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Old 07-31-2016, 07:32 PM   #1
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When Power Tongue Jack Fails

I own a 2014 Rockwood a122s. . just wondering.. if the camper battery is dead.. will the power tongue jack still work when the camper is attached to the tow vehicle. .. or to shore power?

And.. when (if) the jack fails... how do you raise and lower the camper?
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Old 07-31-2016, 07:37 PM   #2
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The power jack is powered by 12v so it will work when connected to a tow vehicle or shore power if the battery is dead. There should be a rubber cover on it that you can remove to use the supplied wrench. I have had to replace the up/down switch and remove rust inside the electric motor after 5 years. I would suggest that everyone use a cover to help with water not getting into the electric jack.
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Thanks.. I put an upside down bucket over the jack.. and then cover with a tarp in the driveway at home. I bought the camper used.. so no supplied wrench. . I did buy a socket that fits.
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I got this from Amazon. Its not water proof but I'm sure it will help. I also put duct tape over the manual override at the top.

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Hmm.....this is something I had not yet considered. Have to admit that I've not even looked at the inter workings of the power tongue jack or considered what to do if it fails.


Sounds like what I'm hearing is that if all fails, it can be raised/lowered by hand with the correct socket. Guess I'll be looing into this in the next few days..........


I bought my camper new but there was no wrench/socket provided for the power tongue jack.
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:28 AM   #6
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You may want to find a instruction sheet on line for your jack. Most have a locking mechanism that must be released before it can be lowered. Caution, it is under pressure and when released the jack may come down violently.
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Thanks for the added info Butch. Appreciate this very much!


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I don't know what brand of power jack you have but you should be able to find the instruction sheet. Here is the sheet for Husky brute brand.
Trailer Hitch Instructions For DrawTite, Reese, Hidden Hitch & More - etrailer.com
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And.. when (if) the jack fails... how do you raise and lower the camper?
My Salem CruiseLite came with a hand crank for the jack - and I had to use it once in 95 degree weather. Not fun for a 60+ woman.

I've had some issues also with the jack blowing fuses. Seems that if you hit the stop several times, it tends to blow the fuse. The suggestion was to put a marker about 1/2" or so from being totally up and then only raising it up to that marker so it doesn't go all the way to the stop. So far it's worked.
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I found that I can run my jack with a socket and battery drill or socket and ratchet. I did not have to release any brake as I believe mine is just stopped in place by motor friction.
The ratchet is a slow process but would get me hitched and home if needed.
Of course if the motor bearings lock up all bets are off. That's less likely than simply burned motor/blown fuse/bad motor switch.
Agree with others that you need extra protection from rain. These jacks
aren't water proof and the typical rocker switch is not either!
I made my own vinyl jack motor cover that I leave on all the time.
I can feel and push the rocker thru the cover so I don't' have to take it off.

As mentioned a bucket can make a decent jack cover for storage but what
do you use when driving in a monsoon rain?? Also wasps love to build nests under buckets! That's why I opted for a sewn vinyl cover with a secure draw string. You can buy them I'm sure but I made mine.

As a staunch believer in Murphy's Law I always try to have a back up plan for any electrical device be it stabilizing jacks or tongue jack or slide motor! I suggest everyone have a plan B for raising/lowering tongue jack and corner jacks.

Happy Trails!
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