The Quick Drop A-frame jack and a power drill simplify trailer setup — without spending a fortune
Exercise is great for the body, but not one single health guide suggests that cranking a tongue jack up or down will improve your physique.
The trailer industry has employed electric tongue jacks for a long time, and some are now computer-controlled components in an automatic RV leveling system. However, not everyone is eager to fork out hundreds of dollars to equip their trailer with an electric jack, especially if their adventures take them well away from civilization where a dead battery can seriously impact the enjoyment of a trip.
Many trailers are equipped with scissor-style stabilizing jacks that use a ¾-inch socket head crank, so why not build a tongue jack that uses the same type of mechanism, allowing owners to use a cordless drill with a ¾-inch socket to deploy the post and pad? Brilliant! It’s actually kind of amazing that no one thought of this before now.
Lippert’s Quick Drop one-ton-capacity tongue jack attaches in the same manner as stock counterparts to the A–frame, using the existing bolt pattern, making it super simple to install. The jack has a hand crank bolted to a clutch sleeve that remains disengaged when the handle is pointed down.
Flip the handle over, and the sleeve slides up and engages the ¾-inch drive to allow for manual cranking, should the need arise. How- ever, with the handle flipped down, the exposed ¾-inch drive is ready to accept torque from the drill motor to make the setup much faster.
Installation takes just minutes with a socket set and a jack stand, even on a wicked-cold New England winter day. This jack has a 2,000-pound load limit, so it’s important to establish hitch weight before making the install.
We think most people will be willing to spend $51.95 (retail price) for this seemingly simple jack that makes RVing just that much more enjoyable.
Special thanks to Tim’s RV in Erving, Massachusetts.
Chris Dougherty is technical editor of Trailer Life and MotorHome. Chris is an RVDA/RVIA certified technician and a lifelong RVer, including 10 years living full time in an RV. He and his wife make their home in Massachusetts and hit the road in their heavy-duty truck towing their travel trailer every chance they get.