Jockey Wheel

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 12:18
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HI,
My van has a ball weight of 220Kg - which i believe is quite heavy. The current SOLID WHEEL jockey is slightly bent and i dont have alot of faith in it. Used the van once and it almost buried itself in the dirt - possibly how it got slightly bent.... Purchased a standard pneumatic jockey wheel, however this has a Max Load Rating of 500lb`s (225Kg). Needless to say, when i first used this jockey, the tire was flattened to a point where it could not be moved. I had 48psi in the tyre...Should i have had more air in the tyre, or is it simply not going to be suitable for the van. Does anyone have suggestions of a jockey wheel that would best suit.

Thanks

Darbro
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Reply By: Notso - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 12:43

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 12:43
I've used the standard solid tyre jockey wheel on every van I've owned. Never any problem. Always carried a flat board that I whack under the Jockey where the ground is soft.

Is the van a dual axle or single axle?

Have you actually checked the Ball Weight of the van, a lot of them are way out from that displayed on the placard.

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Reply By: Darbro74 - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 12:53

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 12:53
Hi,

Van is single axle, had it weight from Towball fitter / suppliers. I had had numberous "correct" weights, however they were between 110Kg and 380Kgs....a little too different for my liking, so took to and had it properly weighed.

Cheers
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Reply By: Pat (vic) - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 13:44

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 13:44
Hi, do yourself a favour and get rid of the pneumatic jockey wheel as I have had two of them and didn’t last long they burst with only about 150kg.
I replaced it with a solid rubber and one piece steel rim 10” about $30 for the wheel only and haven’t had any problems since.
When moving the van always lower the jockey wheel as to not bend the shaft and use a flat plate under it if the ground is soft.

Cheers Pat
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 14:17

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 14:17
I got a pneumatic one and had the tyre filled with silicone by a tyre fitter in Parramatta. Apparently it is often done to forklift tyres.

I did it because the damn thing kept going flat. No problems now and it holds it's shape better under load.

Willie.
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Reply By: Lucko - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 17:30

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 17:30
If your van conforms with generally accepted rules, 220Kg on the ball would give you a 2.2 Tonne van (10% of gross is what you should have on the ball). That seems quite high for a single axle van, depending on the suspension system you have. The Alko leaf spring system, for example, I believe is only good for about 1.5T.
Anyhow, I've found the hydraulic TrailerMate an excellent jocky and van jack. As said earlier a plank under the wheel helps that 'sinking feeling'. We always carry several pieces of 50mm timber, good for under the jocky or to level the van.
Mark
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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 19:32

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 19:32
We have bad luck with the manual jockey wheels, probably human error. Just bought a hydraulic TrailerMate . Fantastic we always use wood for that and the stabliser legs. Put stand under a frame and lock the jack away from five finger bandits. So easy to use.
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Follow Up By: Darbro74 - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 22:24

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 22:24
Hi Mark,
One thing i have learnt is that the "general rule of thumb - 10% of gross weight" is not actually correct. According to that rule - or the other rule of the ATM - GTM = Ball weight, the weight on the ball should be 110Kg. However, as my van is the largest in its range, the wheels are quite a way towards to the rear - hence its is already very nose heavy. The van does have the independant rear suspension - leaf spring. Looked at the Ezimove Ratchet systems, but dont think it will suit due to position of jockey mount.
Cheers for your thoughts.

Darbro
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Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 20:46

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 20:46
Gooday,
You can get a much heavier duty one made by Manutec, not sure where to buy it, try one of the Caravan parts supply people, won't be cheap but are very sturdy.
Cheers,
Boroma604.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 23:06

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 23:06
Trailer Warehouse
has The Manutec ones.. I'm sure others do as well, but this bloke carries a pretty wide range of trailer parts, and if he doesn't have what you're looking for, he'll try to source it for you.. pretty good to deal with, from my experience....


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Reply By: Member - Don M (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 08:32

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 08:32
As Graham said above....ditch the jockey wheel and get your self a Trailermate. They come with a wheel or a flat plate, I use the plate...best thing since sliced bread and best investment I have made in relation to the caravan.
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Follow Up By: Member - Don M (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 08:33

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 08:33
Sorry, it was 'Old Girl' above who mentioned the Trailermate
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