Electric Tongue Jack

Discussion in 'General RVing' started by StillPluggin, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. StillPluggin

    StillPluggin New Member

    As I approach "Codgerdom", I thought it might be a good idea to check out putting an electric tongue jack on the old bumper pull. Seems especially appropriate as I was hooking up yesterday in 97 degree temps. Being the mechanic that I am I have no idea what might fit my trailer. I see jacks that fit 2" and 2 1/4" tongues, but have no idea how to find out what size to buy. If anybody has any information about these things would appreciate the help. Also any recommendations on manufacturers?
     
  2. jkill2001

    jkill2001 New Member

    Electric Tongue Jack

    at my job i've always seen atwood's. i do believe that is the name. as for the size im not really sure how to find out or figure out
     
  3. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Electric Tongue Jack

    All couplers have the same bolt pattern for the jacks. Any make of electric jack will bolt up and work. Just make sure it is strong enough for the tounge weight of you trailer. Most have ratings on the box for comparison. Atwood is a good jack, but it won't be the least expensive. We have one in our store we sell for $179.00 and only one in 5 years of selling has gone bad. They replaced it with no questions. For the life of me, I cannot remember the name. If you want to know, I can get back to you.
     
  4. s.harrington

    s.harrington Senior Member

    Electric Tongue Jack

    The difference in the jack sizes has to do with the weight of the trailer. If your trailer is over 22 feet long you probably need the larger one.
     
  5. jkill2001

    jkill2001 New Member

    Electric Tongue Jack

    hey grandview is there a way you can wire a electric tongue jack without having a battery there. such as when my trailer is connected to my truck it uses the truck power to power it. is that possible?
     
  6. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Electric Tongue Jack

    If you have a hot or "charge" line off your truck, it could be wired through the trailer plug and get 12 volts that way. You would have to have the 6 or 7 prong plug. I have not done it, but it would work.
     
  7. jkill2001

    jkill2001 New Member

    Electric Tongue Jack

    could i just tap into the 12v power line where the lights are getting power from?
     
  8. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Electric Tongue Jack

    I don't know. With your lights on also, there might be too much amp. draw and you could blow the fuse for your lights. Try it, you might get away with it, just know where the fuse is and have some spares.
     
  9. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Electric Tongue Jack

    After I posted that, I got to thinking. I doubt the wires that run the lights are large enough for the jack. Be careful.
     
  10. jkill2001

    jkill2001 New Member

    Electric Tongue Jack

    yea good point. does anyone know how people hook up electric tongue jacks on car trailers without batteries. thats what i got and thats what i want
     
  11. USMC

    USMC Member

    Electric Tongue Jack

    What works well is if you get a 12 volt cigeratte like lighter unit and mount it on you back bumber underside, and run wireing from it straight to your vehicle battery, and connect the jack wireing to the male 12 volt unit that connects to the female cigeratte type 12 volt lighter unit and you are good to go. Later Jim
     
  12. jkill2001

    jkill2001 New Member

    Electric Tongue Jack

    how would u keep that water tight tho?
     
  13. StillPluggin

    StillPluggin New Member

    Electric Tongue Jack

    Grandview and Jkill -Thanks for the help. Now that I understand the size and relationship to trailer weight, I'm ready to go. Grandview no need for the extra trouble. I'm going to shop around. Again, thanks.
     
  14. USMC

    USMC Member

    Electric Tongue Jack

    It should be just fine up under your vehicle, the male plug fits snuggly into the female unit and it is pretty protected, But I guess you could wrap a piece of tape around it, IF you wanted some extra protection.
    Also another Idea you might want to add to your trailer while you are doing that is run another 12 volt wire back to your trailer wheel area where you can power a 12 volt air compressor. Later Jim
     
  15. Ducky

    Ducky New Member

    RE: Electric Tongue Jack

    We have a 22 foot Arctic Fox trailer. What electric tongue jack brand would you say is the best? What weight would you recommend? and... is it necessary/needed?
     
  16. LEN

    LEN Senior Member

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