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Old 08-30-2010, 08:22 AM   #1
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5th wheel landing gear

My daughter and husband had a landing gear problem this past week end. When they parked it the left gear run down but the right started and quit. We opened the front hatch door and the motor would bounce back and forth 90 degrees when you pushed the up and down button. It looks like the tap (which I assume is a stop) on the front side of the motor is bent or broken. Where do I start looking to fix this problem?
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Old 08-30-2010, 08:35 PM   #2
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The first thing to check for is what caused this, and fix that first. Is one leg jammed or bent? These have shear-pins for each leg- to eliminate breaking the motor/gearbox, is a shear-pin broken? The motor movement issue may be addressed when the cause is eliminated. By tap do you mean bolt? Usually the motor and gearbox are bolted tightly together, then assembly is bolted to the top of one jack leg, normally the drivers side jack. Go to: Aero-Rv.com - Aerolite Ultra Lite RV Travel Trailer and Expandable Hybrid Campers , click "jacks-landing gear", locate your brand, then download the instruction manual. Hope this helps.
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I have examined the gear box and cross shaft. The gear box is 6" square with the cross shaft going into it. There are 2 ears on the front and back of the gear box that hit against the left leg outer housing. the front one is broken and lets the motor and gear box snap around 90 degrees when the motor is activated. the rt. leg is extended about 1" down where the left leg, that the gear box is attached to, is fully retracted. Both shear pins, which I assume are the bolts at each end of the cross shaft, are not brokenand the shaft is not twisted. I guess the gear box will have to be replaced to fix this.
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I suspect you are right, the gearbox must be replaced, unless you can devise a way to hold it firmly in place. Both legs should extend the same amount, sounds like something inside the gearbox has slipped and allowed one leg to move more than the other. Have the legs been retracted to full up and stressed the ears on the gearbox? The shear pins/bolts (most come with spring-pins, which are softer) should have broken to prevent gearbox damage. It is common practice to mark the jack legs about 1-2" down from the full-up position, preventing stressing the gearbox/motor, thus damaging something expensive.
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