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Old 04-30-2016, 02:26 PM   #1
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Hand Cranking the Power Jack

After a year of ownership with our new Flying Cloud, I figured it was past time to learn how to use the hand crank on the tongue power jack. First, I located the male socket stud on top of the jack tube which is found under the plastic level button. Next, I found the crank and discovered that I needed to add a 6" socket extension (3/8) to get it high enough to clear the propane cover. All set to crank. But it occurred to me that perhaps I needed to do something to protect the motor, like pop a circuit breaker or flip a switch somewhere. I looked in the owner's manual as well as my new guide to AS maintenance. No instructions anywhere. So, does anyone know if there are any preliminary steps to be taken before cranking? Thanks very much in advance for any input!
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I removed my tank cover several times before the light bulb came on and I added an extension to the tool kit.
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It's a good question about the electrical. Mine has one in the wiring next to the unit. Added by PO. Easy to pop out when not in use.
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Old 05-15-2017, 03:22 PM   #4
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After a year of ownership with our new Flying Cloud, I figured it was past time to learn how to use the hand crank on the tongue power jack. First, I located the male socket stud on top of the jack tube which is found under the plastic level button. Next, I found the crank and discovered that I needed to add a 6" socket extension (3/8) to get it high enough to clear the propane cover. All set to crank. But it occurred to me that perhaps I needed to do something to protect the motor, like pop a circuit breaker or flip a switch somewhere. I looked in the owner's manual as well as my new guide to AS maintenance. No instructions anywhere. So, does anyone know if there are any preliminary steps to be taken before cranking? Thanks very much in advance for any input!
I couldn't see a response re: the electrical components of the jack and whether they could be damaged by hand cranking so I thought I would re-awaken this thread.

Also, is the piece used for this the brass one with a slit in it (sorry for the description being so bad - I'm hoping someone might know what I mean!)?

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I had to crank a dealer replaced motor this winter. It was sub 32 and apparently had frozen up a bit. The power would make a run or two then stop. I retrieved the handle and added a socket w/extension. There was a little resistance so was somewhat hesitant to push it. After a few turns I tried the switch and Viola!.

Previous to the motor replacement (stop limit switch) under warranty the shaft had jammed and even hand cranking would not work. Note there is a process to reset the limit. On our maiden voyage the toe plate fell off on Hwy 101. I didn't notice it at first and with out the plate the shaft ran up too far

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f542...ml#post1803267

I like the idea of removing the fuse before hand cranking. Can't see how it wold power up inadvertently unless you touch the switch, but still a prudent idea. I suspect the handle would swing around pretty quickly.

BTW...stock up on 30 amp slow blow fuses. They can be a challenge to locate at times.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ml#post1795568

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I couldn't see a response re: the electrical components of the jack and whether they could be damaged by hand cranking so I thought I would re-awaken this thread.

Also, is the piece used for this the brass one with a slit in it (sorry for the description being so bad - I'm hoping someone might know what I mean!)?

Thanks.
There is no way to damage the electrical while hand cranking unless you tried to do both at the same time, which would just hurt your arm when the handle swung around and hit you.

And to answer the above quote; That brass fitting is for the new jacks that have the manual function right in front between the switches, no more removing the LP cover or need for an extension.
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