Anyone installed a Jack-E-Up on a [email protected] 400

I have been trying to determine which one will specifically fit the 400
BigGrover
2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite
2018 Ram 1500 Quad Cab Hemi
Central Alabama

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  • targtarg Posts: 46Member
    edited February 9
    I’ve no experience with that one, but look into an ultimate jack as an alternate. You can pick one up at your local TSC.  It *should* be a drop in replacement - at least it nearly was on our [email protected] 
    Easily removable and also drops down so you have less jacking to do. I can snap a pict of it installed on our [email protected] if you are interested. 
    The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The willingness to learn is a choice. | -REBEC OF GINAZ
    2019 [email protected] 320S BD Lite, Jeep TJU

  • BigGroverBigGrover Posts: 407Member
    edited March 4
    @targ, so you can completely remove the post for towing and insert it to use it to jack up and disconnect the trailer from the TV? When you say it nearly was a drop in what did you have to modify?

    Thanks
    BigGrover
    2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite
    2018 Ram 1500 Quad Cab Hemi
    Central Alabama
  • targtarg Posts: 46Member
    @BigGrover, yes, with one or two caveats, the post is completely removable.  The post slides through a collar so if you have a foot or dolly wheel attached, that has to come off to be able to remove the post.  Also, there is a black plastic insert that keeps the post from spinning as you raise and lower it.  That has to be removed as well if you want to pull the post completely out.
    However, unless you have something like a Jeep with a swinging tailgate, there is probably no reason to actually pull the tube all the way out.  On our [email protected], if I pull the tube up such that it is at its highest position, the footplate is flush with the bottom of the [email protected]'s frame, so there is no dragging danger.  But, since I do have a swinging tailgate, I sometimes pull it all the way out so I can open the tailgate without unhooking.
    As for it being a drop in replacement, I think it *should* have been, but, as I mentioned over in this post (https://tab-rv.vanillacommunity.com/discussion/comment/109482#Comment_109482), our [email protected]'s jack pass-thru holes were not perfectly concentric so I had to do a little file work on one of them.  And the Ultimate Jack's mount plate is slightly larger than the OEM plate so it interfered with the [email protected]'s welded on reinforcement plate which caused me to have to put washers under two of the holes to get it level.
    Follow the link to etrailer in the post above and you'll see some good picts of the jack.  When I get home tonight, I'll try to snap a couple picts of our installation for you.
    The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The willingness to learn is a choice. | -REBEC OF GINAZ
    2019 [email protected] 320S BD Lite, Jeep TJU

  • BigGroverBigGrover Posts: 407Member
    @Targ, thanks much!
    BigGrover
    2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite
    2018 Ram 1500 Quad Cab Hemi
    Central Alabama
  • targtarg Posts: 46Member
    edited March 5
    @BigGrover, ok, here are a few picts...
    First with the jack down:

    Now with jack up:
    Note that the foot plate is nearly flush with the frame.  I put it there just so you can see it, but I can actually draw it up even further so it woudn't be visible from this angle.

    And a closeup showing the interference and washers I mentioned:


    In the first and last ones, you can see the big hole where that plastic insert I mentioned has been removed.  I have no need for it so I just leave it out all the time.  The collar that the tube slides through is roughly 2.5" high so if you have a swinging tailgate (Jeep) then you may or may not be able to clear the collar depending on your specific setup (tire size, draw bar length, etc).  Mine won't clear unless I jackknife the trailer just a bit.  But with the OEM jack, the only option for opening the tailgate was to unhook from the [email protected]

    I didn't get a pic with the tube removed, but it should be fairly obvious how it works.  Remove the footplate, pull the pin, and just pull the tube out.  Easy peasy.

    I really like the ultimate jack.  Top wind is a huge plus.  Being able to slide it down make it simple to clear a truck tailgate and has an added bonus of reducing the total number of winds it takes to jack up.  Being able to slide it up to get the footplate flush or near flush with the frame is a bonus.  And of course, being able to remove the tube completely so I can open my tailgate without unhooking is a huge huge bonus.

    O, one last thing, you started this thread asking about a 400, but it's probably obvious from the picts that this is on a [email protected] 320, so it may or may not be applicable.  I hope I haven't gotten your hopes up and mislead you.  If I did, my apologies.
    The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The willingness to learn is a choice. | -REBEC OF GINAZ
    2019 [email protected] 320S BD Lite, Jeep TJU

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