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Old 03-04-2019, 02:46 PM   #1
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Installing motorized tongue jack

When I bought my toy hauler it came with a handcrank tongue jack, I want to change to a motorized tongue jack. Looking for information. Wondering if a 3500 pound tongue jack would work on my toy hauler? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-04-2019, 02:49 PM   #2
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I just had to replace my tongue jack because the Leg got bent somehow. 3500 works perfectly on my 265RLDS Surveyor. (pounds reflect how much it can lift so a 3500 lb will work on trailers up to 7000 lbs total)
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Old 03-04-2019, 03:19 PM   #3
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When I bought my toy hauler it came with a handcrank tongue jack, I want to change to a motorized tongue jack. Looking for information. Wondering if a 3500 pound tongue jack would work on my toy hauler? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Recognize that if you are using a weight distribution hitch (WDH) you are also lifting the rear of the tow vehicle in conjunction with the trailer tongue weight. I would purchase at least a 5000 lb. jack to have reserve capacity. The difference in price of a lesser weight rating is minimal. Though I am prohibited from publishing the brand/source of a 5000 lb. jack, by apparent forum rules, I know of a source of a top brand for $226.00 and no sales tax. Search the internet!
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Old 03-04-2019, 04:05 PM   #4
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I am prohibited from publishing the brand/source of a 5000 lb. jack, by apparent forum rules
Huh? Since when?

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Old 03-04-2019, 04:11 PM   #5
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I’m confused, what would having a weight distribution hitch have to do with the weight of the tongue of my trailer? Why would I be lifting the weight of my truck as well?
My trailer only totals 5800 pounds.
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Old 03-04-2019, 04:30 PM   #6
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He means using the tongue jack to lift the trailer & tow vehicle to ease setting the bars in their tow position at hitching or unhitching. I bent mine, installed the 3500 lb one in an hour and then used it to lift both the trailer and my RAM to unhitch. Worked perfect
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Well maybe I’m doing something wrong but that is not how I hitch and Iunhitch. I ease my trailer down till it kisses the ball on the tow vehicle then I install my weight distribution bars and my anti-sway bar then I raise the jack leg the rest of the way.
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You are not doing anything wrong and if it works for you great. Some folks use the jack to lift up on the trailer and tow vehicle to make setting the bars easier. Either way works. Based on how you hitch up I would go with the jack you were considering. JMHO
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Old 03-04-2019, 05:13 PM   #9
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Cool. I really like the bulldog jacks that come with a seven way connector, that plugs into my truck for power. That way no kids can come around and run my battery down playing with the Jack, and if for some reason my batteries are dead they will not be dead on the tow vehicle.
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Cool. I really like the bulldog jacks that come with a seven way connector, that plugs into my truck for power. That way no kids can come around and run my battery down playing with the Jack, and if for some reason my batteries are dead they will not be dead on the tow vehicle.
Install a battery disconnect will solve that issue. I did.
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