Ratchet Jockey Wheel How Too

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 21:38
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Hi, My Jayco camper trailer came with an ALKO ratchet jockey wheel.. Not exactly sure how this thing works.. My driveway is a bit steep , could I use it to bring down the incline.. i.e would it take off down the driveway if that's the way I'm pointing the jockey wheel.. ?

Thxs ss
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Reply By: Shaker - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 21:45

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 21:45
I would only use it on level ground.

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Reply By: GerryP - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 22:11

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 22:11
Yes mate, it can roll in the direction you are using the ratchet. I have also found that, with the pneumatic type wheel, the tyre can (will !) slip on the rim and shear off the valve if you put too much pressure on the device trying to get up steep slopes or over small jump-ups etc.

As suggested use on relatively level ground only.

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Reply By: ss--ss - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 22:20

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 22:20
Thanks for replies.Not really too much use for me then. It weighs a fair bit & bit of a pain carrying around.. May just get a normal jockey wheel for when I go away.. Although could be usefull on those caravan sites where you want to face the oposite direction ...
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Follow Up By: PradOz - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 00:01

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 00:01
Hi - is yours a single wheel or two wheel one? You can set them to move forward, backwards or freewheel and you push it.

I have a single wheel and only use it to manipulate the camper in my garage area. Ii wouldnt try it up my driveway since I had my first one shear off at the rim, the actual rim itself came apart due to stress and forces from sideways movement on level concrete and at correct air pressure too. SO definately would not use on a slope without having concerns that one day you would find a real problem occur. Also not sure i would trust the 'teeth' not to shear off under so much load from forces on a slope. Depending on the actual brand though as most are copies of original Maco wheels. Plenty made in china ones still call themselves a maco wheel but aren't.

I will however replace my single wheel with a two wheel one simply to make it easier for me to turn and move my camper or van around - even on flat concrete. Since my back injury and spine surgery any little bit helps. Just waiting for the right one to come along at the right price. Happy camping with the new camper, cheers....
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Follow Up By: ss--ss - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 08:04

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 08:04
Hi , Mine is a single wheel also.. I sort of figured out the forward backward thing but there was a lot of tension on it & wasn't real simple.
I used it on the concrete & isn't too bad , just need a bit of practice I think..

Thxs SS
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Follow Up By: PradOz - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 13:55

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 13:55
Hi ss--ss

Would be good if you got some silicone spray and give it a good dose. It will make it so much easier to use, especially if you do it before each use.
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 07:47

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 07:47
I tried one and got rid of it. As mainly I camped on grass/ground, not concrete, I found the thing just slipped and spun when on any sort of slope that wasn't concrete. Also, it only moves on one direction, without having top change the ratchet so you can rotate it the other way. Given that lots of moving the trailer needed me to go both backwards and forwards a few times and given that the thing would load up against the ratchet making the change of direction of the ratchet very nearly impossible to do when it was under load, it was not a happy experience.
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Reply By: Tenpounder (SA) - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 08:36

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 08:36
Hi there. I agree that these things have their limits, especially on steep slopes. I have a 1.5 tonne van and a Maco twin wheel jockey, but the issues are much the same. But I wanted to mention a brilliant use: on our first trip, I drove down a dead end, with nowhere to turn. I didn't really want to reverse 300 metres or more. I was able to fit the Maco, unhitch the van, and turn it round in its own length and re-hitch to the Prado. There was a gravel surface, slight slope but no dramas. Saved the day!!
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Follow Up By: jeep cherokee - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 14:12

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 14:12
Like Tenpounder i also have a Maco (single wheel).Mine is fitted with a brake that engages if the lever is dropped,very useful.It is heavier that the standard wheel but to date has prooved invaluable.
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