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Old 06-12-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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Trailer front electric jack

Hooked trailer to truck and started to raise the hitch to set the stabilizers (I think that is what they are called) and there was a snap within the jack tube.The lower part of the jack evidently broke loose inside the shaft and now the jack motor operates but is not connected to lower or raise the trailer. The lifting part of the jack can be moved freely in and out--not connected to anything. I have the lifting device removed from the trailer and there doesn't appear to be anyway to disassemble. Can I repair or will a new purchase be necessary?
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:26 AM   #2
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Wow, that's serious. For mine, the entire jack/tube assembly had to be replaced (I bent mine). Mine was just under $200, but you have to see what brand and model you have before you can price them out.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:30 AM   #3
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Well, I broke the curbside rear window last week to a tune of $200....whats 200 more? I'm beginning to wonder......Thanks for a fast reply. Tom
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:47 AM   #4
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We bent ours too. You have to be careful hitching when it is fully extended. I was able to straighten it with a hydraulic press.

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Old 06-12-2012, 11:57 AM   #5
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Mine wasn't caused by hooking up to TV; it happened when I was hooked up and was lifting the trailer to hook up the stabilizers. There was a snap and the lifting (inner) portion of the jack will not raise/lower now. No external damage. Center part is movable with hand.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:08 PM   #6
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They come off easily. Three bolts and an electrical connection. Take it off and see what you can. Have you checked the fuse in the electrical feed. Because ours was bent the strain on the motor trying to pull the bent shaft up into the sleeve kept blowing fuses.

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Old 06-12-2012, 12:43 PM   #7
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I got mine off without any problems. My question now is, the portion that slides in and out is not connected to anything---motor on my workbench---can be pulled in and out with the hand and no resistance except it sounds like there are gears within. But......not connected. Apparently something broke off inside and the "guts" are going to have to be removed to repair---if that is possible...That is what I need to know--repair or trash---fuse fine.
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Sorry, can't help you there. It sounds like the screw snapped. Can you turn the top gear with the manual socket AS gives you. I would think if you can turn the top and the bottom shaft is not responding you need a new screw. Kinda like the newer garage door openers.

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Old 06-12-2012, 03:27 PM   #9
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danlehosky....My career was with the federal government in a very important job mostly overseas. If I had screwed up as much with the job as I am with Bambi, we might be speaking another language. I have never had so many problems with any equipment (I was a technician believe it or not). I have been reading posts of individuals reaching their limit and trying something else. I hope that time never comes, but it has me thinking.....the unit is working great utilizing your suggestion (off the trailer). I will put it back on tomorrow and see what happens. It is great having people like you to turn to when we have a problem. Thank you, Tom
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Old 06-12-2012, 04:44 PM   #10
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I wonder if you just hit the weight limit for the jack. A pain in the neck, but you should be able to fix it. Jim
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I wonder if you just hit the weight limit for the jack. A pain in the neck, but you should be able to fix it. Jim

Ya know, you're probably hitting on something. I was lifting the front of the trailer and rear of the truck so I could attach the stablizers. I hope I was doing it correctly: lifting trailer/truck until the stablizer arms can be attached. Will hook jack up in the morning and see what happens. Thanks Tom
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I'm surprised you didn't blow the fuse. Thats what happened when our shaft was bent.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:24 PM   #13
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Sounds to me like it just broke internally. I don't think there is any disassembly fix on the jack tubes that can be made with any of them that I have seen. Time for a new one I suspect.

most of them have a 3000 to 4000 # lifting capacity, so I doubt that you caused the problem by lifting the back of the truck/trailer front to attach the spring bars (which is what they are generally called, not the stabilizer bars). I have done that for years with mine and it always works.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:57 PM   #14
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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.
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