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Old 08-17-2014, 07:56 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 08-18-2014, 12:48 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 08-18-2014, 05:51 AM   #3
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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.
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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...
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:51 PM   #5
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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.
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Need to find out what legs you have now.
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I use a dewalt 18 volt cordless drill.
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Old 08-19-2014, 01:40 PM   #9
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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.
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