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Old 07-15-2013, 11:11 AM   #15
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To give HF credit where credit is almost due, devoting an aisle to recognizably distinct mechanic trades (plumbing, electrical, auto-body repair) would make it a worthy competitor for some very expensive hardwares such as Ace/TruValue except that HF is all generic supplies, tools and fasteners and NO manufacturer-specific replacement parts. I much prefer Lowes, Home Depot or Ace for one stop shopping. I have some automotive tool sets from HF which have proved adequate for occasional use and some items which were unboxed and culled for completeness and functionality before purchase.

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Old 07-15-2013, 11:20 AM   #16
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Monkey On Stick didn't work for me. YMonkeyMV.

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Old 07-15-2013, 11:21 AM   #17
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For clarification, I only noted the existence of three suppliers, all of which are frequently mentioned in various online forums. I didn't mean to suggest any endorsement any of them, as I have not dealt with any except as an online information source.

It is the buyer's responsibility to assess both the suitability of the product and the desirability of the retail supplier; Jack's post is valuable input to the choice of retailer. Of course, a specific product (such as a particular model of Curt or Atwood jack) is the same regardless of who sells it to you, so product choice and supplier choice are somewhat independent. If you choose an Atwood jack and Harbor Freight doesn't sell it, then I suppose you're not buying it from them; if more than one supplier has it, then you might buy from the cheapest one that will reliably deliver in a suitable time. If Harbor Freight only has junk, you might not want to buy it, because it's junk.

Just based on anecdotal reports and back-of-magazine ads, Harbor Freight certainly does sell some junk, as I'm sure most retailers do. If they don't have any good stuff, then it would make sense to ignore them entirely. I didn't mention Princess Auto because the request is from someone not in Canada; Princess Auto sells lots of stuff that could be described as junk, but they also sell name-brand products and a couple of levels of house-branded tools and equipment, the better line of which are pretty good, and even the lower line of which are suitable for many purposes. If I needed a trailer jack, I would certainly at least check at Princess Auto. I wouldn't want anyone to write off this retailer just because they have a cheap surplus stuff section.

There are, of course, many more suppliers. I only noted some of the suppliers who would not likely be familiar to someone who had so far dealt only with RV-oriented retailers. For trailer components that are not specific to RVs, this type of supplier may make more sense than an RV parts store; they typically have a wider range than more general stores (you can buy some trailer parts at Home Depot). Camping World will sell you a name-brand trailer tongue jack, probably as expensively as anyone on the planet, and they will do it online or in person (if there is one near you - there are none here). If you like dealing with them, they may be a good choice.

Many RV dealers use the same two or three distributors, and typically charge the same high suggested list price as each other... even higher than Camping World. Their web sites often link to the distributor's online catalog, or you can go to some of those catalogs directly, then shop at whatever RV dealer is handy, has stock, or offers a better price. For instance, GO-RV.com - RV On-line Catalog is the Coast Distribution catalog: Atwood side-wind A-frame tongue jacks are on page 506.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:42 AM   #18
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Brian's expanded comment is timely and well-reasoned.

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Old 07-15-2013, 12:17 PM   #19
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heres one with an 8" retracted heigth. make sure your existing foot or ball will fit or plan on those too.

Ultra-Tow A-Frame Side-Wind Jack 3500-Lb. Capacity, 8in.H to 23in.H Lift Range, Model# 50000039 | Trailer Jacks| Northern Tool + Equipment
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:45 PM   #20
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First of all, I want to say a hearty thanks to all who offered feedback.

I called Scamp this morning, spoke with two gentlemen, and neither could supply the part number of the Atwood jack used on their 16 footers. Furthermore, neither could verify my possible choices for a side-wind replacement. One said, the more knowledgeable one, that the Atwood model 273400 with a 14" extension would be too "short" an extension for my Scamp 16.

I decided to try one last ditch search effort here on the forums plugging in the Atwood model 273400 and BEHOLD, there was one reference!!!

Dan Jones made a post back in Sept. 2012 saying he bought this model for his layout 7 (which told me it was a 16-footer) and that it worked perfectly. I have sent him a private message asking if he needed Atwood's separately sold "extended foot" (adds about 6 inches extension to the 14") to make this work. Hopefully I will hear back from him.

Again, thanks all.

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Old 07-15-2013, 03:43 PM   #21
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heres one with an 8" retracted heigth. make sure your existing foot or ball will fit or plan on those too.

Ultra-Tow A-Frame Side-Wind Jack 3500-Lb. Capacity, 8in.H to 23in.H Lift Range, Model# 50000039 | Trailer Jacks| Northern Tool + Equipment
That's at Northern Tool... I would have included them in my list of places for people who build stuff, if I only I had remembered them.

Other members probably have useful knowledge of Northern Tool to share; to me, they're just another store that others have mentioned and a website where I have found interesting stuff.
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I think Northern Tool evolved from Northern Hydraulic. They had great prices on small gas engines 20 years back.

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One very important thing to consider with a trailer jack is whether you want to use a wheel up front or just a foot plate. you need a shorter jack if you use a wheel. On my older Scamp 13 and tired axle the origional jack is an inch too low for a wheel when I drop it on the hitch ball and then try to swing the jack up. With a flat foot there is no issue. I need and like the front wheel it makes my life easier.
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I hate wheels on trailer jacks, but that's just me. It seems like every driveway is sloped and the one I have with a wheel has a mind of its own. There's very little need for chocks if there's no wheel on the jack b
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I think Northern Tool evolved from Northern Hydraulic. They had great prices on small gas engines 20 years back.
Sure enough, the company's info page says Jack's right.
Well, at least we know that they've been around for a while...
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