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Old 10-29-2014, 01:53 PM   #1
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Want Electric Jack for Argosy 20' Trailer

Hi, All,
It's been quite a number of years since I logged into this forum. That being said, I am older and a bit wiser and wish to buy an electric power jack for my 20 foot Argosy camper. I am tired of cranking it up and down by hand.

Has anyone any suggestions as to what is best? I called some generic RV place and was told $350, then after several exclamations on my part, the guy miraculously "found" his lowest priced one for $200. I did not get off the boat yesterday, but I think he might have!

Does the old original crank jack get removed and an electric one put in its place? What runs the electricity to it?

Thanks for any and all help.
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Old 10-29-2014, 03:13 PM   #2
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Hi, All,
It's been quite a number of years since I logged into this forum. That being said, I am older and a bit wiser and wish to buy an electric power jack for my 20 foot Argosy camper. I am tired of cranking it up and down by hand.

Has anyone any suggestions as to what is best? I called some generic RV place and was told $350, then after several exclamations on my part, the guy miraculously "found" his lowest priced one for $200. I did not get off the boat yesterday, but I think he might have!

Does the old original crank jack get removed and an electric one put in its place? What runs the electricity to it?

Thanks for any and all help.
You can find jacks reasonable priced on ebay. Barker is a good brand & good price. For electric for jack, the hot wire for breakaway swt can be spliced into as it will not interfere with breakaway swt. Jack self grounds thru mounting bolts
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Old 10-29-2014, 03:31 PM   #3
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So does the old jack need to come off or can the new one be mounted close to it? I need someone to do this...
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Old 10-29-2014, 03:52 PM   #4
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The new one bolts in place of the old one. Three bolts and one wire will get you in business.
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Old 10-29-2014, 03:57 PM   #5
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Today I swaped out my busted Barker for a new heavy duty Barker. It took about 30 minutes from start to finish.
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:50 PM   #6
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Hey, I can cover couches, make curtains, fix the gas stove, paint, clean, etc., but I am CLUELESS with tools. Gonna have to pay to get this done.
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:27 PM   #7
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How did you fix the gas stove without tools?? How do you do upholstery and make curtains without tools? You probably know more than you think you do!
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Old 10-30-2014, 06:21 PM   #8
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3 bolts and 1 wire are really not a high tech problem. Currently is one selling for $135 at a local surplus store. You should be able to beat that Stateside. Find someone that is mechanically inclined and barter services for the install. Perhaps a home cooked meal or some sewing would work.
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Old 10-30-2014, 10:48 PM   #9
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Block the tongue up so you can take the jack out. Take out the three bolts and lift the old jack out. The whole thing lifts straight up leaving a hole in the tongue. lower the new jack into the hole, align the three bolt holes, insert the bolts and tighten them down. The jack is now installed. Find the lead to the break away switch that is "hot", splice the wire to the jack into that wire and you are done. Adventure RV usually has electric jacks on sale.
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Old 10-31-2014, 09:08 AM   #10
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Thank you all, particularly for the step-by-step directions.
What about something like this that is separate: Powerbuilt 3 Ton Unijack Truck Lift Jack - Walmart.com
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Doesn't look like the right thing. Go to the camping world site for what is available. Etrailer also has a good selection.
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Old 10-31-2014, 05:35 PM   #12
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The Walmart jack would not be much help,it only lifts about 3 1/2 inches,needs to be pumped by hand and would have to be stored somewhere and carried to the front of the trailer every time you needed it. The one you need replaces the original so requires no carrying or storing also no hand pumping.Do a search on ebay for trailer tongue jack you will find plenty of them and the install is really simple,even if you decide to pay some one to do it it`s a 20 minute job.
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I got my mew Barker jack from Amazon. They had the best price that I found. Free shipping and no tax with Amazon Prime.
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Try harbor freight was around $125.00 last Thursday
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