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Old 06-19-2014, 09:43 PM   #1
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Hi all!

I would like to change out my current jack stand for one with a wheel at the button. Is it possible?
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:51 PM   #2
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You just buy the wheel. Don't know what your tongue jack looks like, but should fit. Look it up at etrailer.com
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:09 PM   #3
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No, I'd get a swing-up jack. I think I got mine at Harbor Freight. I initially just left the existing tongue jack on but later when I was having some mods done I took it off.
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:12 PM   #4
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Mine does swing up when towing......
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:13 PM   #5
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There are different diameter jack tubes as well. Measure yours first before buying a wheel.
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:37 PM   #6
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Took a hard look at my jack.......it's welded to the tongue so it's not going anywhere. And there isn't any type of cotter pin, etc. that would let me switch out the bottom. My only hope is that the next time I'm hitched up, I'll crank it all the way down while it's in it's swing away position and see if there is any type of release of the square stand that would allow me to switch in a wheel.

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Old 06-19-2014, 10:51 PM   #7
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Linda, you can change out the bottom of you jack. Measure the OD of the jack stem and buy the correct ID wheel you want that has the hitch pin. Your jack should have a spring clip to hold it on the jack stub. Take the jack off, cut the foot off above the weld, mark and drill holes for the hitch pin and your done, 30 minutes.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:33 PM   #8
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The weld isn't on the tube that goes up and down, it's at the top where the jack is attached to the trailer.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:36 PM   #9
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It's got the spring clip that let's me swing it into place after I'm hitched up.
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You are correct, that's what holds the jack to the stub on the frame and it stays in place. The swivel jack itself comes off with a spring clip. From your pic the flat foot is welded on, that is the only part that has to be changed for what you want to do. It seems that you are calling the latch pin that holds the jack in the up or down position a spring clip. Not what I'm talking about. Look at where the stub comes through from the frame just past the flat mounting plate for the jack and you will see a spring clip, it looks like a big "C". That's what lets you remove the jack itself.
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Look to see if there is a clip that holds the jack onto the round piece it swings around on. Remove the clip and the jack should pull off.

I lucked out and found a wheel jack with almost the same diameter opening and with a bit of McGuyvering got it to work. The hole was about 1/32" smaller, so I ground it out a bit. The metal was a little thinner than original so I made a shim from a margarine lid. The spring clip hole need enlarging.
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Look at where the stub comes through from the frame just past the flat mounting plate for the jack and you will see a spring clip, it looks like a big "C". That's what lets you remove the jack itself.
That is the clip I was talking about. Seems that Dave posted before I finished my reply. He did a better job of 'splaining things.
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But.... measure and be sure you can get the wheel/foot pad in the size you need before cutting off the old one.

As the old carpenter sez: "Measure Twice, Cut Once".....
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:08 PM   #14
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Yeh, I remember telling me on time. "No matter how many times you cut it, it's still too short!"
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