Alko Power Mover - can you get spare parts

Submitted: Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 17:12
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Hi,
Awhile ago I bought one of those ALKO power movers (the ratchet type)

The tube in the tyre is leaking at the base of the valve and I don't think I can fix it and would like to get a new tube.

I was wandering if some one knew if ALKO sold replacement tubes.

I ask this because while I was getting the tyre off I found one of the bearings had self destructed and I was not able to get a replacement - I have sourced one very close from some where else.

I will chase a tube for some where else if I can't get one from ALKO.


Richard
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 17:23

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 17:23
Richard, SuperCheap carry a large range of wheels if the bearings and the tube are unserviceable. Sometimes cheaper to buy a complete unit, sometimes very cheap! Super Cheap even!!! Michael


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Follow Up By: richard - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 20:47

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 20:47
Michael,
You are probably right - the new bearing cost $23, the wheel is a special type though as it has the ratchet mounted on it.

It is also a split rim affair - whcih I realized after spending half or more an hour trying to get the tyre off (embarrassed).


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Follow Up By: Member - Sigmund (VIC) - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 07:18

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 07:18
FWIW I bought an ARK ratchet jockey wheel and it's carp.
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Reply By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 19:06

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 19:06
Hi Richard
I just went on google, cause I didn't know what an Alko Power Mover was! There was a list if all their different types of jockey wheels, and also contact details for Alko in a number of states. A phone call on Monday should let you know. 'Whacker
www.alko.com.au/vehicle/brochure/documents/AL-KOJockeyWheels-Premium.pdf
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Follow Up By: richard - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 20:49

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 20:49
Whacker - I will try them. Just did not have luck trying to get a bearing so wasn't sure how much they do in the way of spare parts.

I bought the thing on a whim as I have trouble moving the camper but was probably not one of my best buys.

Richard
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Reply By: Member - Paul Mac (VIC) - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 19:12

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 19:12
G'day Richard,

Not sure what State your in but Award RV , Carac and any other reputable RV/ Caravan spare parts place will have both tubes and tyres. No so sure about the bearings.

I've persisted with a pneumatic tyre power mover for several months now and finally replaced it with a hard tyre version.

The problem with the pneumatic type is the right angle valve and the inside rim of the wheel. You will find that it is quite sharpish and can easily damage the rubber edge around the valve.

I finally gave up replacing tubes and went for the hard tyre.

Cheers.
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Follow Up By: richard - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 20:53

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 20:53
Paul,
Good idea.

I will go back to the store I bought it from - they may be able to help.


I will also look at getting a hard tyre but could be a problem given the ratchet as mention above.

I will know better next time.

I saw one advertised in one of the mags which looked good but VERY expensive.

I may have to just get my wife to help push it out of the garage.:)


Richard
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 20:11

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 20:11
BTC in Darwin have a good range of ALKO stuff



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Follow Up By: richard - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 20:54

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 20:54
Graham,
Bit far to go from Canberra.

I haven't started the search for the tube yet - I will do next week.

Richard
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 21:09

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 21:09
LOL We did it but not in a hurry.
By the way the temperature is just over double yours today and was 36 this arvo at Jabiru.






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Follow Up By: richard - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 01:45

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 01:45
Don't rub it in.

It has been bloody cold. The temperature does not reflect how cold. There is also a cold wind blowing.

Richard
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Reply By: Member - Paul Mac (VIC) - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 22:08

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 22:08
Hi Richard,

I should clarify something. Mine is also an ALKO ratchet power mover jockey wheel.

I've been told by a dealer that at present ALKO aren't manufacturing the hard tyre wheel to simply replace the pneumatic tyre wheel mechanism but they plan to sometime in the near future. Just my luck !

Unfortunately it meant I had to buy a whole new power wheel then unwind my existing wheel from the barrel and replace it with the hard tyre wheel. The existing ALKO power wheel barrel is welded onto the swivel plate so I couldn't just swap them over. It meant spending another $159 to buy the whole thing again but I will sell the existing pneumatic power wheel in due course. I just have to see that the hard wheel version works the way I need it to. I have a rather steep driveway and I need to see in the next few days whether the hard tyre can handle the slope like the pneumatic tyre did. Albeit it every time I used it I had to go buy another tube. The tube is around $9 and the tyres are $18 at Carac.

The only complaint I've read about the hard wheel version is that they can be prone to sink in sand or soft surfaces but then again so can the pneumatic version also.

Good luck with it.

Cheers.
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Reply By: Brian B (Brisbane) - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 23:36

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 23:36
Hi Richard,

I have one of those and we have had a tube replaced at our local Beaurepairs. From memory it cost about $20.00 I think.

They are a good piece of gear especially if you have to move the van a bit by yourself or in confined spaces.

Have a good one.
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 07:34

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 07:34
I have the hard tyre version on our van. When I pull up, I put a flat board under the wheel to prevent sinking and it helps to roll the van forward for the hitch up.

Have to make sure the handle is on completely or it can damage the wheel.

Alan
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Reply By: Horacehighroller - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 20:56

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 20:56
What size is the tube/tyre?

Peter
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