Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > 5th Wheel Discussion
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-17-2014, 07:56 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 3
Landing gear conversion

I'm new, and un-sure of what i am doing on this thread.

I have a 85 Alpenlite 28ft 5th wheel with hand operated landing gears.
They work fine, but I don't. Would like to convert to power.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.

jlake49 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-18-2014, 12:48 AM   #2
Senior Member
Skip426's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Powell River, B.C.
Posts: 11,963

You sure look like you got the post right.
Sorry I can't help with you question, but I'm sure that other members will be along with ideas soon.

99DSDP 3884, Freightliner, XC, CAT 3126B, 300 HP /ALLISON 3060
2000 Caravan toad, Remco & Blue Ox.
Skip426 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2014, 05:51 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 4,232
Without knowing what gears you have, the only suggestion I can offer is replace both for two reasons. One because a motor probably won't fit on your legs now. So you need to replace the lead leg (motor on it) to one that can accept a motor. Second reason is that once you change the first leg, you need to change the second to match gearing.

Then of course run wiring, circuit breaker, and a switch to the motor.
jesilvas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2014, 09:58 AM   #4
Senior Member
road dogs's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: 7S5
Posts: 560
Before we became victims of 5th wheel creeping elegance, we had a Fleetwood Niagara tent trailer that had a very heavy crank-up top. I got tried of hand cranking, it took a looong time and was difficult so I got a heavy duty 20 volt li-po cordless drill and made an adapter to fit the top crank. For $600 + labor, I could have added a crank-up motor. Worked great, used the same drill for the stabilizers. Might try something like that on your LG...
2004.5 GMC SLT CCLB, Ride Rites, Turbo brake, EFI Live
2012 Arctic Fox 29 5T 5th Airborne, B&W, Prodigy
Papillon navigators Lily, Buddy and Willow
road dogs is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2014, 12:51 PM   #5
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 3
The two landing gears i presently have are crank up, on swivel with pins to lock in place. I modified them so I could use a 20v drill, or impact. The drill wasn't strong enough, and the impact sheared off the gears.

I would like to change to power, but don't know where to locate them.
jlake49 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2014, 09:04 PM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 4,232
Need to find out what legs you have now.
jesilvas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2014, 09:11 PM   #7
RVM#87 / Senior Member
DieselTech39's Avatar

Solo Rvers Club
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Ham Lake, MN
Posts: 2,849

Glad you're aboard. Best of luck on finding a solution to your question. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
Have a wonderful day!
Ken (RVM 87)
FT DP Wanna B The journey is the destination!
Retired & perfecting procrastination!
DieselTech39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2014, 03:10 AM   #8
Senior Member
jenandjon's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 691
I use a dewalt 18 volt cordless drill.
93 Jayco RK 325
07 Chevy classic crew cab long box LBZ Duramax
Farmer, Trucker, Equipment operator, Mechanic
jenandjon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2014, 01:40 PM   #9
texascowboy's Avatar
Evergreen Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Decatur, Texas
Posts: 70
Maybe buy a set of Bulldog independent landing gear and wire 'em up? They come with a wiring harness, switches and are easy install. Not sure about what kind of room you have but the Bulldog's are fairly compact and cheap enough, $400 to $600 per set. They work great also, have 'em on my 36' Keystone.
Chad And Lily Hendrick, 2009 F-450, Tuned, Exhaust, Intake, Studded, Bypass Filters, 2014 Bay Hill 385BH, 2 Kids And A Dog
texascowboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2014, 07:29 PM   #10
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 3
Thanks everyone. Info helped a lot. Love this site.

jlake49 is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
89 Terry Resort Landing Gear Issue r___r 5th Wheel Discussion 9 10-16-2014 10:01 AM
Sheppard M100 Steering Gear Vanwill Monaco Owner's Forum 7 05-30-2014 02:44 AM
Raising landing gear woodwork1955 5th Wheel Discussion 3 05-10-2014 08:54 AM
Adding power landing gear TravisNuwa81 5th Wheel Discussion 22 03-06-2014 02:09 PM
Levelling jacks: Power Gear vs HWH Deucenut Class A Motorhome Discussions 1 02-03-2014 07:01 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:13 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.