12V Wireless Remote Control Jockey Wheel
(Frequently Asked Questions)
Q. Can I replace my existing Jockey wheel with the Optitec Jockey Wheel?
A. Yes , In most cases, the Optitec Wheel will replace the traditional jockey wheel. Some RVs and utility trailers might require an additional clamp to ensure correct mounting of the Optitec Wheel. Optitec clamps are available or brand name heavy duty clamps are suitable. Optitec Wheels can also be used together with permanent folding jockey wheel for RVs , boat trailers or heavy utility trailers.
Q. How many models of Optitec Wheel are there?
A. Each year one model is produced with only one colour. The colour may vary from year to year based on available materials. Over the past 6 years 3 versions have been produced. The most current model is version 3. Each version issue represents a minor improvement to the Wheel.
Q. Do I need a special clamp to fit the Optitec Wheel to my trailer?
A. No, the Optitec machine fits onto a standard jockey wheel clamp - HOWEVER... if your trailer is over 3300 lbs (1500 kg) we advise fitting our double clamp bracket. This is made specifically for the Optitec Wheel and only takes a few minutes to install . Watch videos
Q. What is the Optitec Jockey Wheel made from?
A. The tire is made from high quality rubber on an alloy wheel made specifically for the Optitec Wheel. Surface conditions vary so the wheel and tread are designed for durability and best grip in most conditions.
Q. How much weight will the Optitec Wheel move?
A. The Optitec Wheel is capable of moving any RV, float, or tradesman trailers with single or double axles up to a maximum of
7700 lbs (3500 kg). The Optitec Wheel is capable of turning the trailer 360 degrees on its axis making U-turns easy
Q. What is the maximum tow ball weight for the Optitec Wheel?
A. The Optitec Wheel is designed for a maximum tow ball weight of 770 lbs (350 kg). This is an Australian standard for RVs
Q. Can I move my trailer with the Optitec Wheel wound up high?
A. No. The Optitec Wheel must be wound down to lowest position. The electric motor is powerful and may cause damage to connection components if operated in a high position
Q. Is the Optitec Wheel Noisy?
A. The Optitec Wheel has a sound level of 68 -72 decibels. This level of sound is roughly equivalent to a shower or dishwasher; more than a conversation but less than a flushing toilet.
Q. How is the Optitec Wheel controlled?
A The Optitec Wheel comes with a hand held remote control that works off a radio signal and has a range of 165 feet (50 m). The remote control assists the user in moving any trailer at a safe speed with great control and visibility at the rear, sides and front of the trailer. This enables moving a trailer in places not accessible with a tow vehicle.
Q. What surfaces will the Optitec Wheel work on?
A. The Optitec Wheel works very well on most surfaces including grass and gravel as you con see from our videos. However, there are many variables in surface conditions such as loose gravel, soft ground or mud. Just as with a 4WD a positive result is based on the skill of the user. For example many skilled users have used plywood or dense rubber mats on soft or muddy ground with success.
Q. Can I operate the Optitec Jockey Wheel on an incline?
A. Although it is not specifically designed for this purpose many people use the Optitec Wheel to move their RVs or trailers on sloping driveways. Once again, this operation depends on many variables such as % incline and surface condition. Testing was carried out using a 5500 lbs (2500 kg) trailer up long ramps of 6 to 8 degrees (ratios between 1:8 to 1:10 ). For this reason we are not able to provide definitive advice on how the Optitec will perform in your situation.
Q. Can the Optitec Wheel be used as a brake?
A. No. The Wheel remains locked until power is applied to the Wheel. However, the Wheel is not designed or intended to be used as a brake when storing a trailer or RV. Chocks or other means of locking the trailer wheels must be used in this case
Q. Does the Optitec Wheel have its own battery?
A. No. During design and development we decided against installing a built-in battery due to additional weight, another component to be maintained and replaced, and maintaining charge on an additional battery.
Q. Can I run the Optitec Jockey Wheel from my RV battery power supply?
A. Yes. The Optitec Wheel has a female receptacle for an Anderson plug. The Anderson male and female may be known by different names but are standard in the North American RV market. The Anderson lead can be connected to any 12 V power source that can provide at least 50 A and able to maintain 12 V. Suitable power sources are RV onboard 12 V systems, most vehicle, boat, and motorcycle batteries, small and large jump starters, and most accessory portable power units used to run 12 V fridges.
Q. How much power does the Optitec Jockey Wheel use from my battery?
A. The Optitec machine is very efficient. It will draw about 5 or 6A under light load conditions and approximately 12 to 15A moving a heavy trailer on smooth level surfaces. The maximum current draw is 50 A under maximum load such as turning a large tandem wheel trailer or traversing an incline. This means that for most normal operations, the power consumed from your battery will not be significant. For example a small 'Jump Starter' will power the Optitec Wheel for approximately ½ hr before requiring recharging.
Q. Is the Optitec Jockey Wheel protected against overloading?
A. Yes, the Optitec Wheel motor has full over current and over temperature protection so you can't damage it by pushing It hard. If the overload operates , the electric motor will shut down and the wheel will lock to keep it from rolling. All you need to do is press the ''Off' button on the Remote Control and that will reset the overload ready to go again.