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To ROCKY JOCKEY or not to ROCKY JOCKEY

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3 days ago @ 09:34:38 am
Silvergypsey
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Hi All - Im new to this "Caravan" vibe and bought myself a little 2nd hand Jurgens Palma - the ol' gal is is GREAT condition and is a double axle - but of course, she is a bit heavy. So I was considering the "Rocky Jockey" - but its around 7K for a 2nd hand one and wondering if its actually worth its money. What do you Caravan Oracles say? 

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3 days ago @ 11:24:59 am
snys
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Why don't you rather consider Ewik movers? More expensive, but worth it.

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3 days ago @ 11:26:59 am
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Hi,

If you mention the Palma being a double axle, I assume it is an old 'tear drop shaped' model - indeed not a "little 2nd hand Jurgens Palma"....

Those vans were extremely well and solid manufactured, enjoy it.

I do not have first hands experience of the Rocky Jockey, but neighbor had one (single axle caravan) and it was pretty limited in it's application and also cumbersome to cart along everywhere!! His opinion!!
The RJ is not effective in sand or on slippery surfaces or even slight inclines (might even be less effective with a double axle??)

My experience is indeed with movers (those attached to the wheels) and I must say, what a pleasure I will not do without in future!! The only potential problem I can foresee is that the double axle might require two sets of movers (one per axle), but there are ways of getting around that (i.e. lifting jockey wheel to point where front axle does not have any traction etc..). The other challenge is the cost, but it is worth investigating and costing - it might be worth biting the bullet and get the movers.  Price of movers is far less than that of a potential back/shoulder operation.....

I suggest you call Michael Barwise at Pretria Caravans (012 329 2259) and discuss the options with him - he is indeed very knowledgeable  and willing to give advice!

Good luck.

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3 days ago @ 11:37:10 am
Silvergypsey
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Hi,

If you mention the Palma being a double axle, I assume it is an old 'tear drop shaped' model - indeed not a "little 2nd hand Jurgens Palma"....

Those vans were extremely well and solid manufactured, enjoy it.

I do not have first hands experience of the Rocky Jockey, but neighbor had one (single axle caravan) and it was pretty limited in it's application and also cumbersome to cart along everywhere!! His opinion!!
The RJ is not effective in sand or on slippery surfaces or even slight inclines (might even be less effective with a double axle??)

My experience is indeed with movers (those attached to the wheels) and I must say, what a pleasure I will not do without in future!! The only potential problem I can foresee is that the double axle might require two sets of movers (one per axle), but there are ways of getting around that (i.e. lifting jockey wheel to point where front axle does not have any traction etc..). The other challenge is the cost, but it is worth investigating and costing - it might be worth biting the bullet and get the movers.  Price of movers is far less than that of a potential back/shoulder operation.....

I suggest you call Michael Barwise at Pretria Caravans (012 329 2259) and discuss the options with him - he is indeed very knowledgeable  and willing to give advice!

Good luck.

Thank you for this insight - i will definately check this out.

 

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3 days ago @ 12:53:11 pm
Swanie
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Hi All - Im new to this "Caravan" vibe and bought myself a little 2nd hand Jurgens Palma - the ol' gal is is GREAT condition and is a double axle - but of course, she is a bit heavy. So I was considering the "Rocky Jockey" - but its around 7K for a 2nd hand one and wondering if its actually worth its money. What do you Caravan Oracles say? 

welcome to the forum Shirley

 

I would opt for Movers. As the ROCKY JOCKEY is heavy to lift up and move around when not in use. Mover is out of the way and the press of a button away.

 

Kom ons gaan kamp
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3 days ago @ 14:20:28 pm
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Why don't you rather consider Ewik movers? More expensive, but worth it.

Agree... especially if you have inclines, the caravan can ran away with RJ. Also heavy to transport and takes up a lot of packing space 

WAARSKUWING:

Kampeer is aansteeklik en verslawend 😁
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3 days ago @ 15:07:23 pm
Chuck Norris
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Gaan vir die movers en spaar jou die gesukkel.

Welkom hier op die forum.

 

 

 

Al weer oppad iewers heen.
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2 days ago @ 08:56:13 am
Hennie Botha
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Go for the movers and spare yourself a lot of frustration.

I also have a "rocky jockey"(My son-in-law built one for myself and him) that I ONLY use at home for the parking of the van. Luckily the parking area is on paving and I do not need to pull uphill. My son-in-law sold his mover as he had to pull the van uphill over a large grass portion and the wheel just kept on spinning.

Sê dankie vir wat jy in die lewe het.
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yesterday @ 12:41:13 pm
Mart
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I had a Rocky Jockey. My van is a Classique.

I found the Rocky Jockey suffered from a lot of wheelsman on our slightly inclined and paved driveway.

In the end I had to replace it with Movers.

 

Roughing it Smoothly
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yesterday @ 13:33:05 pm
mulderpm
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Why don't you rather consider Ewik movers? More expensive, but worth it.

Welcome Shirley.

I second that. I know many caravaners who soon changed from the RJ to a fixed integrated mover. If you do that from the start you will not be sorry.

Enjoy your Palma.

Groete,
Paul
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4 hours ago
Ockert
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Nou van topic af maar ek het twee of drie weke terug by Slaughters on Vaal so dubbel as teardrop  Jurgens gesien, eerste keer in my lewe en ek dink ook dit was n Palma, ek het nie geweet Jurgens het toe al dubbel as teardrops gemaak nie cool

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