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Old 07-18-2016, 07:23 PM   #1
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Power Tongue Jack may be jammed

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Just returned home to Denver area after two week camping outing to SW CO and can't unhook. The Power tongue jack first stopped going down, only up, a few days back. Figured it may be a problem with the up/down switch, got into it and jiggled the wires a bit, reassembled, and lo and behold everything worked well for a few days -- until yesterday, when it stopped going both up and down when we were trying to unhook and camp by Reudi Reservoir near Aspen (beautiful place).

Checked the fuse and this time it was burned out. Got out the tool to manually turn it but, alas, it wouldn't turn. Since the trailer was fully connected and the jack was all the way up, we just left it hooked up and slept in it while connected, and drove it home today.

Bought a new 30-amp fuse in Glenwood Springs, flicked the switch down, and the entire power head turned suddenly and stopped as it contacted the cover over the propane tanks. Now we are home and trying to figure out --

What to do next?

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Old 07-18-2016, 07:30 PM   #2
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Yikes! Is it a Barker? Call them, hopefully they can help.

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Old 07-18-2016, 07:39 PM   #3
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You should have a hand crank somewhere in the trailer. Set screws are used to lock the head in place. They will loosen up. Checking them is part of my PM schedule.
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:13 PM   #4
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Lock the airstream tires so it won't move. Be sure the trailer will not move!!!

Use a floor or bottle jack to raise the tongue to unhitch.

What type jack?
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:39 PM   #5
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Still unsure

Yes it is a Barker. Called them (during working hours) when the first incident happened -- only going up/ not down. They didn't answer, so I left a message. They never returned my call.

I did try the hand crank. It wouldn't turn. I didn't want to force it by trying as hard as I could because it looks like the crank itself would bend.

I do have a floor jack and will try that if all else fails tomorrow.

Wish me luck.

I can't believe this is happening. Trailer is like new. Of course the warranty has expired.

Any other suggestions out there? Thanks.
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:51 PM   #6
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could be lift shaft is bent and binding. this happens if extended too far and trailer moves.
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Old 07-19-2016, 12:13 PM   #7
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I had that happen, the jack would go up not down. The shaft was bent. I had to replace the jack.
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Old 07-19-2016, 02:06 PM   #8
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Sounds like a loose connection or a bad contact in the switch. Check the switch by jumping it with a short 12 ga., piece of wire.
If the switch is OK, look for poor ground connection. The mounting screws complete the electrical path to frame ground. I have seen technicians run a heavy duty 12 ga. wire parallel to the hot wire down the jack post to the screws in the frame.
If the post won't crank with the manual handle, call Airstream and they will send you a new one on an emergency basis, as they normally do not sell direct to customers. They did that for me when I was dry camping at the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, WI. All I did was find a UP/FedEx delivery point for and address, like USPS General Delivery.
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Old 07-19-2016, 03:02 PM   #9
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Yhomasjsxtone. You may want to read this thread.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f516...ml#post1803267

if you search "Jack" by cruzindux on the above thread there is a lot of discussion starting at about 921. FY 30 amp slo blow fuses and generally available at Napa & BUSS. I bought a bunch.

First off JC and Barker were great. The issue is possibly a re-sequencing. Barker will send the 1 page instruction. The also posted on the 20 footers thread.

Barker shipped a new head and foot plate to he local dealer who installed it. Mine was also frozen and the handle would not turn. The local dealer fixed that when the installed the new head.

I truly think my real problem started with the lost post plate. The dealer replaced it with my approval with an aftermarket that utilized pin. The OEM is with a 3/4" bolt, that is now on my daily tightening regime when towing. It also has a collar that we finally discovered was not allowing the auto stop on theh head to operate correctly...no stop...blow freeze and freeze post. Had to use a bottle jack to hitch and unhitch.

Call Barker first. They were great to work with. I dealt with Bob Archer.

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Old 07-19-2016, 06:55 PM   #10
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Frozen jack

I had the Barker jack get stuck; thankfully in up position.. Changed fuse to no avail. Was told Barkers have plastic gears; and not to fully extend or retract post. Replaced at Camping World with electric jack with steel gears. Was cautioned again about full extraction and retraction.
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Our jack failed last fall - I had removed the head and replaced without synchronizing with the electric switch that limits travel. The gears in the head stripped. Of course we were un-hooked at a campground with the jack all the way down. At that time we did not have the hand crank(we do now). When my wife looked at the notch in the top of the jack after the head was removed, her brilliant idea was to use a 1" wood bit (one of those flat speed bits) and the electric drill to raise and lower. Worked like a charm.

I have since replaced the gears, synched the jack with the electric shut off, bought the had crank and - carry a 1" speed bit in the tool box.
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I had the Barker jack get stuck; thankfully in up position.. Changed fuse to no avail. Was told Barkers have plastic gears; and not to fully extend or retract post. Replaced at Camping World with electric jack with steel gears. Was cautioned again about full extraction and retraction.
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Old 07-20-2016, 08:46 AM   #13
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Where can we find a hand crank? I would think that one should have come with my new Airstream, but it didn't. The dealer says it's optional.
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Old 07-20-2016, 08:53 AM   #14
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Mine was in the box of misc. under the bed. Instead of the hand crank, you may have a small adaptor which permits a drill to connect with the jack shaft?
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