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Old 06-02-2016, 11:37 PM   #31
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An easier solution is to get a power jack that plugs into the 7 pin plug on the tow vehicle, rather than a hard wired one....

But, you can tap into the umbilical's power wire as well. You just have to make sure that the ground wire is connected to the trailer frame.
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So for those of us with a 21 or 17 and the batteries on the rear there appears to be three choices for a post delivery installation of an electric jack.
  1. Run wires from the battery
  2. Connect to the Bargman connector on the tow vehicle
  3. Connect to the Bargman connector on the trailer
I went through this whole thread, and realized that in addition to the three choices above, plus Jack's tapping into the breakaway switch source, you can go the trailer end of the umbilical cable. It is at the front of the trailer (exact position depending on model), and is apparently enclosed in a common electrical box.
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Old 06-03-2016, 12:04 AM   #32
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Our current EggCamper has a kill switch for the power jack mounted just inside the door where it is easy to reach without having to actually enter the camper. When the switch is turned off, no one can work the jack, and that might help deter someone who might try to run off with the camper. That said, with a little time, someone who knows what they are doing can still hot wire the jack since the batteries are just a few feet away. But if an unresponsive power jack helps deter an opportunistic would-be thief, then an interior access kill switch is pretty cheap insurance.
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Old 06-03-2016, 02:02 AM   #33
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Once you go power tongue jack, you'll never go back!
That 's what my kids tell me . They want me to get one . Pat
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Old 06-03-2016, 02:09 AM   #34
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Once you go power tongue jack, you'll never go back!
My dad often goes with me to help hitch up or drop off my trailer in storage; he turns 100 this December. Recently, as I was cranking up the coupler, he made an observation:

Dad: "You know you can buy a power jack to do that."

Me: "300 bucks, Dad."

Pause

Dad: "You've spent a lot more money than that on a lot more foolish things."

I laughed so hard, I lost all strength and couldn't crank for a moment.

Now I wish I had a power jack.
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Old 06-03-2016, 02:24 AM   #35
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My dad often goes with me to help hitch up or drop off my trailer in storage; he turns 100 this December. Recently, as I was cranking up the coupler, he made an observation:

Dad: "You know you can buy a power jack to do that."

Me: "300 bucks, Dad."

Pause

Dad: "You've spent a lot more money than that on a lot more foolish things."

I laughed so hard, I lost all strength and couldn't crank for a moment.

Now I wish I had a power jack.
That 's what I tell the kids . Pat
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Old 06-03-2016, 08:11 AM   #36
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Raising the tongue on and Escape with the manual jack is nothing compared to what I have to do with the manual landing gear on my stickie fifth. On all the trailers I have owned and towed (literally hundreds), I have never had an electric jack, but I tell ya, this trailer is making me wish I did, and looking for a drill powered solution to facilitate it. But hey, my guns are looking better now.
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My dad often goes with me to help hitch up or drop off my trailer in storage; he turns 100 this December. Recently, as I was cranking up the coupler, he made an observation:

Dad: "You know you can buy a power jack to do that."

Me: "300 bucks, Dad."

Pause

Dad: "You've spent a lot more money than that on a lot more foolish things."

I laughed so hard, I lost all strength and couldn't crank for a moment.

Now I wish I had a power jack.


Your Dad's a wise man.

Side note - you can get a decent power Jack for around $100.


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Old 06-03-2016, 09:31 AM   #39
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Reading back, I hope I don't have a problem with my tail gate on the Dodge Durango not clearing the jack as my Jeep would. It's one of those things that is hard to measure, but I'll know in a few weeks when we hook up again.
The power source I used for the jack was the main power cord to the trailer. I just slit the heavy covering, reached in to snag the hot wire to the battery, spliced in the jack wire and sealed the cord closed.
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Reading back, I hope I don't have a problem with my tail gate on the Dodge Durango not clearing the jack as my Jeep would. It's one of those things that is hard to measure, but I'll know in a few weeks when we hook up again.
The power source I used for the jack was the main power cord to the trailer. I just slit the heavy covering, reached in to snag the hot wire to the battery, spliced in the jack wire and sealed the cord closed.
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That is my other reasoning too. We carry a lot in the bed of the truck . When we are boondocking and are pretty level , sometimes don't unhitch. Pat
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