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Old 01-15-2010, 02:32 PM   #29
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I use a manual jack with a wheel. At home and in a camp site I always lower the jack with the wheel at right angles to the trailer. That way I can bump laterally to align the hitch with the ball. For fore or aft alignment, I move the TV. You could do the same thing with the pad on the electric jack by placing it on a board and moving it by bumping. A slick board would work easiest.
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:15 PM   #30
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The engraving on the tongue reads: 700 tongue weight. Total allowable gross trailer weight is: 5000 lbs (can that be right?)
I didn't see a total dry weight.
Hi Jane,

You may already realize this or I may be incorrect but it sounds like you're describing the capacities stamped on the coupler at the front of the tongue. These would be expected to be quite a bit higher than the actual weight of your trailer or tongue. Those numbers apply strictly to the coupler and don't necessarily imply that the rest of the trailer is built to support those weights.

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Old 01-15-2010, 08:27 PM   #31
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Hi Jane,

You may already realize this or I may be incorrect but it sounds like you're describing the capacities stamped on the coupler at the front of the tongue. These would be expected to be quite a bit higher than the actual weight of your trailer or tongue. Those numbers apply strictly to the coupler and don't necessarily imply that the rest of the trailer is built to support those weights.

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That is exactly what I was describing!

Let's get something out in the open about me:

I was thinking that these numbers were way high. The trailer's dry should only be 500 - 800 pounds higher than the Bigfoot 17. And the tongue weight should be between 450 - 500 pounds. The numbers on the stamp I was looking at mirrors a Bigfoot 21 or 25.

But what is the purpose of the stamp by the coupler. Why is it so high?

And, what should I be looking at with respect to an appropriately sized electric tongue Jack?

I need [b]info!
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Old 01-16-2010, 02:41 AM   #32
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I think you were looking at the rating for the coupler, ie the highest loads it is designed for. Just about any electric tongue jack you choose will more than handle the 500# tongue weight of your trailer. Installation is pretty simple, as long as the 3 bolt pattern on the tongue fits the 3 bolt pattern on the electric tongue jack. One 10 gauge wire connects to the Pos battery terminal and the other to one of the bolts attached to the trailer frame. There will be a fuse probably in the positive wire or inside the jack itself.
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