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Post Options Post Options   Quote Ratdog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2012 at 10:21am
Originally posted by Tom and Carol

We were on an extended trip last summer when I felt the side crank tongue jack binding.  We kept the truck connected that last night and replaced it with a top crank when we got to our destination.  I think we were lucky not to get stuck.  If I used it more often, the electric jack would be the way to go.
 
We bought the electric jack because we both have bad backs. For those of you without lower back problems, bending over and cranking is not pleasant.
 
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Steve    ...thought of one more question for you. Can you use a regular old ratchet wrench and socket to manually crank the power hitch or will only the handle that comes with it work ?

Thanks again   ...

Mark

 
Not sure, Mark. Our rpod has been in storage for 9 months but, if I remember correctly, you cannot use a socket. I believe it's female, not male. Also, I think it's square not hex. I could be wrong about that but that's what I recall.
 
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Again    ...thanks Steve. I was just thinking that since I carry a socket wrench and full set of sockets anyway it would be nice if I could "multi-task" the tool. Plus, the force required to turn the crank is low so a ratchet wrench would definitely work. I'll take a look at it when it arrives and see if I can figure out a way to make a 1/2" socket adapter for it.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote marc515 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 May 2012 at 3:44pm
One of the best out there is Barker VIP 3500.
We installed one on our camper last season, and it surely beats cranking
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Camper Bob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2012 at 8:20am
My two cents.  Just got our new 2013 171 HRE and had the dealer remove the original jack and replaced it with a Bal swingdown version with wheel attached.  About $55 on the web.  Also have a questionable back but tried it yesterday and very easy to crank up and down.  With the wheel attached, made it very easy to "jockey" into its parking space at our home.  We leave this morning on our maiden voyage.  Pics to follow.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tsunami Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 May 2012 at 4:33pm
My electric tongue jack came with a statement that it was 'waterproof'.  I decided that for the price, I needed to make sure that it wouldn't corrode.  My wife had some spare waterproof tent cloth.  She made a 'sock' with a drawstring.  I simply pull the sock over the jack motor head and pull the string taut and tie it up.  I only remove it when running the jack.  The sock also keeps road spray from hitting the motor head while towing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Footslogger03 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 May 2012 at 4:38pm
Ours arrived yesterday. Opened the box and layed out the pieces but haven't intalled it yet    ...mainly because I went out of town. What I did do was pry off the cover on top that allows access to the manual crank head and that compartment was totally full of grease. When I get home I am going to pull off the bottom half of the motor casing and see if there is ample grease there too. Might make a little gasket when I reassemble it     ...or just make a habit of disassembling and re-greasing each year.

We got the 3000lb model off of Amazon that was mentioned here earlier.

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