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  • Best Powered A-Frame Jack Recommendation for Trailers
  • I really like the Husky Brute Jacks like the part # HT87247 as they use ball bearings in the main screw of the jack for a smoother (quicker) operation and because they automatically stop when they reach the bottom or the top of the jack's range. Similar jacks will allow you to over-extend them and damage the threads, but not this one. This jack also has a 4,500 lb lifting capacity so it is more than strong enough for nearly every application. You should note that this figure does not...
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  • Power Source For Electric Trailer Jack
  • The Husky Brute Electric Trailer Jack, part # HT87247 uses a 12 volt system. The jack will perform better by drawing power from a nearby source rather than through the 7-way wiring harness. I would recommend you use a trailer mounted battery if possible.This jack has a 4500 lb weight capacity and has a 25 amp draw on a normal rated load. If you prefer to use your vehicle power, this can be done by splicing into the trailer harness wiring. I have attached a photo that shows the position...
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  • Differences between Husky Centerline HD and Centerline TS Weight Distribution Systems
  • I checked with our Product Management staff about your question, because at this time we don't offer the Centerline HD systems and I'm not all that familiar with them. I found that the Centerline TS provides moderate sway control with trunnion bars that are torqued to specific tolerances to keep the spring bars in line. It is a complete system that includes spring bars. It has a more basic setup than the HD, it requires less to install, is more user friendly, and is purported to be lighter...
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  • How to Lower Husky Brute Electric Jack # HT87247 w/ Manual Crank
  • The fact that you're having difficulty doesn't necessarily mean there's a problem with the jack. Before manually operating the jack using the hand crank, the brake needs to be released. If you click the provided link to the video demonstration, and fast forward to the 4 minute mark, you can see how to release the brake. Once that's done, you should be able to manually lower the jack with no problem.
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  • Under-Bed Rail Kit to Install Reese 24K Signature Series Hitch on 2003 Dodge Ram 3500
  • It sounds like you have either a Reese Elite Series or Signature Series 5th Wheel hitch. If this is the case, the Reese # RP30074 Under-Bed Rail and Installation Kit would be the correct kit for your truck. If you do not already have a 7-way trailer connector installed in the bed of your truck, you can install one using part # 51-97-411. I have linked you to some installation videos that you might find helpful.
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  • Is Lubricating a Husky Weight Distribution System a Solution for Noise
  • Weight distributions systems use a lot of friction as a way to prevent sway. Because of that they make quite a bit of noise. I wouldn't recommend lubricating anything that's not outlined in the maintenance section of the manual as that might allow sway that the friction was preventing. Lubing the head would be a bad idea that I cannot recommend. The best advice I can give would be to turn up the radio. Also, tight maneuvers with weight distribution systems typically cause the bars...
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  • What Size Coupler Lock Fits the Pin Hole of Coupler
  • Coupler pin locks like the part # 7690 are 1/4 inch in diameter. I am not totally sure which coupler you mentioned but if you are looking for a pin lock to fit a trigger latch like it sounds like you are the lock would need to be 1/4 inch in diameter.
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  • Adjusting Husky Center Line Weight Distribution System For More Level Ride And Sway Control
  • The Husky Center Line Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control - Trunnion - 12,000 lbs GTW, 1,200 lbs TW # HT32218 may not have the bars level with the frame based on the bracket height needed to optimize the ride of your trailer. If you want to add more tension for the big wind and thus increased sway, you can raise those brackets to add more resistance to the trunnion bars. The other adjustment you can make is in the tilt of the hitch head by adding or removing washers. This adjustment...
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  • How to Determine if Truck is Too Tall to Tow 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Most 5th wheel trailer hitches and trailer pin boxes are height adjustable, which can help with taller trucks like yours to tow a 5th wheel trailer. It is recommended to have at least 6 inches of clearance from the top of the bed sides to the bottom of the trailer overhang. Whether or not your truck is too tall will depend on the trailer you are looking to tow, as they will all have at least slightly different height dimensions. I just recommend taking some measurements on the trailers...
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  • Will a 3,500 Pound Capacity Electric Jack Work Well on 7,500 Pound Travel Trailer
  • You can use a 3,500 pound capacity electric A-frame jack for your 7,500 pound travel trailer. The jack capacity does not need to match the weight of the trailer since the jack will not be lifting the weight of the entire trailer, only the trailer's weight at the tongue. Our most popular 3,500 pound A-frame electric jack is the Stromberg Carlson Electric Trailer Jack with 23 inch Lift # JET-3755. I've attached a review video of this jack for you. If you're concerned about the 3,500...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System With Highly Effective Sway Control Capabilities
  • A weight distribution system isn't a one size fits all proposition. W/D systems are available with spring bars of various capacities, you'll want to choose the system based on the fully loaded tongue weight of your trailer. To choose a weight distribution system, you'll need to first determine the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer. To that figure, add the weight of any gear stowed in the cargo area your Grand Cherokee behind the rear axle. I've linked to an...
