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Old 05-29-2011, 04:48 PM   #1
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Electric Jack ...............Rest of the story

arrived at the storage facility trying not to be too stressed over the fact that the electric jack had 'stuck' at maximum height.......where we had to leave it for 3 weeks.
as advised, i removed the power head and tried to reset. the jack lowered and raised without load but failed with load.......appears gears have stripped.
i do not have an emergency manual jack handle but managed to rig a makeshift to raise and lower the tongue over a six day camping trip.......(try Schaefer - Heard Corps of engineers campground, West Point, Ga.)
Beautiful campground, mostly lake sites.. If you have a 'senior pass' it's $12.00 a night.
Now it's time to select a new electric jack....the original was 3500lbs capacity....should i move to a 4000 ? 90% of the time i have to lift the tail end of the truck in order to load / unload the stabilizer bars.

any advice on brand / model would be greatly appreciated.
thanks for all comments. greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-29-2011, 06:43 PM   #2
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First look up the jack you have on it's company website—maybe, just maybe, the warranty is still in effect. Then see if you can replace the gears, manual handle and anything else you need. If you have an Equalizer WD hitch, you should have a lever to put the bars on and take them off so you don't have to raise the jack as much. The lever is a bar with a hook like end.

On a hot day the fuse is more likely to blow. If you raise and lower the jack a lot, or reverse direction before it stops, the fuse is more likely to blow. The closer you get to maximum extension, the more likely the fuse is to blow. Do all those things at once, even more likely.

You can probably get a higher capacity jack, but try to fix the one you've got first.

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