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Old 08-27-2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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How to remove bottom plate of tongue jack?

Anyone know how to get this bottom plate piece off the tongue jack of my Airstream?

The jack itself is loose but I'm not sure if I have to cut, chop, knock or screw this bottom piece off?
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:47 AM   #2
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Mine just falls off my 19' Intl (aka Bambi). Have you tried a hammer?
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:02 PM   #3
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Big hammer!
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:44 PM   #4
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Load the join with penetrating oil, tap all around the join as before said with the big hammer. Once that is done hopefully tapping downward on the flange in a circular pattern the foot will be removed. Good luck. Mine just falls off also!
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:56 PM   #5
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Barker Jack? Mine has a threaded hole on the bottom which is not utilized and a different foot. Is there a big screw under the bottom foot plate? Just a guess....
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:00 PM   #6
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Thanks for answering. I gave it a few whacks yesterday with a regular hammer but I'll try greasing it up and hit it again hard.
There wasn't a screw on the bottom, more of a washer holding on the "wheel holder" part of this plate. I took that off but this part is rusted on there.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:11 PM   #7
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Wait, there was a wheel swiveling below this plate? Most of those had a small stud which rides in a slot in the post till you get the foot's stud aligned with that vertical groove in the post then drops off. Is it frozen in place or does it jiggle. Try lifting slightly and rotating counterclockwise (from top view).
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dznf0g,

Yes there was a swiveling wheel below this. I will try your suggestion of lifting and rotating. It does move slightly, back and forth.
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NO luck on banging on this thing with a hammer. It is stuck solid. I couldn't get it to budge and it doesn't wiggle at all. I am going to cut off the plate. I will come back to wrap up this thread with an after picture once I put on the new jack.
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Try heating it with a propane torch. Just heat the outside piece to expand it. Then hit it with a hammer.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:45 PM   #11
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Consider this thread solved/closed.

I ended up angle grinding off the plate, and installed a new tongue jack.
Case closed. Thanks everyone.
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Well....I'm curious. How was it retained? Or was it just really corroded?
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