Re: post 56657 end result

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 15:26
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Thanks to the links I got from forum members, I was able to locate the van I wanted within a matter of hours (14' poptop).
Because I have a grassed curving narrow strip down the side of the house to park it on, backing is fraught with difficulty, however, I believe there is a jockeywheel with some kind of ratchet system which can be used to move a caravan off the towbar. Has anyone any experience of this, or other suggestions?. I don't want to mount a towbar at the front of the
tow vehicle.
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T.R.
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Reply By: T-Ribby - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 15:30

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 15:30
I really meant mounting a towball - a towbar would really look .......... different !

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Follow Up By: Member - Borgy.. (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 15:51

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 15:51
G'day T.R

I have one of those ratchet type ones here in Adelaide you can have for $60 if you want, only thing is like i said above im in Adelaide

Cheers.....Dave
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Follow Up By: Member - kevin Y (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 16:29

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 16:29
i have put a removable towbar on the front of small motorhome just to put boat in water , just 2 bolts too undoo,, makes life easier
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Follow Up By: T-Ribby - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 16:29

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 16:29
Thanks for the offer Dave. Should be able to source one here locally in the Bris area. Need to
first establish if it will do the job I need.
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Follow Up By: T-Ribby - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 16:32

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 16:32
Hi Kevin. It might come down to that yet - I'll have a talk to a mate who is an auto engineer and see what he thinks.
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Reply By: Notso - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 15:35

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 15:35
There is a Ratchet Wheel that attaches to the standard Jockey Wheel connection. Supercheap or Repco, or Caravan Suppliers. They are a bit of a pain to use though.

There is a battery powered system available but a bit pricey I think.

http://www.powrproducts.com.au/powrhitch.php

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Follow Up By: T-Ribby - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 15:50

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 15:50
What an amazing little machine ! however as you say, a bit pricey.

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Reply By: Saharaman (aka Geepeem) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 16:37

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 16:37
Check out Post 54411 in regards the Ezimove jockey wheel available from most auto accessories shops.

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Glen
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Reply By: Member - Cruiser (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 16:42

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 16:42
T R,

So which website was the winner for you.

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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 16:49

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 16:49
I have one of the ratchet types from Super Cheap and find that it is easy to use and does the job ok. Where I use it is on concrete and flat.
Fault. The pneumatic tyre needs regular pumping up.
The new ones have a solid tyre which would be much better I think?
The ratchet type is ok on flat ground but going up a rise then I think it maybe a little difficult if the rise is quick.
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Reply By: CraigB - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 18:01

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 18:01
Hi T-Ribby,
A word of advice regarding the ratchet style jockey wheels no matter what brand. They are only suitable when on hard (concrete etc.) level surfaces. They will not work on grass or gravel at all. If your trailer is reasonably balanced as it should be then the jockey wheel only spins with the ratchet not getting enough grip to move the van/trailer etc.
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Reply By: dedabato (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 21:31

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 21:31
Hi mate, I just read your thread and would like to add to it. I have the ratchet type jockey and as stated earlier - if is not on a solid and firm ground forget it. I simply mounted a boat winch ( hand operated ) at the back of where I would like to beck up the van and hook it up to a caravan's back bumper for Mrs to wind it in while I stir it with the jockey at the front. Works for me..

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Apr 17, 2008 at 09:45

Thursday, Apr 17, 2008 at 09:45
A very good ratchet jockey wheel is the "Maco Mule", but a word of caution.

If you need to mount the extra jockey wheel on the right hand side of the A-frame, you will need the dual wheel version. This is the better option anyway as the two pneumatic wheels give more maneuverability and grip on softer ground.

The process may be a little slow, but works a treat and will save your back. I use mine to move the camper trailer up a mild slope and then turn at right angles at the back of the carport.
Much cheaper and just as practical as an electrically powered device when used for shortish distances.

I think there is a "Power Mover" brand of mechanically operated jockey wheel which has a single wheel and can be used on either side of the A-frame, but I can't give personal experience of it, as I chose and use the dual wheel "Maco Mule".

You can weld or bolt an extra clamp to the opposite side of the A-frame to where you have your existing jockey wheel, so that you can remove it when not in use and "secure" it against loss.

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