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Old 02-22-2011, 01:33 PM   #1
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Need Tongue Jack - Suggestions?


My AS has no tongue jack. There is still some hardware on the tongue, but I don't know how it relates. (Picture below) There is some sort of ball below the propane tank bracket as well as another contraption to the left of the ball.

1. Do y'all know what these gadgets are?

2. Given what I have now, do any of you have any suggestions?

3. I am inclined to find a manual jack because it seems the electric jacks are problematic.


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Old 02-22-2011, 01:39 PM   #2
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The circular(racetrack) bracket is for propane bottles. The rear most bracket is for the weight distrubution hitch(should be one on the other side of the tongue also. The little ball is for a friction swaybar. U didnt show far enough forward to show what the end of the A frame looks like. The jack would be located right behind the coupler.

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Old 02-22-2011, 02:10 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply; I never would have guessed what those two things were used for. Looks like I need a jack with an "A" frame bracket.

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Old 02-22-2011, 02:54 PM   #4
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My electric jack is OEM vintage and it works fine, but I'm planning to replace it with a manual jack. I have manual jacks on my other two tandem trailers and they work every time, summer, winter, without electricity. It's . . . would I rather have a jack that's easy or one that works all the time?
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:36 PM   #5
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The jack goes in the round hole just behind the coupler. I prefer a manual jack. zz
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:53 PM   #6
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An electric jack saves time and effort. When you are setting the weight distribution bars, using the jack to flex them makes it a lot easier to close the latches.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:28 PM   #7
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I don't know that electric jacks are especially "problematic" and they're not terribly expensive. But my manual jack does work every time ... so long as not too much beer gets into the "motor" !!??

I keep thinking about installing an electric lifter, but somehow I just don't. It's true that electric "saves time and effort." But not too much of either one. Maybe after this season. Or the next.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:57 PM   #8
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You can buy an electric jack that has a manual handle. Best of both worlds
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:17 PM   #9
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I have an electric jack on my '66. It is original equipment and it is still working. I am actually surprised it is still working. It would be a drop in replacement for that hole.

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Old 02-22-2011, 07:22 PM   #10
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Here you go...Such a deal! Go electric - believe me it's well worth the additional purchase price...

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Old 02-22-2011, 10:31 PM   #12
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Our Tradewind had a small emergency handle; the motor had long disappeared. I replaced the original with a new heavy duty manual jack... it works just fine, and doesn't take a lot of effort to raise or lower.

I find it useful to feel what's going on w/ the amount of force I'm applying to the jack; if the coupler hangs up on the ball I know it right away.

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Old 02-23-2011, 05:39 AM   #13
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I have a manual jack from a 2004 Bambi that I will give you. Come and get it. I live in Georgetown.

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either manual or electric [i'd go electric] - i recommend that you also use a waterproof cover whenever you aren't travelling.

it will keep the manual jack from rusting or the electric jack from cr#pping out
on you when you really need it.

all the new electric jacks come with manual handles
and the install is a quick 'n easy 3-bolt job; i did mine in under 1/2 hour.

i didn't see the electric connector on your AS but i assume there is one.

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