Jockey Wheels

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 19:54
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I was moving the camper and forgot to wind up the jockey wheel and yes it is now bent. ( I think its called old timers).
So I need to replace the jockey wheel(no big deal), but don't know if should get a solid or pneumatic wheel. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:02

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:02
I have a solid wheel on my trailer Jockey Wheel and it has a tendancy to bury itself at the most inopportune times.

The problem I see with a Pneumatic wheel is that they are always flat when you need them LOL

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Follow Up By: Member - 1/2A - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:05

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:05
The camper has a good compressor, so pumping it up is no problem just wondered if any one is using one on a camper.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 21:16

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 21:16
Our Ultimate Camper came standard with a pneumatic tyre'd jockey.....it was always flat at the most inopportune time (IE: when I wanted to use it!!!! hahahaha). I've since replaced it with a 10" diameter solid wheel which has about the same footprint; so it's just as good on grass and sand as the blow-up one was.

Only downside is that it is somewhat heavier.

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Follow Up By: Member - 1/2A - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 21:42

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 21:42
Thanks Roachie,
The Vision has a 10" solid or I think it may be called a semi pneumatic. I've just done a google search and I can get one at
Marshell Engineering not to far from home. Thanks for all the helpful info.
Arthur
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Follow Up By: Member - Julie P (VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 10:56

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 10:56
We had a solid wheel on our camper, and now on the caravan - as for sinking - a small metal plate is a very useful item to place under the wheel - can also be used under jack to stabilise it if you need to use it.
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Follow Up By: Member - 1/2A - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 13:44

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 13:44
Thanks Julie, yes I've decided to use a 10" solid this is what the original one was.
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Reply By: Member - Vince B (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:12

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:12
I replaced the solid with a ratchet pneumatic wheel. Should have done it years ago LOL. Stops all the blues with the other half!!!
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:15

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:15
I doubt that that would happen Vince LOL

Cheers Kev


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Follow Up By: Member - 1/2A - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:16

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:16
Yes that would sure make it easy to move around.
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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:16

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:16
I had the pneumatic tyre on my Tambo. Great (except when it gets a bit flat. Have used the solid wheel on my ATV trailer and that's just as good. I think the primary concern is getting one with a good quality, heavy duty main barrel and a handle that can be folded or kept up out of the way so it doesn't get ripped off in the rough country.

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Follow Up By: Member - 1/2A - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:20

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:20
Thanks Mick.
Only the lower shaft is bent so all I need to do is wind in a new lower section.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 09:09

Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 09:09
G'day Mick,

"good quality, heavy duty main barrel" ...... can you suggest a brand ?

thanks,

Willie
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:45

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:45
I've used both - current camper has a large solid wheel which has never been a problem though (about the same size tyre as the pneumatic version) - some of the small solid wheels I've seen on vans are obviously intended for sealed surfaces though - re the pneumatic version - when I used such a jockey wheel, I took the valve out and injected some of that green anti-puncture gloop that mountain bikers use - was worth the effort - never a problem - I use it on barrows and hand trucks etc at home too - worth the project.
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Follow Up By: Member - 1/2A - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:48

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:48
Thanks for the info Darren.
Arthur
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 09:13

Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 09:13
Hi Darian,

I have a pneumatic that is always going flat . I know it is possible to take them to a forklift place and have them filled with silicone, but your do-it-yourself idea sounds easier.

Do you get that gloop at a bike shop ?

Thanks,

Willie.
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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 10:35

Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 10:35
I've been cycling for ages and just about every bike shop I've been in has the stuff - I think it is actually heavy grade ethylene glycol with heaps of very fine glass fibres in it - a bit soupy - it sloshes around in the tube and immediately blocks up any leaks that occur - will probably be about $15 for 250ml - half of that would be tons for a jockey wheel. I can recall pulling a split pin out of a mountain bike tyre one day - the air started hissing - I spun the wheel a few times - the leak stopped - I carried on home (about another 20k !). Might pay to put a new valve in too.
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 12:10

Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 12:10
This post reminded me I had to service / grease my jockey wheel.

I took it off the van thinking it would be straight forward, BUT it was not. How do you disassemble it ?

Thanks,

Willie.
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Follow Up By: donk - Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 14:39

Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 14:39
Some jockey wheels have a roll pin that holds the winder handle on to the shaft & if you knock the pin out the winder section can be disassembled & serviced

On out van (high ball weight) the original thrust bearing (bearing race between a couple of cheap flat washers) failed a couple of times so i pulled it apart & replaced it with a proper thrust bearing of the same size from a bearing shop & so far it has lasted a lot longer than the original type

I also have a bucket over the winder when stopped to prevent water running into the bearing,screw area

Regards Don
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 15:24

Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 15:24
Thanks a lot Don. I will grab my tools now and do battle with that pin.
Willie.
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Follow Up By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 15:24

Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 15:24
On mine there is a grub screw in the handle that lets the inner shaft and screw drop out.
Any mug can be uncomfortable out bush

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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 15:26

Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 15:26
G'day Willie,

I have always just wound the inner shaft right out and greased it.

I have not had much joy taking the split pin out but that should work also.

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 16:43

Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 16:43
Theo - I just tried unsuccessfully, to drive the pin out. It has been growing in there for 8 years and it's not going to move. Just winding out the shaft does not let you get at that washer at the top which causes the problems.

Peter - Your lucky to have the grub screw- a much smarter system.

Thanks,

Willie.
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 16:01

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 16:01
I bent mine too, got a new one on Ebay for $25. Bigger 8" wheel
as well. Only difference is it is removable & not a Fold up job.
Nothing the matter with quality......oldbaz.
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