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Old 06-21-2015, 06:50 AM   #11
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Great to know. We've got two boys who just may find adjusting the jacks a "fun chore".

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I have had both. manual on the original TT and now electric on the new 5er. Don't know that I would have bought electric ones specifically, but they are nice
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Old 06-21-2015, 07:14 AM   #12
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We have manual ones all around. My kids fight over who gets to crank. I don't have to do it at all!

Plus, a drill is just one more thing to pack/charge. I don't need it.
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Old 06-22-2015, 12:10 AM   #13
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You must have picked yours up around the same time we did. We left out of there with our Precept! Glad to see you here as well. Let us know what local/regional adventures you find as we have 3 boys ourselves!
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Old 06-22-2015, 12:36 AM   #14
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Manual stabilizers but I use a drill with adapter socket. Very easy and more reliable than power. I do have a power jack and this is a must have as I have had surgery on my shoulders. Cannot imagine how sore my shoulders would get raising and lowering the trailer every time to hook up.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:15 AM   #15
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I've noticed several members here mention the drill attachment. I've got one, now if I can trust my 8 year old boys to learn to use it. Otherwise, I guess I will keep that chore for the time being.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:24 AM   #16
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We do have the electric tongue jack, and we've got two eager boys who are excited about RVing, and will probably be fighting over the drill attachment!!


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Agree with electric tongue jack is very nice, Manual vs. electric for stabilizers is no big deal either way. If I didn't have electric stabilizers I would not add them, I'd just go with the drill adapter.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:24 AM   #17
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I don't see why you see the stabilizers are such a chore?


These things are a fantastic convenience! 20 seconds per corner while slightly crouched.


You young whippersnappers don't know how good you've got it:


My last trailer had the teepee shaped stand-and-threaded rod things that you had to crawl in the grass to get them into position.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:31 AM   #18
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AugerN - Those Precepts are nice! I had to drag my wife out of one at the dealership!! We debated for months over trailer or motorhome. In the end, we figured the trailer is more versatile for now....would love to hear more about where you guys go, etc. Priority #1 is keeping our 8 year old boys busy having fun.



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My 3 year old girl loves to run the stabilizers up and down with the crank. I have to start them (loosen them) and finish it off but the kids will probably enjoy helping to set up the trailer.

Let us know how the Raptor handles the trailer if that is what you are towing with. They have pretty low payload to begin with (around 1000lbs) and with 4 adults and 2 kids in the vehicle I think you will be over payload with the tongue weight of the trailer which will probably be around 1000lbs. Hopefully you got a good weight distribution hitch with the trailer.

What are the tow ratings for your truck? Some of the 2012 Raptors were limited to 6000lbs.

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I would suggest the boys do the manual crank, you don't want them running the drill too long and stressing the frame.
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