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GrandpaKip

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Posted: 09/09/19 07:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If going the manual route, use a regular drill, not an impact drill. That hammering could damage the internals of the jack. At least, I wouldn’t chance it.


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If you're moving the trailer around your own property then go ahead, but if you're actually planning to take it anywhere then do not do this. Have a neighbor or friend reinstall the battery. The battery is required to activate the brakes in case of a breakaway. In most states it is legally required for most travel trailers (weight limit varies for brakes being required but most states have a low enough limit that all but the smallest of trailers qualify). Having been behind someone who lost a trailer and had it go flying across multiple lanes of traffic because they did not have electric brakes let me tell you it is scary!


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Posted: 09/09/19 09:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

stevemorris wrote:

play it safe and use the manual override

i dont know how many amps a powerjack uses, but the wire in the tow vehicle to the 7 pin may not be big enough


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It depends on how the jack is wired. On some the power wire is separate from the other positive wires at the battery. On some all the wires are crimped together. Easiest thing to do is try it with the engine running and see what happens.


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It turned out with my trailer just plugging the trailer cable into the hitch receiver didn't provide power to the jack motor. However there was a removable rubber cap on top of tongue jack motor. The nut inside the motor housing was the same size as my stabilizer crank. I used it to extend/retract the jack.
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