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The jockey wheel is one of the most important components of any trailer, and that is especially the case if you’re heading bush in a camper trailer or caravan. The thing is, not all jockey wheels are the same, and getting one that suits your specific needs is really important – after all, the last thing you want to ruin your trip away is a failing jockey wheel!

Here’s a look at some of the considerations you need to take into account when purchasing a new jockey wheel for your trailer.

Trailer Type

The biggest influencing factor to the type of jockey wheel you buy is the kind of trailer you’re buying it for. Obviously, a small single-axle boat trailer isn’t going to have the same needs as a large dual axle caravan. For example, a standard jockey wheel, such as the Ark Economic Jockey Wheel features a 250mm maximum height extension, a solid rubber tyre and is rated for up to 350kg making it perfect for lightweight towing. On the flipside, a 10” Heavy Duty Jockey Wheel is available in either fixed or swivel options and features a high 500kg load capacity and sealed bearings that protect the wheel in an off-road environment making it perfect for larger towing such as a big caravan.

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Where You’re Planning to Travel

Your destination, or wherever you plan to take your trailer is another contributing factor to the type of jockey wheel you purchase. For instance, if you’re planning to head off road, then a standard wheel just won’t do the trick. Instead you’ll want to consider purchasing an off-road specific jockey wheel. An off-road specific jockey wheel, such as Ark’s XO Series, are specifically designed to handle anything the Aussie bush can throw at it. They’re super tough, but they’re also highly versatile with multiple height options, a highly maneuverable trailing yoke design, different yoke locking positions and are available in many sizes, weight ratings and cover most of the styles mentioned above. Alternatively, a pneumatic jockey wheel, such as Ark’s 10″ Pneumatic Jockey Wheels, feature a large 10in inflatable tyre specially designed to cope with difficult ground conditions. That makes them great for off-road use and even towing and camping on sand or other soft sites.

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The Need to Maneuver Your Trailer

If maneuvering your trailer while it’s unhitched from your tow vehicle is something you need to do regularly, then this is another contributing factor to the type of jockey wheel you purchase. Your reasons for needing to maneuver your vehicle will vary. Maybe the location you store your trailer at home is difficult to get to, or the campsite you’re traveling to has limited maneuvering room. Either way, a jockey wheel suited to unhitched maneuvering is worth considering. Again, for off-road use Ark’s XO Series is a good option, as its trailing yoke design makes it highly maneuverable. Alternatively, a ratchet jockey wheel such as the Ark Ezi-Mover Ratchet Jockey Wheels is designed to easily maneuver trailers weighing up to 2 tonnes on an even surface with minimal effort. They’re easily operated by rotating the controls and feature four functions: forward, reverse, neutral and stop/lock.

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Where to go for more information?

With extensive skills and experience, Ark are the experts when it comes to jockey wheels for your trailer.

Give the experts a call at Ark today to find the right Jockey Wheel for your trailer!

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Back in the “good old days”, heading bush in your 4×4 meant loading up a swag, an esky full of food and drink, a load of firewood and little more. While there are still certainly those purists out there who wouldn’t go camping any other way, for the rest of us times have certainly changed, largely thanks to the development and advancement of portable power. 

These days, the humble esky has been replaced with 12V fridges and freezers, keeping our food and drinks cooler for longer. Our entertainment options have gone from the flames of a campfire to most of the same luxuries we enjoy at home. And communication no longer means simply relying on the patchy reception of a UHF radio.

If you’re looking to enjoy all the creature comforts of home, then you need to ensure you have a portable power setup that will go the distance and service your unique needs. Here’s a look at a few options for ensuring you have the right portable power setup for your next trip bush.

More than just a battery box

A battery box is the name given to a portable box that can house a range of 12V batteries that can be used to power everything at your campsite from your fridge/freezer to your mobile phone chargers. The thing is, your basic battery box has been well and truly superseded. Ark’s patented ArkPak is a modern portable power solution that has taken the very basic concept of a battery box and improved it 100-fold. ArkPak comes in two variations, the ArkPak 730 and the ArkPak 730 Pure Sine.

