Jockey Wheel - Ark Offroad unit

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 at 14:59
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I need to replace the jockey wheel on my TVAN and came across this unit.

An Off-road jockey wheel by Ark, an Australian company. Detail about the company can be found here..

Anyone had any experience with it, especially like to hear from anyone who has fitted one to a TVAN.



Cheers, Baz – The Landy
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 at 16:24

Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 at 16:24
With a 750 kg load capacity it's possibly a bit of over kill. However the wheels look 200 mm diameter and being dual it should work well on moderately soft surfaces.
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 at 16:48

Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 at 16:48
They came on the market just after I bought the previous Ark model which is conventional.
They look really good and I particularly like the position lock as I had to drill mine so that I can lock it pointing UP so that there is nothing below the drawbar to catch.

They are not Galvanised as far as I can see , same as mine.
I don't know if offroad tyres achieve anything but they look good.
The only negative is the price I guess as mine only cost $85 on runout at BCF.
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Reply By: Shaker - Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 at 18:45

Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 at 18:45
I have just fitted one to my AORC Quantum, I also have a Tvan & think it would be overkill!
Al-Ko have a swivel bracket with a clamp that allows the jockey wheel to raised or lowered to overcome the issues with uneven sites. I have fitted one to the Tvan & find it works perfectly & is more than adequate, also much, much cheaper!


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Reply By: Sigmund - Monday, Feb 02, 2015 at 08:24

Monday, Feb 02, 2015 at 08:24
If it has similar build quality to the Ark ratchet jockey wheel I wouldn't touch it.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Monday, Feb 02, 2015 at 08:26

Monday, Feb 02, 2015 at 08:26
It doesn't!

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Reply By: Albany Nomads - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 at 05:56

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 at 05:56
I have two fitted to our 3 ton machinery trailers at work and have to say they are simply brilliant! .
You would be hard pressed to find a stronger, better and more versatile jockey wheel,
The only negatives are their weight, bulk and cost.
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Reply By: The Landy - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 at 07:41

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 at 07:41
Thanks for the considered responses and feedback. I suspect as indicated it is most likely overkill for the TVAN, so I will replace the current one with like.

Cheers, Baz - The Landy
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 at 20:09

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 at 20:09
Check out the Al-Ko swivel bracket with the jockey wheel clamp, it allows you to adjust the jockey wheel up & down for uneven sites, I fitted one to my Tvan along with their jockey wheel that has an angle cut outer tube that holds the wheel at a preset angle for travelling.

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Reply By: jdpatrol - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 at 22:31

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 at 22:31
Baz, check out Christine Products jockeys. Good sturdy unit. Suggest solid rubber. Used by Ultimate Campers. From NZ though, not sure about local distributors. No association - just like the product.
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