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Old 07-09-2015, 07:49 AM   #1
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Ordered this electric tongue jack through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o06_s00

Got it yesterday, but was busy, so did not get it on. A few interesting things, and a question...

First of all, the package included a heavy gauge (maybe 10, 12 gauge for sure) fuse holder. The instructions don't even mention it. They do say the unit has an integral circuit breaker. I think I'm going to install the fuse anyways. I mean, why else would they include it?

The instructions do draw your attention to three 3/8 star washers that they say need to be installed on all three bolts holding the jack down for a good ground. Really? There must be a better way to ground this unit, like with a 10 gauge ground wire to the battery. (The black power wire is 10 or 12 gauge.) Where would I run such a ground wire from? Any ideas?

I'll get at wiring it up tonight maybe. Seems like a really nice unit.

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Old 07-09-2015, 09:37 AM   #2
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Follow the instructions that came with the unit.
The battery is already grounded to the trailer frame so ground the jack to the bolt supplied.
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:23 AM   #3
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Installed mine directly to the battery with the inline fuse. Its been two years now and I wish I had done it to my other trailers too. Works excellent!
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Ordered this electric tongue jack through Amazon: Robot Check

Got it yesterday, but was busy, so did not get it on. A few interesting things, and a question...

First of all, the package included a heavy gauge (maybe 10, 12 gauge for sure) fuse holder. The instructions don't even mention it. They do say the unit has an integral circuit breaker. I think I'm going to install the fuse anyways. I mean, why else would they include it?

The instructions do draw your attention to three 3/8 star washers that they say need to be installed on all three bolts holding the jack down for a good ground. Really? There must be a better way to ground this unit, like with a 10 gauge ground wire to the battery. (The black power wire is 10 or 12 gauge.) Where would I run such a ground wire from? Any ideas?

I'll get at wiring it up tonight maybe. Seems like a really nice unit.

Frank
Frank, definitely install the inline fuse. Also, the star washers are more than adequate to give you a good ground. No need to ground separately.
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Hi Michael from VA. Just wondering what make tongue jack you folks like? If my camper doesn't have one when I purchase it I am definitely adding one. Thanks from the newbie!
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If your battery should happen to go dead, it is possible to hand-crank this jack?

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I think you just connect trailer to running tow vehicle.
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If your battery should happen to go dead, it is possible to hand-crank this jack?

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Yes. It comes with an emergency hand crank.

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Hi Michael from VA. Just wondering what make tongue jack you folks like? If my camper doesn't have one when I purchase it I am definitely adding one. Thanks from the newbie!

Lots of good ones out there Michael. I would look for a relatively quiet one (the ones with ball bearings in the screw are quieter) with a light and a level. If you have propane tanks next to the jack post, make sure the model you get can clear them.

I went with an Atwood Premier because it was reasonably priced, had a 5 year warranty instead of the more common 1 year, and had the features I wanted.Click image for larger version

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