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Old 03-16-2009, 08:58 AM   #1
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Power Jack - what size?

I have a 72 AS. I am tired of jacking maually. Plan on putting a power jack in. What size and brand? Also where can I get power?
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:05 AM   #2
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Hi Dona,

My trailer original had one, but I cooked it. I really miss it. Its a nice luxuary!

I was planning on replacing it with a camping world one. Biggest concern was noise. My old one sounded like a cross between a smoke alarm and a cat being run over.

Whatever you get, be sure it has an easy to get to manual crank.
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:35 AM   #3
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While just about any jack will handle your trailer the important consideration is the weight of your TV. If you are using a WD hitch you will want a jack that can lift the trailer/TV combination enough to hitch the WD. With at in mind go for the 3,500 lb. jack.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:08 PM   #4
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While just about any jack will handle your trailer the important consideration is the weight of your TV. If you are using a WD hitch you will want a jack that can lift the trailer/TV combination enough to hitch the WD. With at in mind go for the 3,500 lb. jack.
Ditto on just about any jack will work I have a 3500# Atwood. Your tongue weight is about 500#.

I have a Reese WD hitch, but I am confused about the statement "lift the trailer/TV combination". I have never done that. I just use the pipe/ lever supplied to tension the bars.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:50 PM   #5
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I have a Reese WD hitch, but I am confused about the statement "lift the trailer/TV combination". I have never done that. I just use the pipe/ lever supplied to tension the bars.
If you do not have to lift the TV and trailer to hook up your hitch my first guess would be your WD hitch is not doing it's job because it is not set up correctly.

The purpose of a WD hitch is to transfer weight to the front axle of the TV and to the trailer axles. If you can pull the chains up without reducing the load on the bars by lifting the combination I doubt you are transferring any weight for and aft.
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:34 PM   #6
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I added a Barker jack to mine unit from Camping World.
BTW, water was getting into the head of the first one.
It was replaced with a new jack under warranty.

I wanted a Super Jack, but an H & H would have cost too much.

Here's a helpful link.

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Old 03-16-2009, 08:39 PM   #7
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If you do not have to lift the TV and trailer to hook up your hitch my first guess would be your WD hitch is not doing it's job because it is not set up correctly.

The purpose of a WD hitch is to transfer weight to the front axle of the TV and to the trailer axles. If you can pull the chains up without reducing the load on the bars by lifting the combination I doubt you are transferring any weight for and aft.
My set up for the hitch has largely been trial and error. I have read some pretty techy instructions on setting up the hitch which gave me brain strain. I also experimented with measuring the distance between the tire and fender with the hitch loaded and unloaded and also having the trailer and TV sit in a level line.

Now I could be, and maybe am wrong, but my hitch came with a pipe a little more than a foot long that slips over a post on each bracket on the A frame to tension the chains and the bars. It seems to me I can get more than enough weight transfer by using this lever. If I understand you correctly you hook the trailer to the ball, then use your tongue jack to raise both the tongue and rear of the TV then hook up your bars. As far as I figure it tensioning the chains using this lever does the same thing as jacking up the whole hitch/ tongue and then hooking up the chains/bars.

Am I missing something here? please let me know.
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Setting up a Reese Dual Cam system is not a 5 min. job. I have taken as long a 4 hours of adjusting to get it right on some trailer TV combination.

Read through this thread and you will get a better answer as to what you are attempting to achieve when setting one up.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...-it-46606.html

When I hitch my 34 fter to my Excursion I have to lift the ball almost 3 in. from the dry loaded position in order to pull up the chains and I am using an 18 in. pipe to lift the chains. Now this is not to say you will have to jack your rig this high because it is a smaller and lighter trailer.

If you go back and use the fender drop method for set up put a small piece of masking tape on the fender and mark a point on the tape while the trailer is not hooked up and compare that to when the trailer is hookup up. You are only looking for about a 3/8 in. to 1/2 in. change at the front axle so the makers give you a better shot at it.

Keep in mind as you adjust the head angle to get the correct weight transfer on the hitch you have to readjust the position of the U bolts holding the arms so the bars sit in the saddles correctly.
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My hitch is not a dual cam. My head angle is not adjustable. The head is welded on. Seems to tow fine. They say ignorance is bliss.

I can see using the jack with a 34 footer or newer AS with a higher tongue weight than my 25 foot 71, about 500#. My 73 Sovereign also had a tongue weight of about 500#.
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That is what they say, but not something to be proud of.
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