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Old 04-19-2017, 07:16 PM   #1
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swapping manual jack for electric

want to put an electric jack on my trailer but i have maybe half an inch behind the manual jack before i run into the propane covers

looks like the cover can be pushed back or in a little, is that what everyone is doing when they put on electric
seems most electric have a few inches of housing at the back

did some google searches on this being an issue and found nothing
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:18 PM   #2
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If your propane cover interferes, you can easily move the propane tray back on the tongue for clearance.
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:20 PM   #3
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i can easily pay my trailer repair guy to move it/weld it lol
we discussed that today
just seemed crazy keystone would not have left enough clearance for that, am actually very surprised it did not come with an electric jack...

hoping i wont have to do that but if that is what everyone else did guess i will...
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:32 PM   #4
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The tray should be secured using self tapping screws. I've had lots of success re using them. Manual vs. electric from factory? May have been an option that the dealer didn't order.
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:07 PM   #5
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ok, cool

i just figured the tray was welded in there

will look it over next time i am at the shop, they are storing it for me right now

thanks for the info
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:12 PM   #6
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Had the same problem with my previous camper. Ended up using Harbor Freight electric jack which surprisingly worked well and doesn't need a lot of space behind it.

Current TT has an Atwood but I am on a business trip and can't measure that for you. I can say my tanks give me more clearance but that's probably because they are mounted an inch or so further back.
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:17 PM   #7
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have no idea what keystone was thinking not putting the propane tanks back a few inches, so weird

will check out the harbor freight jacks also, thanks for that tip
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:30 AM   #8
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Can you just mount the jack with the motor rotated 90 so it is parallel to the propane tank cover? I have seen a few trailers in the campground with that setup. I know it is not traditional but it might work.

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Can you just mount the jack with the motor rotated 90 so it is parallel to the propane tank cover? I have seen a few trailers in the campground with that setup. I know it is not traditional but it might work.

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That is also done a lot to gain clearance for opening your tailgate when hooked up. This has been a public service announcement....

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I installed a Bighorn jack on my TT. No problem with clearance. Can pass an open hand between jack and propane cover.
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Old 04-20-2017, 06:05 AM   #11
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That is also done a lot to gain clearance for opening your tailgate when hooked up. This has been a public service announcement....

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I did this on mine to be able to lower the tailgate. You will need to drill a few holes in the electric jack. I found that the Husky has some pretty strong metal (broke a 1/2" drill bit).
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Old 04-20-2017, 09:57 AM   #12
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i saw the posts about rotating the heads on the jacks, may have to do that

if i have time will stop and look at the propane tanks on friday, good chance i will just move them back a little

but turning the jack may work also

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Old 04-20-2017, 01:17 PM   #13
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Another Jack that may work is the Barker. The motor head does not take a lot of distance behind the Jack cylinder.

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Old 04-20-2017, 01:57 PM   #14
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I'd tell ya what was on my 24' Bullet, but i have no idea. All i know is that when i got onto the lot to pick it up, it had manual. I cranked on it one revolution - then as soon as i saw the service tech, I told him to quote me out an electric, and put it on. They made it fit.
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Old 04-21-2017, 03:02 PM   #15
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I will check out the barker, havent heard that one

Totally agree jeepshots this thing is definitely getting an electric jack!
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Old 04-21-2017, 03:13 PM   #16
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Just took the propane cover off etc. and The tank holder does bolt down , need to figure out adding the second battery and how far I can move them back

The cover is flexible and I do think I could jam one up against it, I flipped it around and it seems a little more pushed in on this other side
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