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Old 09-13-2016, 05:40 PM   #11
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Had the same problem with our Wildwood - eventually used a permanent marker to draw a line on the retracting pole just before the stop point and learned to stop just in time. Biggest problem I had after that was my ability to be distracted while retracting the jack!
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:31 PM   #12
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That's why most jacks (the ones I've seen) have a warning tape around the shaft saying, in essence, stop here. These motors aren't clutched so when the jack travel limit is reached, the motor binds and amperage soars as the motor continues to try to turn. My money is on operator error.
X2. The same thing will happen if you hold the button down on the power stab jacks after they stop retracting. Mine will pop a fuse every time.
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Old 09-17-2016, 03:28 PM   #13
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Most of the jacks don't have an electronic shutdown to keep you from over retracting. Hit the top or bottom too many times and the shock load will blow the jack head or break the drive. Always leave a half inch or so of breathing room. This goes for 5th wheels too, they can be just as easily damaged.
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Old 09-17-2016, 04:14 PM   #14
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X14 on the circuit breaker. Stop by your favorite auto parts store and pick up a automotive auto reset style.
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Old 09-21-2016, 09:52 PM   #15
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X2 on the 30amp circuit breaker. Automatic reset if it trips. Fits in the same fuse holder as 30 amp fuse!! A bit pricy but if you constantly have those nuisance trips it's worth the $20.


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What is this "X2"of which you speak? I was unable to find it online. Thanks.
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Sorry, x2 means that I agree with the poster who was talking about the 30 amp circuit breaker.

These circuit breakers are readily available at auto parts stores. The ends are notched in some cases and you snap off the length you want. They fit in the same holder as your 30 amp fuse.
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Mine popped the fuse last year after I retracted it too far. Since then, I've had no problems as I stop the travel when it reaches just above the height of the WDH bars.
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X2. The same thing will happen if you hold the button down on the power stab jacks after they stop retracting. Mine will pop a fuse every time.

After we bought, and brought, our new TT home we didn't realize the Dealer had retracted the jacks a bit more than needed. When we went to extend them down there was NOTHING, NADA, NIL. We soon discovered the fuse was blown. Once replaced we were good to go.

Now we are careful not to over-extend or over-retract the jacks. Was a good learning lesson though.
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After we bought, and brought, our new TT home we didn't realize the Dealer had retracted the jacks a bit more than needed. When we went to extend them down there was NOTHING, NADA, NIL. We soon discovered the fuse was blown. Once replaced we were good to go.



Now we are careful not to over-extend or over-retract the jacks. Was a good learning lesson though.

I'm careful with mine too, but sometimes it even tripped when it was raining with no strain on it, in fact twice during the rain. That was the last straw for me!


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I'm careful with mine too, but sometimes it even tripped when it was raining with no strain on it, in fact twice during the rain. That was the last straw for me!


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You are so right, it could happen at anytime! And usually the most inopportune time too.

I never knew these Automatic Reset Breakers existed. I definitely like the idea of them resetting themselves opposed to changing out the fuses. Have you experienced less, if any at all, "trips" since you installed the breaker fuse?
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