Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-23-2016, 05:00 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Palm Desert, CA
Posts: 194
Tongue jack freezes and blows fuses

Hi all,

Our tongue jack has an intermittent freezing issue. When this happens, it blows the 40 amp fuse and cannot be hand cranked. Our last trip out, we had to use a 50 amp fuse to get it to move enough so that we could unhitch our TV. Now the trailer is about 100 miles out from Richardsons RV in SoCal. It is still on original warranty, so I hope we can get back to the dealer, but do others have this issue?
__________________

__________________
Kathleen and the "Big Guy" (BG)
Homer the Beagle
2016 Acura MDX - 2015 X20E
10K Equalizer; Teshonka P3
Dual 6V Deep Cycle Interstate Batteries
giddyup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2016, 06:40 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
ALJO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Sparwood, BC
Posts: 1,329
Send a message via Skype™ to ALJO
Those Power Tongue Jacks are not water proof. When water gets in the motor they might seize up. Maybe yours is able to fix yet. It has to be taken apart, cleaned and greased.
After it is working proper leave a bucket over the Jack.
I doubt they warrant the PTJ but you can try.
__________________

__________________
2014 Ram 1500 CrewCab 4x4 5.7 Hemi 3.92 Rear and Air Lift 1000
2005 Jayco Jay Feather LGT - 29Y GVWR-7000 lbs.
Pro Series 1200 lbs. WDH with Double Sway Bar.
Champion 3100/2800 watt Inverter/Generator-Onboard Solar Power

ALJO 'Forever Young @ Heart' provide on their travels Music Entertainment to Senior Care Homes
ALJO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2016, 07:30 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Seann45's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Saskatoon Sask Canada
Posts: 9,701
This really sounds like a defective jack.. IF it did not come with your Jayco (and then would be under the 2 year warranty) the jack manufacture should warranty it..
__________________
Seann
2004 Chev Silverado Duramax optioned past the max. 2009 Jayco Eagle 308 RLS 765 watts of solar, 6-6 volt batteries (696 amp hour), 2000 watt (4000 surge) whole house inverter.
175 days boondocking in 2017
215/2016, 211/2015, 196/14, 247/13, 193/12

Seann45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2016, 11:20 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Palm Desert, CA
Posts: 194
Thanks for your response. The TT is stored inside, so it has been in a light rain for (maybe) 3 or 4 days total. (Hey, we are in the desert in SoCal. this past year we have had less than one inch of rain.).

I had read somewhere else about sometimes blowing the fuse when the jack is lifted to a high position, but when that happens we replace the 40 amp fuse and are good to go. If we hadn't had a 50 amp, I would be dragging my TT to work with me.

We haven't heard back from Richardson's but will post more when we learn more. Thanks for your suggestion.
__________________
Kathleen and the "Big Guy" (BG)
Homer the Beagle
2016 Acura MDX - 2015 X20E
10K Equalizer; Teshonka P3
Dual 6V Deep Cycle Interstate Batteries
giddyup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2016, 01:33 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Langley
Posts: 14
I have had the same issue with my 2015 Jayflight and I had warranty work on it over the winter. Just yesterday, getting it out and not only blew the fuse but now we can't even use the power from the truck to get it working, which we did all last camping season. The work done put another fuse along the circuit and I was told that if there is too much power coming through that it would freeze but to let go of the switch and it will reset. Well it worked when I left the shop but yesterday it was back to it's old problem and, as I said, now we can't even use the truck power. I will be calling the shop tomorrow
rmsorcy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2016, 05:55 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Seann45's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Saskatoon Sask Canada
Posts: 9,701
Quote:
Originally Posted by rmsorcy View Post
I have had the same issue with my 2015 Jayflight and I had warranty work on it over the winter. Just yesterday, getting it out and not only blew the fuse but now we can't even use the power from the truck to get it working, which we did all last camping season. The work done put another fuse along the circuit and I was told that if there is too much power coming through that it would freeze but to let go of the switch and it will reset. Well it worked when I left the shop but yesterday it was back to it's old problem and, as I said, now we can't even use the truck power. I will be calling the shop tomorrow
Does the person that told you that have a second job selling bridges? Too much voltage I could understand but not too much power.. esp when it is fused.
__________________
Seann
2004 Chev Silverado Duramax optioned past the max. 2009 Jayco Eagle 308 RLS 765 watts of solar, 6-6 volt batteries (696 amp hour), 2000 watt (4000 surge) whole house inverter.
175 days boondocking in 2017
215/2016, 211/2015, 196/14, 247/13, 193/12

