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Old 21 June 2005, 16:19   #11
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That's a mighty stupid design!!

Right, measure the diameter of the old one and match it up with a new one. Once the new one is apart so that you can install it, cover everything internally with waterproof trailer axle grease. Job done .

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Old 21 June 2005, 16:31   #12
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cover everything internally with waterproof trailer axle grease. Job done .

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Old 21 June 2005, 16:31   #13
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Andy, can I just confirm that ALL jockey wheels come apart gracefully whatever the make?

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I can say from all the jockey wheels I have ever taken apart, the answer is yes - just keep un winding.
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Brilliant - thank you
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Whilst changing the jockey wheel, consider getting one with a pneumatic tyre. I did when mine fell apart, and it is now much easier to move around by hand on uneven groung & gravel.

Regarding what made it sticky. Have you moved the trailer with the wheel wound well out? I imagine that you do not move it up and down on the clamp with all that nose weight. If you have you may have bent the "bolt" inside which will make it hard to turn.

An alternative way to reduce nose weight is to move the boat back on the trailer and then adjust the winch post and snubber.
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Old 21 June 2005, 17:03   #17
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Regarding what made it sticky. Have you moved the trailer with the wheel wound well out? I imagine that you do not move it up and down on the clamp with all that nose weight. If you have you may have bent the "bolt" inside which will make it hard to turn.
Don't think I have moved it around. However, have regularly extended and retracted the wheel so as to raise the nose of the boat in a series of step wise movements using wooden blocks to get the nose very high so as get all the water out of the hull. Have sometimes left her for a week or so in such an upnose attitude.

Could that have caused the problem and bent the "bolt"?
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Possibly. The thread is not very big and if it is pushed a bit sideways when only a few threads are engaged, you can damage the end of it.

BTW I got my jockey wheel from the caravan shop 4 doors down from my house. I think there only 2 shaft sizes.
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Old 21 June 2005, 18:22   #19
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BUT is that not something a boat builder who supplied boat and prepped trailer would have checked??
was up there today and lifted 2 of there rib/trailer setups. Way too much weight up front imho. Dont know if yours is the same. Have you got the 1250 admiral trailer also?? Ive moved the axial forward on ours by about 18 inch to get a desent weight on the ball. I beleive that they dont move the axial and leave it in the position they get them from admiral, but could be wrong. I'll measure the distance between the axial and the center of the rear roller support to give you some idea. But bear in mind that ours has a bigger lump on the back so the set up would not be quite the same also fuel load and other stuff will effect the loading

if you have a standard car you should be able to lift it fairly comfortably.

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Not sure which admiral I have. But it is a single axle admiral.

How do I tell which it is?

Is it difficult to move the axle forward? Please tell me how?
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