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Old 12-24-2013, 09:35 AM   #1
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Tongue jack question

Hey guys. Im a newbie to campers. We have purchased a 2014 rockwood roo 21ss and have been going through the process of learning all about it. Been setting it up in the drive and backyard. This is going to beat the heck out of tents and tarps!

We have a manual tongue jack. I'm really beginning to see the merit in a powered tongue jack but I'm hesitant to spend the money right now. Mainly because we haven't been camping yet and am not sure how our priorities will work themselves out. You know, like a second battery, generator, etc. I'm currently using a heavy duty battery powered drill to lower the stabilizers and was wondering if anyone has done a mod to do the same with the tongue jack. Keep in mind that our trailer has a tongue wt. of between 500 and 600 lbs. I know that the handle will have to be cut and a nut or male adapter welded in place so the drill can be attached as well having something available for a "manual" override. I've been reading through this forum for a month or so now and I know some of you have already thought of this. Very inventive group of people! What do ya think?
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Old 12-24-2013, 09:51 AM   #2
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You could use a drill as long as it's a good strong one but I would save up and go with an electric tongue jack. Very easy to install and very worth it.

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Old 12-24-2013, 09:54 AM   #3
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Haven't seen that mod, my thought is that there is a lot of weight to lift at the tongue and once the drill gets in a bind it will not lift that much weight, stabilizers are meant to be deployed after the trailer is leveled, to "stabilize" not to lift the trailer, I used a cordless on my stabilizers and it works great but the electric tongue jack was probably the first thing I did after cranking up and down hitching and unhitching a few times when I had my TT, it made life a lot easier and worth every cent IMO

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The electric tongue jack is also a tremendous help if you're using an Equalizer hitch. The motor went out in a tongue jack I had a few years ago, and hand-cranking the trailer up high enough to get the bars on or off was a REAL chore. After water/sewer hoses and chocks, I think an electric jack would be my next purchase.
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I would not try using a drill, a half inch might but a 3/8 would a bit small I think.

I just bought one of these to change flat tires when I get one.
It would do well in moving your jack up and down.

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Old 12-24-2013, 12:29 PM   #6
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the electric is nice till it goes out and you cant locate the handle to manually lift the tt. just happened to me on my 2014 model. i was luck i was dropping it of at the dealership for some warranty work
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it would be way simpler to just install an electric tongue jack.
you can get remanufactured ones on Ebay for under $100.

i got my Ultra Fab adjustable foot 3500 jack, on Ebay, for about $100, 5 years ago and it's still working great.
easy install, takes about 30 minutes.
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Spend the money to get a power jack. I got mine on eBay for $100. Then you don't have to remember to take the drill, charge the drill, or find a place to store the drill. The power jack is worth every penny.
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My 2 cents

Spend the money on a good quality electric jack. You will not regret it. Trust us on this.
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If you aren't ready to spend the money on an electric jack, I recommend one of these. http://www.fastwaytrailer.com/flip/
I installed on on our last TT and it worked great. Saved a zillion turns on the crank and provided a foot pad.
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