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Old 12-09-2015, 01:17 AM   #15
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Hi, after 11 years of use my Barker tongue jack stripped a gear. I was unable to buy a new gear until I got home. I was on the opposite side of the country so I bought another tongue jack. I have replaced my fuse with a circuit breaker. Now I have a spare jack.
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Old 12-09-2015, 02:01 AM   #16
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Thanks Rich for the update. Colonial seems to know what they are doing IMO. Patrick was very helpful as we looked for our new 2014 FC20, which another dealer had in stock and on sale.

You would still be well advised to remove the cover to the jack, and check out its operation inside, including using the manual handle to rotate things a turn or two. If you are free to do this in the calm of a nice day, it will be a good learning experience [vs. HAVING to do it in the dark under rushed conditions]. Good knowledge to have in the long run . . .

You may actually see a tooth or two on the plastic (?) gears which look suspect right away, instead of speculating about what the problem might have been. If so, you could always order the replacement gears to have on hand as back up.

Have a great trip.

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Old 12-09-2015, 08:51 AM   #17
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Thanks Rich for the update. Colonial seems to know what they are doing IMO. Patrick was very helpful as we looked for our new 2014 FC20, which another dealer had in stock and on sale.

You would still be well advised to remove the cover to the jack, and check out its operation inside, including using the manual handle to rotate things a turn or two. If you are free to do this in the calm of a nice day, it will be a good learning experience [vs. HAVING to do it in the dark under rushed conditions]. Good knowledge to have in the long run . . .

You may actually see a tooth or two on the plastic (?) gears which look suspect right away, instead of speculating about what the problem might have been. If so, you could always order the replacement gears to have on hand as back up.

Have a great trip.

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Yup, and excellent point. I'll definitely do this when we get back to Tampa.

The Boss is headed out of town next week late so I'll have a chance to drive down to the storage lot with my truck and tools (and the Mini Schnauzer ) and pull the head off to see what is going on.

I'll post back with pictures next week, if only to help anyone else who might have this problem in future.

Yes, we were VERY happy with Patrick and home team at Colonial RV.

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Old 12-09-2015, 12:06 PM   #18
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Mini Schnauzers are great. In the 90's our Phoebe went with us in the 25' to San Diego, Napa, and back to NY, both legs via southern Texas because of the winter weather. In the desert she kept getting burrs in her feet, so we bought a leather chamois cloth and made custom booties for her.

She flew around after that!
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Old 12-10-2015, 12:43 AM   #19
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You may actually see a tooth or two on the plastic (?) gears which look suspect right away, instead of speculating about what the problem might have been. If so, you could always order the replacement gears to have on hand as back up.
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Hi, my gear did not lose any teeth; The steel center gear slips in the middle of the fiber gear. A new gear costs about 40 Dollars.
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Old 12-10-2015, 07:37 AM   #20
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Mini Schnauzers are great. In the 90's our Phoebe went with us in the 25' to San Diego, Napa, and back to NY, both legs via southern Texas because of the winter weather. In the desert she kept getting burrs in her feet, so we bought a leather chamois cloth and made custom booties for her.

She flew around after that!

That is a great idea.

Sunnydays is a rescue Schnauzer, just got her last month from a shelter in Orlando. I've had Terriers (Jack Russell's) before, but none like this. What a gentle and nice dispositioned dog. So far she has really settled in to living in the trailer. We're really blessed to have her.
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If you plan it out, you can cut the chamois so you end up with the boot "laces" for the ankles still attached to each boot. Nice!

I had always been a lab or retriever person, but Phoebe woke me up to the wonders of her breed. Bred as ratters in European cities (I think), she could chase rabbits all day. One day she actually brought down a young deer in the woods, but fortunately we got to her before she went in for the kill. We went straight to the deli and got her a rare roast beef sandwich!

Amazing intelligence. She went blind from diabetes, but got very good at following voice commands on our walks, without a leash. I would keep snapping my fingers, and she would follow my lead right by my side.

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Old 03-23-2016, 04:31 PM   #22
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Right, so things have not gotten better.

On arrival in Austin last week, I discovered that the jack again would not extend. I got it going again by using the manual insert in the head with my power drill.

So obviously I need to book into a AS service center. But of course we are now in San Antonio on our five month trip out west, so I am going to have to make it work until then.

Aside from repeating my manual intervention, would someone be able to tell me how to remove the head for inspection?

On mine (2016 FC FB) there is a plastic cover held in place with four philips screws. Once I take that off, I see a housing, with positive and negative leads, as well as two hex screws. Do I remove the hex heads and remove this cover?

I just don't want to start and get in over my head, hence the question. Thanks!

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Old 04-03-2016, 02:44 PM   #23
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We've gotten approval from Atwood for a warranty replacement of the jack. Part is on its way to Austin, hopefully we'll get it fitted and be on our way to NM by Friday.
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Old 04-03-2016, 05:38 PM   #24
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Sorry to hear that the problem arose again. I guess you never took the thing apart in December to check on those gears? Or maybe you did and there is a new or another problem . . .

Sorry I don't have your model jack, so I am not sure how to take it apart. [PS -- edit -- what model number Atwood jack do you have?]

Maybe the owner's manual has the details? Not here that I can see:

https://www.airstream.com/wp-content...ying-Cloud.pdf

There should be a manual from Atwood in your documents attache case that came with the trailer.

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You would still be well advised to remove the cover to the jack, and check out its operation inside, including using the manual handle to rotate things a turn or two. If you are free to do this in the calm of a nice day, it will be a good learning experience [vs. HAVING to do it in the dark under rushed conditions]. Good knowledge to have in the long run . . .

You may actually see a tooth or two on the plastic (?) gears which look suspect right away, instead of speculating about what the problem might have been. If so, you could always order the replacement gears to have on hand as back up.

Have a great trip.

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Yup, and excellent point. I'll definitely do this when we get back to Tampa.
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:35 PM   #25
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Peter - No, basically after I took the head cover off, I stopped because I could not see how it came apart.

But, at any rate, it is covered by warranty (Atwood's, not Airstream).
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The motor on our Atwood jack died on one of our first few trips. The dealer got a replacement and shipped it to me. It was easy to replace. You do have to remove the two hex screws after removing the plastic cover.
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My power jack was replaced under warranty today by Camper Clinic II here in Austin TX.

It took 5 business days from approval to completion. The jack arrived today from Atwood, and we had a 100PM appointment in anticipation.

The swap too about 20 minutes, and was done with the trailer connected in the parking lot. Three bolts, 12V and ground and it was done.

The new jack seems to cycle smoothly and has not hiccuped once (yet ). Knock on wood, hopefully our jack problems are behind us.

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My power jack was replaced under warranty today by Camper Clinic II here in Austin TX.

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Good to hear and thanks for the update, Rich! Was the exact cause/problem ever diagnosed, so that the rest of us might learn from your experience, in case similar symptoms happen?

Have a good weekend.

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