Archived Trailer Guys Questions
Boat Trailering Guys:,
Hi Guys, Got a question while working on my boat (on the trailer) I tried to lower the tounge jack and ended up snaping the gear inside it. I bought a new jack and Im ready to put it on but now im stumped as to the best way to go about this. There is not enought room to mount the new jack next to the old one so I was thinking about putting it further down where the trailer forks out. Is that okay? Do you have a better suggestion?
Answered on: 1/2007
Why bother leaving the old jack on the trailer. The first thing that I would do is remove the old one and put the new one in its place. If the bolts are corroded to the point where you are unable to loosen them, get yourself a cutting wheel attachment for your drill (or dremel tool) and cut away. If, for whatever reason, you are unable to remove the old jack you should be able to mount the new jack closer to the area that forks out. If you are using a swing-away jack you will need to make sure that you have the proper clearance when the jack is in the horizontal stowed position. Since you will be closer to the curved frame you should place it so that there is no interference with the swinging motion. If it is a screw jack that moves vertically into the storage position you will need to make sure that you have sufficient clearance before the top of the jack makes contact with the boat's hull.
Boat Trailering Guys: Mike