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Old 01-18-2014, 01:22 AM   #1
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Broken Spring on HWH Rear Leveling Jack

Fortunately it broke in the storage lot during the last drop down of the jacks. I heard a 'boeing....and a clunk'.

I got a new set from the local RV store ($28). I looked at the other jack's spring mounting for reference. I put one spring into position, and used a Harbor Freight 'Come Along' and an "S" hook off a black rubber bungie cord.

I put the "S" hook onto the bottom hook of the spring, and then hooked that to the come along hook, and the other end of the come along to a part of a frame piece, and then just cranked the come along enough to get the end of the spring into the hole on the jack mount spot.

Easy, easy.

And the fellow I got the springs from had said "good luck putting those on".
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They can be fun to do.
Did you get the upgraded ones?
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Old 01-18-2014, 05:06 PM   #3
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I replaced all springs on the rear jacks of my rig. No problem using a very large screwdriver to get them on. (about 14" long)
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Fortunately for you it broke I in the stored position. The other morning I was making coffee then a big bang. From the sound I said to myself "SPRING". Well I ordered a new set. Just waiting for them to arrive. It should be an interesting project. We'll see.
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Fortunately for you it broke I in the stored position. The other morning I was making coffee then a big bang. From the sound I said to myself "SPRING". Well I ordered a new set. Just waiting for them to arrive. It should be an interesting project. We'll see.
Pry them up with a shovel until you can get enough room for a 2X4 underneath and then its easy to get them up.

I usually keep a 3 to 4 foot length of 2X4 with a 45 degree bevel cut across the 4 inch edge in the half height bay over the propane tank to assist when the jacks act up. The bevel eliminates the need for the shovel.
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Thumbs up HWH spring change

Thanks for the spring change ideas, screwdriver and come along. I believe the screwdriver will work as long as I have someplace to pry against.
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I used a tire iron tool. Levered them off and back on with no problem.
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I used some wood shims, cut from paint stir sticks, Put the spring in a vise, pull to one side and insert a shim, pull the other way and insert a shim. Continue doing this until the spring is long enough to install then extend the jack and the shims will fall out.
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Putting springs on HWH leveling jack

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I used some wood shims, cut from paint stir sticks, Put the spring in a vise, pull to one side and insert a shim, pull the other way and insert a shim. Continue doing this until the spring is long enough to install then extend the jack and the shims will fall out.
I love this idea, Bought new springs today. Waiting for warmer weather to install
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That must be why he is called Wizard. Good idea.
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That must be why he is called Wizard. Good idea.
Actually after several busted knuckles, I smartened up and searched on IRV2 and found that little bit of magic from another user.
67 years old and still learning something almost daily
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Amen. All it takes is an open mind...
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Actually after several busted knuckles, I smartened up and searched on IRV2 and found that little bit of magic from another user.
67 years old and still learning something almost daily
Yup ... except I'm a little older and now learn the same thing over again every day or so ...
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I used some wood shims, cut from paint stir sticks, Put the spring in a vise, pull to one side and insert a shim, pull the other way and insert a shim. Continue doing this until the spring is long enough to install then extend the jack and the shims will fall out.
I did this with wooden clothes pins broken in half. 2 shims per clothes pin and the wife never knew i stole them.
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