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Old 08-16-2018, 11:46 AM   #1
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Adding Electric Jack on Old 21'

I just finished installing a Lippert 3500# jack on my 2014 21'. The 21' has spray foam. To pickup power I had to run the wire back to a metal electrical box located under the bed. The pigtail connects via the red wire to the trailer wiring going to the battery. There was no terminal strip. The wire was connected via a wire nut that was over taped with electrical tape. I added my jack wire and upsized the wire nut. To access the box I had to remove the bed decking on the left side that had about 50 screw securing it.

The wiring from the jack was almost about 8" short, but was long enough to be routed through the bottom of the trailer beside the trailer pigtail. I added a quality crimp connector to make the extension. Buy a ratchet type tool - the only way to go. Caulked around the wire with Proflex.

All this is an effort to make hitching, unhitching a easier and faster proposition. We will find out next trip if the tailgate really clears the jack.

Hope this helps if you have this in a plan for a mod.
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Old 08-16-2018, 01:00 PM   #2
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I just finished installing a Lippert 3500# jack on my 2014 21'. The 21' has spray foam. To pickup power I had to run the wire back to a metal electrical box located under the bed. The pigtail connects via the red wire to the trailer wiring going to the battery. There was no terminal strip. The wire was connected via a wire nut that was over taped with electrical tape. I added my jack wire and upsized the wire nut. To access the box I had to remove the bed decking on the left side that had about 50 screw securing it.

The wiring from the jack was almost about 8" short, but was long enough to be routed through the bottom of the trailer beside the trailer pigtail. I added a quality crimp connector to make the extension. Buy a ratchet type tool - the only way to go. Caulked around the wire with Proflex.

All this is an effort to make hitching, unhitching a easier and faster proposition. We will find out next trip if the tailgate really clears the jack.

Hope this helps if you have this in a plan for a mod.
Too bad you had to go so far to find battery power, Carl. On our 16, the terminal box is right under the driver side of the tongue. Congrats on getting it done! You will be very happy with the ease of hitching/unhitching, especially in hot weather
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Old 08-16-2018, 01:17 PM   #3
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On my 2016 21' Classic, the terminal block is on the right side of the tongue under the storage box. That's where I got power for my 3500# jack.
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On my 2016 21' Classic, the terminal block is on the right side of the tongue under the storage box. That's where I got power for my 3500# jack.
The BLACK painted screw, right titanizer?

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Old 08-16-2018, 05:37 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=Steve Clark;259226]The BLACK painted screw, right titanizer?
yes, the 12v + wire; I think it was painted black; it's been awhile.
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Old 08-22-2018, 07:15 AM   #6
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2014 is old? LOL

We just purchased a 2014 21' and interesting to hear that year called 'old'. LOL

This is one of the upgrades I thought about for one day in the future. I have RA and it is beginning to effect my hands the most so thought this would be something to help with that. Please update us on what you think after you get to try it out.

Safe travels to all,

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Old 08-22-2018, 07:43 AM   #7
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We just purchased a 2014 21' and interesting to hear that year called 'old'. LOL

This is one of the upgrades I thought about for one day in the future. I have RA and it is beginning to effect my hands the most so thought this would be something to help with that. Please update us on what you think after you get to try it out.

Safe travels to all,

Steve and Patty
The "old" was a reference to being the style before the mold change done in 2017. My old 21 pretty much looks like the day we picked it up.

The Jack is an effort to speed up hooking and unhooking on road trips I also bought a dedicated Ryobi drill for running stabilizers up and down and some hose quick connects as well.

I will post when I get some experience, but we don't have anything planned for a while.
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Old 08-22-2018, 08:53 AM   #8
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We (Skip) did this mod before our recent summer trip. The most interesting aspect is during the installation he discovered the charging connection on the 7-prong from the tow vehicle was not hooked up. (He wanted to use that for to power the jack, saving the house battery for house things.) He fixed it and, voila! We were able to travel with the fridge on 12v!

Meanwhile we are looking for a cover for the jack head, to keep the switches out of the elements... Any ideas?
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We (Skip) did this mod before our recent summer trip. The most interesting aspect is during the installation he discovered the charging connection on the 7-prong from the tow vehicle was not hooked up. (He wanted to use that for to power the jack, saving the house battery for house things.) He fixed it and, voila! We were able to travel with the fridge on 12v!

Meanwhile we are looking for a cover for the jack head, to keep the switches out of the elements... Any ideas?
We use this, Mary and are very happy with it. Of course, we take it off when in transit:

:UNIVERSAL RV TRAILER ELECTRIC TONGUE JACK COVER by Carver https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MDMM487..._jsxFBbJCT1H91
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We (Skip) did this mod before our recent summer trip. The most interesting aspect is during the installation he discovered the charging connection on the 7-prong from the tow vehicle was not hooked up. (He wanted to use that for to power the jack, saving the house battery for house things.) He fixed it and, voila! We were able to travel with the fridge on 12v!

Meanwhile we are looking for a cover for the jack head, to keep the switches out of the elements... Any ideas?
Lots on Amazon Mary and where we got ours and it cinches pretty tight and keep cover on even when traveling . Pat
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