Swing Up Jockey Wheel Trailer Parts
A swing up jockey wheel is a height adjustable wheel that you can find at the front of a trailer. This wheel swings up when not in use. You use these kinds of wheels for manual steering or low-speed manoeuvring of a vehicle or caravan trailer when it is not attached to a vehicle. Jockey wheels either have a single axle or close-coupled axles, and they help the trailer stay level. They have a built-in screw jack close to the towing hitch, which allows you to lift the trailer nose over the tow ball of your car. After attaching the trailer to your vehicle, the jockey wheel can retract or swing up for stowage while you are towing the trailer. Jockey wheels have a castor action that allows movement in any direction when manoeuvring the trailer unattached to the vehicle and are an important wheel trailer part to have.
Jockey Wheel Specifications
Swing up jockey wheels are generally made from strong zinc plated steel or galvanised steel with a rubber wheel. They can hold various load sizes depending on the model, but many are capable of 350 kg or 450 kg loads. They come with mounting plate and swing away bracket and fit draw bars of 50 mm, 75 mm or 100 mm in height.
Fitting a Jockey Wheel
In order to fit a jockey wheel on your trailer, you need to identify a mount point on the draw bar where there are no other fittings, wiring or fixtures. On the swing jockey wheel, there will be some holes in the mounting plate so as you hold the wheel up to the draw bar, place a u-bracket over and through the holes, then tighten each of the nuts.
Lowering a Jockey Wheel
Swing up jockey wheels can lift up by use of the handle and you can adjust the height by turning the handle at the top. It only requires one person to operate the wheel.