There's lots of choice when you are looking at all the caravan jacks on the market. When touring with your caravan, taking a suitable caravan jack with you is a must. You never know when you might need one.
I found that out when I first started caravanning many years ago. We
were on our way down to Lulworth in Dorset with friends. When we had a
pit stop our friends said they had noticed that we had a flat spot on
one of our caravan tyres.
I had a look at the tyre and decided that we could carry on with our journey (as long as we took it steady!) as we were not too far away, and would change the tyre once we had reached our holiday spot.
Anyway, once we had arrived I got the spare wheel ready and then realised I had not got a jack for the caravan. In the end I used the car jack which was definitely NOT ideal.
As soon as we returned home from our holiday I decided to buy a proper caravan jack. I bought an Alko side-lift jack which is a very simple and easy to use jack. Basically, all you have to do is bolt the jacking points to your Alko chassis in the pre-drilled holes, and then whenever you need to use your jack you simply place it into the jacking point which holds the jack firmly in place. You then wind the jack to start lifting the caravan. You do, however have to make sure that the foot plate of the jack is flat to the floor to ensure stability.
There are many different types of caravan jacks on the market for you to choose from:
The Side Jack (as explained above)
The Trolley Jack
This is rather heavy but a very good jack. Basically it is a wheeled jack which uses hydraulic pressure to raise the lifting platform. It has an end mounted pole which is used to operate the jack.
The Bottle Jack
A bottle jack is another type of hydraulic jack. It is much smaller and not as heavy as the trolley jack but it works on the same principle.
The Scissor Jack
This is a four-sided expanding frame. The jack is operated by a
handle at one end which, when turned, opens up the frame via a central
In my opinion, one of the best jacks on the market is the Purpleline KoJack Caravan Jack & Leveller. This is a hydraulically operated scissor jack and very easy to use. It has two chassis jacking brackets with integral spirit levels to aid the levelling of the caravan. The jack has been designed for low ground clearance and has the benefit of having a hydraulic system incorporated into the design which requires minimum effort to operate it. It can lift up to two tonnes and the last time I checked it was priced at around £60.
I was so impressed with this jack I have bought one and fitted it to our new caravan. It comes in a plastic moulded carry case. It is rather heavy so when touring I put it in the boot of the car.
Just remember that whatever jack you choose, it must be capable of lifting the weight of your caravan via the correct jacking points determined by the caravan manufacturer. You can find out where your caravan jacking points are by checking your caravan handbook.
You should also keep in mind that should you be unlucky enough to have a puncture, the jacking points on your caravan will be at least 3 to 4 inches closer to the ground and you will need to make allowances for this when choosing your jack.