Trailer Tongue Jack

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  1. liv4mtns

    liv4mtns New Member

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    Does anybody know if there is a manufacturer that makes a tongue jack with a pneumatic wheel instead of those hard rubber types?


    Kevin.
     
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    I have never seen one. Can I ask why? If it is for moving across the ground easier I can tell you from experience it won't be. I had hard rubber tires on a dolly and rough terrain (rocks in the gravel driveway) to roll across so i replaced them with pneumatics.Went back to the hard rubber after the first attempt to roll across the drive. I found I could only take half the weight on the dolly with the inflatable tires.
     
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    Hacksaw...that's exactly what I was getting at. I'll nix that idea for sure. Thanks. So are you against a trailer dolly as well for moving and turning a PUP in a campsite?

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    No I am all for a trailer dolly. The dolly I was talking about I guess would be more commonly called a 2 wheel cart. The thing I would like to see is a tongue jack with a large diameter wheel (12" or so) That would move across the ground like it was on rails.
     
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    I agree Hacksaw. Even an 6-8 inch wheel that had a decent foot print would help big time in comparison to those narrow wheels. What would be really nice too if they made them in the flat free variety. IMHO it is not so much the diameter of the wheel as it is how narrow they are.
     
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    Would something like this work?



    http://www.marathonind.com/flat-free-tires/wheelbarrow-tires.htm


    Not sure if it would work or not.


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    Yeah a wider tire would help a bunch. I have considered putting one on each side of the jack and using some type of spacers to make it clear the tongue. I have rather soft ground so it ruts very easily those ruts are why I want a 12" wheel.
     
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    It'd be much easier and cheaper to use a trailer dolly. I picked one up at harbor freight for under $50. It makes moving the camper sooo much easier, especially for me with my bad back. I can even walk upright while moving it. I have extremely sandy soil here, and it still moves almost effortlessly.
     
  9. You-And-I

    You-And-I Ozarks Ɯberland Basecamp

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    liv4mtns,

    I do not have pneumatic tire on my trailer jack, but I do have Twin Wide Track wheels on our jack.
    Maybe this would work for your needs. Great Product

    Check it out, hope this helps!

    Alan

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    Click Here: F2 Jacks - Twin & Wide Track
    Note: F2 Jack about half way down the page-Product #1413080334
     
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    Thanks Alan for the link. Those are very interesting jacks.

    grim509, the trailer dolly is on my to get list. Thanks.



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    I have been thinking about this for a couple weeks now and decided to look into it. I found alot of posts on the trailer dolly, but for me, thats to much to pack for campgrounds. I have an idea that I think will help, similar to hacksaws idea. I have a couple 8" or 10" pneumatic tires. I'm going to try it out and I'll post pics ASAP.

    happy camping
     
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    you would think it would be easy to find.
    i did see some really good jacks with decent wheels at harbor freight
    could this work ?
    http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/trailer-jacks/1500-lb-capacity-dual-wheel-swing-back-boat-trailer-jack-67500.html
     
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    So here's my idea....this was just a trial run to see if it has potential.

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    Here's a link to a couple more pics and info.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/mattyjdi/HitchWheel?feat=directlink
     
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    mattyj,
    That is exactly what I have been thinking of trying for some time now. I never use the single hard rubber wheel that came on my trailer because I can not move the trailer on it. How well does it push across the yard and grass or over small bumps like say a 2x4? Have you tried it with wet or muddy ground? I will be trying this very soon.
     
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    I haven't had a chance to put it to the test yet, need to drill out the caster and get a 5/8" bolt first.
     
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    Any More insight to this solution. Did it work or not. I love the idea!
     
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    Yes, I used it all last year and still using it this year. Perfect for turning camper 90 degrees onsite. I would like to get rid of the caster portion and have the axle directly below the pivot point. That would make turning a little easier. It helps to keep tire pressure up to 40+.

    Happy Camping!
     
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    If you put the axle directly, or too close to the center of the jack post, it won't rotate easily when you try to change directions while moving the camper. The "caster" does this automatically.
    Think about shopping carts.
     
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    I could modify what I have now with an like dual tire design
    that Matt has shown for the same problem has happened here
    too.
     
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    94-D2 Happy Campin'

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    You could remove the caster offset and add a steer handle, like on an outboard boat motor. Tat way you could direct whatever direction you want and not depend on the offset to provide directional leverage.


    Justa thought...


    J
     

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