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    Posted: 12 Jan 2018 at 12:52pm
Hello.

A while ago, I bought a 2 ton trolley jack, figuring I would be ready if I ever needed to jack up our 171.

Well, I needed it and I couldn't jack the trailer up. I believe the handle is just too short, the garage tow vehicle's jack handle was much longer.

Any comments on the minimal length needed for a jack handle are appreciated.


A side-issue is - Is a trolley jack the best type for jacking up an r-pod? I'm beginning to think it's not because it moves as it rises, necessitating a board on most soft surfaces.
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The lift of the jack has nothing to do with handle length. A longer handle will assist with raising the jack, if you can't get enough leverage on it. I use a trolley jack to lift my Pod, the only way I can see it wouldn't is if the jack didn't extend high enough. If you want a cheap handle extension, use a piece of pipe.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Happy Tripping Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jan 2018 at 5:23pm
Thanks for your response.
Partly I posted this for my further knowledge re jacks, partly so that others could learn from my experience. 

I was surprised that the 'stock'handle was inadequate. ??why put it in the box if it's not big enough for when you need it?? That's Crazy!!

I know a length of pipe would solve the problem, but has anyone already established the minimal length for a jack or do I go out with a hacksaw for 'trial and error'? 

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Happy,

All I can say is the handles with my jack(s)work. You can buy precut lengths of pipe, just need to figure out what you need. Got to be a leverage issue. I use pipe all the time if I can't get the leverage I need but bottom line is lift has nothing to do with jack handle. Once you have jack positioned see what it would take to get the handle where it works for you. Good luck.
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I don't understand.  What do you mean the handle is too short?  Of course I don't know which jack you have.  I have a cheap little floor jack from Walmart that probably has a 10" handle.  It easily lifts the Pod with no extension.  It seems like there must be something missing from this story.

Is yours a hydraulic jack?  What is the indication that the handle is too short?  I assume that means you can't pump the handle hard enough to raise the jack.   Does the jack work with no load?  Is the valve closed securely?  The jacks I've used would push the jack into the ground if the Pod didn't rise.

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 Is this similar to the jack you have?



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Happy Tripping Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan 2018 at 10:32am
Thanks for your interest.

Delayed by bad weather, hard to get out to the trailer.

Yep, that's it. I tried to jack up on a 'hard' gravel surface, I suspect part of my difficulty is that I should have put down a board, first(?). 

The directions on the jack container are minimal.
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Unless the jack is defective, or you didn't have the pressure valve fully closed, There is no reason for that jack to not lift a pod. I use one very much like that, on gravel, to lift my trucks for tire rotations etc. While a longer handle does give more leverage, it isn't needed.

That said, for lifting the pod, I used a bottle jack. The same one I still carry for the new trailer.
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