follow Up By: garrycol - Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 20:12

Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 20:12
That 12v jack is the same as what Aldi sells for $99. I have one and is OK.
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Follow Up By: Parafan - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 07:48

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 07:48
Just put the same jockey stand on my van but haven't used it yet. How are you finding it? Has to be better than the light weight jockey wheel my van came with.
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Reply By: Grizzle - Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 21:54

Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 21:54
Check out this link, a good start with lots if info

http://www.linearbearings.com.au/Products/ElectricActuators/tabid/111/Default.aspx

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Reply By: Batt's - Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 22:44

Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 22:44
You could weld something on top & use a cordless drill
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 23:27

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 23:27
I must be using invisable ink any one got a lemon
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Reply By: allanw - Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 22:44

Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 at 22:44
Another option is to just use a battery powered drill with an attachment that can fit to the jockey wheel. Similar to using a drill for the rear jacks instead of the horrible 'L' shaped handle.
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Follow Up By: lancie49 - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 18:20

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 18:20
That's a smart thought Allan, have you actually done it ?
Lowering the stabilisers could be easier than actually lifting the front of the van though.
May just give it a whizz over the weekend and see what happens.
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Follow Up By: allanw - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 18:34

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 18:34
No I havent done it as I dont have a caravan. I have seen a few people doing just that however, and dont see that the jockey wheel is that much harder. Might have to put the drill in the low speed/high torque mode though.
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Reply By: Colcam42 - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 19:26

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 19:26
Rae, have a look here too, several ideas,


Levelling Jacks

Hope it works, Cheers,
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Reply By: Daisy G - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 16:38

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 16:38
Please have a look at this leveller.


Easily lifts 1000kg per wheel (Caravan 2000kg, Motorhome 4000kg).
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Reply By: Tim K3 - Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 20:27

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 20:27
Hello Rae, as Lachy replied the KCI hi-jacker is perfect device to fulfill your requirement. The KCI hi-jacker is 2 ton 12volt siccor jack. This jack is specially designed for use by: 4WDs, Caravans, Cars and Vans. It is rated to 2,000kg (2 tonne) and will lift 20cm. It comes with: An adaptor to suit the chassis of larger 4WDs, which enables lifts from 25.5cm to 54.5cm and with 2 year manufacturer's warranty.
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