tongue jack problem....

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tongue jack problem....

Postby oklahomajewel » Sat Jul 29, 2006 7:22 pm

Hey all. I bought a swing away tongue jack and Phil was putting it on today and we found out that it seems to be a bit too big for my trailer.

The thing is.... he attached it and then I checked to see if the trailer was level, well it would need to be raised up in the back about 1/4" according to the level. But that would not be doable because the jack was at it's shortest point.
So it seems this swing away jack I got at Lowe's will not work.

The box says 10" travel up to 22.7 " total. IS that generic and they'll all be that way? Will I have to resort to a regular post type jack?

Or would it work to put a smaller wheel on it?

Thanks all....

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Postby BrwBier » Sat Jul 29, 2006 7:39 pm

Do you have a picture? Mine had two ways of mounting. the differance is about 2" depending on which way it is mounted. If you look at my album, there is a picture of my jack there. If you save the picture and then enlarge it you can see the two sets of mounting holes.
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Postby Melvin » Sat Jul 29, 2006 9:26 pm

Is your jack a weld or bolt on? If a weld on you could add a mount to the top of your tongue. I've used a short section of square tubing cut at a 45 and then capped. Looks factory.
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Postby Denny Unfried » Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:11 am

If the wheel is removable just take it off when you get to your destination and rest the post on a piece of wood. It will be much more solid this way. I made a piece of wood about 2" thick and 6" square with a three inch hole in the center that doesn't go all the way through. My jack isn't a swing away but the idea is the same.
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Postby oklahomajewel » Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:37 am

thanks for the replies !!! See, I knew y'all were the BEST!

I forgot to mention that this is a 1000# capicity jack, so I'm gonna look for a lighter, maybe smaller one. I noticed Harbor Frieght has a $19.99 800# jack but I'll have to check the size and travel numbers. I was at Mobile Mart saturday and saw a 300# jack, but they were closing and I didn't see numbers/sizes on the box. I'll call there monday.


Denny ... the idea of removing the wheel is ideal!! I really want to have the wheel so I can roll it into place when I can't back it up right. The wheel is just a bolt on.

I'll do more checking. Thanks everyone
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Postby Chip » Sun Jul 30, 2006 11:56 am

Jewels,,, had the same problem on mine,,, when the jack was all the way down I still had to lower the hitch to get it on the ball,,, (bolt on),,, I had the backer plate welded on the tongue as high as I could,, now I can get it down on the ball if I need to,, but with a 50 lb tongue weight,,, its no big deal,,,, Yea Yea,,, before you say it,,, its too light,, I load the tongue up with weight before I pull it,,,,

something I found out that works if you are gonna remove the wheel,,,, go to anybody that sells ladder parts,,, you can buy a replacement foot for a commercial ladder,, bolted right up to the wheel mount,, now I have a rubber grip pad on the bottom and if flipped up there is a spike on one end to bite into the ground,,, the trailer feels a lot more stable up on a flat pad rather than on a wheel that is ready to roll down hill if not chocked,,,

just another way to skin the cat,,, or peel the pickle :lol:

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Postby Jiminsav » Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:59 pm

OMG..he didn't peel his pickle in public did he?.

oh, and Jewel, you need the 800 lbs jack..it';s about 3 inches shorter then yours.
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Postby hammer & tongs » Wed Aug 02, 2006 5:10 am

I bought one of those heavy duty jacks from TSC. Too tall..plus way to "clunky" for a TD..so I found a scissors jack from a small, imported car.
It works very well but one must be sure to chock the wheels firmly, since any great movement is tough on a scissors jack.
On my new build (experience teaches !..LOL) I have built in a set of rear stands and will build my own front jack system..
I will post pics..but it will be a little while yet, so it may not help you.
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