The ArkPak range is the only “battery box” on the market that has a built-in AC-DC and DC-DC charger, which means it’s one less thing you need to worry about when you’re preparing to head bush. Simply put, you choose a battery whether it be a gel, calcium, AGM or other battery, place it in the box, connect your powered devices and you’re good to go. A 5V USB 2.1 amp socket, 2x 12V accessory sockets, a 50A Anderson socket, external battery terminals, a low voltage cut out, manual isolator switch, time tracker tech, a battery management system with an LCD display and a 7-stage smart charger.

The ArkPak 730 features a 300W modified sine inverter so you can plug in your 240V devices, while the ArkPak 730 Pure Sine features a 300W Pure Sine Wave inverter, meaning you have the same kind of 240V power as your home has, no matter how remote you travel. That means you can plug in sensitive electronic devices such as drone and camera chargers, laptops and computers and even CPAP machines and keep them charged and powered as long as the battery has charge.

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Harness the power of the sun

Of course, having something as powerful and functional as an ArkPak is sensational, but you still need to keep the battery charged. There’s a few ways to do this. One way is to keep the battery charged from your vehicle battery. This works well if you’re traveling day to day and not stopping in camp for more than a day at a time. But if you’re planning to set up camp for a few days or longer, then your best option to keep your battery charged is to utilise solar power.

Solar technology has come a long way in the last decade or so, and portable solar options are readily available and a very reliable option for campsite power. Ark has a number of options that will work hand in hand with your ArkPak or battery box. ArkPak Freedom Amorphous Foldable Solar Panels are the Ark’s premium solar offering and are available in both 30W and 60W, generating 2-4.2A per hour. These panels will work in low light and partial shade and are lightweight and compact so they don’t take up unnecessary space.

Consult the Experts at Ark for all your Portable Power Needs

Having the gear you need to power your campsite is one of the key elements of modern camping, and Ark are the experts when it comes to portable power.

Reach out to the experts at Ark today to find out how they help you elevate your next adventure!

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Aussies love nothing more than loading up their 4WD and heading off the beaten track to explore some of the more remote spots that this diverse and varied country has to offer. Whether you’re looking at tackling the Red Centre, the tropical north, the southern highlands or any one of the myriad pristine beaches our coastline has to offer, there’s nothing like exploring the country off-road.

If you’re looking at getting off the beaten path, a camper trailer is the ultimate home-away-from-home however, there are a few accessories that’ll make your trip both safer, and more comfortable. Take a look out at our recommended must-have accessories for your next trip!

Off-Road Capable Jockey Wheels

If you’re planning to explore the more remote regions of the country and expecting to camp at remote and rugged campsites that are only accessible to 4WDs and off-road caravans, then you’ll need a jockey wheel to suit. An off-road specific jockey wheel, such as the XO Series, are specifically designed to handle anything the Aussie bush can throw at it. They’re super tough, but they’re also highly versatile with multiple height options, a highly maneuverable trailing yoke design, different yoke locking positions and are available in many sizes, weight ratings and cover most of the styles mentioned above. 

Battery Box  

A battery box is one of the easiest ways to ensure you have ample power for your campsite. Even if you have a dual battery already setup in your 4WD or tow vehicle, having a battery box specifically for your camper trailer is a smart idea, especially if you plan to be off the grid at remote locations for extended periods. ArkPak is the ultimate battery box on offer, and is the only one on the market that has a built-in AC-DC and DC-DC charger. ArkPak also features a 300Watt modified sine inverter, a 5V USB 2.1 amp socket, 2x 12V accessory sockets, a 50A Anderson Socket, external battery terminals and much more, making it the ideal power solution for your camper trailer. All you need to supply is a battery and you’re good to go!

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Corner Steadies

A corner steady jack such as the XO Corner Steadies on offer from Ark are the ultimate dual-purpose addition to your camper trailer. Whether you need to stabilize a corner of your camper trailer while at camp, or need to jack it up to execute a remote tyre change, a Corner Steady can serve both needs. The versatility of the strong 19mm hex drive on Ark’s XO range means that you can use them with the supplied winding handle, a wheel brace or an impact driver.

