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Old 03-03-2015, 09:26 AM   #1
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Electric Jack on 28BHBE

Went out this morning to lift the front of my trailer in case we start getting some warmer temps, and snow melts, but seems like batteries may be dead even though trailer has been plugged in. I tried with the backup hand tool and can't get jack to move either. Any chance it could be frozen? I did not want to force it causing possible damage. Just curious if anyone else has had this problem.
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Old 03-03-2015, 11:29 AM   #2
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Wish I could help, but if the manual crank doesn't work, I'm stuck.

Some of those motors (mine included) get water in them pretty easy, so it could be that, or the water intrusion could've caused the motor to seize....
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:20 PM   #3
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I may try heating it up with a heat gun and see if it at least moves a bit. Don't think it is frozen with rust, as it really only has been sitting since October; thinking may be frozen with the temps we have been having in the Northeast.
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Old 03-03-2015, 05:31 PM   #4
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My in-laws just had the same issue. They packed up to leave for Florida a little over a week ago. The electric jack didn't work. I didn't talk to them, but apparently the manual override didn't work either. FIL eventually removed the jack and put it in the back of his truck.


They got to South Carolina for the night, tried the jack again and it worked fine. They have moved to 2 different locations since then, its worked every time. Must have been frozen. Seems weird to me that it could freeze and not be budged even with the manual over ride...
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Old 03-03-2015, 05:36 PM   #5
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Ice is powerful stuff.

I've seen photos with plastic buckets upside down over the top of the electric tongue jack. Maybe that would help keep the snow and water out.
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Florida is my goal either this month or next, depending on work, that is why I started cleaning around it. I thought about the bucket today, and told my family I should have done that...I guess next year!
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Did you confirm if your batteries were dead? That would be a concern as well as the jack issue if it was plugged in.
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Ice is powerful stuff.

I've seen photos with plastic buckets upside down over the top of the electric tongue jack. Maybe that would help keep the snow and water out.
By the way, how is that 6.0 treating you; just saw your signature?
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Did you confirm if your batteries were dead? That would be a concern as well as the jack issue if it was plugged in.
No Crabman, I didn't yet, as the weather was horrible when I got home. That will be my next step when weather clears up. I am assuming if the jack is frozen with ice, that the fuse would blow also as soon as I hit the switch. Was surprised that manual crank did not work, that is why I figured has to be ice.

How is the weather down your way? Plan on getting away to a warmer area as soon as I can, but don't know if I am up to the drive to Fla for just a week or so. Did it quite a few times in the past without the TT with no problem, but towing will be different. It will be just the wife and I this time, so just want to relax along the way and thaw out from this winter.
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By the way, how is that 6.0 treating you; just saw your signature?
Over 300,000 mi and going strong. Yours?
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