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Old 12-17-2014, 11:52 AM   #29
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Here what the manual jack fitting looks like. It's that little silver square fitting. I think if you show up with a set of deep sockets, you'll find one that works. I don't have a set with me or I would have checked the size for you.
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Old 12-17-2014, 12:06 PM   #30
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Here what the manual jack fitting looks like. It's that little silver square fitting. I think if you show up with a set of deep sockets, you'll find one that works. I don't have a set with me or I would have checked the size for you.
I don't believe that looks like ours. I'm thinking there are probably different jacks with different tools.

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The Power cord from the Tow Vehicle should do it. You can also use a pair of jumpers if you can reach the battery or one of those battery jump boxes .
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Old 12-17-2014, 12:32 PM   #32
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The Power cord from the Tow Vehicle should do it. You can also use a pair of jumpers if you can reach the battery or one of those battery jump boxes .
The portable jump-starter has one advantage over the other options you mention, in that you don't have any wires connecting the tow vehicle and trailer before you hitch up as you would have with the umbilical cable or jumper cables, so exact placement of the tow vehicle isn't as important at that stage of the operation.
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Old 12-17-2014, 07:45 PM   #33
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1. Look up the make/model of your jack on the net...Order another manual handle - problem solved...

2. Rent a wider storage unit - maybe one with AC power to keep batteries charged, provided you have a converter/charger that will go into 'float' mode to save your batteries from being overcharged...

3. Bring a few ice cold beers to help 'lubricate' you out of this tight spot...
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Old 12-17-2014, 08:01 PM   #34
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1. Look up the make/model of your jack on the net...Order another manual handle - problem solved...

2. Rent a wider storage unit - maybe one with AC power to keep batteries charged, provided you have a converter/charger that will go into 'float' mode to save your batteries from being overcharged...

3. Bring a few ice cold beers to help 'lubricate' you out of this tight spot...
LOL - I'm with you on the beer idea. I can see I will need a few before I attempt to extricate myself from this place..... Mind you beer and driving out of tight spots might not be a good idea....
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Old 12-17-2014, 08:06 PM   #35
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Here what the manual jack fitting looks like. It's that little silver square fitting. I think if you show up with a set of deep sockets, you'll find one that works. I don't have a set with me or I would have checked the size for you.
Hi Bob:

If the inside of my jack is the same as yours we should be away as I have a full set of deep sockets I carry with me all the time. I have never looked inside my jack so I'm not sure if its the same of not. On the outside they look the same other than mine would be turned facing front and yours seems to be facing the roadside. My Trailer is a 2013 28' so i'm not sure if our trailers will have the same jack or not.
Thanks for taking the time do this...

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A portable jump-starter is worth its weight in gold in this situation. You can hook it up right to the trailer batteries and not have to deal with jumper cables.

There are many brands to choose from, but this is the kind I carry on my camping trips, just in case:
I actually thought of one of these today. But boy they are not cheep! Here n Canada you are looking at 200.00. Mind you I guess I could swallow that cost if I could come up with a bunch of other reason why I should own one.....lol
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I actually thought of one of these today. But boy they are not cheep! Here n Canada you are looking at 200.00. Mind you I guess I could swallow that cost if I could come up with a bunch of other reason why I should own one.....lol
I have a couple of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-J...p+Jump+Starter


They work great and are easy to carry around.
Bounus: Mine have USB ports so they can double as the world's heaviest cell phone charger.

They are much more convenient than jumper cables and you can take them anywhere. I always have one in my truck. They need to recharged about every month or two.

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If you have your wheels chocked, use wood blocks and a bottle jack or your truck jack. That way you can master another way to get yourself out of a jam if your jack actually fails while out on the road. Builds traveling emergency skills.


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If you have your wheels chocked, use wood blocks and a bottle jack or your truck jack. That way you can master another way to get yourself out of a jam if your jack actually fails while out on the road. Builds traveling emergency skills.
But what a bottle jack or scissors jack won't do is raise the tongue jack so it doesn't drag the ground after you hitch up and drive off.

It's a great resource if you're unhitching, though…
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Ok, so here is something I thought of as I tossed and turned thinking about this in the early morning light....
So I back my truck in and hook the electrical umbilical cord up. Let it sit there for a few minutes to get at least some charge into the trailer batteries. So far all is good.... But the one thing I did do before I wedged myself into this space was turn my battery switch to "store". So will my jack even work with that switch turned to Store?

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Didn't you use the jack to help in the unhooking process? It's going to be interesting to see how this turns out. When will you go to get the trailer? Good luck. Don't beat yourself up over this, it'll turn out OK!!!

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Didn't you use the jack to help in the unhooking process? It's going to be interesting to see how this turns out. When will you go to get the trailer? Good luck. Don't beat yourself up over this, it'll turn out OK!!!

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Hi Dan - As soon as I posted my last question about the jack working with the battery switch turned to Storage. I remembered that it does as I used it after I set the switch. Also the jack is wired direct to the batteries so the switch cannot come into play at all.

We will be leaving Canada in Mid January to collect the trailer in Vegas and then head toward southern AZ. Your right, I'm sure it will sort itself out just fine. I just seem to over think all this sort of stuff.....

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