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Old 08-09-2011, 08:00 PM   #15
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I used to make fun of guys with power tools but not any longer; saving 200 cranks is starting to be a lot more appealing. I may have to figure this stuff out! Thanks. (And can I park next to you at a rally or campground some time?)
Always welcome, I'm always ready to learn something new and to share what little I know!
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:30 PM   #16
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Yeah an electric tongue jack whether manufactured that way or ala Floyd is the way to go. No more busted knuckles on the propane tank and no more getting SWEATY!
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:17 PM   #17
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Sweaty in Oregon We have had something like 56 days over 100 this year.

Trade ya!

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Old 08-09-2011, 09:19 PM   #18
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But I do like the idea of an electric jack,
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:22 PM   #19
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Yeah Karen, the weather has been unusually cool here in Oregon this year. But typically when I camp and need to level the trailer with the handcrank tongue jack... I get sweaty. That's okay when I'm ready for a cool beverage, but I can have that without the sweat!

Floyd I like your BAL stabilizers too!
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It is a stock tongue jack with a simple modification.
I knocked out the rolepin on the pinion gear, removed the stock crank handle and replaced it with a piece of drillrod with a nut welded on the end.
This allows the use of a battery drill to make it a power jack, it also can be raised and lowered using the crank from the "Bal" stabilizers which were added to the rear of the trailer to replace the kickstands...
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Did you ever consider making some extras and selling them to other members here? I'd like to obtain one.
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:34 PM   #21
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Yeah Karen, the weather has been unusually cool here in Oregon this year. But typically when I camp and need to level the trailer with the handcrank tongue jack... I get sweaty. That's okay when I'm ready for a cool beverage, but I can have that without the sweat!

Floyd I like your BAL stabilizers too!
Thanks; I narrowed the stronger ones, since they become an extra frame crossmember when installed...
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:05 PM   #22
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I've thought about the 4x4 but they are more expensive and more $ to insure also. On paper they have about the same weight limit but I've noticed that a lot of people seem to tow with them.
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Also, in general a 4x2 will give you a greater towing capacity, greater payload, be cheaper to buy, give you better gas mileage, and need fewer repairs. Unless you plan to drive a lot in snow and ice (which I doubt, living in East Texas), or boondock in primitive areas with bad roads, there isn't much reason for a 4x4.
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4x4

Another thought on 4x4s. We have a Honda CRV. It has on demand 4 wheel drive. When a front wheel slips the rear wheels kick in. We do drive a lot of dirt roads and over the last few years snow can be found practically anywhere sometime.

In 7 years we have probably not had the rear wheels kick in 7 times, but I know three occasions when it did save us from getting stuck. The nice part is that it does not effect normal mileage.

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We do drive a lot of dirt roads and over the last few years snow can be found practically anywhere sometime.

In 7 years we have probably not had the rear wheels kick in 7 times, but I know three occasions when it did save us from getting stuck. The nice part is that it does not effect normal mileage.
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Since you do "a lot of dirt roads" I would agree that a 4x4 is a good idea for you. And you're right that the extra mpg isn't much. I just checked the Nissan Frontier and Honda CRV sites and the 4x2s are only rated at one mpg better than the 4x4s.
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Possibly the 4x4 suspension is a little stiffer and may well not "sag" as much as 4x2 while towing, that was my reasoning. My 4x4 Frontier towed my 2700 # T@da without any w/d and everything was level.
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I'll probably end up with the 4x2. Don't need the extra expense and won't need ot often enough down this way. I do hope to get to see more of the country but it will primarily in the summer. I'm leaning toward smaller and lighter now and keeping an eye on those ads.

Thanks for all the input!

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I'll probably end up with the 4x2. Don't need the extra expense and won't need ot often enough down this way. I do hope to get to see more of the country but it will primarily in the summer. I'm leaning toward smaller and lighter now and keeping an eye on those ads.

Thanks for all the input!

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We live in an area where snow closes roads every winter and I drove 30miles one way on country roads back and forth to work for 35years and never had the need for the option of 4WD.
The added expense at purchase and in maintenance far exceeds any loss caused by it's absence.
4WD is a useful choice for farmers, extreme boondockers and off roaders, but hardly useful for those who use only paved roads.
For towing consider limited slip though if it is an option.
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I've been trying to think of the last time I was in a situation where four wheel drive would have been handy, and I finally remembered one. Actually, it was not only the last time, but the only time in my 65 years. In 1965 I was stuck on a muddy road on a Utah mountain. I had to get a tow to get out. Nowadays, I wouldn't have been on that road in the first place.
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