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Trailer jacks - is 2k enough????????

Discussion in 'Tow & Trailer' started by 6.2Blazer, Nov 10, 2003.

  1. 6.2Blazer

    6.2Blazer 1/2 ton status

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    To get right down to the question..........is the typical 2,000 lb. tongue jack really enough so that you could unhook the trailer and leave it with the Blazer still loaded on it?

    The question came up while looking at options to get a heavier than 7k trailer. A lot of the "equipment" trailers I saw had either a 7k or 10k drop leg jack. I know that theoretically you shouldn't have 2,000 lbs. of tongue weight, but there must be some reason that a lot of 10k trailers have a 10k dropleg jack on them.

    The reason I'm asking is for storage purposes it would be much easier to just keep the Blazer on the trailer. Most likely I would be storing the Blazer and trailer at a friends place (he has a 5 acre lot, I live in a subdivision with a little tiny driveway /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif ). It would be nice to just pull in his drive and unhook the trailer.
     
  2. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Basically, the bigger jacks are built a lot tougher with heavier wall tubing. They are able to take more abuse. The internal gearing is bigger and takes less effort to turn. The footprint is also generally bigger which provides more stability.

    Theoretically, all you need to worry about is overall tongue weight(like you've already stated), but from my experience a heavy duty jack is less likely to fail or need repair.

    Hope this helps, brother!!! /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
  3. 6.2Blazer

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    I guess it wouldn't be a problem to put a jackstand under the tongue for long-term storage (1-2 weeks at a time), as long as the 2k jack could easily and safely lift the tongue off the hitch when I unhook.
     

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