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Posted: 12/28/19 05:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Terd_Ferusgson wrote:

Anyone have exp with the cones that the electric tongue jacks foot sits on? I have a red one that was gifted to me. I don't sit the jacks foot on the group it is always on this cone, I am thinking maybe this could adding to the problem and maybe I should try getting a metal foot to attach to the jack without using the red cone.

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I can't believe that wouldn't wobble. Get some pieces of lumber and glue them together with waterproof epoxy.


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I really need to try that out. I have some pieces of 2x6 that would work in my garage. But this cone was gifted to us and seemed like it made perfect sense , though some of the stuff they sell you is total BS.

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Caulk,, THE MOST important part of your thread!
Every Spring and Fall, check the caulk!
Clean it with acetone and refill the cracks. I suggest taking the time to use a plastic putty knife and scrape a small "V" in a crack and fill with self leveling Dicore.

I had my first issue this fall, I thought I did a good job but developed a seam seam leak on the roof.
IN the rain I went up and cleaned and re filled a seam. So far so good!
But yeah,, Spring and Fall, Check the seams!

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Our TT has LED awning lights as well as under the frame rope lights all the way around. We find them to be way too bright even when dimmed, plus they are a weird purple color. But we still wanted to be able to see, and there is no porch light.

My solution was to install a small, foot long white LED strip on the frame directly behind the steps. Fished a wire and added a switch inside the entry door. Lights the step and the area under the awning just enough, and even if I forget to shut it off, it's not going to bother the neighbors, even if they're in a tent.

Those who need help finding their rig when walking back from the shower house at night, can use the old "jumper wire in the 7-way plug" trick to run their marker lights.


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jake2250 wrote:

Caulk,, THE MOST important part of your thread!
Every Spring and Fall, check the caulk!
Clean it with acetone and refill the cracks. I suggest taking the time to use a plastic putty knife and scrape a small "V" in a crack and fill with self leveling Dicore.

I had my first issue this fall, I thought I did a good job but developed a seam seam leak on the roof.
IN the rain I went up and cleaned and re filled a seam. So far so good!
But yeah,, Spring and Fall, Check the seams!


Dicor is good stuff, but it does need to be watched carefully, as you say. Eternabond tape is a better solution, IMHO, especially if you lay a small bead of Dicor around the edges of the tape.

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Posted: 12/29/19 09:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have used one of those red cones under my electric jack for the past 15 years and have had no problems whatsoever. It is very stable and I usually put it on top of a 2x8x12 board first.
If you look carefully, you can see it in the picture of our rig below.

As far as stabilization goes, we have never had a problem dealing with the little bit of "wiggle" from the suspension when we use the front and rear stabilizing jacks. If you want to get it out altogether, then I would use a couple of portable jacks in the middle just in front of the wheels or under the stairs on the frame. This is what we do when staying long term (3 or 4 months) down South in the winter. The jack stands are just aluminum and can be purchased quite cheaply and come two in a box.
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* This post was edited 12/29/19 10:05am by BarneyS *


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