The landing gear will not extend to raise the trailer off of the truck. Motor works fine, connecting rod between the

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Customer: the landing gear will not extend to raise the trailer off of the truck. Motor works fine, connecting rod between the jacks turns but neither side move at all
JA: How old is the transmission? Have you checked the brake switch?
Customer: landing gear's electric motor works fine
JA: What is the model/year of your RV?
Customer: 2005 Keystone Springdale Fifth Wheel
JA: Are you fixing your RV yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: not much
Answered by Randall in 5 mins 4 years ago
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Hi! My name is ***** ***** I can assist you with this. I may need some additional information from you first in order to give a complete answer.

T​hat sounds like one of two things may have happened. Either the gears on the top of each leg have stripped the teeth OR the thrust block in the legs have stripped off the threads. A common problem! If the latter has happened you have to replace both legs. In that event, it might be a good time to upgrade your system to some stronger and better made units. I recommend those made by Bulldog as they are rated at 10K lbs and have a motor on each leg for better control. About $800 for the system including the new switches. Hope that gives you some direction here. Please get back to me if you need more as all follow ups are included in our one time fee.

I have removed the motor and the connecting rod between the posts. How can I assess whether the gears are stripped? I turned the passenger side connector and the post does not move/entend.

Y​ou would have to take it apart, but if you turn the shaft and the leg won't move that is the cause. This happens quite frequently on legs that really aren't adequate for the weight. I see this question several times a month. I have also done a number of these replacements in my shop.

Thank you Randall. This is the first day of my vacation and the trailer is on the truck. I am somewhat mechanically proficient and the install looks fairly straight forward. I am 600 miles form home and need to find a Camping World near Boise , ID. Will replacements come as a set with motor included? Is the motor rated for higher weights, or the posts or both?

There are several brands you can go with or just buy new legs for yours. Not hard to install. Bulldog legs have a motor on each leg and no cross-shaft. Two individual switches so you can move each leg independently.

Legs are about $200 each.

Thank you Randall. I have removed the posts. Heading out to get replacements.Thank you for your help. Have a great weekend.

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