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Old 07-15-2013, 07:59 AM   #15
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Sorry, I wasn't paying attention. WM breakers only went down to 40amp and that one was $60 so I purchased a watertight 30 amp glass fuse holder in the trolling motor section and #10 wire and butt connectors. I hung the fuse holder off the positive terminal of the battery (I have two 6v lifeline agm in series) and reran the circuit out to where the fuse holder used to be. . While I was in the battery compartment I took the time to clean and tighten all the connections. If my batteries were vented wet cell I might not have placed the fuse holder in the battery box but with the lifelines and the fuse holder is rubber and seals I'm not worried about it. Far less worrisome than having an unfused piece of #10 wire routed near the LP lines and a good ground! -Brad
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Old 04-20-2014, 10:27 AM   #16
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I have a H&H super power jack model #12250 that has given me many problems! I am going to replace it. Looking online at the Barker 3500, it appears to come in two diameters. Any idea of how I find out what my diameter is? 2 or 21/4? I don't see it anywhere. I have a 2008 27 FB. I am somewhat of a newbie so this might be obvious knowledge---but I'm feeling pretty dumb. I am with another airstream friend who says he can install a new one for me ---or I can go to an RV dealership here in Springfield, M0. Thanks for any help

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Old 04-28-2014, 10:41 PM   #17
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Inoperative Power Tongue Jack

I have no light nor up/down motion. Fuse is good, battery fully charged. Next would be check for shorts, but where to look first would be my question?


I have a 2012 International 27FB. Will check tomorrow for phone # for manufacturer.
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:42 AM   #18
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Call Barker

I followed Bk Yd Safari's advice and called Barker Mfg. I found their service dept. to be quite helpful. With some testing, I determined that the switch was the problem. Barker shipped a new switch and I was able to solder the new switch in place. They also sent me a switch cover at no charge. Without the cover, the switch is exposed to the elements, which probably caused the failure.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:45 PM   #19
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I have a H&H super power jack model #12250 that has given me many problems! I am going to replace it. Looking online at the Barker 3500, it appears to come in two diameters. Any idea of how I find out what my diameter is? 2 or 21/4? I don't see it anywhere. I have a 2008 27 FB. I am somewhat of a newbie so this might be obvious knowledge---but I'm feeling pretty dumb. I am with another airstream friend who says he can install a new one for me ---or I can go to an RV dealership here in Springfield, M0. Thanks for any help

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Most newer AS use 2/14 dia jack older had bushing in a/frame to reduce to 2in. dia. Yes your friend can install your jack, support under ball end of tongue lower onto support. Three bolts threaded into a/frame jack will lift off, disconnect wire with fuse. I don't no where fuse is in newer model AS maybe have to cut wire then splice , [as last resort This is very easy job to change jack Orient jack with light and toggle swts. forward, maybe 5 min. job. Do not pay high dealer install fees for simple job.
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:19 PM   #20
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My 2011 Flying Cloud FB 25 has a Barker power hitch. When you unlock the top portion of the power hitch which has the "level" on top, you are able to access a manual nut straight down into the jack. My rig had a separate jack handle in the storage compartment to fit the nut and manuall raise or lower if needed...
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Old 06-26-2014, 03:15 PM   #21
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We have a Barker Super Jack and it also is now operating intermittently. We found the yellow fuse holder underneath the tongue and removed the fuse and pushed the two end wires together within the fuse holder. The jack then worked for a while but stopped. Barker suggested running a second ground to eliminate the ground as the source of the problem. They said to connect the second ground wire to the Allen wrench inserted into Allen screws that hold the power head on and then run the other end of that wired to a confirmed ground spot.

I thought I'd share this in the thread. (Now we are trying to identify a good ground spot in the outside of the Airstream...)
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:58 AM   #22
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We have a Barker Super Jack and it also is now operating intermittently. We found the yellow fuse holder underneath the tongue and removed the fuse and pushed the two end wires together within the fuse holder. The jack then worked for a while but stopped. Barker suggested running a second ground to eliminate the ground as the source of the problem. They said to connect the second ground wire to the Allen wrench inserted into Allen screws that hold the power head on and then run the other end of that wired to a confirmed ground spot.

I thought I'd share this in the thread. (Now we are trying to identify a good ground spot in the outside of the Airstream...)

Just a note on this. My fuse fell out of the yellow cap and the cap slipped down the wire exposing the hot end of the wire which fell on the frame while I was working with it. With 2 lifelines in series and 265 Ah available that wire turned red within a second after welding itself to the frame. I knocked the wire off the frame but it was fairly melted. Not very nice with battery gasses and propane in the area. Do yourself a favor while you are rewiring and put an inline 30AMP fuse on the positive battery terminal end of the jack wire. You'll be glad you did someday.
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:44 AM   #23
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Just a note on this. My fuse fell out of the yellow cap and the cap slipped down the wire exposing the hot end of the wire which fell on the frame while I was working with it. With 2 lifelines in series and 265 Ah available that wire turned red within a second after welding itself to the frame. I knocked the wire off the frame but it was fairly melted. Not very nice with battery gasses and propane in the area. Do yourself a favor while you are rewiring and put an inline 30AMP fuse on the positive battery terminal end of the jack wire. You'll be glad you did someday.
Thanks - good advice. Any input on where to attach it on the exterior to get a good 2nd ground for testing?
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:59 AM   #24
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On the A frame should work

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Thanks - good advice. Any input on where to attach it on the exterior to get a good 2nd ground for testing?
Drill a small hole in any convenient spot on the A-frame and attach a ground wire with a sheet metal screw.

Drilling into the frame should remove the possibility of high resistance due to paint or rust on the metal, but it's still a good idea to clean off any excessive rust or paint from the spot.
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:33 AM   #25
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Drill a small hole in any convenient spot on the A-frame and attach a ground wire with a sheet metal screw.



Drilling into the frame should remove the possibility of high resistance due to paint or rust on the metal, but it's still a good idea to clean off any excessive rust or paint from the spot.

What Mimi said. Use a bit of sandpaper to clean the area after drilling the hole before attaching the screw and wire. After testing clearcoat or paint the screw and connector to prevent rust or corrosion.
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Old 06-28-2014, 01:29 AM   #26
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Thanks - good advice. Any input on where to attach it on the exterior to get a good 2nd ground for testing?
Ground wires for our 2007 23' Safari are located on the underside of the A-frame in the front of the trailer, street-side near the spare tire. (I believe we have 2 ground wires because of our factory installed solar power system.)

Check to see if they are connected properly and not corroded per my post, "Trailer ground wire".
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Old 06-28-2014, 08:57 AM   #27
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If you can find and clean up the original ground wire, good. If not, don't hesitate to add a new one. Can't have too many.
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:48 AM   #28
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When I had to change the tongue jack on my AS, the ground wire had a lug and I used an external tooth lock washer between the frame and the lug when I bolted it down.
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