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Old 04-14-2013, 05:45 PM   #1
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X17Z Electric Tongue Jack Suggestions

Hello!

I'd like to install an electric tongue jack for my X17Z. I realize this probably isn't necessary considering the size of this camper but 1) I'm a girl doing it by myself, and I'm beat by time I'm done, lol and 2) more importantly, I've recently been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which I have quite severely in my right wrist, so that makes it more difficult to do things the manual way.

Anyway, I've seen some posts suggest the Barker VIP tongue jack which me being from MI I would be thrilled to buy from a company who manufactures them here in my home state. Here's the question?! Has anyone installed an electric tongue jack on your X17Z? And if so what post size do I need? I see there is a 2" and 2 1/4" and I want to make sure I get the right one.

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:56 PM   #2
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I'm going with the Barker power jack as well, it has a 2 year warranty, just like our Jayco's!!

For my X23B, I need the 2 1/4" post. Because you have asmaller trailer, I'm assuming you need the 2" post.
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:00 PM   #3
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Hello fellow Michigander, the Barker #3000 pound one would work perfect for your trailer.
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:14 PM   #4
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Here is the one we put on our x17z. It works great and I think everyone should have a power jack. The only downside is the plate on the jack that lays on the trailer frame. If you look at your current hand jack then you will see it is a trapezoid shape. The Barker jack has a round plate so it's not the most perfect fit, but it worked great for us!
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:23 PM   #5
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Excellent! Thanks everyone! I figured it was the 2" post but just wanted to be sure. Can't wait to get it and install it. First trip of this year will be Memorial day weekend so I would love to be able to use it then.
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:57 PM   #6
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I have the Barker jack installed on my Z. I don't remember the size, but think it was 2". I cut off part of the round mounting ring on the Barker jack, so the mounting ring would sit flat.
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:00 AM   #7
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You could measure the diameter of your current manual jack and get the electric one that matches. If you don't have any calipers meacure the circumference with a tailors tape and divide the result by 3.1415927 to get the diameter.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:17 PM   #8
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I'm back!! lol So I've got my Barker VIP jack and it's all nicely installed........but.....it doesn't work. So, what am I doing wrong? The frame was powder coated around the bolt holes and so I striped that to bare metal like the instructions say. I placed those lock washers between the trailer frame and the mounting ring of the tongue jack...So here is the part that is frustrating me. I bought a 12-10 gauge 3/8" connector ring and "tried" to crimp it to the end of the wire. Problem is I just don't have the strength. The wire is seated but I'm guess it's just not enough. I connected it to the + end of the battery and nothing...no night light, no up or down motion. Any suggestions?

Oh and yes the battery is charged..

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Hey rbendy....

I have installed my Barker VIP since I posted above. I did what you did as well and everything works like it should. I did use a crimper on the connector ring, so maybe that is your problem. See if you can get or borrow one and try it again.

Hey I just found this video of a Barker installation......



When the guy gets everything installed and hooked up, guess what??? Nothing happens! He says it was the connectors he used, so he got some different ones and now the jack works fine!
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Yes, I saw that video as well. May I ask what kind of connector you purchased? I couldn't find what I needed at any of the big box stores so ended up buying "autocraft" brand connectors from Auto Zone. How the heck do you know what's good and what's not? lol
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