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Old 07-18-2012, 12:49 AM   #43
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We have had good luck with our Atwood power jack. See location where manual crank handle gets inserted on page 22:

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Old 07-18-2012, 05:59 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by 62overlander View Post
My God, a little cranking is a chore? Seriously? I have heard as American we shy away from any physical effort, but cranking the jack is hard?
I ALWAYS try EVERYTHING I can to talk my clients into removing the electric jack and replacing it with a manual one. I have had to take apart more heads to lift the tube up so I can even move the trailers more times than I care to admit. They are battery drains and when they do not work, you are often screwed. The new ones might come with a manual crank, but the old ones do not. My advice personally and professionally; REMOVE THE POWER JACK and replace it with one you are the power for.
I completely agree. If you pay $700 for an air conditioner you get 100's of hours of use from it. If you pay $200 for an electric jack you probably don't get an hours use out of it in a year. Unless there is a health problem involved this is a lousy return on investment and the darn things aren't that reliable anyway.

I will continue to crank by hand as long as I am able.
Of course I don't believe in power windows or door locks either and I do admit to being parsimonious. ( alright, cheap)

Now if you ever have to hand crank a fifth wheel that might count as effort

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Old 07-18-2012, 10:43 AM   #45
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HI. I have found that a lot of folks do not "energize" the 12 volt connection from the truck.
Most new vehicles have a dedicated 40amp fuse for this connection, Should be able to find it
in your manual. It usually is not installed when you get the truck. Or, it is easy to blow out
connecting your trailer, On a day long drive it does give the trailer batteries a nice boost.
However do not leave it connected when not driving, it will run the truck batteries down.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:50 AM   #46
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If you use an auxiliary jack like a Handyman. Be careful not to crush the propane line that runs beneath the tongue. Also make sure the wheels are chocked.
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:14 PM   #47
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We have used our Atwood power jack for about six years and have had absolutely no problems with it. However, we use an old boat fender/bumper that has one end cut off, to cover the jack head. The fender protects the motor and gear box from the sun (UV), water, dirt, road debris, etc.; and the jack head still looks and works like brand new.

I didn't think a power jack was really necessary, but got one to make it easier for my wife to raise the front of the trailer while I do the backing. It helps us hook-up faster in 110+ degree heat, and we have no intentions of re-installing the old, manual, hand-cranked jack.

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