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  • Best Electric A-Frame Trailer Jack Recommendation for a 2014 Dutchmen 275BH Travel Trailer
  • In the literature for your new 2014 Dutchmen travel trailer there should be a tongue weight listed. This is the figure you will need to consider when choosing an electric tongue jack. It will increase though when the trailer is loaded so you will need to consider that as well. I looked up your trailer and it looks like the tongue weight is 280 pounds though it isn't clear if that is the dry or loaded tongue weight (likely dry). It also looks like there is limited space between the jack...
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for 2017 Ford F-250 with No Frame Drilling
  • I have a fifth wheel rail kit solution for your 2017 Ford F-250 short bed, but at this time there are no fits from Husky (as of Nov. 1 2016). Instead we have the Reese rail kit part # RP50074-58 which is custom fit for your truck and does not require any drilling into the truck frame. It comes with rails that you would need to use too since we don't recommend mixing rail and bracket manufacturers. This rail kit is compatible with Husky fifth wheel rails.
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  • Drop Shank Options for Husky Centerline Weight Distribution System
  • All of the weight distribution systems use the same shank mounting dimensions so other brands of weight distribution shanks can be used with your Husky Centerline TS. If you need just a few more inches of drop the Curt shank part # C17123 would work well. For a bit more of a drop the # C17124 would work well. The largest drop we have is the part # C17125 which probably would be too much for you setup.
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  • Powered Trailer Jack Recommendation to Replace Damaged FIC-3500
  • Sounds like you have an issue with the nut and screw of the inner leg on your trailer jack. Typically this is a sign that it's time to replace the jack as it has an internal problem. My favorite powered jack to recommend is the Husky Jack part # HT87247 as it has bearings in the screw which allow it to operate quicker and smoother. It also shuts off automatically before topping or bottoming out. Other jacks will allow you to go too far with the jack but in doing so you damage the threads...
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  • Troubleshooting Husky Brute Jack that Wont Manually Operate
  • Here is how Husky recommends you operate their Brute jacks manually. Disconnect the jack from power source otherwise serious injury can occur. Remove access covers on top of the jack. Insert manual crank handle into access hole on top of jack. (This is where I think your issue is) While holding the crank handle firmly insert the brake release handle on the brake lever and pull forward releasing the brake. Once desired height is reached reinstall the brake release handle. I attached...
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  • Shank with More Drop to Tow Trailer Level with Husky Center Line Weight Distribution System
  • The Husky Center Line weight distribution system # HT32218 uses a shank with 3/4 inch diameter holes that are spaced 1-1/4 inches apart on center. You will be able to use a shank with the proper amount of drop even if it is from a different manufacturer. Fastway shank # FA92-02-4214 has a maximum drop of 4 inches compared to the 1-1/4 inch max drop of the Husky shank so it will get you nearly 3 inches lower. For a little more adjustability you can use Reese shank # RP3215 which has...
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  • 26K-Rated 5th Wheel Hitch Options for 2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty with Factory Prep Package
  • If your 2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty with factory 5th wheel prep is a long bed you can used a fixed 5th wheel hitch designed for that factory prep package. The highest-rated 5th wheel we offer for this setup is the 26.5K Reese Elite Series # RP30871. This includes a wiring harness and comes fully-assembled. A review video to illustrate is linked for you. This hitch drops into the factory pucks with no rails needed and it allows you to have a clear bed when you need it. If you prefer the...
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  • What Size Pins are Needed to Install 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch to Husky Rails
  • Stander pin size for 5th wheel trailer hitches that install in the industry standard above the bed rails, such as those included with Husky kit # HT31404-686, are 1/2 inch in diameter and 3-1/4 inches long like # 6014. A longer pin could be used but not a shorter pin.
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  • Ways to Power an Electric Trailer Jack without a Trailer Battery
  • Typically we recommend running a powered jack like the Husky Brute, part # HT87247, from a 12 volt battery, but if you wanted to run it to a 7-way you would need to run the power wire to the 12 volt accessory circuit of your 7-way. There would not be a way to run this product to a 4-way since there isnt a 12 volt power source on 4-ways. If you have a 4-way you would need to convert it to a fully functional 7-way first. For that you would want to use a 4 to 7-way Adapter part # ETBC7....
