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Old 10-01-2014, 08:36 PM   #1
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Electric Jack Question

So when looking at new Jaycos it is apparent they are now putting electric jacks on most models of which I am not a big fan. With my current manual jack I crank the truck up a bit with the jack after the ball is locked in to help make the weight distribution bars easier to hook up. With an electric jack can you still do that or will it hurt the jack?
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Old 10-01-2014, 08:58 PM   #2
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The electric jacks have the capacity to lift the truck as you describe. I did that for several years.
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Old 10-02-2014, 05:12 AM   #3
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The power jacks have 3500lbs capacity. I am sure it will lift a truck.

I am like you I hate power jacks. Just do what I do. Replace it with a manual jack. It is a 20 minute swap out and sell the electric on ebay.
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Old 10-02-2014, 06:33 AM   #4
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I have used my power jack to lift the truck and camper once connected to get the WD on easier and have not had any problems. Granted, I've only done this a couple of times so far, but the jack easily lifts both.
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Old 10-02-2014, 06:59 AM   #5
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Thanks guys! I always wondered about that. If I get another camper that has one I might just change it out eventually.
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Old 10-02-2014, 07:03 AM   #6
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Thanks guys! I always wondered about that. If I get another camper that has one I might just change it out eventually.
simple job. They usually come in a package with the power awning as well.

I hate both. Manual is as quick and always works
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simple job. They usually come in a package with the power awning as well.

I hate both. Manual is as quick and always works
I am not a fan of the power awning either and the tech at the Jayco dealer I have been talking to said he doesn't like them as they are way to expensive to work on for what they are. I really don't like the fact they cant be tipped down as much or secured as well as a manual awning.
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Old 10-02-2014, 08:31 AM   #8
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I disagree with the power-jack-hating. I love mine, even though it's the cheap crappy no-name brand one they stuck on there, it still works well and lifts my truck to make the bars easier to put on.

The worst thing about it is that the motor is susceptible to water intrusion. I use a trash can on top to protect it that also holds my power cord and chains, so I don't worry about it anymore. But when it craps out and dies, I'll replace it with this:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0063ZBXZC/...I3O335NMUDX8B7

If the power on the jack ever fails for whatever reason, I can still manually crank it. But as long as it works, I'm going to use the crap out of it.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:40 AM   #9
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Obviously those that hate the electric tongue jacks have never had to do jack a trailer with a heavy tongue wait up 2 or 3 times in a row. Crank it up to take the WD bars off. Let it back down to let the ball loose. Crank it up to get out from under it, then let it back down only to realize you have too many or too few blocks under the jack so you have to jack it back up and get back under with the vehicle to repeat the process. I'll keep my electric jack thank you on a 90 degree day and my 1400 lb of tongue weight.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:44 AM   #10
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use to work at a dockyard back in the day and had to shunt trucks all around the yard...cranked a lot more weight than 1400lbs... we didn't have one of those fancy trucks with a hydraulic 5th wheel plate.

nothing wrong with a little work out while camping since there is no gym
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