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Posted: 05/28/22 05:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 7 year old electric Jack will barely lift my trailer, and it makes a grinding popping sound. The battery is good and it’s plugged into a 50amp outlet.

So that said, I’m going to start hitting the 3 bolts with penetrating oil. Is there anything special to replacing a Jack other than a couple electrical wires and unbolting 3 bolts?

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Posted: 05/28/22 06:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

i prolly try greasing the original before replacing it





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Posted: 05/28/22 06:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nothing special, just switch it out.

Many have a hole to squirt oil into, or may have a way to apply grease, if you want to try that.

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Posted: 05/28/22 07:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have to replace it after the above, not all jacks have the same bolt pattern. A new one may need some drilling to fit.


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Consider a drill operated jack.


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Posted: 05/28/22 09:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Modern problems.

Makes me glad that I have a 40yr old trailer with original standard manual jack and it still works..

Just be aware, there is several different diameters of the jack tube, if you get one too large and you will have to bore out the hole the jack goes through and possibly drill new bolt holes.

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do yourself a favor and buy a ball screw rather than acme screw jack. Costs a bit more but much better at lifting load. And likely much longer lasting.


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Gdetrailer wrote:

Modern problems.

Makes me glad that I have a 40yr old trailer with original standard manual jack and it still works..

Just be aware, there is several different diameters of the jack tube, if you get one too large and you will have to bore out the hole the jack goes through and possibly drill new bolt holes.


rather not be lifting a 1500lb tongue load with a manual jack. Wouldn't have a travel trailer w/o an electric jack, let's me enjoy more time camping, quicker to unhook, quicker to hook up. But to each his own.

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Gdetrailer wrote:

Modern problems.

Makes me glad that I have a 40yr old trailer with original standard manual jack and it still works..


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My 07 Atwood jacks had plenty of grease in the gear heads and I drilled 1/8” holes towards the top of the tubes and I sprayed gear lube on the screws until it dripped out the bottoms. No more dragging. Craig

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