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Old 04-24-2012, 08:34 PM   #11
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I just got my Husky Brute, also based on advice gleaned here - tried to install it last weekend. Suprise, the hole through the bottom plate on my hitch frame is a smaller diameter than the upper one!!!

Looks like some unplanned metalworking is in my future.

3 weekends remain until our first planned 2012 camping trip!

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I bought a Husky Brute on the advice of another member here who works for an RV dealer (cant remember his name maybe windjammer?) Anyway it's a ball bearing design with a built in brake with LED lights and 7 pin plug holder ,works great so far and price was very reasonable.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:41 PM   #12
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Taking our 12 Flagstaff 8528RKWS to dealer Fri for a new driver side landing jack that has 2 teeth chipped off.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:54 PM   #13
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T wetzel are you ordering new? If so you don't get an option at the factory. I believe they use the LCI jack. I ordered mine with a standard hand jack and am adding the one I want. That way I am not paying for a useless, soon to be, broken jack.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:44 AM   #14
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You all made me go look last night. We have the standard LCI jack too. So far though, it worked great last season and this year on one trip.
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Old 04-27-2012, 05:17 PM   #15
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Just returned from having the driver side landing jack replaced. Horizontal shaft gear was bad. Mech installed a new passenger side jack on the driver side. Motor won't fit, shafts are different, duh! Leave your truck & trailer and we will order new one. "Don't think so" said I, "Leave the new jack installed, give me the old jack and I will fix it myself". Can't do that we need the old jack for warranty. Service mgr comes, explains the situation of ordering wrong jack. I said when I come back, that will be 3rd trip and 4 wks that I can't unhook. Service mgr says "Give me a few minutes" Returns in less than 5 with a new driver side jack. Long story short, mech installs jack, doesn't know how motor/gearbox goes on and asks me to install, which I finish hooking up everything. Get home, after telling wife that the jack is not installed correct and have spent the last 2 hours loosening all the bolts so the locating tabs on the jack are tight against the frame/support tabs, moving the stabilizer bar bracket up 3" from the bottom of the outer tube on the jack, re-positioning the jack pin mechanism so it will engage and making a steel bushing so the 1/2" dia shaft will not flop around inside the sq tubing that measures 5/8" x 5/8" inside that came from factory. Dealer is willing, but this particular mech was having a "bad hair" day. Anyway, it is all fixed and now I have an old jack with 2 grease zerks and a new jack with no zerks (yet). Will add them tomorrow and then tackle making the safety catch on the 5th wheel hitch and save $49.00.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:56 AM   #16
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Just returned from having the driver side landing jack replaced. Horizontal shaft gear was bad. Mech installed a new passenger side jack on the driver side. Motor won't fit, shafts are different, duh! Leave your truck & trailer and we will order new one. "Don't think so" said I, "Leave the new jack installed, give me the old jack and I will fix it myself". Can't do that we need the old jack for warranty. Service mgr comes, explains the situation of ordering wrong jack. I said when I come back, that will be 3rd trip and 4 wks that I can't unhook. Service mgr says "Give me a few minutes" Returns in less than 5 with a new driver side jack. Long story short, mech installs jack, doesn't know how motor/gearbox goes on and asks me to install, which I finish hooking up everything. Get home, after telling wife that the jack is not installed correct and have spent the last 2 hours loosening all the bolts so the locating tabs on the jack are tight against the frame/support tabs, moving the stabilizer bar bracket up 3" from the bottom of the outer tube on the jack, re-positioning the jack pin mechanism so it will engage and making a steel bushing so the 1/2" dia shaft will not flop around inside the sq tubing that measures 5/8" x 5/8" inside that came from factory. Dealer is willing, but this particular mech was having a "bad hair" day. Anyway, it is all fixed and now I have an old jack with 2 grease zerks and a new jack with no zerks (yet). Will add them tomorrow and then tackle making the safety catch on the 5th wheel hitch and save $49.00.
Wow, you had quits the day! Funny how in five minutes the service mgr had the correct jack that evidently you've needed for 4 wks! Hopefully I have better luck than you did. Are your landing jacks made by lippert?
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:05 AM   #17
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Yes, they are Lippert jacks, but being familiar with powder metal parts, these things happen. Bad heat treat, etc. Not bothered by the failure, just the messing around with parts ordering and a mech having a bad day.
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:02 PM   #18
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I replaced my Lippert today with a Barker 3000 VIP. The way the Lippert was sounding and acting I was afraid it was going to quit on me.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:21 PM   #19
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I have a 2012 Flagstaff Travel Trailer and the Lippert Jack failed. I did receive the funds from the warranty department and purchased a Barker Jack.....a much better quality. The failed jack started grinding gears and the motor died. The sad thing is that I was told that the previous problems with the Lippert Jack had been solved. The Lippert model installed on the RV was, according to Lippert, "their improved model!" As far as I can tell, the only thing Lippert did was to replace the decal on the jack....same problems and lack of desire to improve the jack. When I contacted Lippert they could not tell me who did the bench testing on the new model. According to RV service people, this is a lousy jack. According to the figures, Flagstaff paid $140 for each jack, but wanted to charge $335 for a replacement copy. If you have had these problems, purchase a Barker jack.....you will be much happier.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:32 PM   #20
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Isn't it strange that Lippert frames under many 5th wheels are junk and their jacks are too? That tells me Lippert makes junk. I bought a 2011 V-Lite because of it being a straight pull which made me feel a little better about the frame. Lo and behold, the frame under it was a Dexter before Lippert got ahold of them to ruin the Dexter name too. Lippert is really making a name for themselves with their frame and jack problems.
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