View Full Version : Truck camper jack repair and modification

September 24th, 2012, 07:50 PM
A few weeks ago heading off to the wilderness for a weeklong excursion, I had to stop at our local Home Depot to pick up some goodies for the trip. As I was pulling into the parking lot I spotted an open space in the truck & trailer parking section. Now I was pulling my trailer with the Jeep on it and on this trailer I have a fullsize toolbox mounted on the tounge. I am always careful to watch it when turning because my camper jacks will hit if too tight of a turn. As I was pulling in to park, I watched some idiot who left his plywood cart in the middle of two spaces. This distracted me for a split second and it was too late, my jack mated with my tool box and it was not pretty. :rant:

This is the only picture I have when I was getting my new tires a couple weeks ago. You can see the right rear jack a few degrees off:


This is a Lance 825 with a wood frame, so it pretty much ripped the lag screws out, and the superwammy silicone glue was holding it on.

Here's what I did to fix it. There maybe some better ways, but I am not a wood worker.:P

I removed the jack and straightened out the siding as well as scraped off the old silicone. BTW, alot of the pics are from the LEFT side, as I need it to match and did not take pics until I realized maybe I could do a write up.




There was an extra piece of trim that I had to remove to make the full length aluminum corner sit nice & flush.


I then took some 2x2 1/8" aluminum angle and cut it to length from where the trim stopped and met up with the original jack mount. This is not too pretty when you take these off.


Once you get everything scraped off (you don't have to scrape it all off as it is still plyable and fills in gaps already there when manufactured), you slather this good stuff on. I used GE indoor/outdoor pliable waterproof paintable white silicone from Wal-mart.


Then I already had the aluminum angle painted white, cut to length and made 4 pilot holes, two on top staggered and two on the bottom, and carefully squished it into place. I used 4, 2" long propanel screws with rubber washers to located the angle.


Continued below....

September 24th, 2012, 08:00 PM
Here's the modification part. I was able to now place the jack lower for two benefits, one, so the lag screws had fresh wood to bite into, and second, so I did not have to place blocks under the rear ones to raise the camper off since my truck sits tall.



Factory before:


And repaired/modified! :thumbsup:


If anything, if you ever have to repair something like this, it's not to hard at all. After it's all said and done, take some more silicone caulk and put a bead around all the edges to waterproof it. While I was at it, I decided to put fresh caulking around all my outside joints. The cool thing is the factory makes it look sloppy, so really, you dont have to worry about making it look like a million dollars. It matches the factory perfectly!

Heres the camper all finished, sitting on my truck with it's new 35's. I am ready to do man things now out in the woods! ;)