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Old 09-17-2017, 01:22 PM   #1
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Tongue jack cranking bad

I have been having an awful time cranking the tongue jack. I had sites where I had to crank to the top a number of times. Never had it this bad in previous years or on the 19'. Used some 3-in-1 oil but no difference. Brought it home and my husband is having the same trouble. Just really hard to crank. Anyone having this?

Maybe I am just getting old and it seems harder. My hands and arms are bad. I am pretty sure I gained some muscles cranking it around the Midwest to a bunch of states. But really became diffcult even on flat concrete. Just did not have this problem before.
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Old 09-17-2017, 01:34 PM   #2
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Time for power tongue jack....
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Old 09-17-2017, 01:46 PM   #3
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Yes, I have wanted a power jack from day one. But wondering the problem. Just have not had this and it certainly seems to be the jack and not us. Has yours become very difficult to crank? I have not heard of people having the crank become so hard.
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Old 09-17-2017, 02:33 PM   #4
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No, never had one do that, but went to power tongue jacks years ago and quit messing with cranking. My guess would be you'd have to disassemble it and lube the gears then reassemble, or replace it. I'd just replace it with a power tongue jack at this point and don't look back. Three bolts run the electrical and you will be very happy campers.
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Not going to get any younger.
I'm getting more cranky though.
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Old 09-17-2017, 02:44 PM   #6
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power tongue jack

I hate cranking the tongue jack. The last several trailers I have owned I replaced the tongue jack with a power one. It makes it easier to hitch and unhitch.
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Old 09-17-2017, 02:49 PM   #7
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My original tongue jack got hard to crank and eventually failed last year. I got a replacement from ETI. I had asked ETI about lubing the jack when it started to get stiff, and was told to put grease on the top gear, but that does not lube the threaded post inside.

The replacement has a grease nipple which will allow me to lube the internal parts, also a lower gear ratio which means easier but more cranking.

I probably abuse my jack more than most people, as I crank it up high to get level on my sloped driveway, and also crank it up hard when hitching and unhitching with the Andersen WDH to make adjusting the chains easier.

If you want a power jack, sounds like now is the time to get one.
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My original tongue jack got hard to crank and eventually failed last year. I got a replacement from ETI. I had asked ETI about lubing the jack when it started to get stiff, and was told to put grease on the top gear, but that does not lube the threaded post inside.

The replacement has a grease nipple which will allow me to lube the internal parts, also a lower gear ratio which means easier but more cranking.

I probably abuse my jack more than most people, as I crank it up high to get level on my sloped driveway, and also crank it up hard when hitching and unhitching with the Andersen WDH to make adjusting the chains easier.

If you want a power jack, sounds like now is the time to get one.
Were you in warranty or had to pay? From what you say, maybe that high cranking caused the problem because that is what I had the last many weeks.

Yes, we just need a power one now. Can't keep trying to do this.
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I figure if I am too old and weak to turn the handle on the trailer Jack then I will just guit camping .

I drilled and tapped a small hole about 1 1/2" to 2 " inches below the handle in the outer tube . Took a spray can of lithium grease with an extension tube and shot some grease through the hole I drilled. I aimed the spray tube upward to get the upper gear and downward to get the screw threads on the shaft .
Worked the crank a few times and everything freed right up.
Took a short machine screw with anti sieze and plugged the hole I drilled and covered the screw head with a couple of wraps of black electrical tape.
Every spring I remove the tape and screw and apply more grease.
Jack seems to work just fine by hand
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I figure if I am too old and weak to turn the handle on the trailer Jack then I will just guit camping.
Better quit driving then if your vehicle has power windows. After all, if you can't crank a window open or shut you might as well give up.

Sorry for the sarcasm, but your comment makes no sense. We don't have a power jack because we are "too old and weak" to crank it manually, we have one because it's convenient and quick, particularly when using an Andersen hitch.
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