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Old 01-17-2009, 07:45 AM
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Reworked Tongue Jack

Long story short, due to the 7" caster wheel on my tongue jack, it was too long. Couldn't lower the trailer onto the ball using the jack. Had to swing it away by hand, and lower onto the ball.

Huge PITA.

Lowered the mount on the jack, essentially making it shorter.

Works great now. Also did away with the poor quality grey paint and powdercoated it flat black.

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Old 01-17-2009, 09:54 PM
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Long story short, due to the 7" caster wheel on my tongue jack, it was too long. Couldn't lower the trailer onto the ball using the jack. Had to swing it away by hand, and lower onto the ball.

Huge PITA.

Lowered the mount on the jack, essentially making it shorter.

Works great now. Also did away with the poor quality grey paint and powdercoated it flat black.


That's such a great idea that by the end of the day, I will have convinced myself I thought of it.
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Old 01-17-2009, 10:15 PM
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That's such a great idea that by the end of the day, I will have convinced myself I thought of it.
Sometimes I amaze even myself.
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Old 01-17-2009, 10:57 PM
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i like that.
is it nice and solid with little to no wobble? i hate the tongue jack on my trailer. it has way too much slop in it.
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:13 AM
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i like that.
is it nice and solid with little to no wobble? i hate the tongue jack on my trailer. it has way too much slop in it.
It has some wobble.

But what I may do, and this is MY idea , is eliminate that pin at the bottom that holds on the caster wheel. I may pull everything apart again and weld the wheel mount to the telescoping leg. That would eliminate most of the wobble. The upper swivel mount has some slop, but all Bulldog jacks of this style do, and I don't think that by itself is excessive.

But 2 pinned connections on such a stall jack leaves a little to be desired.

The 7" wheel is awesome though, it rolls right over a lot more stuff than I thought it would.
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It has some wobble.

But what I may do, and this is MY idea , is eliminate that pin at the bottom that holds on the caster wheel. I may pull everything apart again and weld the wheel mount to the telescoping leg. .
Remove bottom part, turn 90 degrees, weld nuts over the holes for pin, use a pair of set screws and see how that works. You may find a time when you want to remove the caster.
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Old 01-20-2009, 03:16 PM
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Remove bottom part, turn 90 degrees, weld nuts over the holes for pin, use a pair of set screws and see how that works. You may find a time when you want to remove the caster.
Thanks jacka$$.....

Go ahead, take my idea and come up with one better.....
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