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Old 06-08-2016, 04:56 PM   #1
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Power Jack Limit Exceeded...?

Hi All,

I'm sure this is a rookie move, but I did it. I must have exceeded the up limit on the power jack as it now will not move the cylinder up or down to raise the AS. It powers fine and I can see after opening the cover that the chain and belt are intact and they do move.

Previous owner mentioned something about the limit and not to exceed it but I was too excited when I bought it and didn't completely catch what he said.

The unit is a 77 Land Yacht (31) and the jack is a Power Jac.

Is there a trick to fixing this???

Thanks so much for your help!
Mike
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Old 06-09-2016, 04:23 PM   #2
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Not sure how your jack is configured. On our 2008 Classic after a trip to a local RV dealer, the head of the jack was loose. I complained to the service manager and we took it off, fiddled with it and replaced - some allen screws were loose. Next trip, the jack stopped working. On further review, I had not replaced the head correctly - the jack needs to be timed. There is a shut off in the electronics that stops power to the jack before it hits the end of travel.

The jack on this unit has a tube with notches 180 degrees apart that the drive head fits into. My wife had the brilliant idea of using a spade bit and electric drill to drive the jack - this worked really well.

The head has now been repaired and installed correctly.

Hope this helps.
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Old 06-10-2016, 07:57 AM   #3
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Thanks...

I think what has happened is that exceeding the limit caused the gears to unsync. The motor has been loud since I bought the AS last season so I imagine that shouldve been my warning sign.

Rather than mess around I ran to Harbor Freight and bought their jack...quick and easy improvement.

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On my previous TT, the jack got un-synced - I corrected this by removing the weight from the jack and running it up and down a couple of times. This is what I would try first, before taking it apart
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Old 06-10-2016, 06:45 PM   #5
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Hi All,

I'm sure this is a rookie move, but I did it. I must have exceeded the up limit on the power jack as it now will not move the cylinder up or down to raise the AS. It powers fine and I can see after opening the cover that the chain and belt are intact and they do move.

Previous owner mentioned something about the limit and not to exceed it but I was too excited when I bought it and didn't completely catch what he said.

The unit is a 77 Land Yacht (31) and the jack is a Power Jac.

Is there a trick to fixing this???

Thanks so much for your help!
Mike
Mike maybe..... Here is a link as I had a similar problem.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f516...127845-72.html post #1004

I also thought I had exceeded the uptake, but I remember both at walk thru and later with the dealer, that it stops automatically, or should by design. After talks with Barker, then dealer and JC (in that order) I have a new head on the way to correct the non-functionality of the self limiting switch/circuitry. The dealer wil reinstall and re-sequence the head.

Note I have a Barker and you have a Power Jac, but I suspect this principle may apply.

When I first talked to Barker they indicated in needed to be re-sequenced...essentially resetting the zero to 3 the travel of the post. I have attached the instructions for Barker unit in case your is similar...probably at least in concept.

I would try calling CS at PowerJac first. and I you really need to get this functioning this weekend and PowerJac is closed, maybe you can gain some insight from the attached.

Good Luck.

Bob
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Note I have a Barker and you have a Power Jac, but I suspect this principle may apply.

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The other notable difference is one jack is 40 years old on a subsequent owner Airstream. The other is a 4 year old jack with I think the original owner.

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