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Old 06-04-2015, 04:15 PM   #1
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Front power jack question

I have a new 2015 Flagstaff 26VFKS that has a front power jack.
What if the power jack stops working and fuse is OK. How do I raise or lower the front of the trailer? Do I need to carry some type of backup manual jack? Does it have some type of crank system inside the jack?
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:29 PM   #2
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Most power jacks have a plug in the top you remove and a wrench of some kind to manually raise and lower the tongue.

Might want to remove a bolt from the mounting flange and make sure it is getting a good ground.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:00 PM   #3
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My jack has the bolt on top under the rubber plug for manual use. The bolt is the same size as the stabilizer jack bolt.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:11 PM   #4
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I have a new 2015 Flagstaff 26VFKS that has a front power jack.
Your TT should be equipped with a crank that will allow you to manually extend and retract the tongue jack. Look inside the pass-through against one of the walls. You might find it hanging there.
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Double check battery also disconnect. If ok check switch on jack
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Old 06-05-2015, 07:29 PM   #6
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While on the topic of front jack. After sitting for a couple of weeks, the battery is drained or close to it and I have to manually work it. What can be causing the battery drain? Everything is off inside.
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While on the topic of front jack. After sitting for a couple of weeks, the battery is drained or close to it and I have to manually work it. What can be causing the battery drain? Everything is off inside.
Everything is not off. Your CO/propane detector is still on. Best to use battery disconnect or just disconnect battery's negative cable. BTW how is this question a topic of the power jack.
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If I'm not mistaken the beginning threat says: Front Power Jack Question.
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Old 06-06-2015, 08:42 AM   #9
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Meow...


The hand crank for the electric jack looks like a smaller version of the hand crank used for the stabilizer scissor jacks. It's only about 9 inches long.

Added note:
We have to be cautious with the electric jack on our 2016 Shamrock 183.....in that if we allow it to travel fully up, or fully down, with the power switch held down for even a half second longer, the gearing appears to bind and the motor stops.

Even after 30 seconds, the electric motor will not start.

It will not start until we remove the rubber plug in the top of the housing - use the hand crank for even a single rotation - and then all works fine.

Anyone else encountering this? Is this "normal" or should it be reported while still under warranty?

I'll also ask my dealer when I stop by to get some weatherstipping for our screen door........but that is for a post headed "screen door" so I will not go into further detail.....roflmao.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:29 AM   #10
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my 2014 Shmrock 183 has the same issue... although I will say that with repeated clicking the switch it does start back running on battery power... but the first couple of times that the wife or friends helping to hook/unhook from the TV when they held the button too long it appeared that the jack was stuck. I am now thinking that there is a fuse in the jack that opens and recloses in a few seconds when it cools, allowing the jack to work again. Not sure about that... but maybe
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You are probably correct - makes sense that overheat or overtorque could trip a sensor....

Oh crap! When in doubt re-read the owner's manual.......lol


OPERATION1. To raise or lower jack, press switch marked “EXT” or “RET”.
“Extend” and “Retract” refer to the jack, not the trailer.
2. Release switch when jack nears full retraction or full extension to
prevent unnecessary wear on motor clutch.
a. When jack reaches its maximum extended or retracted length
or maximum load, a clicking noise will be heard. This is the
overriding clutch built into the motor to prevent overload.
Release switch immediately when clicking is heard. If the jack
has been over extended or retracted, it may bind. If so,
operate with the manual override handle, per
STEP 3 below, to break it free.



http://www.atwoodmobile.com/manuals/...2011.21.07.pdf



well, there yah go.....safety feature.......try to avoid having it engage to reduce wear and tear...
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I took a sharpie and marked a ring around the silver part that goes in & out at the top when it was fully retracted. Now when I see the mark getting close I can stop without waiting for the "click".
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I will do that....thanks for an eloquently simple solution


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I have a new 2015 Flagstaff 26VFKS that has a front power jack.
What if the power jack stops working and fuse is OK. How do I raise or lower the front of the trailer? Do I need to carry some type of backup manual jack? Does it have some type of crank system inside the jack?
Mine does that sometimes and stops working. All you need to do is to make sure your main power cord is unplugged then turn off and back on your battery switch where there is NO power
. This resets it and it will start working again.
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:56 PM   #15
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I carry my tool box with me and just use my extension, socket and ratchet to raise and lower during a malfunction.

I put a mark on the jack ram to avoid the problem. You can always back your truck up to the trailer to supply power to the jack if battery run down. I have a cut off on my trailer to avoid battery drain when not in use or I do not have the power cord connect to the house. Later RJD
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