If your old jockey wheel is getting impossible to wind up, down or move then a new jockey wheel or a jack stand may be the solution for your caravan.
First things first – do you need a jockey wheel or a jack stand?
Many customers assume that a jockey wheel is what they need however a jack stand may be a better choice. Jockey wheels are great on full height caravans under about 15 feet. Any full height caravan over 15 ft is not going to be easy to push unless the van is on smooth concrete. In the case of a larger caravan that is too heavy to push – the wheel of the jockey wheel is not functional and a jack stand might be a good choice. Jack stands can be extended to larger heights than a jockey wheel which makes them ideal for levelling the caravan on steep sites.
Jack stand solutions
We recently fitted a jack stand to the A-frame of a customer’s caravan to replace a jockey wheel. They were delighted with how easy it was to level with a quick drop leg extension and a small amount of winding needed to fine tune the level. One advantage of a jack stand with a handle positioned on the side is that it can avoid hitting the gas bottles or stone guard if you are tight on space.
If you want to take all the hard work out of levelling, then a Bulldog Powered Jack is the solution. At the push of a button the Bulldog Powered Jack levels the van. This high quality jack is welded or bolted on permanently and wired-in. The jack features a light for easy use at night. In the event of power loss, there is a manual override capability with a crank included. This is a great solution for caravanners who want to take the strain out of levelling. The Bulldog Powered Jack is a quality jack designed to withstand the weather and is backed with a 5 year limited warranty.
Jockey wheel solutions
The jockey wheels from ALKO come in a 6 inch, 8 inch and 10 inch wheel. The 10 inch wheel with the off road tyre is suitable for use with a caravan mover. The bigger the wheel, the easier it will be to move.
For an easier to wind jockey wheel the Trail-a-mate Jockey wheel & jack is hydraulic to take the work out of leveling the caravan. Our customers rave about how easy the Trail-A-Mate jockey wheels make setting up the caravan. The Trail-A-Mate jockey wheel doubles as a jack (useful for changing a tyre) with the included base plate and spare parts are available in store.
At the RV Service Centre we stock, fit and service jockey wheels and jacks for caravans, horsefloats and trailers. For more information and to see the range of jockey wheels and jacks on display, visit our showroom or give our team a call.