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Old 06-20-2015, 05:45 PM   #1
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Atwood Premier 4000 Power Jack Installation

Got around to installing a power jack today. Found it online for $169 - an Atwood Premier 4000 with the 'Robofoot' that automatically flips up and down to save time.

For those who aren't handy, installing a power jack is a very simple install and takes less than 30 minutes.

First, remove the old jack by removing the foot and the 3 bolts that hold it in place.

Then, drop the new jack in the hole, and secure it with the original bolts, but use star washers under the bolts. They cut into the paint and give the unit a proper ground.

Zip tie the power wire along the A frame rail, routing it toward the battery. In a 19 it's easy since the batteries are in the storage box.

I then drilled a tiny hole in the tongue box, just wide enough to run the 10 gauge power wire through it. It's a tight fit, so no water gets in through the hole.

Crimp a ring terminal on to the end of the power wire and connect it to the positive battery terminal. You're done.

If the power wire supplied by the jack manufacturer is too short, just crimp an extension of 10 gauge wire on the end. If the manufacturer didn't supply an inline fuse for the power wire, it's a good idea to add one. In the case of the Atwood 4000, an inline fuse was provided, and on the 19 the power wire was just long enough without an extension.

I also picked up a custom cover from RV Tailors (they're here in South Texas) made of Sunbrella Fabric to protect the cover from UV.

All in all a quick and simple addition, and alot better than manual cranking - particularly if you have an Andersen Hitch.
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With the RV Tailors Cover.
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Old 06-20-2015, 06:05 PM   #3
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Very nice, a good description of what is required. I have toyed with the idea but on the 21 the batteries are way back, getting electricity, in the proper gauge wire, to the jack has held me up so far.
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Very nice, a good description of what is required. I have toyed with the idea but on the 21 the batteries are way back, getting electricity, in the proper gauge wire, to the jack has held me up so far.
Yeah, that does make it tougher Paul. For those who are getting a new 21, it's much easier to just have ETI install a power jack if you think you might want one someday. In my case I held off precisely because the install on the 19 was so easy.

I would imagine on the 21 you could run a wire up the back corner behind the trim piece, into the overhead cabinetry - cabinet to cabinet all the way to the front, down behind the corner piece again then out through the front exiting somewhere behind the storage box, then along the frame to the jack? That's sure alot of drilling and routing.
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Went to go check and the wire is in it's own small diameter conduit which enters the floor with two others. Would definitely have it pre-wired at least if I were building a 21. Wonder how AZJack got power for his retrofit.

Also- like this jack foot ETI put on ours: Amazon has it for $22. It provides a good size platform.

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Great job Robert. I bet you're really going to like that jack when camping in the heat! Those manual jacks, well... what a way to get exercise and work up a sweat.

So, someone tell me if this wouldn't work and why it would be the wrong thing to do.

For those with a 21' that want an electric jack, couldn't you just tap into the battery line in the umbilical? It would be a really, really short run. It's not like you'd be charging the batteries from the tug at the same time you're running the jack up and down. I know nothing about electricity... obviously.
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Nice job!
You will really enjoy the power jack. I even put one on my first 13 Scamp and have been hooked ever since.
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Great job Robert. I bet you're really going to like that jack when camping in the heat! Those manual jacks, well... what a way to get exercise and work up a sweat.

So, someone tell me if this wouldn't work and why it would be the wrong thing to do.

For those with a 21' that want an electric jack, couldn't you just tap into the battery line in the umbilical? It would be a really, really short run. It's not like you'd be charging the batteries from the tug at the same time you're running the jack up and down. I know nothing about electricity... obviously.
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. They put them on flat bed and cargo trailers that don't have a power source. Of course, you have to have the tow vehicle close to the jack, but then there's no wiring at all. Here's an example:

Amazon.com: Jack Quick (JQ-3500B-7P) 12V Electric Tongue Jack with Black Cover and 7-Way Plug - 3650 lb. Load Capacity: Automotive

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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Great job Robert. I bet you're really going to like that jack when camping in the heat! Those manual jacks, well... what a way to get exercise and work up a sweat.

So, someone tell me if this wouldn't work and why it would be the wrong thing to do.

For those with a 21' that want an electric jack, couldn't you just tap into the battery line in the umbilical? It would be a really, really short run. It's not like you'd be charging the batteries from the tug at the same time you're running the jack up and down. I know nothing about electricity... obviously.
The batteries in a 21 are under the rear passenger side dinette seat, which is at the very rear of the trailer. Would like to hear from Jack as to how he tapped into power.
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Found it online for $169 -

Where did you find it for $169? Best I've found is $249. Thanks.
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