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Old 07-07-2016, 07:19 AM   #1
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power tongue jack installation

Camped in MS this past weekend. Man, was it hot and humid. Made cranking the jack unbearable. I decided I needed a power tongue jack. With the battery in the back of the 21' in a less than optimal location for access to wire a jack, I thought I might get a jack that plugs into the F150 7 pin socket. Well, I did get it and it worked for one cycle and not again. So, I will be returning it. Would it be possible to run a jumper wire from the jack positive wire into the camper's 7 pin connector for power using the camper battery to power the jack? I'm not very knowledgeable of wiring and electrical components, so, any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 07-07-2016, 07:52 AM   #2
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Seems to me you could make an adapter or replace the jack wire with a female 7 pin and wire your jack that way, hooking up only the wires needed. I just did this to make an adapter to allow my lights to stay on while parked, see here Planned modifications to Prairie Schooner....
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Old 07-07-2016, 03:28 PM   #3
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Yes, you can use your 21's battery to power the jack. I bought one of these and one of these . It was easy to hook up the jack's power wire to the appropriate terminal in the 7-way socket. I used butyl putty to seal up where the wire enters the socket, and I attached the socket and bracket to the underside of the plate on which the propane cylinders sit (curb side, to stay out of the way of the emergency brake gadget mounted on the street side). When I want to use the power jack, I just plug the trailer's 7-pin plug into the socket, and voila, plentiful power to the jack.

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Thanks dr.paddle and Jim. This is my next project to be completed.
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Old 07-07-2016, 05:10 PM   #5
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Here are some photos of the 7-way socket install underneath Toto's propane tray. The last photo shows the back of the socket, only slightly out of focus , with the butyl-putty seal-I-hope. I do plan to use a zip-tie to snug the wire up to the trailer frame. Any day now. I got some stainless nuts/bolts/washers at the hardware store to mount the bracket to the propane tray, and to mount the socket to the bracket.
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Sometime in the not too distant past someone pictured a power tongue jack that was tall enough for the motor to clear a tailgate when hooked up. Anyone remember the post?
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Old 07-07-2016, 07:42 PM   #8
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If one is willing to tow with a mid-size truck, the Nissan Frontier tailgate easily clears the motor on my Atwood Premier 4K jack -- I can open the tailgate all the way while hooked up. This was a pleasant surprise to me when I installed the jack a few weeks ago. My Fronty is a short-bed ... not sure if the long-bed would work the same way, but seems like it would.
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Sometime in the not too distant past someone pictured a power tongue jack that was tall enough for the motor to clear a tailgate when hooked up. Anyone remember the post?
Not sure Jon. I know in our case the motor doesn't hit the tailgate on our F150 - but the post certainly does. Only allows the tailgate to lower about halfway.
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Same here Doug. Our Nissan Frontier tailgate clears on the 19 with power tongue jack. The stinger does push it out some on the Pro WDH that ETI sold us which probably is what allows that clearance.
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