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Old 01-01-2014, 12:57 PM   #1
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Intermittent electric jack

I have a old Reese jack that takes several on/off attempts to actually turn on. It eventually works but sometimes takes 10 or so attempts. What is the most likely cause, a loose wire in the head unit or the rats nest wiring in the A frame just underneath it which I assume is where it is all connected?

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Old 01-01-2014, 02:07 PM   #2
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It has been my experience it is the switch. Especially on the "up" side of it which carries more current when operating. One thing you can do to check it is take the switch out, and reverse the wires going into it. That will make the intermittent on the down side and confirm it is the switch.

Then, you can simply replace the switch, and when this happens to me, I usually buy two switches so I have a spare for the next time it gives me trouble.
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:23 PM   #3
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star washer

Our jack became intermittent a year or two into traveling, and sometimes we would also see a spark flash from the jack flange on the a-frame. Demounted the jack and was surprised there was no star washer between the flange and the trailer. Our jack is supplied with a single 10awg wire from the battery, fused near the jack motor.

There is no ground wire. The star washer, one only per jack mfr, is intended to dig into the flange and the a-frame and provide ground connection for the jack motor.

I submit the 10awg wire should also be fused near the battery(ies). Our Airstream was installed with a weather-resistant fuse holder near the motor. The feed wire goes down the post, under the propane bottles, through a grommet into the battery box. No fuse protection for the wire length despite plenty of exposure to incidental damage to the insulation.

We bought a 12vdc 30a self-resetting circuit breaker for $5, installed it inside the battery box, connected the feed wire to it.
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Old 03-07-2014, 02:05 PM   #4
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Those Reese jacks were great and virtually bulletproof, in my experience. Fast, quiet, and powerful. I sure wish they still made them. The one on my Argosy is probably 30 years old and still going strong.

But, could be the switch, or the ground, or the fuse, or the wiring as mentioned above. It simply will take some sleuthing and testing to find where the actual problem is occurring. However, the very last place I would suspect is in the motor itself.
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I have just discovered this issue as well. Looking at another thread I have
Checked for voltage on the jack side of the fuse, checks OK
Pulled the switch and checked for continuity between terminals and (I think) they are OK.
Checked for voltage on the spades and I read 3v-5v reducing to zero if I activate the switch. The brown copper wires on back of switch all show good voltage.
EDIT: Additionally, when I operate the switch and I am plugged into one vehicle, the reversing lights come on, the other vehicle they do not????

Replace switch?

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RV shop replaced the switch, seems to work fine now.
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It's not the switch on mine. Possibly the brushes. Thats the last thing to check/change then its out to buy another.
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On mine it was the two batteries around the winding that have come unglued from the wall of the casing. I glued them up last night and will check today.
While I have it apart, I am going to replace the brushes too.
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We had the same issue with our Barker jack. I called them to order a replacement switch. They send me a replacement for FREE, and the jack is 7 years old. That is great support and customer service. They have my business.

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OK, its put back together and is not going to work. Just wont lift, screeches pretty bad when trying. Drops OK, but thats to be expected.
I did think I might have glued the magnets back in with the wrong orientation (not sure if thats a thing or not) but looks like I did that right.
Need another Jack then.
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