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HadEnough

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Seems to be a common problem with sticking camper jacks.

Two of mine are stuck. Trying to get them unstuck ASAP as they are delaying a trip.

I bought 2 new power heads for the better part of $1000 and that wasn’t even what was wrong! Ugh.

I installed the new heads and still the clicking of the clutches or gears slipping.

So now it’s obvious my legs themselves are stuck.

I bought a drill adapter on Amazon for Rieco Titan jacks for $26 and it was too small. Didn’t fit. Losing a ton of money and time here.

What other ways have you used to link a drill up to Rieco Titan camper jacks? A socket or something?

I want to use a nice, high power drill to get these legs moving and to raise and lower them many times, apply grease, etc.

Thanks!

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I’ve never had my jacks stick, but they are Atwoods. I’m assuming you tried different lubricants, and they aren’t bent.

There seems to be a lot of possibilities and a few fixes. Try searching google for “rieco titan jacks are stuck” if you haven’t already.

This thread seems to have a lot of ideas. https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29378389.cfm


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Sorry. In giving all the details, I may not have been clear on the question:

I would like to spin the part that moves the jack with a drill, instead of using the powerhead, which isn’t moving it.

Does anyone know what I can use to mate a drill to the top of the jack with the power head off?

I ordered this, but it was too small.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005GOPC2........_asin_title#immersive-view_1622300488802

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Ok, I was able to mate a drill to the thing that needs to spin at the top of the jack. I broke the tip off a 1 inch spade drill bit and used it like a huge flathead screwdriver.

No good.

The leg won’t budge. I super liquid wrench down it before. In desperation, I dumped a ton of motor oil down it today.

Nothing. 2 legs are completely frozen and won’t budge.

Any other thoughts on how to get them moving again?

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ATF soaking it overnight has freed things up for me in the past. Marvell Mystery Oil and PB Blaster have also worked after soaking in. Are they over run and jammed or just corroded in place? If corroded, a couple of whacks with wood block from the top and bottom may free the threads.


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I have atwood jacks but, I made a back up driver head starting with a deep, 9/16 inch, 12 point, 3/8 inch drive socket. I sawed a groove down the middle wide enough to engage the pins on the jack shaft. I also have a 3/8 inch drive extension that fits in the drill chuck.

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Bedlam wrote:

ATF soaking it overnight has freed things up for me in the past. Marvell Mystery Oil and PB Blaster have also worked after soaking in. Are they over run and jammed or just corroded in place? If corroded, a couple of whacks with wood block from the top and bottom may free the threads.


They are corroded and stuck into place in the middle of the stroke.

The camper is sitting on the jacks right now and has been for 8 months. They were a little sticky before, but are stuck hard now.

I’ll try some overnight soaks and some whacks.

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RickW wrote:

I have atwood jacks but, I made a back up driver head starting with a deep, 9/16 inch, 12 point, 3/8 inch drive socket. I sawed a groove down the middle wide enough to engage the pins on the jack shaft. I also have a 3/8 inch drive extension that fits in the drill chuck.

Good luck.


That’s a decent idea. Probably would work better than my spade bit. More stable.

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Bedlam wrote:

ATF soaking it overnight has freed things up for me in the past. Marvell Mystery Oil and PB Blaster have also worked after soaking in. Are they over run and jammed or just corroded in place? If corroded, a couple of whacks with wood block from the top and bottom may free the threads.


I second ATF. I have had more luck freeing stuck engines with ATF and PB than motor oil.

Should work similarly with a jack, if it can be unstuck.


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parker.rowe wrote:

Bedlam wrote:

ATF soaking it overnight has freed things up for me in the past. Marvell Mystery Oil and PB Blaster have also worked after soaking in. Are they over run and jammed or just corroded in place? If corroded, a couple of whacks with wood block from the top and bottom may free the threads.


I second ATF. I have had more luck freeing stuck engines with ATF and PB than motor oil.

Should work similarly with a jack, if it can be unstuck.



Ok, I’ll pick some up this afternoon and dump that down it too.

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