Trail-A-Mate Review – Hydraulic Jack and Jockey Wheel – Change a Caravan Tire Easily

Trail-A-Mate is an item that all caravaners should have in their arsenal.

Its simply a BRILLIANT PRODUCT, especially if you have a few years under your belt like myself. (Old Guy Warning) haha

Trail-A-Mate Review - Caravan Flat Tire Changine Made Easy
Trail-A-Mate Review – Caravan Flat Tire Changing Made Easy

A Hydraulic Jack and Jockey wheel all in one combination.

Change your Caravans Flat Tire Easily and Safely

Two days after I made this Video above I actually got to use the Trail-A-Mate for real.
Sadly, I didn’t have a good camera with me, otherwise I would have replaced this video, with a real life demo.

Recipt for Tire bought two days after I made the Trail-A-Mate Video
Receipt for Tire bought two days after I made the Trail-A-Mate Video

I am so glad I had my Mate handy, it made changing the tire so easy.

It took me approx 1 1/2 hours all up, removing the flat tire, driving to the nearest tire center, getting a new tire fitted to the rim, returning to my trailer, and fitting it.

For those of you who have tried to use a standard car jack for your trailer or caravan, I feel your pain.

P.S. I am extremely impressed with the Trail-A-Mate. Its heavy duty steel construction gives you the confidence that it is built to last, and I thoroughly recommend it.

Trail-A-Mate Specs:

  • Minimum Height: 145mm
  • Maximum Height: 780mm
  • Working Load limit: 1,000kg

Whats inside the box:

  • 1 Hydraulic Jack
  • 1 Pair of jacking brackets (I forgot to mention in my video that these need to be securely fitted to your Caravan, trailer, etc.)
  • 1 Lifting Clamp
  • 1 Flat base plate
  • 1 Jockey wheel assembly
  • 1 Locating pin
  • 1 Extendable wheel brace (extends 200mm)
  • 1 Thin walled double ended wheel socket (19mm and 21mm)
  • 1 Promotional cap

Also a one year warranty card, to complete the package

Mine was supplied by

CaravanRVCamping.com.au

The link above will take you directly to the trail a mate page if you would like to buy one for yourself.

Caravan RV Camping actually care about you, the customer.

  • Australian Based
  • Very fast to dispatch your orders
  • Plus they have good competitive prices.

I give them a big thumbs up, and I will be happy to deal with them again.

Garry ([email protected])
www.caravanontour.com

Caravan Towing Mirrors

Caravan Towing Mirrors

What you want with any caravan towing mirrors, is ease of installation, good rear view visibility, and they MUST be Sturdy.

There is nothing more annoying, than having to pull over to the side of the road, after a semi has passed you in the opposite direction, and the force of the rushing air, has dislodged your drivers mirror.

Another gripe I have, is poor design, that allows your extended rear view mirrors, to constantly vibrate, rendering them almost useless, unless traveling really slow with no oncoming traffic.

I’m quite sure, you don’t want to ruin your travels, by constantly stopping every few kilometres, to adjust a mirror that’s moved, due to wind vibration, or bumps in the road.

Split View Towing Mirrors
Split View Towing Mirrors

The mirrors shown above Suit Nissan Patrol 1997 on-wards.

These have a standard Nissan Factory wiring harness already wired in, so basically its simply a matter of removing the original mirrors, connect the wiring harness  and bolting these new replacement towing mirrors in place.

Now you can take advantage of the extra length when pulled out to give an extra 100mm rear view visibility, plus large 200mm x 175mm flat main mirror with a 75mm X 175mm wide angle black spot  mirror below it.