Van Height

Submitted: Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 23:47
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Hi - I am Looking at purchasing a new Jayco Van. The problem is the new van is around 4 inches to high to fit under our carport and down the back. Does anyone know if small wheels would work and how do i find them?

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Greg
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 00:07

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 00:07
Hi Greg,

I fit my van in my garage, but have to change the wheels to get it to fit under the roller door. I went to buy them but at $450 for a set of wheels that only travel 10 feet I thought bugger that, thats more than what real wheels cost!!!

So I went to the wreckers and got an old pair of bent rims. They were cut down to 10" diameter with a gas axe and then welded in a 3" wide section of 10" pipe. I then had a 10mm coating of HDPE put on it (had access to coaters through work). But you can skip the HDPE step if you can handle the sound of steel wheels on concrete. So for nix I got a set of 10" rims that are far better than the ones you buy from a caravan shop.

But the moral of the story is they work very well. It takes me 5 minutes to change them (with hiLift jack and rattle gun) and gives you the opportunity to check the wheel bearings every trip.

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Follow Up By: cokeaddict - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 08:35

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 08:35
Hey Captain,
Sounds like you and me both will send the over priced shops out of business. I got sick and tired of the over pricing when it came to 4wding and accessories. So i too now use my brain and usually i work out a way without the expense too. Plus it keeps my mind active, much better than the dead cell brain i had when i used to watch TV for entertainment.
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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 11:23

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 11:23
Hi cokeaddict
Yep, nothing better than the satisfaction of having done a better job than the "factory" stuff at a fraction of the price.

Whats with your rig and gear in the trader? Upgrading to a GU?

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Reply By: Member - Ross P (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 08:19

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 08:19
Seen them at caravan accessory places but don't know how much they cost.
Try the on line catalogue at www.caravanacc.com.au.
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Reply By: Member - Geoff M (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 08:36

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 08:36
Get a set of 10" wheels off an old mini or morris minor from the wreckers and either drill them to suit the stud pattern of the caravan.
Or cut the centres out and weld in a set of centres to suit the van.
They don't have to be perfectly true as they'll only ever travel 5 or 6 metres at less than walking pace.

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Reply By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 09:39

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 09:39
let the tyres down
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Reply By: David Au - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 14:47

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 14:47
I got the concrete cutter in and cut two 600mm wide strips, dug it out, reinforced the surrounds and floor and boxed and re-concreted.
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 17:05

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 17:05
To accomadate my camper I moved my car port and raised it by bolting fence poles to the bottom and setting it into rapid dry cement. Took 3 guys and a comedy of errors and it is a miricle it still stands.
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Reply By: Member - muzzgit - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 01:12

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 01:12
Look in the yellow pages for a caravan wreckers and see if you can get some old bent rims for a couple of bucks, and do what is mentioned here, get the edges coated so you don't bugger up the brick paving or concrete on your driveway.

Also, try caravan repairers, I got some good second handies for a song a few months back.

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Muzz
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