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Old 08-04-2014, 06:20 AM   #1
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replace/repair powered tongue jack

Yep, was leaving campground and having trouble hitching up because the site was so un-level. Nevertheless, I left my tongue jack down too far and bent the lower 4 inches..Too ashamed to post pictures..Total newbie mistake for someone that's been rv'ing for 10 years.

I have a two part question..I am assuming that the stress weakened the jack and I can't have it bent back at my buddies car repair shop (combination heat and straightening). First question, anyone ever repair their jack (bend back)?

If not, what is the best replacement. I researched the manufacturer page for my Stromberg Carslon (LCI) and only ancillary parts are replacement (light, switches, case), nothing in the main lift. Also, the reviews on this jack are far from complimentary..bad customer service, no serviceable parts..

So...Got me thinking if I can do this screw-up once, I can certainly bank that I can or will bend it again.

Anyone have recommendations are a good jack that has fully serviceable parts?


I was looking Barker, 50% more in cost, but two year warranty and the schematic on their webpage shows every part replaceable.
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:24 PM   #2
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Don't know about repairing a jack so bent, but the Husky line of jacks get excellent reviews. http://www.huskytow.com/product_cate...e-power-jacks/
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:31 PM   #3
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I don't think I would even attempt to straighten it out. It would just remain weak and bend easier next time.
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I don't think I would even attempt to straighten it out. It would just remain weak and bend easier next time.
I agree. Heat is not the answer. OK it happened, just about everyone on here has had one they would rather not talk about. Good for you seeking help from you community. I don't have the answer but someone will.
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Great advice. Yep, talked to both my shop and the mfg rep for the LCI.

I ended up with the Barker. Good customer service, so we'll see how it goes...
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As an addendum to my last comment/decision, I looked at the Bulldog jacks and it sounds like they're not the same quality they once were based on the negative feedback on Amazon and other RV sites. Also, while its a better looking jack (all enclosed), there are no serviceable parts other than switches and lightbulbs.
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Either way with the Warranty or not I don't think that they will cover the Oops. I did the same thing one evening. Cost me $230 or close to it to replace it. I guess straightening all would depend on how bad it is bent and even if you try and straighten if it is the lower section it still will not retract all the way and it will tear the gears out if you try. Mine was literally kinked, scrap metal a this point.
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Either way with the Warranty or not I don't think that they will cover the Oops. I did the same thing one evening. Cost me $230 or close to it to replace it. I guess straightening all would depend on how bad it is bent and even if you try and straighten if it is the lower section it still will not retract all the way and it will tear the gears out if you try. Mine was literally kinked, scrap metal a this point.
Good Luck..
I'm beyond the illusion of any warranty coverage, I'm actually looking ahead to see if I do this again, the mechanical parts are available, regardless of warranty coverage.

Barker was the only vendor I contacted that will sell you every moving part in the jack.

I'm hedging my bet if I ever damage the jack again, I'm not throwing another 270 bucks.
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