The jockey wheel is an essential element to be able to move the caravan, the shopping cart or the trailer when it is not attached to the car. It can be rigid or inflatable and even carry an electric motor. This will help us to level the caravan once it is installed in the camp or to find out how much weight the boom supports.
Most of our caravans rest on two wheels. As its base has a rectangular shape, an additional fulcrum is needed to maintain balance when it is not attached to the car. This support is called the Jockey Wheel.
Basically, the jockey wheel consists of a tube with a wheel similar to the wheelbarrows about 20 centimeters in diameter, which by a clamp is coupled to the spear of the caravan. At the top, a crank will help us raise or lower the height of the leg, as if it were a car jack.
Types of Jockey Wheels: Rigid or Inflatable?
The basic difference between the two is maneuverability. The inflatable wheel will adapt much better to the imperfections of the terrain when we move the caravan. Stones, holes or gravel will be best avoided with an inflatable jockey.
In contrast to the rigid wheel, we will have slightly less mobility. He will get stuck sometimes by putting the caravan in the plot, especially if it has sand or gravel (most of them). The larger the caravan, the more it will take us to maneuver with a rigid heavy duty jockey wheel.
The vast majority of trailers carry it rigidly, and in caravans the inflatable model is often used more.