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linnemj

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Just got my Barker power front tongue jack yesterday and will install it this week.

My batteries are housed in a locked compartment on the front side of my V nose trailer. What ideas do you have to run the positive power wire into that area?

Any other tips would be appreciated!


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I was looking at jacks on eBay the other day and saw one that had a coiled cord with a 7 pin plug on it. It was meant to go in a utility trailer where they don't have batteries. Does this give you any ideas?

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Get a rubber firewall grommet at your local parts store.

Drill the box and run the wires through the grommet, put in place.

I don't have that type of setup, but that's how I would do it.

I just put one on my trailer (2nd one). I installed it turned towards the driverside. Sticks out less and does not interfere with the tailgate when open.

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I have installed several Barker Jacks for my self and friends. I have found very often that the lower mount plate for the jack will have a smaller hole then the top plate.
When that happened, I used my Dremel tool with a round grind stone to hone out the hole. Will just take a little so test often. Also, be sure to wear eye protection because you will have to look down at the work site.
After it fits, and before you install, spray some black paint on the work area to stop rust.

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Thomas/NH wrote:

I was looking at jacks on eBay the other day and saw one that had a coiled cord with a 7 pin plug on it. It was meant to go in a utility trailer where they don't have batteries. Does this give you any ideas?


The Barker that I bought has it's power supplies by the trailer's deep cell battery. The issue I have is the batteries are in a sealed compartment that has a plastic liner. What is the best way to run the positive line into that compartment?

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Your going to have to drill through the wall or the floor so really all depends what will look best for you. If it were me (without looking at your exact trailer) I would be more likely to route the wire along the frame of the trailer to which ever side the batteries were on and drill through the floor on that side. A little silicone or rubber grommet to protect the wire from rubbing the insulation off and your all set.


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Tap into the 7 way connector wires (they run to the battery). Seal it back up with heat shrink.

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I don't have my batteries on the tongue. They are in the underbelly, so running the wire to them last night was out of the question. But when I installed the batteries, I discovered the wires out on the tongue normally used for the battery connection went onto the backside of the front frame member that runs crosswise of the main frame rails. There it was attached to a 50 amp breaker. They had another breaker there for the + wire from the 7 pin for charging the battery from the TV. So I just hooked the wire for my jack to the 50 amp breaker so it was drawing power through the breaker. The nice thing was the wire was exactly the correct length!


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Does the power pigtail from the truck connect to a junction box on the front of the trailer? That is where I powered mine from.


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christopherglenn wrote:

Does the power pigtail from the truck connect to a junction box on the front of the trailer? That is where I powered mine from.

That is where I found the breaker mentioned above. Makes for a clean install.

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