a caravan with a jockey wheel

Key Things About a Trailer Jockey Wheel Replacement

Trailers are hooked to the towing vehicle to carry loads. They are not powered, so they cannot move on their own without a motorized towing vehicle. At the front part of a trailer, close to the hitch, there is a Jockey Wheel. The wheel plays a very crucial role in helping to stabilize the trailer while maneuvering it into the correct position to attach it to the trailer. Also, the jockey wheel enables moving the trailer around when not connected to the tow vehicle.

Jockey Wheel Replacing 

a trailer jockey wheelTrailer jockey wheels may need replacing from time to time for several reasons. However, one of the most typical reasons for getting a new wheel is the damage of the previous one. The wheels are likely to be damaged due to their location on the trailer, exposing them to possible impacts; for example, they can be bent as the trailer is used.

Unfortunately, if your jockey wheel gets bent, that significantly lowers its weight capacity. In addition, it makes it challenging to retract and elongate it fully. Therefore, you should replace the wheel if it’s bent severely.

So, how do you minimize incidents of your jockey wheel getting bent? First, you need to see that the wheel is retracted entirely, and there is enough gap between the wheel and the ground, all times when the trailer is being towed. Another way to avoid bending or damaging the jockey wheel is not to use a rope tied to a car to tow the trailer shorter distances when you need to move it.

This is because that can put too much pressure on the wheel, more so if the movement is rough terrain. The best approach is to try to use your hands to move the trailer. You may also need to replace the jockey wheel because of rust or wear resulting purely from the trailer and the jockey having been in use for many years.

Considerations When Changing a Jockey Wheel

The Type of Jockey Wheel

There are two main kinds of complete jockey wheels: the smooth outer sleeve jockey and the serrated outer sleeve jockey. The smooth-sleeved one is more common, but you need to check the one you are replacing to buy the same type.

The Jockey Wheel Sleeve Width: 

This¬†is the jockey wheel’s outer sleeve diameter, and you have to take these measurements carefully from the older wheel. You have to use the correct dimensions to ensure the trailer’s strength and perfect fitting into your jockey wheel clamp.

Also, you need to consider the replacement wheel size and type, so you get the correct one. For the wheel types, there are solid tires and pneumatic tires.