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Old 02-27-2012, 09:39 AM   #1
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Rear Stabilizer Jacks

We just purchased a 2012 Flagstaff 8528RKWS and towed it home on Saturday. This is our first trailer, so we are newbies. Everything was fine through the walk-through, but when we set the trailer for storage the rear stabilizer jacks would not come down. The motor makes no noise. We checked the fuse panel and it indicated that the fuse has been blown. Why would a fuse blow on a brand-new trailer? What would cause the blown fuse? The stablizer jacks were in the down position when we did our walk-through and were then raised by the tech doing our walk-through. Before we head back to the dealership, I thought I would see if anyone else had this problem.
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It could just be a fluke. Replace the fuse and see if it blows again. If it does, then you have an issue (short probably) somewhere. If not, all is well!

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Old 02-27-2012, 10:07 AM   #3
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More than likely the guy who did the walk thru and raised the jacks did not stop before hitting the upper limit. Since there is no switch to stop travel running it up until it jambs will result in a blown fuse.
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Have a 2011 Flagstaff bought in 2010. No problems with the rear jacks, except I could lower the manual ones on the old trailer twice as fast. Do have problems on front jacks blowing a fuse if I hit the upper stop (retracting). Haven't figured out how far I can go in the other direction yet. Wayne
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:41 AM   #5
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We have a 2012 flagstaff 831rkss . During the walk through the tech raised it to far trying to show how not to raise it to far. They replaced the fuse and everything was good

When raising the stabilizers you can watch and listen to the change in sound . Try it a few times to see and listen to the change .
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:56 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. Looks like the tech must have held the button too long and blew the fuse. Is there a way to tell when to release the button other than listening to the motor? Is there a way to mark the place to stop before it's "too late"? We really don't want to be going through fuses when there is something that could be done to prevent it from happening.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:59 PM   #7
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I put auto resetable curcuit breakers in for my sledes and jacks instead of the fuses .
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Old 02-27-2012, 01:01 PM   #8
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The fuse will not blow as long as you let off the button as soon as you hear the change in the sound of the motor, and it is an obvious change.
You can also watch the legs come up into place, and it is also obvious when the last one is about to bottom out.
We have never blown a fuse.
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Old 02-27-2012, 02:04 PM   #9
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Its fair to say that you have to be pretty quick with getting your finger off the switch, and bend your backand watch the legs go home so that you do!

My fuse blew first time I used mine, replaced it with a new fuse of same amperage from an auto store and even though I have been slow sometimes, (not concentrating), this new fuse has never blown. Makes me think there are fuses and fuses, possibly the ones FR use are poor quality and the one I replaced is a better quality
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If you are a real handy type you could wire an up limit switch into the circuit for each jack so as to not have the problem any longer. I did that on my fivers landing gear and have never had another moments worry.
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I've never had a problem with mine. When I hear the change in pitch of the motors, I let off the switch. It's only a split second. I never heard of this being a problem, but it sure sounds like it might be.
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Thanks for the replies. Looks like the tech must have held the button too long and blew the fuse. Is there a way to tell when to release the button other than listening to the motor? Is there a way to mark the place to stop before it's "too late"? We really don't want to be going through fuses when there is something that could be done to prevent it from happening.
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I put auto resetable curcuit breakers in for my sledes and jacks instead of the fuses .
Beat me to it. I was going to suggest the same thing. You should be able to pick them up at the local auto parts store. I might have spent a weekend or two at the pick-a-part yard and GM used them in the power window circuit in the most of the 80s mid and full size cars. Its a little silver thing, a little bigger than your standard fuse. It just plugs into the slot like a fuse. I think all the ones I have are 30 Amp ones.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:59 AM   #13
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I have a flagstaff 831FLSS with electric stabilizers front and back. When raising or lowering them the switch will automatically trip when it gets in to a bind and then reset when it cools. I have yet to blow a fuse on mine and only occasionally trip the auto reset. It came this way from the dealer and have not had any issues from it. Hope you can get yours working properly and listen for the sound of the motor as it gets in a bind as others have already mentioned. Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new TT.
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Thanks for the replies. Looks like the tech must have held the button too long and blew the fuse. Is there a way to tell when to release the button other than listening to the motor? Is there a way to mark the place to stop before it's "too late"? We really don't want to be going through fuses when there is something that could be done to prevent it from happening.
This is a common and well documented issue. Just let your dealer know and they will install auto-reset fuse in your on-board breaker panel. It is a simple plug-in replacement for the existing fuse so you should be able to get an auto-reset fuse from your dealer and replace it yourself, it is easier that taking your trailer to them.

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Old 02-28-2012, 09:19 PM   #15
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On our 8528RKWS, I. HAVENT HAD A PROBLEM SINCE I BLEW THE 1ST FUSE AND REPLACED IT WITH AN AUTO RESET FUSE OF SAME AMPS. I ALSO PUT ONE IN THE FRONT LANDING GEAR.
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If for some reason you run both the front and rear jacks at the same time it will blow the fuse also.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:19 AM   #17
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My son blew a fuse while retracting the rear jacks. Just to save somebody the trouble of finding it....it was in a rubber holder right at the battery. There is one for the front and one for the rear there. Mine were 15 amp fuses.
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On our 8528RKWS, I. HAVENT HAD A PROBLEM SINCE I BLEW THE 1ST FUSE AND REPLACED IT WITH AN AUTO RESET FUSE OF SAME AMPS. I ALSO PUT ONE IN THE FRONT LANDING GEAR.
All the 12v dc fuses in ny fuse panel or converter distribution panel are self resetting circuit breakers vs the standard ato automotive fuse.
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Same thing happened to me when I got my 2013 26RLSS home after the walk through. Replaced the breaker and haven't had a problem since. knock on wood!
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