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Old 07-25-2011, 05:46 PM   #1
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Testing a tongue jack

Hi Everyone!

Much to my regret, I sold my travel trailer a year ago. I still have a barker 3500 tongue jack which I have decided to sell. I want to make sure it is in working order before a do list it though. Is there a safe way to test the jack using my car battery?

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Hi Everyone!

Much to my regret, I sold my travel trailer a year ago. I still have a barker 3500 tongue jack which I have decided to sell. I want to make sure it is in working order before a do list it though. Is there a safe way to test the jack using my car battery?

Thank you in advance!
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All you have to do is run the red wire to the positive or + side of the battery and the black to the negative - side of the battery and hit the up , down switch and see if it moves. Hope that helps
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Hi Chuck!!

There is only one wire coming from the jack. That is what made me nervous about just hooking it to the battery.

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Hook the wire to the + post on the battery. Run a new wire from a bare metel spot on the jack to the - post. Be sure all conections are tight before useing the switch to prevent arcing.
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Hi Chuck!!

There is only one wire coming from the jack. That is what made me nervous about just hooking it to the battery.

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Here is a copy of the mounting instructions and the diagram only shows 1 wire. So it looks like you would have to ground the Jack and the put the power wire to the Red + terminal of the battery. Then turn on the Jack light switchand see if that lights, if it does you know it's hooked up correctly and could hit the up or down switch and see if it goes.
Better yet sell it with the guarentee that it works os you will give them their money back. That will eliminate all the excitement.


http://www.barkermfg.com/vip3500.pdf
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you may also use jumper cables
red on bat + black on bat - one end of cable
other end
black - clamp to metal frame of jack
red + to wire that comes from jack
use caution not to let cables come in contact with each other
you can also use a battery charger if it is 20+ amps
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