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  • Electric Trailer Jack Will Not Go Up or Down
  • The most common cause of a powered jag that won't operate is lack of power from the battery or a weak ground connection. If the battery is low it won't have the amperage to operate the jack though it may still operate the jack light. You can have the battery tested at a local auto parts store for free. Many jacks ground through the mounting hardware so if there is any corrosion in that area then it can cause a weak ground causing the circuit to not be completed at all or not as good...
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  • Instructions and Measurements for Installing a 5th Wheel Hitch in a 1986 Ford F-250 Long Bed
  • The correct king pin position relative to the rear axle center will vary slightly by vehicle but generally it will sit above or slightly forward of the rear axle. On your 1986 Ford F-250 long bed the correct position of the king pin center when using for example, Reese Universal 5th Wheel Base Rail Kit # RP30035, is 4 inches forward of the rear axle center. You might refer to the linked instructions for this product, which is quite similar to the Husky base rail kit you reference. Page...
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  • Installation Of Husky 4-Bolt Rails With Universal Bracket Kit
  • The Husky Universal Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 4 Bolt # HT31563-686 will fit most trucks and uses a standard rail measurement (industry standard rails) to make it compatible with many 5th wheel hitches manufacturers like Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Reese, Valley, and of course Husky above-bed 5th-wheel hitches. This universal installation kit will require drilling into your vehicle frame. This kit comes with all the hardware needed for installation. There...
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  • Husky Spring Bars Compatibility with Trailer Hitch Weight of 476 lbs
  • The Replacement Spring Bar for Husky Towing Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitches - Qty 1 # HT31521 are designed for trailers with a total tongue weight (loaded trailer tongue weight along with any cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle) between 801 and 1200 lbs. These bars will be far too strong for your trailer and could cause a rough ride and even some wheel bounce. I definitely do not recommend them for your trailer. My recommendation is to use a system more suited for...
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  • Replacement Parts for the Husky Brute Electric Jack - HB4500R
  • Great news, we have the replacement parts you need. For the access covers you will need # HT87456 and for the switch boot covers you will need # HT87454.
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  • Husky Trailer Jack Stopped Working Even After Replacing Trailer Battery
  • The first thing I would check is the wiring to the jack, Check for corrosion, loose or broken wires. You will want to take a close look at the ground connection too. If there are any wires with nicks in the wires and they are touching bare metal, it can be causing a short. A short could cause the fuse or circuit breaker on the jack to trip and that may be the click you are hearing. If the jack is an older model and it was over extended then it could potentially be damaged. The newer...
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  • Installation Instructions for the Husky Brute Electric Trailer Jack
  • I attached a couple pictures that show the install instructions for the Husky Brute Trailer jack part # HT87247 that you referenced. The link you tried isn't active but the pictures I attached will pull up the same instructions. I also attached a link to an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Comparison of Husky Center Line TS Husky Center Line HD and Equal-I-zer Weight Distribution Systems
  • The Husky Center Line TS is a great weight distribution system at a good price point. It has built-in sway control using steel on steel friction. We offer four complete Husky Center Line TS systems: # HT32218 for 1,200 pounds tongue weight # HT32217 for 800 pounds tongue weight # HT32216 for 600 pounds tongue weight with a 2-5/16 inch hitch ball # HT32215 for 600 pounds tongue weight with a 2 inch hitch ball The Center Line HD is more effective at sway control because it has...
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  • Does Husky Center Line Weight Distribution System HT32218 Allow Backing Up Trailer
  • You do not need to remove the spring bars of the Husky Center Line Weight Distribution System # HT32218 when you back up the trailer. Disconnecting sway control is necessary only when you are using a basic friction style sway unit like # 83660. Such friction sway control devices can be damaged if left in place when you reverse. Because the Husky Center Line uses sway control that is built into it's head unit, there's no issue backing up. A weight distribution system should be chosen...
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  • Does Trailer Require a 2 inch or 2-5/16 inch Hitch Ball for Coupler
  • On the coupler typically you will see the size hitch ball it is designed to fit stamped or printed. It is possible that somebody removed he original coupler that was on your trailer and replaced it with one that has a 2 inch ball. Especially considering that your trailer is around 10 years old. If you are absolutely sure you had the latch open on the coupler when you tried to insert the 2-5/16 inch ball and it wasn't fitting past the lip of the coupler then it would seem that you do...
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