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Posted: 12/17/12 04:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Atwood makes camper specific jacks and camper specific jack foot extensions (with a round base plate). I have been able to find the rectangular foot extensions that Atwood makes for trailer and tongue jacks but not the round ones that they also make for use with their camper jacks.

With my 4WD camper the standard jacks do not provide enough lift and I resort to using multiple boards to add high. I would prefer to add the 8" extensions and not need the lumber. Any know the part number or a source for these Atwood camper jack extensions?

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If I was you, I would stick with the boards, and put a pocket in the top one to hold the jack leg. I would also make sure your boards have some sort of interlock, even a cleated rubber mat, so that they can't slip. Be sure they are level when you put the jack leg on them.

I find it's pretty scary to go out to full extension, and I can't imagine going even further with a leg extension.


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Posted: 12/17/12 09:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They are shown and listed on Atwood site but no p/n?http://www.atwoodmobile.com/manuals/chassis/MPD%2085920%20SP%2012.04.07.pdf
I didnt see them for sale...You might contact Atwood see if they are still produced?
Oh and they are 6"


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Posted: 12/18/12 12:25am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The PDF was what I found and realized that Atwood has made an extension for the camper jacks. Easy to locate the ones for trailer jacks and tongue jacks. Did not think it would be such a hard item to find. Hoping not to have to get out the hacksaw and welder but it would not be the first time with my camper.

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you have to get the hacksaw out anyway...

<$20 in steel to fab...


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Posted: 12/18/12 10:30am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I run mine up full extension and they're pretty wobbly. From an engineering standpoint, 6" more extension plus an additional pivot point is not good for stability.

Rather than run mine all the way up, I use 4.5" of blocking under each jack, and the rig is much more stable.


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I am using wood blocks as I mentioned but want a better solution and I am not alone or Atwood would not be making extensions. The Atwood jacks are designed for the average height of a truck bed above the ground. With my 2011 4WD truck they are simply too short.

The problem is not with the steel to make my own so much as finding the right dimension tubing which is always a problem. The tubes for the extension need an outside diameter that is a close fit for the inside diameter of the existing jack tubes and anyone who has actually done any metal fabrication knows that there is seldom a good match between the ID and OD of commonly stocked metal tubing or pipes.

As for $20 you evidently have not bought steel pipe lately. A separate problem is welding steel after it has been galvanized. I only do the fab work as a last resort as when I made the under the camper steel rack for a second battery and an aluminum roof rack for mounting two solar panels.

As for the wobble I plan to install two Wobbl-Stoprs from Torklift but that is a completely separate problem from needing 4" more height out of the Atwood jacks.

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Posted: 12/18/12 11:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well yes you need to wack off the foot--these if still available arent welded on and can be removed. Uses an inner support tube and the 'foot' over top. In this case using extensions jacks would not be at max travel, might be more stable than using blocks, especially if stacking? Id call Atwood
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Posted: 12/18/12 01:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wintersun wrote:

I am using wood blocks as I mentioned but want a better solution and I am not alone or Atwood would not be making extensions.


Since nobody can find a part number for these extensions or any mention of them anywhere aside from this 2007 PDF install guide, you're assumption that Atwood is "making extensions" appears to be incorrect.

It appears that Atwood MADE extensions, as in past tense.

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Lance was able to get Atwood to respond and will be special ordering the jack foot extensions from Atwood. Cost is $23 each which is a lot less expensive then any viable alternative.

As they use a through bolt for attachment it is easier for a subsequent owner with a shorter truck to put the hole closer to the foot and shorten the jacks should they choose to do so.

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