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Old 01-28-2013, 08:46 AM   #1
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Stabilizer Jacks...Manual or Electric

Folks we are finalizing our specs on a new 2013 Whitehawk 30DSRE. I have gone back and forth trying to decide on the electric stabilizer jacks. I have been told by one dealer that the electric would not create as stable a TT as the manual.

Would love to hear your opinions and experience.


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Old 01-28-2013, 08:56 AM   #2
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IMO the elec tongue jack is a must, but my stab jacks are manual and never once have thought I wished I had elec stab jacks. I have even stopped using the cordless drill and socket in preference of the manual crank.

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:20 AM   #3
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We had the manual stabilizer jacks for 18 years and really never had a problem with them. With our new Jayco HT we have electric stabilizer jacks and I find them to be a little slower than the manual ones, at least when I was younger, but I like them. One nice thing about the ones we have, and you would probably get the same type, is the ability of each stabilizer to contact the ground and stop to let the other one "catch up". When using manual ones, it was sometimes a little bit of a challenge to get the jacks the right height.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:49 AM   #4
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All of mine are manual and the one I crank the most is the tongue jack. I would probably like to make that one electric. Not sure I would like the automatic level control feature as that is probably just something else to break down and spend money on.

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Old 01-28-2013, 10:22 AM   #5
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Our old 5er had the crank-down by hand stabilizers and they did a great job. I never had a problem with the physical aspect of them (didn't mind physically cranking them down). Our new 5er has electric stabilizers and they take a long time to fully extend but they will self adjust for uneven ground, which is nice. Your dealer may be correct because once on my old 5er I forgot to retract the rear stabilizers and started to raise the front end and I could hear the trailer "groan" from the stress. I did the same thing on the new 5er just the other day (when will I ever learn?) and the rear stabilizers did a partial retraction under the stress. Not a bad thing, seeing how I keep forgetting to raise the rear stabilizers but on the other hand they probably don't hold the trailer as steady. Like most things in life...you have the pluses and then you have the minuses. You just have to live with them. Good luck on your decision!
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:23 AM   #6
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Stabilizer Jacks...Manual or Electric

I think it depends on how much you use them. I keep my camper at a seasonal site for 6 months out of the year so they would not benefit me.
Now when i retire and will be traveling all over i think i will have them.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:40 PM   #7
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I will 2X on the electric tongue jack and manual stabilizers. I would spend the savings on a set or two of levelor blocks and a pair of small jack stands to put near the wheels for longer stays.

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Old 01-28-2013, 06:34 PM   #8
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Electric tongue jack and manual stabilizers. Honestly the stabilizers only take about a minute each tops to put down.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:22 PM   #9
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I have an electric tongue jack and stabilizers. They both have a "manual" side to them if I choose that route.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:17 PM   #10
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I have a electric jack and manual stabs....works for me..

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