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Old 01 July 2013, 19:06   #1
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Extra high jockey wheel

OK, maybe a sightly odd request! But getting my rib into the garage involves having to lift the bow well into the air and holding it there while you walk forward 6 feet or so, until the a-frame clears the doorway and electric door opener mechanism - only then can you lower the bow, when the aft end can rise without hitting things. Always a heavy job, with the consequence of getting it wrong that you'd wipe out the aerial, nav light and solar panels on top of the a frame

It occurs to me that is I had an extra long jockey wheel post, which would need to be a meter or so from the bottom of the wheel to the top of the clamp, I'd just have to lift the bow once, then could clamp it and happily just wheel the boat in/out of the garage with nose in the air and without the danger to the stuff on the frame. But I've struggled to find a long enough jockey wheel. Anyone know of any sources please?!

BTW, ideally it'd even have a pneumatic jockey wheel as the storage when not in the garage has quite soft ground...

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Old 01 July 2013, 19:14   #2
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Smithy - just a tought - but would a standard jockey mounted further back achieve the same thing? It might not be possible. You could leave existing one for "normal" operation too.
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Old 02 July 2013, 03:18   #3
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Could you fit a drop plate to your existing jockey wheel location? i.e. lower the point at which the jockey wheel starts it's lifting, ergo nose goes higher in the air.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'm afraid the extra wheel nearer the middle of the trailer would hit the boat when raised, there isn't really anywhere suitable for it.

By drop plate, you mean one of those flat plates with holes in it, to bolt to the existing mount and then bolt the jockey wheel further down on the plate? Will give it some thought, must admit I'm slightly worried about it buckling when under heavy load, but I'm probably just being over-cautious

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How about a moving dolly with some sort of framework to hold the tongue up? You'd still have to lift the tongue manually, but at least you wouldn't have to hold it up while maneuvering the trailer. Would be substantially less than a specialized tongue jack, as well.

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Could you wind down the jockey wheel until it falls out the bottom and then slide over a piece of scaffold tube the correct length and then insert the wheel into the bottom, or something like that?

A bit of a bodge, but its only a few feet...
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'm afraid the extra wheel nearer the middle of the trailer would hit the boat when raised, there isn't really anywhere suitable for it.
Ah yes, I have an american style one which rotates through 90deg rather than winding up...
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Length of steel tube same diameter as your jockey wheel with a bracket & wheel welded on the bottom. Presumably a two wheel trailer so you'd still have to lift it to the desired height but with a pneumatic wheel it should push quite easily plus once it's clamped it should be quite sturdy?
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I used one of these Maypole HD ones on my old trailer, really strong (rated for 500kg noseweight) and loads of travel

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Ah, the inventiveness of ribnet! Thanks for the suggestions. I think the preferred solution is something permanently mounted, which would argue for Trailer Guy's drop plate provided I can find a combination of jockey wheel and plate that are high enough (and I can still turn the handle without hitting the plate)

Otherwise Whisper's scaffold pole or Paddler's custom made fixed wheel seem pretty simple. Or a little trolley (although there's also a small ramp to get up so I worry about the wheel coming off the trolley at that point)... but a few things to think about there! And thanks BogMonster, that particular wheel I'm afraid isn't long enough for what I need but I continue searching the web for one that is... (strange how few shops actually tell you the max length) - anyway, will keep you posted!
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