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Old 08-12-2016, 12:07 PM   #1
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Replacing a Bent Jack

My wife is out on a solo trip with our A122, and she called last night to inform me that she neglected to raise the jack completely up after removing the wheel. The result was a bent jack shaft (and she can't get the wheel back on). Anyone have experience with replacing a jack shaft (if so, where did you find the part?), or do I need to see a repair shop when she gets back?

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Old 08-12-2016, 02:42 PM   #2
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Assuming this is a manual jack, it's probably easier to replace the whole jack. They are usually bolted on. You can buy sturdier jacks that fit in the same mounting space (bigger diameter shaft).

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Old 08-12-2016, 10:35 PM   #3
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Thanks! I went ahead and googled "tongue jacks" and it looks like an easy bolt-on fix.
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Old 08-13-2016, 06:34 AM   #4
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You might even consider an electric jack.


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Old 08-13-2016, 01:23 PM   #5
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I own 2 trailers. One is electric, one is manual. The manual one the gears stripped last year. Went into the first RV store. Bought a used one (many people upgrade to electric so ask for a used manual one) & bolted
it on. 10 minute job.
On the electric model there are 2 things to think about. They're expensive & you need a charged battery to operate it. If you store your
trailer for long periods, the battery is probably dead. Hook up the
7 (or 4)pin connector with your tow vehicle & leave it running & go read the newspaper for 1/2 an hour. When you come back assuming everything
is normal you should be able to operate the jack. If not do what I do. I
bought a 20 ton bottle jack from Harbor Freight Tools. Then manually crank it up. You'll need plenty of wood to extend the jack.
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Old 08-13-2016, 04:10 PM   #6
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I just replaced the stripped out manual jack on my a-frame with a 3500 lb electric unit. Simple to wire up (one wire) and it came with a circuit breaker to wire inline. Three bolts to remove the old, and install using the same bolts plus the included star washers to insure a good ground. It was one of the best investments on my trailer....SO much easier than the original jack. If your battery is dead they included a manual wrench that goes through the top after removing the installed bubble level (no more using a carpenters level for me!).... IMHO you'd be crazy to go back to a manual jack.....You can't use the wheel anymore, but it comes with a removable/adjustable plate.
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I just replaced the stripped out manual jack on my a-frame with a 3500 lb electric unit. Simple to wire up (one wire) and it came with a circuit breaker to wire inline. Three bolts to remove the old, and install using the same bolts plus the included star washers to insure a good ground. It was one of the best investments on my trailer....SO much easier than the original jack. If your battery is dead they included a manual wrench that goes through the top after removing the installed bubble level (no more using a carpenters level for me!).... IMHO you'd be crazy to go back to a manual jack.....You can't use the wheel anymore, but it comes with a removable/adjustable plate.
We're talking an A-frame popup with a tongue weight less than 500lbs. And because of the light weight, that tongue wheel comes in handy for moving the camper around manually.

Given the issues with electric jacks, levelers, and roof lifts, I keep everything as manual as practical on such a small and light RV.

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I believe you can also get electric tongue jacks with a diameter shaft that can be fitted with a wheel like the manual jacks supplied with our A Frames.


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Different strokes for different folks.

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We're talking an A-frame popup with a tongue weight less than 500lbs. And because of the light weight, that tongue wheel comes in handy for moving the camper around manually.

Given the issues with electric jacks, levelers, and roof lifts, I keep everything as manual as practical on such a small and light RV.

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Thanks for all the help. I'm gonna stick with a manual version as I had the current one fitted so that I could just put my electric drill on it to spin it up or down. If the drill died, I have the hadle stored in the toolbox for true manual operation.
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