installing spring on Atwood jack - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-11-2014, 01:34 PM   #1
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installing spring on Atwood jack

Has anyone installed the spring on an Atwood 650kg/1000lb rear stabilizer jack before? I'll try to attach a picture, but in case I can't, the spring in question is the longer spring that allows the jack to snap into place under the bumper for storage. I've done this previously, but bent the spring in the process. Maybe someone has a method that works better? Most likely through misuse, I've broken these springs a few times over the years, and I might as well learn a better way to do it! Thanks.
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Old 05-11-2014, 01:45 PM   #2
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Easy Peasy, I just did a set of these about a month ago.

The one end of the spring is looped around the pin or bolt that holds the jack in place.
Hook the other end of the spring in place and, using a spring hook (Looks like a scratch awl with a loop bent into the end), pull down on the spring and slip the pin/bolt into place. If your jacks are currently welded into place you will have to drill out the pivot pin and replace it with a bolt. Not a big job either
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Thanks a million! That spring hook tool is the "secret ingredient" I was missing! I don't have one and didn't even know of their existence, but pictures on the web (once I know what to look for....) suggest they would be simple to improvise or to pick up at the local hardware. I really appreciate your reply! You made my day, and I'm not even a mother!
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The one I use sorta looks like this one:
https://www.google.com/search?q=spri...2F%3B599%3B373

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Bob, In spite of dozens of spring hook tools showing up on the Web, tracking one down at a local hardware store or autoparts store in Victoria has been surprisingly difficult! No wonder I'd never heard of the tool previously! Anyway, I found one yesterday and installed the spring easily. Thanks for your help. Now I hope I break a lot more springs so I can use that tool some more!
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