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Old 03-23-2015, 10:25 AM   #1
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Just picked up my Roo 19, and then...

Me and a buddy went to pickup my first TT (Roo 19). I've never driven with a TT attached so I had my friend drive my new baby home. The next day at the butt crack of dawn I set everything up and get ready to drive it around. while no one is on the road. Everything is going well, I drive it around it's great! get home and then notice one minor detail...

I forgot to pull up the tongue jack and bent the hell out of it! I didn't make it 2 ft out of my driveway and broke my new toy!

My question is I'm going to get one of the huskey brute power jacks, but not sure which size I need. Either:

Model HB4500, with a 4,500 lb. capacity, 2-1/4″ dia. (#87247)
Model HB3000, with a 3,000 lb. capacity, 2-1/2″ dia. (#87248)

Help, which one fits/is needed by my 2011 Roo 19?

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Old 03-23-2015, 01:51 PM   #2
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I think you can only fit a 2-1/4" dia. on the Roo 19.

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Old 03-24-2015, 03:01 PM   #3
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Congratulations.....and that's hilarious. Don't feel bad, there is a thread in here for bloopers just like this one. you should go check it out. When I was new, I pulled the whole power inverter out of the inside wall of my trailer. luckily not the outside wall. Yep. forgot to unplug it from the wall and ran over the wire with the trailer tire pulling it entirely from the wall. Very few things stop a heart from beating like the sound of ripping wood coming from your trailer.

I have an upgraded one that is 3500lbs. couldnt tell you the size, but you cant go wrong with a more powerful one. Oooo Oooo Oooo
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:00 PM   #4
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Dont feel so bad, it happens to everyone. Second time out and I didnt droop the power brake cord around the jack. We drove home, wondering why the brakes felt a little strange. Well, the cord dragged on the highway all the way home, and we had no lights or brake. Back to CW for rewiring a new cord!
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:45 PM   #5
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You're not alone. Leaving an awning, slide, step, or grab bar out is not uncommon stupid user trick. I almost lost the door/step on my old Coleman popup (door folds down to become the step) when I forgot to securely lock it. It bounced open when pulling out of the camp site. It hangs about 6" off the ground and protrudes 12"-18" away from the side wall. Fortunately I saw it in my side mirror just as I was rounding a corner close to a tree stump.

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Old 03-25-2015, 02:59 AM   #6
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I have started to drive out of the campground multiple times with the TV antenna up until kind campers waved me down.

One of the better ideas I have seen is the reminder rings you can label and wrap on your steering wheel. I should probably get them as it is only a matter of time before I do something similar to your story.

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Old 03-25-2015, 03:55 AM   #7
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you can find a checklist to follow when setting up or when leaving.
we have one posted by our trailer door, so we are sure to go over it before closing up the trailer to take off.
and as a former firefighter, we were taught to always do a walk-around before leaving. i even do it at the gas station while fueling up.

both are ways to prevent things like this and also being patient and not getting in a hurry.
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Old 03-25-2015, 06:40 AM   #8
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Welcome to the world of real people doing real dumb things! Second time I pulled our TT I forgot to lock the tongue to the ball on my TV. About a mile down the road I could see the TT bouncing up and down while I was driving and I thought, "wow this thing is really getting hard to tow." DUH! Luckily I had attached the safety chains and that is how I was pulling the TT. Pulled over, jacked the tongue up, fixed problem. Even now that we have an MH, DW still asks if I remembered to lock the tongue!
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Old 03-25-2015, 07:12 AM   #9
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Tore up a jack on my popup. Mine was nose heavy and I had soft suspension, so I used WDH. The bottle location didn't allow for lift brackets, so I had to crank up the back of the truck a good bit to get the chains hooked up. Stupid me had a wheel on the jack and a stack of 1x6 pieces under it. It finally kicked the boards out from under it and bent that sucker at about a 20 degree angle...didn't crank very well after that.

The main thing is to measure your outer tube diameter on yours and make sure, but I believe 2-1/4 is correct. You can go smaller, just not larger without cutting. Capacity doesn't really matter as the smallest I've seen will lift over 1500 lbs straight up...however, the bigger it is, the easier it will be.
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Old 03-25-2015, 03:46 PM   #10
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completely destroyed a license plate by not locking the tongue to the ball. Pulled out great. Hit the brakes and well.......there ya go. Welcome to club screw up. Bars open.

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