Seann45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2016, 11:15 AM   #7
Site Team
 
Denise's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Mostly the US
Posts: 10,004
So it's the fuse we would need to have if this happens to us? We've never used an electric tongue jack before

In a couple of weeks, we should be on our maiden voyage (2000 miles). If our tongue jack freezes on us, we may be too far from somewhere to buy a fuse, or in CG too late to have someone fix it.

Is there a 'back-up' plan? If having a fuse as an emergency backup works, what fuse should we purchase?

Thanks in advance.
__________________
moderator
Denise, DH, grandkids, and two rescue pups
-2016 Jay Flight 29QBS Elite
-2016 Ford F-250 XLT 4x2, 6.2L EFI V8, 4.30 Elec Lock, Heavy duty Alt
Denise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2016, 12:03 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
oldmanAZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: AZ
Posts: 7,045
Quote:
Originally Posted by Denise View Post
So it's the fuse we would need to have if this happens to us? We've never used an electric tongue jack before

In a couple of weeks, we should be on our maiden voyage (2000 miles). If our tongue jack freezes on us, we may be too far from somewhere to buy a fuse, or in CG too late to have someone fix it.

Is there a 'back-up' plan? If having a fuse as an emergency backup works, what fuse should we purchase?

Thanks in advance.
Mine, and I believe all power jacks, can be cranked manually. A handle for this came with my trailer.

I keep spare fuses of the same size that blew; 30amp in my case. I don't know if all of them use that size.

Also, it has been reported that plugging the TT into the TV allows the jack to work even with a blown fuse. From my experience, I believe that to be true, but haven't had the opportunity to actually test it. *

* I brought the TT home, used the power jack to connect and disconnect, but was plugged in to TV. Parked TV. Later, tried to level the TT, but jack fuse was blown (don't know when that happened). Replaced jack fuse and leveled TT. I need to pull the good fuse and try TV power again to be sure.
__________________
Sherm & Terry w/rescues Eydie (min Schnauzer) Steve RIP (std Poodle)
2015 Jay Flight 27RLS (Camped: 102 nights '15, 90 nights '16, 70 nights '17 so far)
2006 Ford F350 6.0 PSD, Lariat, 4WD, CC, LB, SRW, auto., Camper pkg.
oldmanAZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2016, 01:50 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Albany, OR
Posts: 589
Quote:
Originally Posted by oldmanAZ View Post
Mine, and I believe all power jacks, can be cranked manually. A handle for this came with my trailer.

I keep spare fuses of the same size that blew; 30amp in my case. I don't know if all of them use that size.

Also, it has been reported that plugging the TT into the TV allows the jack to work even with a blown fuse. From my experience, I believe that to be true, but haven't had the opportunity to actually test it. *

* I brought the TT home, used the power jack to connect and disconnect, but was plugged in to TV. Parked TV. Later, tried to level the TT, but jack fuse was blown (don't know when that happened). Replaced jack fuse and leveled TT. I need to pull the good fuse and try TV power again to be sure.
It will be interesting to hear the results of your test. Assuming we are all talking about tongue jack fuses (and not some other fuse) the jack should not work, no matter what, if the fuse is blown. If it does work (and it really is the tongue jack fuse that is blown) then it must be wired wrong.
__________________

2015 Jayco 27RLS
2015 Ford F250 6.7PSD
DanNJanice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2016, 02:38 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
TWP723's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Abingdon
Posts: 3,597
I throw a bag over it. Never had a problem.
__________________

__________________
2013 Jayco Eagle 328 RLTS
2013 Ford F350 6.7L 4x4 CCLB
W/Air Lift air bags (front & rear)
Equal-I-Zerô WDH
Me, Momma and Charles (RIP buddy)
And introducing Sofie!! ;)
TWP723 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:44 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.