The Trail-A-Mate Hydraulic Jockey Wheel & Jack: A Beginner’s Guide
When it comes to embarking on your caravanning adventures, there are certain situations you may find yourself in where you need to raise your RV. In order to do this, you will require a jack, which can be purchased as an additional accessory for your caravan or trailer. A jack can be used to complete necessary maintenance work such as:
- Replacing tyres
- Accurately positioning the caravan
- Raising the caravan or trailer for suspension work
- Raising the caravan to help with hitching
What is the Trail-A-Mate Jockey Wheel & Jack?
Trail-A-Mate is an Australian company who were the first to design a jockey wheel and jack specifically for caravans and trailers. It has become renowned for its design and performance due to its ability to convert from a jockey wheel to a jack, as you need it, in a safe and user-friendly manner.
You can simply remove a pin which then allows you to replace the hydraulic jockey’s standard wheel with a base plate, instantly transforming it into a fully-operational hydraulic jack.
When it comes to user benefits, the Trail-A-Mate hydraulic jockey wheel & jack really does make raising and lowering your caravan easier, compared to other jacks. This is especially true when operated from a backward laying position or with an RV that is on the heavier end of the weight scale. When you’re finished using the jack, the base plate can be removed and replaced with the jockey wheel. The device is now ready to be mounted onto the existing jockey wheel clamp located on your caravan’s A-frame.
This versatility and convenience have made the Trail-A-Mate Jockey Wheel & Jack a favourite amongst experienced, camping enthusiasts.
Trail-A-Mate Jockey Wheel & Jack Features
The biggest features of the Trail-A-Mate Jockey Wheel & Jack is its versatile and convenient 2-in-1 capabilities.
The Trail-A-Mate Jockey Wheel & Jack is simple and easy to use, it reduces the physical strain of raising RVs by eliminating the need for exhausting jockey-wheel mechanisms. With the Trail-A-Mate there is no need to get underneath your van, with the jack being operational from a standing position. The Trail-A-Mate it is great for larger caravans, boasting an impressive lift capacity of 1000kg or an ATM of 2,900. Don’t worry if your van is over 1000kg, the Trail-A-Mate Mark 2 can handle weights up to 1500kg however it does not have the ability to convert to a jockey wheel.
Note: When you are jacking your caravan, you are not lifting the entire weight of the caravan, you are lifting approximately 1/3 or less of the vehicles weight at each of the jacking points. Thus if your ATM exceeds 2,900kg you will need to use the Trail-A-Mate Mk 2.
Trail-A-Mate Jockey Wheel & Jack Specifications
Purchasing the Trail-A-Mate Jockey Wheel & Jack provides you with:
- A custom lifting clamp
- A durable jockey wheel
- A resilient base plate
- A high-quality jacking brackets
- Jacking handle
- Extendable wheel brace
- Built in safety lock
- A comprehensive instruction guide
In regards to exact dimensions and specifications, the Trail-A-Mate Jockey Wheel & Jack is advertised as follows:
- Lifting capacity of 1000kg / ATM 2,900
- Working load limit of 1000kg (1 ton)
- Minimum height of 145 mm
- Maximum height of 780 mm
- Maximum lifting range of 380mm
Tips For Using the Trail-A-Mate Jockey Wheel & Jack
- Always use vehicle supports and safety stands in addition to a jack if you’re planning on working directly underneath your caravan
- For best results, you should always be using your jack on level, firm surfaces
- Never allow any persons to remain in your caravan while raising it
- Read the entire instruction guide prior to first use
If you have any additional questions regarding the Trail-A-Mate Jockey Wheel & Jack, or caravan camping, in general, please feel free to contact our friends over at Caravan RV Camping directly at 1800-RV-PARTS.
With over 40 years of experience in the caravan camping industry, they are a rich source of invaluable camping knowledge.
DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.