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Old 08-27-2016, 09:35 AM   #1
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Replacing jack...install questions on a 75 Sovereign

Our electric jack has died and we need to install new one. Questions:
1) easy to install ourselves?
2) any brand recommendations?
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Old 08-27-2016, 09:42 AM   #2
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yes. I just replaced my Atwood Premier 3000 (factory installed) with a Atwood Premier 4000. I needed the extra power so I could jack up the tongue for my WD bars. Works great. Here's lessons learned.
1) On the base plate, make sure you place the "Star Washers" on top of the trailer's 3 holes. If there is paint around the holes, file it off. This will ensure a good ground for the jack and you won't have problems later on. When I removed the old jack, the factory only put 1 Star washer on one out of 3 holes.
2) But a yellow "ring connector". This needs to be crimped on to the end of the cable. It will slip over the battery terminal nut. If you're unsure, just duplicate what the connector looks like from your old jack.
3) The only tough part was fishing the new jack wire to the battery underneath.
The cost of upgrading to a 3500 or a 4000 is negligible... spend a couple extra bucks. Don't replace with the 3000 equivalent. Mine always struggled...
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Old 08-27-2016, 09:45 AM   #3
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Jack

You don't say what year your trailer is but I would think most would be an easy job. Mine is held on with three bolts. Support the front with jack stands or another means after lifting the weight off with a portable jack.

I have a Atwood jack on mine. They are used on many of the newer models. You may want to check with them for a model suitable for your trailer. \

You many need to splice a couple wires. Should be able to complete yourself in a hour.

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Old 08-27-2016, 09:55 AM   #4
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Hi Dave it is a '75 sovereign. Thanks for your response
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Old 08-27-2016, 09:59 AM   #5
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Replacing jack...install questions on a 75 Sovereign

It is an easy job.

You know what is kinda funny?

The jack is held on by three 5/16" bolts which bear the entire weight of the trailer tongue and whatever else the tongue is hooked to. (I think about those three bolts any time I work under the tongue area of my detached trailer)

My only advise is if the three studs or bolts are replaced, go with grade 8 bolts....


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Old 08-27-2016, 12:37 PM   #6
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There should be sleeve in lower plate as AS used smaller dia. jacks those years, you will not need sleeve. Pur. 3500 jack not smaller I use Barker, there are several brands. Simple hook up, 1 wire ties into break away swt. no need to run separate wire to batt. as break away swt. only uses power if plunger pulled setting brakes. Support a frame 3 bolts must use star washer provided w/new jack as this is ground. Pur. new grade 8 bolts & nuts, lock washers.
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Stuck?

When I removed the three bolts that hold on my tongue jack, it didn't budge. I did not get too rough with it as I was not sure if I was going to replace it or not. Any tips on getting it free?
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Where to buy?

Could everyone supply prices and links to where they bought their new tongue jacks?
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Could everyone supply prices and links to where they bought their new tongue jacks?
Just under $225 right now on Amazon for the 4000# Atwood:

https://www.amazon.com/Atwood-0149-1...ood+power+jack

Or a little more for the one with the robofoot:

https://www.amazon.com/Atwood-81069-...JKDAXREZT1JG4Y
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When I removed the three bolts that hold on my tongue jack, it didn't budge. I did not get too rough with it as I was not sure if I was going to replace it or not. Any tips on getting it free?
The sleeve on jack for bottom plate is holding jack from being removed. I don't remember if was pressed onto jack but was hard to remove from tongue. Bill
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I just purchased a 4000lb Atwood jack with their Robofoot from etrailer. Amazon is a little cheaper. While I got free shipping too I didn't realize eTrailer is in Missouri and got dinged for sales tax. Its a one wire hook up like the previous Barker which was sounding like it would explode when retracting. The Robofoot folds up when retracting. Don't have to bother with putting on or taking off a foot now. I like it.

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