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Old 03-16-2017, 08:01 PM   #1
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Tongue Jack

I am wishing for a low profile tongue jack for 16' Casita.
Would love to open pickup tailgate all the way without unhitching trailer.
Any suggestions?
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Old 03-16-2017, 08:49 PM   #2
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Tongue Jack

Two options I'm aware of:
Jack-E-Up
The Ultimate Jack | A-Frame Trailer Jack at its Finest!
Both allow you to remove the jack.

Of course, there's the kind that mounts to the side of the A-frame and swings up. I don't think it would be suitable on a trailer with a fairly high tongue weight like your Casita. Even on a small trailer the ones I've used didn't feel very solid.
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Old 03-17-2017, 05:38 AM   #3
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vicki, i has the same issue with my casita 16'er. it was solved by the "jack relocation plate" from these guys Casita Jack Relocation Plate. it really works well and is not a difficult install.

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Old 03-17-2017, 05:41 AM   #4
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The Ultimate Jack is NOT made to be easily removable, although I thought it was when I bought one. There is a groove or indentation down most of the length of the outer housing tube. It does not go all the way to the bottom. There is a plastic guide piece, held in by a screw, that fits in that groove. Instructions say to loctite the screw in place once the jack is assembled, so the jack can not be slid up and off. My original plan was to have the jack able to slide up and off for the same reason as OP, so I could open the truck tailgate, so I extended that groove all the way to the end. Then I found that with the jack retracted I could throw the lever on the side and drop it down and the tailgate would clear the jack, so no need to remove it. I bought one of the Jack E Up devices but didn't have room for it and didn't want to remove the jack when traveling. I'm quite happy with the Ultimate Jack, but others surely will have a different opinion based on their needs or experience.
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Thanks for clarifying that, Bob. The literature says it can be removed, but apparently not easily. I researched it because I am planning to buy one. I still may, because I don't require the ability to remove it. But it may not help the OP.
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Old 03-17-2017, 06:47 AM   #6
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Jon; I like how the Ultimate Jack is adjustable up or down before cranking, so no need for blocks. It was a simple matter to extend the groove so it could be slid out of the mount base, but probably voids any warranty there may be.
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I am very pleased with my Ultimate Jack. It is much cheaper and, judging from the picture, probably much lighter than the jack relocation plate.

Most important to me, and the reason I bought the Ultimate Jack, is the flexibility it gives me on heavily sloped sites.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:10 PM   #8
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Thanks

I purchased an Ultimate Jack at a local Tractor Supply.
Switching out the jack was a little harder than expected.
The Ultimate Jack has a collar that is wider than the original jack.
Was only able to use washers on 2 of the 3 bolts, and barely got my socket on only 2 of the 3 bolts, had to tighten 3rd bolt with an open end wrench because it was so close to the collar. I am a "mature" woman and my hands are not very strong anymore. Will have my son tighten the bolts next time he is out.

The jack drops down out of the way, so the tailgate should clear with no problem. Have not hooked up to my truck yet, will advise after this weekend when I plan to take the Glass Castle for a quick weekend outing.

Did not need a wooden block to jack the trailer up, since the jack easily raises and lowers with a flip of the handle.

Thanks for the advice.
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I had to enlarge a couple of the mounting holes on the tongue plate when I installed my Ultimate Jack. Had to straighten it a little too. Did you get the plastic guide piece in OK Vicki? Slide the jack all the way up and be sure the lock pin is in when traveling.
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