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Front Jack-Need some Advice

Postby Capebuild » Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:02 am

Hello... and Happy Holiday to all!!

I need a little help with some specs and advice on a front jack. I first installed a jack with a flat plate bottom and after some time of living with it during my build decided I'd rather have a jack with a wheel. I just received a Curt jack # 28115 which has an 8" wheel, stands 27" tall and has a load capacity of 1500#s tongue weight. The load capacity is probably way overkill but I liked the 8" wheel. I think it looks kind of huge when temporarily attached to the trailer (images attached). So I've been looking at 2 other Curt jacks (Model #28112 with 6 inch wheel, 1200#load capacity and stands 23 inches tall and the Model# 28101 also with a six inch wheel, a load capacity of 1,000#s and 23 inches tall.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. One question will there be much of a difference moving the trailer around with a 6 inch vs an 8 inch wheel. I'd like to go with a smaller jack, but I'm looking for other's thoughts on that. Again, images attached of the jack with the 8 inch wheel attached.

Thanks very much for the help.

John
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Re: Front Jack-Need some Advice

Postby saltydawg » Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:46 am

another option is convert your old one to have the bottom come off and you can do either a flat plate or wheel. There are plenty of DIY videos on you tube for that.
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Re: Front Jack-Need some Advice

Postby TimC » Thu Nov 25, 2021 12:50 pm

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Re: Front Jack-Need some Advice

Postby tony.latham » Thu Nov 25, 2021 12:56 pm

Since your building a Vistabule clone, you might want to look at their fancy-pants ratcheting jack.

Cosmo has it in his new factory video:



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Re: Front Jack-Need some Advice

Postby MickinOz » Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:23 pm

TimC wrote:John, have you considered the small jack version and build a tongue dollie to help maneuver it around?

Like this... with your welding experience you might be able to build one yourself.

https://www.harborfreight.com/600-lb-trailer-dolly-60533.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=12144811130&campaignid=12144811130&utm_content=117789270478&adsetid=117789270478&product=60533&store=3080&gclid=Cj0KCQiAhf2MBhDNARIsAKXU5GTDH9tdtx65qa-JDE_T0U-EEg9dY6OUdsEYnpqMkN84HrZaa2f8viUaAsoVEALw_wcB

I built one of those. It was really easy, and I wouldn't be without it for moving my boat.
They are cheap to buy though. I really only built my own so I could have a much lower tow ball height as my boat only just fits under the shed door.
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Re: Front Jack-Need some Advice

Postby Capebuild » Thu Nov 25, 2021 7:23 pm

Thanks for the replies. The tongue dolly idea mentioned looks interesting for moving the trailer around, but probably not that practical to "take on the road". My original post was more concerned with whether an 8 inch wheel would provide for more easily moving the trailer around than say a 6 inch wheel. I watched Cosmo's new video he just posted which Tony mentioned.... That jack shown has a 10 inch wheel (the ratcheting system doesn't do too much for me) but definitely a nice jack (pretty pricey). Guess I'll have to ponder this a bit..... thanks again!
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Re: Front Jack-Need some Advice

Postby swoody126 » Fri Nov 26, 2021 11:09 am

this old fat man is a real fan of having the option PAD/WHEEL

the larger the wheel the easier it rolls over ruff ground

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Re: Front Jack-Need some Advice

Postby twisted lines » Fri Nov 26, 2021 12:34 pm

I have found it's really nice to have a wheel that turns the direction you want to go :thinking:
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Re: Front Jack-Need some Advice

Postby Capebuild » Sat Nov 27, 2021 11:48 am

Decided to go with the new Curt jack with 8 inch wheel I had gotten. Works nicely moving the trailer around the shop and I think the 8 inch wheel will work well in the grass, gravel, ground, as well.
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