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Old 06-12-2012, 09:05 PM   #15
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Zigzagguzzi above suggested something to try in the morning. Presently, jack detatched and operating the device with tool supplied. She runs up and down like it is supposed to and the middle slidding portion seems to be locked in like it is supposed to be---Guys, many thanks to you all for suggestions and information....And...Spring bars noted...now all I have to do is remember it. Thanks.

Splitrock--I knew I had read that somewhere (you probably told someone else) and thought that might be the way to go...now I am almost convinced--thank U 2
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:21 PM   #16
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There was actually very little about the Airstream trailer that I hated . . . but the electric tongue jack made that list the first time I used it. I actually was able to replace it with a front mounted crank sidewinder jack. No electric, no fuss.
I took Splitrock's advice and ordered this manual jack for my 27 FB. It works great and keeps my arms in shape.

Bulldog A-Frame Trailer Jack HB-155010

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Old 06-12-2012, 09:32 PM   #17
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kds, you're the second to suggest that....three may be a charm if anyone else suggest that.....
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:45 PM   #18
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I remember when tractors first came out with electric starters they still had a backup crank starter. That's how the electric tongue jacks should be made. The mickey mouse jack that came on my trailer required removing the motor by removing 4 bolts at the flange in order to use a 1/2 size hand crank.

It's dark, the wind is blowing, it's raining, and I'm trying to remove a motor on an electric jack so I can hitch up . . . or unhitch. Not for me! Why not design one that's duel fuel?

I may put an electric jack back on when I get old, but them again I'll probably just go back to building bird houses.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:20 AM   #19
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I have two Reese electric tongue jacks, one on the Caravel and one on the 20' Argosy. Both were made in 1984/5. Both work faultlessly and have for almost 30 years.

This spring I purchased HF (cause it was cheap) for the Argosy 22. Hunk of crap, and I took it back. Got a Husky Brute which sounded like it was a good one. It is OK, but not even in the ballpark with the old Reese's. It is slow and wobbles even though they tell you how great it is with the "recirculating ball" screw jack post. Some say the Barker's are good, haven't tried one yet. The A&E looks ok, but again, no experience with it.

I want a 3rd Reese from the 80's. Anyone got one for sale?
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:14 AM   #20
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We have an Atwood Electric Tongue Jack, and the manual crank handle inserts directly in the front of the motor housing. See page 4, illustration 1, item C - Manual Crank Handle, in link below:

http://www.atwoodmobile.com/manuals/...2011.21.07.pdf

As mentioned in other posts, we keep the top of the jack covered with an old boat fender that has one end cut off, secured with a bungee cord. This protects most of the mechanical parts from sun, rain, snow, rocks and dirt, road debris, etc.; and our jack looks and operates same as new after five years of use. The only maintenance I have done on it is to replace the light bulb.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:13 AM   #21
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We have an Atwood Electric Tongue Jack, and the manual crank handle inserts directly in the front of the motor housing. See page 4, illustration 1, item C - Manual Crank Handle, in link below:

http://www.atwoodmobile.com/manuals/...2011.21.07.pdf

As mentioned in other posts, we keep the top of the jack covered with an old boat fender that has one end cut off, secured with a bungee cord. This protects most of the mechanical parts from sun, rain, snow, rocks and dirt, road debris, etc.; and our jack looks and operates same as new after five years of use. The only maintenance I have done on it is to replace the light bulb.

That looks better than others I've seen. When I use the hand crank, do I have to crank the electric motor as well as lift the trailer tongue?

This might be a compromise jack for me when I get old.
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:45 AM   #22
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Hmmm, I really don't know, as I haven't had to use the hand crank yet. I suspect that when one turns the crank, the motor shaft gets turned, too; but that's just a guess.

No one I know has this electric jack; so I don't know if it's reliable, or if we are just lucky, since we have had no problems with it.

Some seem to think an electric jack is unnecessary, but with the sun beating down on you in 115+ degree heat, anything that reduces manual effort and accelerates the hook-up process is welcomed (and used).

By installing this jack, my wife can raise and lower the trailer tongue, instead of her watching me alternately crank the jack and back the truck, which gets both of us into our air conditioned pickup cab a few minutes faster (and usually prevents a little arguing, too).
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:42 PM   #23
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What more can be said...You guys are great...All suggestions make since....I am 70 and would rather get upset about something else other than a @#&^%) jack (I don't cuss, but do a lot of thinking!). Believe me, I have a bag full of things to get upset about other than jacks, windows, converters, showers, dents, et al. And, that list is prior to any camping...I love'er though (so far). Tom
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:49 PM   #24
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Had to go up town and went buy a trailer sales that sells part (not AS). They recommended a Husky Brute, HB 3000, 3000lb continuous lifting w/smart stop for $235. Of course, I want to check out all the above mentioned jacks first, but does any one have any information pro/con on this jack compared to the ones listed? Just a thought..........
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:56 PM   #25
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See my comments above on the Husky Brute: I repeat them here:


"Got a Husky Brute which sounded like it was a good one. It is OK, but not even in the ballpark with the old Reese's. It is slow and wobbles even though they tell you how great it is with the "recirculating ball" screw jack post. Some say the Barker's are good, haven't tried one yet. The A&E looks ok, but again, no experience with it."
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:03 PM   #26
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idroba--You have me convenced..I am certainly glad you called my attention to the Brute--I missed it. I am going to read the notes again and see what else I might have missed. But......Husky is out of the running. Thanks again..Ya might have saved me more money. They say that a boat in the water is a hole you continue to poor money into...any AS names??
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:35 PM   #27
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Finally, one snuck through.....

First of all, thanks to everyone that posted suggestions and provided a wealth of information. Here is what I finally did to solve my jack problems???

Barker - that is the brand that came on Bambi and I have had a lot of problems with it so I didn't take that route

Reese - looked good especially the guarantee of 5 years..tempting. It was in the running but what I got won out.

Bulldog Manual - I hope I can find something else to bide my time rather than cranking the ol'Bambi by hand. I did give it some thought and the left side of my brain said no.

The winner is...........I don't think I'll tell ha............drum roll.....

Atwood 3500 Power Torque Heavy Duty. I did like the "Pawn Stars" and called in an another authority, John, and he agreed with Phoenix on the Atwood. You ALL provided great info, but I only needed one jack. I checked several websites and found AdventureRV had equal or lower pricing and a 2-day shipment for $9 more and that was what I needed. Item 255837 $262.75 includes special mailing/handling. The way I am going, $200 here, $200 there, it all hurts so why worry about it....We middle class don't pay taxes anyway so we have lotsa okani. Darn, I shoulda quit while I was ahead.

Thanks again to ya'll. Tom
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:03 PM   #28
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Good luck to those of you who bought manual jacks. Mine just broke. came crashing down while attempting to get trailer off of tv. Luckily no one was hurt. Now it's stuck on tv with the jack bottom dragging on the ground. The crank handle just spins around won't engage up or down. Of course I'm at a campground miles from home. Planning on somehow getting it raised high enough to drive.
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