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Old 07-23-2013, 02:00 PM   #11
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Great. I have one on my trailer. Just what I want to read (can you sense the sarcasm?).

X2, going to have to keep a jack stand under it now as well.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:15 PM   #12
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I did not know they could collapse, isn't it a worm gear system? My 3500 Barker failed last month but it was the main gear and it is plastic, looked it up on their web site and the cost was about $48.00 plus shipping then I noticed TSC had them on sale for $149.00 so I just replaced it, might end up getting the gear and keeping it as a spare. If it collapsed because the worm nut was worn out I'd be p$&:? at them.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:19 PM   #13
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I did not know they could collapse, isn't it a worm gear system? My 3500 Barker failed last month but it was the main gear and it is plastic, looked it up on their web site and the cost was about $48.00 plus shipping then I noticed TSC had them on sale for $149.00 so I just replaced it, might end up getting the gear and keeping it as a spare. If it collapsed because the worm nut was worn out I'd be p$&:? at them.
Don't think it's a worm gear, most are bevel gears, one on the motor and one on the screw.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:33 PM   #14
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Actually there are many posts about the Lippert jack being faulty and others have had theirs crash. I had one on my 2011 Flagstaff that was very loud and had started making grinding noises, right before I replaced with a Barker brand jack very recently.

Here are a few, and as you read thru the posts, you will see how many have had problems with their Lippert/LCI jack:

Failing front jack on windjammer 3001

Lippert power tounge jacks (SOLVED)

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http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...nty-43229.html

Power tounge jack

LCI Tounge Jack....Who has one

Piece of %$#@ tongue jack!!

Power Front Jack

I had the exact same LCI (Stromberg Carlson) jack, same grinding noise after a couple of months, and the motor just stopped working. VERY hard to crank it up and down with the manual override. Very difficult to work with LCI to get it resolved. Ended up like you, replacing it with a Barker which has served well for years.
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Don't think it's a worm gear, most are bevel gears, one on the motor and one on the screw.
The barker I have is an acme type thread.
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My 08 Flagstaff with a Lippert tongue jack has been good to me so far.....(knock on wood), but I will replace it with a Barker 3500 when the thing dies. Just a matter of time, I guess. Randy
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The barker I have is an acme type thread.
The acme thread is for strength and turned by the bevel gear on top or the matching gear on the motor.
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I saw one fail aswell, the gears just went out.
My sister has a 2010 28BH TT (not by ForestRiver), while disconnecting from her TV, on level cement at our house, she did the foot push/wiggle to dislodge the ball and it did. Her foot was left on the bumper and continued to jack up. The jack sounded low on power and then it just dropped CRASH BOOM BANGÖTHUD, 3 inches from her foot. I just stood dumbfounded I think she wet herself; camper just sat there on the bumper. Thank goodness we hadnít pulled the truck out. Thank goodness nobody was hurt.

I am a sticker on safety and always talk to my kids where danger lies and where you should not be this was a perfect time to reiterate. This one has given me a few nightmares.
How do they rate these jacks? All that I found are called 2500#-5000#. Here is my issue: what does your tongue weigh 400#-600#? so ya I donít get it, sisters jack was a 3500#.
The jack manufacture didnít even question it and sent out a new one but it was going to take 7-10 days. She didnít want to wait and wasnít sure putting the same one back on would be smart. We put on a Husky 4000# it was recommended by a nearby trailer shop and it looks great, more robust. Yes, I now have an extra jack.
I donít know how you could prevent this, jack had only been used maybe 30 times. Trailer shop we dealt with says there is no real maintenance(no-grease, no-adjustment,..)just keep it clean.

While stabilizers could have saved this I donít know how to logistically do any thing differently. I always do the same thing with my camper: jack up off ball, pull truck out, jack up or down(to level) and then put down stabilizers.
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This has me wondering if following my Equalizer instructions puts undue stress on the jack. They clearly state when hooking up to couple and lock the trailer to your ball and then use the jack to lift everything to make installation of the bars easier. So not only do you have the tongue weight of the trailer, but you are also working against the weight of the truck.
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I do the same thing with my Blue Ox but on it you should only go up to level and therefore not lift any on the TC. Are you sure the Equilizer isn't the same?
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