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Recommended Trailer Jack for 1995 Viking Pop-Up Camper

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Hello, I really need a new lift jack for my 1995 Viking 175SD pop up camper. The one that is on there now, the bottom part keeps falling out if it gets too high. I am going to remove it completely. It is also sort of bolted/could be welded on in the middle of the a-frame hitch area. I will show pics of it. I really want a side bolted lift with a wheel but not sure which one to get. I had purchased one from here where I live, but found out in the down position it was still too large to bolt onto the trailer frame. Do I need to measure the hitch area from the ground to the trailer frame when the trailer is in the level position? I am assuming it is no larger than 10 -12 inches from level to the ground but since the trailer is stored at the moment I cant get at it. What would be a safe height that I could purchase and can you give me a few options. The camper is small and only 1965 lb GVWR See pictures to follow. Thank you so much in advance for all your help. I really do not have an area to mount an a-frame jack. I would have to drill holes in the steel and do not know how to do this properly. Kind regards

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The right jack is going to allow you to lift your coupler high enough to to clear the hitch ball on your tow vehicle and retract enough to clear the ground when you're towing your Viking Pop-Up Camper. The weight capacity of the jack only needs to be enough to lift the tongue weight of your trailer, which is typically 10% - 15% of your trailer's GVWR.

With all of this in mind I recommend the Bulldog Rack-and-Gear Jack with Steel Wheel # BD162300. This jack bolts uon to trailer tongues that are up to 4" x 4", has a 6" retracted height and 22" extended height with a lift capacity of 750 lbs, which is more than enough for your camper's GVWR.

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