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Old 10-21-2020, 06:34 AM   #1
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Jack Foot Pad missing

Before departing a CG I do a walk around that includes checking that the jacks have all retracted when I noticed the left front jack foot pad was missing. There is a pretty substantial bolt that holds the foot pad to the hydraulic actuator which is threaded to accept the bolt.

I thought this a bit unusual that the pad would come off and checked the bolts on the other 3 which were tight. I hope the missing foot pad and bolt didn't damage anyone when it came off.

I found the replacement foot pad and bolt at, of all places, etrailer.com.

I guess I should use locktite on the threads of the bolt when installing the new pad.
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Old 10-21-2020, 09:57 AM   #2
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Weird.

I better check mine.
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Old 10-21-2020, 12:38 PM   #3
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Okay....it was you! I was following an American Tradition towing a Honda CRV when a big piece of steel plate came bouncing out from under the CRV. It went through my windshield and took out two televisions, the refrigerator and the microwave. It did about $5K in damage, but I would be willing to settle out of court for $4K. I'll PM you my mailing address. I don't recall where it happened, as I was drinking heavily at the time.
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No problem Don, just send me a $10,000 retainer so I know it's you and I'll send you $14,000. Just a sec, let me get you my address in Nigeria I use for such things.
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Old 10-21-2020, 12:56 PM   #5
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timjet....did it penetrate the ground quite a bit?

I would think it'd leave a pretty good size hole.
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timjet....did it penetrate the ground quite a bit?

I would think it'd leave a pretty good size hole.

Actually I don't know if it came off when we were driving or at the previous campground. I just noticed when we were leaving the foot pad was not there. I looked around that campground and did not see it so I'm assuming it either came off at the previous CG or while we were underway.


The actuator did leave a hole in the sand where we were camping when I noticed it but the site was pretty level so it didn't extend far into the sand.
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Well I had kind of a similar issue when we bought our last coach from a dealer in Arizona. When we parked it in front of our house in Surprise Az. I put the jacks down then when I raised them I noticed my LR pad was missing and the jack punched a hole into the pavement. Took it back to the dealer and they put on a pad they had laying around that was for a jack with springs so it didn't match.
When we got it home to Canada I took off all my jack pads as a couple were bent, had the welder in my shop make a new pad for me then got some 1/4" flat plate and made 4 pads 4" bigger than the original pads and welded them onto the original pads with a hole in the middle to bolt them on to make bigger feet.
Worked fantastic! Larger foot print, less sinking and no bending.
Should have come this way from the factory!
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LCI (Lippert) jack feet use a single big bolt to hold them on and it has a habit of working loose. On that system the bolt cannot be too tight because the jack feet need to "wobble" a bit for uneven ground. People have lost those as well.

I have RV SnapPads on mine and I keep them oriented so a flat end is forward. If I see one pointed the wrong way I know it's working loose.

LCI jack feet in recent years bend rather easily. I had three replaced under warranty. The SnapPads add a lot of oomph and so far have kept the new ones from bending. So far...

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We were a power gear dealer. This is not uncommon. These bolts should be tightened on a regular basis.
DO NOT leave the bolt loose. The pad will tilt with the bolt tight.
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I carry an electric impact wrench (225 ft lbs of torque). Mine is the Green Works brand. It came with a charger and (2) 24V batteries in a nice travel bag. I give each pad bolt a quick shot before each trip. My Levelers are Bigfoot and Quadra Mfg recommends the impact wrench. I also carry an extra pad just in case. Haven't needed it since I got the impact wrench.

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LCI (Lippert) jack feet use a single big bolt to hold them on and it has a habit of working loose. On that system the bolt cannot be too tight because the jack feet need to "wobble" a bit for uneven ground. People have lost those as well.

I have RV SnapPads on mine and I keep them oriented so a flat end is forward. If I see one pointed the wrong way I know it's working loose.

LCI jack feet in recent years bend rather easily. I had three replaced under warranty. The SnapPads add a lot of oomph and so far have kept the new ones from bending. So far...

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I too have the LCI system with a single bolt in the middle. My foot pads also bent and had to be replaced. I too now have the Snap Pads which give a larger footprint and I really like them. I replaced my stock bent foot pads with new ones when I installed the Snap Pads
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I too have the LCI system with a single bolt in the middle. My foot pads also bent and had to be replaced. I too now have the Snap Pads which give a larger footprint and I really like them. I replaced my stock bent foot pads with new ones when I installed the Snap Pads
2 of my 4 SnapPads would not go on and the third fell off in the driveway. The RV SnapPad folks were extremely helpful in diagnosing the issue. We had the motorhome about a month at the time.

Until I put a new one next to a bent one it was difficult to think they were bent. "Dished" might be a better word, as if the jacks had been dropped on soft ground and pushed down. The center was lower than the ends but with the lipped ends I could not really tell.

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We were a power gear dealer. This is not uncommon. These bolts should be tightened on a regular basis.
DO NOT leave the bolt loose. The pad will tilt with the bolt tight.
Good to know. Do you know what the torque should be on the 9" pads? There was nothing in the directions and a question to LCI was worthless.

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Good to know. Do you know what the torque should be on the 9" pads? There was nothing in the directions and a question to LCI was worthless.

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