parking the boat trailer on an incline, easy ways to get the nose up?

Hi All
Just moving house and at the new place the driveway has a slight incline, nothing crazy

I am just wondering what options there are out there for lifting the nose up so the rain etc drains out the back. my jockey wheel gets it to about level put I need to lift the trailer up by hand to get some bricks under the wheel and get the desired angle. The boat weighs about 1 ton and the ball weight would be just over 100kg estimated which is going to end in tears at some point.

Just looking at a simple setup DIY with a jack or something that wont topple and is easy for 1 person and quick.

is an extra long jockey wheel an option? bearing in mind when hooked on the car my current one only just has enough clearance to swing down


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If it rains etc I wind mine

Thu, 2018-05-24 17:41

If it rains etc I wind mine up with the jockey wheel then place a jack under it and wind the jocky wheel right in, put bricks under it then wind it right out again.


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2nd Jockey wheel

Thu, 2018-05-24 17:42

 I had a similar issue many years ago and ended up buying a 2nd extra long clamp on jockey wheel. Wind the standard wheel up until it stops, then clamp on the second wheel as high up as you can and keep winding. Bit of stuffing around but easier than the trolley jack and blocks I used before that. 

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Thu, 2018-05-24 19:09

I use the same idea.

I have a second clamp on extra long caravan jack I put on after seperating the boat from the car. Lets me lift it up a lot more and makes sure it draims properly

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 When reversing make a couple

Thu, 2018-05-24 17:54

 When reversing make a couple of small ramps for the car wheels and the block of wood or as i used a couple ofvgarden slabs under the jockey wheel. That should do the trick nicely and costs no money if no slabs even bricks will suffice 


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 I throw my trolley jack

Thu, 2018-05-24 18:19

 I throw my trolley jack under the front running gear cross member and jackp it up from there. Then put a single axle stand under the draw bar about half way down and lower. Works for me. 


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Thu, 2018-05-24 20:18

 I have the same problem so i purchased a boat cover from Ebay for $38.00. Thin but it does the job, keeps out leaves, junk, sun & rain. I run a length of 32mm electrical conduit from front to back in the middle so the rain runs off & doesn't pool up anywhere. Wind the jockey wheel up as far as it goes then do the rest with a trolley jack. A jack stand under the draw bar then remove the jack. Nice n stable....


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Just a suggestion

Thu, 2018-05-24 20:44

But why not mount a second Jockey wheel further back on the trailer towards the boat either on the drawbar or the "A Frame" of the trailer?

Same Jockey Wheel extension will give the nose more "lift" and will be able to be flipped up for transport.


I haven't tried this personally but makes sense to me at the moment....

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 Have this same issue. Here's

Thu, 2018-05-24 21:18

 Have this same issue. Here's my way. Takes 3 minutes. Wind jockey wheel to highest point. Pack something up to under drawbar. I use a piece of 150 x 150  rhs, this about 400mm long. Lower jockey wheel till draw bar is sitting on the rhs. Then l use a few big bricks packed under jockey wheel wound right up. Saves having to lift onto bricks. Gets the bow right up for water to drain out scuppers. Use wheel chocks to stop trailer moving.

To lower just use process in reverse.

Other than that get a cover.

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jockey wheel

Fri, 2018-05-25 07:15

Thanks for all the feedback, looks like its a reasonably common problem

I like the idea of an extra clamp on jockey wheel further down the trailer, nice and simple without any risk of toppling and the jockey wheel will just stay on the ground where the boat is stored when the boat is in use

I have wheel chocks already as at my old house the boat was parked on a decline slope hence I didn't have a problem with drainage