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Old 08-12-2014, 09:39 PM   #1
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Question Power jack destroyed - 1983 Limited

What are some of our options for replacing the electric jack on our Limited.
We do not specifically need electric. The tongue has utilities mounted on the underside of the frame that makes jacking it with any other jack a bit difficult. I have used farm equipment that uses hand crank jacks that mount to the frame, fold up 90 degrees when not in use. I had thoughts of
mounting two, one on each side of the tongue. I think this would provide more stability than a single jack near the hitch. Care would have to be taken to operate the two jacks in a way that does not lift one side significantly more that the other, causing undue stress on the frame, and the jack. Has this been done before? Is it workable?? pz
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Old 08-12-2014, 10:05 PM   #2
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Why reinvent the wheel. Replace it with another electric jack or a manual jack rated for 1000 lbs. I just installed a manual jack on my Tradewind for $40.

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Old 08-12-2014, 11:22 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by zamelia View Post
We do not specifically need electric. <snip>
I'm thinking you'll decide an electric jack is an awesome idea about the tenth time you crank that 1200 lb (more or less) tongue up and down.
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Old 08-13-2014, 02:43 AM   #4
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New electric jacks aren't THAT expensive. You will spend a fair bit of time coming up with an alternative system.

FWIW there was an power jack for sale in the Classifieds the other day.

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Old 08-13-2014, 05:02 AM   #5
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Manual jacks are readily available, easy to use, and almost never need repaired. Top crank or side crank. Should bolt right on. No electricity needed. Jim
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:06 AM   #6
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I used to be a proponent of electric jacks, but now I'd seriously consider going manual if ours ever dies.

Even if the tongue is really heavy, you aren't lifting the entire weight and you have a mechanical advantage. The times I've had to crank ours (a '95 30', with a third battery and a large inverter under the front couch), I've had no problem at all. It's quiet, reliable, and doesn't rely on the battery. Try your manual crank on your trailer and see how hard it is.

The one thing is that you'd have a top of the line trailer with a manual crank might just look odd. But if that's the worst problem...
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:22 AM   #7
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For those recommending 1000 pound capacity jacks, remember the jack has to also partly raise the rear of the tow vehicle, plus it has to statically support the trailer and everyone/everything in it.
The jack on the trailer has a 3000-3500 pound capacity, don't go lower than that, either manual or electric.
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