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Old 12-06-2015, 11:17 AM   #1
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help, my power hitch will not go up!!

I know this might be simple but need help. Our jack will go down to raise the trailer up. It will drop down however but we have to raise it up manually. Fuse does look good. What else should we look for? We are full timing.

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Old 12-06-2015, 11:27 AM   #2
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If the jack will do the high-torque work (lifting the trailer) but won't lower the tongue, my first guesses are bad switch or a loose connection at the switch.
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Old 12-06-2015, 11:31 AM   #3
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I can't offer any specific repair or diagnostic advice for you except to point out that the tongue jack is not an Airstream-specific item and any RV mechanic and repair shop should be able to help you get this straightened out.
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Old 12-06-2015, 11:35 AM   #4
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If you can access the switch you can use a volt meter to see if you have power when the switch is in the proper position. You could also bypass the switch with a short jumper wire. If it works, replace the switch.
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Old 12-06-2015, 11:38 AM   #5
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Agreed, it's usually pretty easy to diagnose. If it isn't the fuse, then it's the switch. Access to the switch is pretty easy. Just take off the silly leveling bubble by rotating the cap and you can get to the switches. Also check your battery connection.
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Old 12-06-2015, 12:13 PM   #6
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Not sure if your jack is like mine but if you take the cover off the jack there is a reset button inside. Fixed mine, but it is old.
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Old 12-06-2015, 12:40 PM   #7
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Thanks so much for your suggestions. We will do all those things one at a time until we find the answer.
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Old 12-06-2015, 12:43 PM   #8
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Try replacing the fuse anyway. I had the same issue and that was it.
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Try turning the Jack manually with the crank to set the motor in a slightly different position. REMOVE the crank, and then try the switch again. Jim
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Old 12-06-2015, 04:25 PM   #10
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Try turning the Jack manually with the crank to set the motor in a slightly different position. REMOVE the crank, and then try the switch again. Jim
What he said. Worked for me once.
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help, my power hitch will not go up!!

Reading this thread makes me happy I replaced the dead electric jack on ours with a manual jack.
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Old 12-06-2015, 05:42 PM   #12
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Reading this thread makes me happy I replaced the dead electric jack on ours with a manual jack.
Mine still works ok - although i did have a problem at one tme that turned out to be a bad ground connection.

But the more I travel with RV's the more I tend to believe in the philosophy that I would rather use a little more manual effort that rely on electrics/electronics.

A nice convenience when they work, but sure can be a pain when they don't!

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I like the electric with manual backup they have. We did replace our original Barker 3000 with the stronger Deluxe Hi Power 3500 when it stuttered a few times lifting our trailer tongue and rear of the truck to set weight distribution.
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Old 12-06-2015, 05:54 PM   #14
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I had the same problem - it was sporadic. First I checked fuse and the ground which were OK. I contacted Barker Manufacturing (269 965-2371) . They diagnosed the problem as a bad toggle switch which they furnished and I installed. Simple job. Fixed the problem. Good luck - the manual back-up wrench is a pain to operate....

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