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Old 06-10-2012, 02:24 PM   #1
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Piece of %$#@ tongue jack!!

Just got back from camping for the weekend and went to put my trailer at the storage place and SURPRISE!!!! The notoriously crappy Lippert tongue jack failed. Wont go up or down and just clicks.

Im not going to even try and do anything with it but replace it. Questions is.... I was thinking about ebaying a new one but need to get this trailer unhooked from my truck before Tuesday. Whats the easiest way if any of you have had to do this?

I doubt I can get one shipped from ebay in two days so im thinking if I can get it unhooked i'll replace it when it comes in. If not the only one the local dealer here has is $350. I can get the same one on ebay for $150 less.
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:27 PM   #2
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Floor jack ?
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:43 PM   #3
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Had the same problem last year and used a bottle jack and some 4x4 wood blocks. I took a few minutes to get unhooked. A floor jack would be easier. Good luck.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:06 PM   #4
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This is one reason I always carry a bottle jack in the storage area along with some wood blocks. I too have had the electric tongue jack fail me at an inopportune time.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:10 PM   #5
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Could your battery be too low? Try hooking up the pigtail to your truck and see if you can throw a charge on your battery.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:11 PM   #6
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Have you tried the manual operation for the LCI?

BTW - I replaced our LCI with a Barker. Have also heard good things about the Husky.
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:41 PM   #7
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I thought about trying to track down a tall enough floor jack. I did try the following:

1. Had the truck hooked up to the trailer for extra power.. And had it plugged into power all weekend. It's cranking, but just clicking. Occassionally it moves a little bit but not enough to lift the trailer off the ball.

2. I did try the manual operation... I could tell it's doing the same clicking that the electric is doing (obviously stripping gears).

I did, with blocks, get the trailer high enough to have my neighbor stand on the bumper of my truck so I could free my truck. Now I just got to get a new jack.

Anyone have a jack that they just love? And best that I go with 3500lbs or up? The trailer is 5400lbs dry and 7500 max. Also know that I usually lift that back of the truck a few inches when hitching to get the trunnion bars on. Im sure thats what "did in" the POS Lippert.
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:45 PM   #8
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Fortunately this crap ***** tongue jack failed me at a better time than it could have. I didnt get stranded at a campsite (w/out a jack), AND I can still get the truck back under it so I can unbolt the jack.

After reading posts on this site, I was absolutely sure this was going to happen, and the DW and I have been talking about replacing it before it did go...too late. Oh well, kinda glad it happened before we go on our long trip..
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:09 PM   #9
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I trouble with my original electric jack that started when I attempted to drop the tt off at the storage place after the PDI. It blew fuses one after another including another 3 with the service tech while he tried to unhitch.

Dealership had it wired for a 30amp fuse only to find out from the manufactor that it was designed for a relay instead. Guess someone didn't read the directions. Dealer replaced and upgraded electric jack and there's been zero problem in the 20 months since.

Sorry that you are going through this - it's not much fun.
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:01 AM   #10
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Still waiting for someone to suggest a power jack for his uses... 7700 max trailer weight and uses the jack to ease the installation of WD hitch bars by raising it while hooked to the TV. Hitch weight max at 1000
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