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Old 07-29-2007, 01:30 PM   #1
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Electric jack - Ptuey!

The factory electric jack has been an ongoing problem. I'd like to replace it with a hand crank.

The dinky hand crank supplies for emergency use is a breeze except the propane cover has to be removed.

So here's the questions.

Is there a hand crank availible that easily attaches to the exisiting set up that does not require removing the propane cover to use?

If there such a handcrank where can I get it?
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Old 07-29-2007, 02:27 PM   #2
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I'd take it back and make them replace it. If not, you can buy a jack that will fit at any RV dealer. Or you can order from here.

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Old 07-29-2007, 02:51 PM   #3
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There must be a horrible story connected with this. The power jack is a wonderful asset. What has been going wrong with it? Is there a way to fix what is wrong?

If it will help, I have the original manual jack that came with my 97 Airstream that I replaced with a power jack. I can't imagine using it for anything. But then, I can't imagine doing away with my power jack, either.

I'll bring it to the Balloon Rally and pass it along to you, if you want it.

Let me know and I'll pack it before I forget it.

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Old 07-29-2007, 03:36 PM   #4
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The factory electric jack has been an ongoing problem. I'd like to replace it with a hand crank.
Why is it a problem, Milo? Mine works like a charm.
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Old 07-29-2007, 03:50 PM   #5
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Cranking will get old. It has for me.

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The factory electric jack has been an ongoing problem. I'd like to replace it with a hand crank. ...
Your frustration is understandable. Nothing torques me more than when a labor-saving appliance fails to work as advertised.

I use the original hand-crank that came with my 26 foot Airstream. In the early days, it was a bear to use until it was oiled. It is now considerably easier to use.

My jack will probably, now, never go out since it is oiled on a regular basis. But once it does, it will immediately be replaced with an electric jack. I'm not getting any younger, and cranking my existing jack has less appeal with each passing camping trip.

I suggest having a reputable establishment replace your existing jack with something better. Get a warranty where it's their problem. Once installed, run it up & down many times in their parking lot.

Just my opinion,
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I believe that you can use a cordless drill in place of the hand crank.
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The factory electric jack has been an ongoing problem....
hi gc

what is the ongoing problem?

fuse burning, resyncing, gear failure, vandalism?

many of us use the tongue jack to lift the connected units,

which makes spring bar tensioning easier.

but these tongue jacks have a model specific 'load/lift rating'...

and lifting the rear end of a 3/4 ton truck along with the trailer tongue can overload the tongue jack.

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Old 07-29-2007, 06:05 PM   #8
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Abuse builds character-I habitually overwork my electric tongue jack(an electric tongue depressor, now that would be a different story!) Personally, I would keep the electric jack or at least an electric jack. They save time and effort and generally are a good product in my experience. Sounds like yours was a "lemon". As someone else pointed out, hand cranking gets old pretty quick. Of course you could be a pioneer...
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Old 07-29-2007, 08:00 PM   #9
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First it was fuses cause the limiter didn't. Lots of fuses before that was sorted out.

Now the little flapper is jumping its slot.

This labor saving device is more work than I want. Its under warranty but I'm sick of it. So I'll have it repaired and if its still a pain it goes in the trash. I'd rather know I have to crank than allways wonder.
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Old 07-29-2007, 09:20 PM   #10
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Sorry to hear that Goin Camping... I have an electric jack on my sovereign. Its over 30 years old and still going strong. You must have aquired a lemon. Nothing is as frustrating as trying to save a back with technology; only to create more problems. hope it works out for you. Glad to know about the propane cover though.
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Old 07-29-2007, 09:23 PM   #11
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You should ask for a complete new jack under warranty , it was probably faulty from the get-go . My 32 year old elect. jack still works .
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Old 11-04-2007, 11:07 PM   #12
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I'm there with you - every time I go out I have a failure of the tongue jack, and this last time it just fell all the way to the pavement... 6 month old Camping World 3000 pound version. I'm about ready to go manaul, or - has anyone rigged their power jack to go off their car battery, and is anyone aware of a manual jack you can raise with a power drill?
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Old 11-05-2007, 07:52 AM   #13
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elctrid drill? retrofit elec jack

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I believe that you can use a cordless drill in place of the hand crank.
1. Anybody out there do this. Do you use a socket on the drill?

2. Where is the best place to hook into 12v to replace a hand crank with electric

IMHO- I've used them both. Right now I have a hand crank. Less to go wrong and cheaper to fix. Also makes me feel I'm not yet too old to get it up (the jack that is).
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Old 11-05-2007, 09:09 AM   #14
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while we're on this topic, how do you lubricate the original electric jacks (from the 70's). I've got one where the motor runs fine, but "clicks" out of the detent at the top of the jack screw. I'm sure it's due to a semi-frozen screw assembly.

Is it as simple as squirting oil down the shaft? What weight lubricant?

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