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Old 07-10-2015, 01:46 PM   #1
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Electric jack on 19

I just installed a Husky Brut 4500 electric tongue jack on our 19. The only problem was the LP tank cover. I cut the back first, but I should have cut the front first and a lot less off the back.

The Barker VIP 3500 with 24" stroke (model 31558) would have fit better but it cost more, did not include the manual crank, did not have roller bearings in the drive system, and did not have the drop down foot.
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Old 07-10-2015, 04:43 PM   #2
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I have the same problem with my electric jack. The propane cover in place means I can't open the storage box. I've considered cutting the cover much as you did, but have stalled the process so I could ponder it more. In the meantime, I'm using a naugahyde tank cover.

Part of my "pondering" has been wondering if I could somehow heat the tank cover sufficiently to just re-form it slightly; push in the offending bulge just enough to give me clearance. Haven't mustered the courage to break out the torch yet, though!
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I have the same problem with my electric jack. The propane cover in place means I can't open the storage box. I've considered cutting the cover much as you did, but have stalled the process so I could ponder it more. In the meantime, I'm using a naugahyde tank cover.

Part of my "pondering" has been wondering if I could somehow heat the tank cover sufficiently to just re-form it slightly; push in the offending bulge just enough to give me clearance. Haven't mustered the courage to break out the torch yet, though!
You might try a real heat gun (not a hair dryer) before you use a torch. I use one frequently when making my products with up to 3/16th inch thick ABS plastic, and I'm making 90 degree 2 inch radius bends. This one has variable heat and a 2 speed fan:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...VCFR96SCE0GBD7
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Old 07-10-2015, 05:24 PM   #4
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Good idea. Part of my hesitation is that I want whatever I do to look reasonably tidy and neat. I was thinking I should heat it from the inside, while applying the pressure to reduce the bulge from the outside.
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Part of the reason we got the Atwood Premier. It fits perfectly, its quiet, has a ball bearing drive, a robofoot, manual override, bubble level, lights, and no cutting of the tank cover.
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I would absolutely not use a propane torch on it. Recent first hand experience indicated to me the risk of burning before softening is very probable.
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Part of the reason we got the Atwood Premier. It fits perfectly, its quiet, has a ball bearing drive, a robofoot, manual override, bubble level, lights, and no cutting of the tank cover.
I had to give our propane tank cover a little trim to get the storage box to open easily. No issues with that, just enhanced ventilation.
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Good idea. Part of my hesitation is that I want whatever I do to look reasonably tidy and neat. I was thinking I should heat it from the inside, while applying the pressure to reduce the bulge from the outside.
Use a board to press against the area you want to remold; the plastic has to be hot enough to soften and you will need to hold the plastic in place while it cools back down.
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Part of the reason we got the Atwood Premier. It fits perfectly, its quiet, has a ball bearing drive, a robofoot, manual override, bubble level, lights, and no cutting of the tank cover.
Not to mention taller...which looks like it clears the cover nicely, but also gives you higher lift of the tongue.
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I mounted a length of PVC pipe (I think about 10 inches long) to the center of the storage unit right under the lid and parallel to it to force the propane tank cover forward. That keeps the storage cover lid from contacting the propane cover.
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