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Old 10-09-2018, 09:16 AM
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Saturday went to put my trailer on the truck and the lift was stuck...handle wouldnt turn - lots of surface rust. Sprayed some PB blaster on and tried again and ended up breaking the internal gears. Now the thing wont move, so time to replace.

This one only lasted one season...we use in all saltwater, I know this is problematic for trailers, but no choice. Knowing this, what would be the best trailer jack for me to purchase for these conditions? Stick with ones that will rust out in a season? Or is there something else out there?

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do you need a wheeled one or is one with a pad adequate?
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Originally Posted by stowaway View Post
do you need a wheeled one or is one with a pad adequate?

I would PREFER one with the wheel, just because its easier to get it on the trailer ball if I am a few inches off in either direction, I can just muscle it over. Wouldn't say it is a MUST if there is one out there that would fit the bill without a wheel.
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Whatever new jack you get, take the top off and fill with grease. It will last for many years that way. At least that has been my experience. All around saltwater also.
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Originally Posted by Kr_1315 View Post
Whatever new jack you get, take the top off and fill with grease. It will last for many years that way. At least that has been my experience. All around saltwater also.
Well maybe that is my problem....certainly did not do that on the last one. How often to refill?

And still interested in a model name for a replacement.
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I have a Fulton Drop-leg side-wind jack, rated for 2500-lbs. I've had it on my boat for about 4 years, nearly exclusive saltwater use, though it doesn't get wet when I launch/retrieve. It's got a grease zirc for periodically adding grease. I does have a foot vs a wheel, but I place a scrap of "Starboard" under it, (same stuff as bunk slicks) and I can pretty easily slide the foot a couple inches if needed for hooking to the truck.
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I use one with a pad. One came on my trailer, not 100% certain of the brand. I didn't do any maintenance on that one and it lasted at least 5 years. Replaced it with a Fulton HD25000101 or something like that. There is a zerk fitting at the top to add grease. I did one modification which helps. Drilled a small drain hole at the bottom of the pad to allow for water to drain. Otherwise, when it rains, the water just sits in the cup formed by the pad, which can start to rust out the pad. Sprayed with galvanizing spray after drilling. Then I just rinse with Salt Away after boating, and it's in good shape. I think it's on year 2 or 3 now.
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The drain hole mentioned in the above post is a game changer, had a similar issue and adding the ability for it to drain out the bottom by the cup of the wheel as opposed to letting it pool with water there helps a lot.
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Originally Posted by Wood boat builder View Post
Hmmm...interesting thought. Do you just put a cinderblock or something down to hold the tounge up when you take it off the truck? Anyone else go this route?

And just for info - my trailer gets completely submerged when I launch, so the jack is definitely going to get wet if it is attached to the trailer...wish I had a longer toungue but I do not.
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Fulton Hd 5000.
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You didn’t mention what weight size you needed. I talked to Fulton and then got the new XLT. He told me it had their best corrosion protection. It has multiplecgrease fittings and the wheel has an independent swivel. So far so good if that size will work for you.
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Originally Posted by RHartline View Post
You didn’t mention what weight size you needed. I talked to Fulton and then got the new XLT. He told me it had their best corrosion protection. It has multiplecgrease fittings and the wheel has an independent swivel. So far so good if that size will work for you.
I dont need much. The whole setup weighs about 4000#. Current jack is rated for a tounge weight of up to 1300#.
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The Fulton XLT is rated for 1500 lbs.
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The last time I replaced my jack, it was Bulldog side wind 5K pound. I took the new one apart and coated it with corrosion block and also greased it well. It seems to be holding up better than the original.
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From the replies, it sounds like the jack itself isnt so much the issue, but rather grease and corrosion inhibitor. I think I will go with the Fulton XLT and just make sure the apply liberal grease - something I failed to do with my last jack. Hopefully it lasts longer than a season!
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Originally Posted by Kr_1315 View Post
Whatever new jack you get, take the top off and fill with grease. It will last for many years that way. At least that has been my experience. All around saltwater also.
Thanks for the idea, went home and filled'er up.
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I usually get my jacks through Overton's. I like the big wheel/mega wheel jacks. The jacks I get usually have grease fittings. And I also grease up everything else when installing.
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Maybe it's just me but I feel like these jacks are basically disposable. With that said, if you don't grease them once in a while they're going to bind up regardless of what brand you buy.
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Originally Posted by joebobthomson View Post
Saturday went to put my trailer on the truck and the lift was stuck...handle wouldnt turn - lots of surface rust. Sprayed some PB blaster on and tried again and ended up breaking the internal gears. Now the thing wont move, so time to replace.

This one only lasted one season...we use in all saltwater, I know this is problematic for trailers, but no choice. Knowing this, what would be the best trailer jack for me to purchase for these conditions? Stick with ones that will rust out in a season? Or is there something else out there?

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The best saltwater jack is by Fulton, the F2 Jack. The Fulton F2 jack is an aluminum body and extension with nylon internal gears so oxidation problems are eliminated. The unit is a tad pricey and there are multiple models based on the load to be supported. The F2 jack comes in single wheel, dual wheel and a pad model and I believe they all pivot inline with the tongue when not in use.

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