Power Distribution

If you’re looking to wire up your camper trailer to provide all the creature comforts of home right at your campsite, then a power distribution box is an absolute necessity. The thing is, not all power distribution boxes are made equal! Ark’s XO Power Distribution Hub is the ultimate all-in-one power management system and is unlike any other 12V control box on the market. This Power Distribution Hub allows you to control all of your on-board devices, easily monitor usage, protects your battery and offers a huge range of outputs along with Bluetooth connectivity for remote control and monitoring via your smartphone. 

power distribution hub camping must have

Solar Power

Whether you’re planning an extended camping stay in the middle of the Kimerley or on Fraser Island, solar power is the ultimate way to keep your fridge powered and the drinks cold! Of course, a decent solar setup will do much more than just keep the fridge powered. It’ll ensure you can enjoy all the creature comforts of home without the need to hook into power or run a noisy generator. ArkPak Freedom Amorphous Foldable Solar Panels are the Ark’s premium solar offering and are available in both 30W and 60W offerings, generating 2-4.2A per hour. These panels will work in low light and partial shade and are lightweight and compact so they don’t take up unnecessary space. 

Where to go for more information?

When it comes to getting off-road and exploring this magnificent country, Ark are the proven experts. They’ve been leaders in trailer parts, towing gear and 4WD accessories for over 40 years, are 100% Australian owned and independent.

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Whether you’re hitting rugged tracks for a bit of challenging fun, or heading remote with a camper trailer in tow, the Aussie off-road lifestyle has become a part of our culture.

One of the key elements to an enjoyable, successful and safe 4X4 trip is being prepared for any situation. Knowing how to safely recover your 4X4 in the event of an incident is all part and parcel of the off-road experience, and having the kit and knowledge you need to recover your vehicle is paramount. Here’s a look at some of the recovery elements you need to consider when hitting the tracks.

Recovery Gear for Your 4X4

There’s a lot of different products on the market that are specifically designed to assist in recovering your 4WD if it gets into a situation where it becomes bogged or stuck. To prepare yourself for this, properly rated recovery points should be at the top of your list when you get started. Many people assume that the factory tow points that are fitted to your 4X4 are suitable for recovering your vehicle, but that is simply not the case and indeed using factory tow points (or worse – a tow ball!) can actually be very dangerous and has in the past actually led to fatalities. Perhaps the most versatile and easily fittable recovery point you can put on your vehicle is a Hitch Receiver Bracket and Shackle.

This bracket fits into your tow hitch, but is rated to 4.75 tonnes which means it’s ideal as a recovery point. This recovery point will allow another vehicle to use a snatch or recovery strap to pull you out of any bog hole or other sticky situation, or it’s an ideal point for another vehicle to use as a winch point.

must have 4x4 towing accessories

Recovery Gear for your Trailer

You might think that as long as you have the right recovery gear for your 4X4 that you should be right, even if you’re towing a trailer. The thing is, when you’re towing a trailer off-road, whether it’s a light camper trailer or a larger off-road caravan, you’re adding a whole extra vehicle that will need recovering due to increased overall vehicle length and weight. 

To safely get both your tow vehicle and trailer out of trouble, take a look at our recommended must-haves.. Firstly, an off-road jockey wheel such as Ark’s XO750 XO Series Jockey Wheel is worth its weight in gold in an emergency situation where you may need to consider unhitching your trailer to perform a recovery. This jockey wheel can be deployed when seriously stuck to remove the trailer from the vehicle allowing the vehicle to self-recover, reposition and then using the 750kg load rating of the jockey wheel to skull drag the trailer out of its own situation. And not only does it offer the ability to assist in a recovery situation, it’ll also make maneuvering your trailer around at camp easier than ever.

Another accessory that can assist greatly in a recovery situation is a corner steady jack such as Ark’s XO Corner Steadies. These allow you to both stabilize a corner of your camper trailer while at camp, as well as  jack the trailer up to execute a remote tyre change. Certainly handy on a rugged track if your trailer suffers a puncture or a tyre that has rolled off the bead.

recovery accessories for trailers

Speak to the team at Ark for all your Recovery Needs

Having the gear to recover your 4X4 and your trailer when bush is a hugely important part of heading off-road in Australia, and when it comes to getting off-road and exploring this magnificent country, Ark are the proven experts. They’ve been leaders in trailer parts, towing gear and 4WD accessories for over 40 years, are 100% Australian owned and independent.

Reach out to the team at Ark today to find out how they can help turn your camper trailer into the ultimate off-road home-away-from-home!