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Old 03-13-2016, 08:33 AM   #1
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Jay Feather 19..power tongue jack?

going to be picking up my jay feather x19 in a few weeks, trying to decide if I want a power tongue jack installed. Looking for any feedback!
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I have a 23j, i don't have a power tongue jack on mine.
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That are your own preferences. Quick Jack's are inexpensive on Amazon.
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Congratulations on your Jay Feather and welcome to the JOF.
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Congratulations

You will figure it out.

I started out without but found that using the jack to pull the TV up when hitched to ease the placement of the WD bars was more cranking then I wanted to do when it was hot and humid. I added the electric jack and was glad I did. Like I said, you will figure it out and it's not something you have to do right away.
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Congratulations

You will figure it out.

I started out without but found that using the jack to pull the TV up when hitched to ease the placement of the WD bars was more cranking then I wanted to do when it was hot and humid. I added the electric jack and was glad I did. Like I said, you will figure it out and it's not something you have to do right away.
Exactly. It's a preference only he will know. I went the other way (although I still think about adding it at the start of every season). It's not that much work but it is time/energy I could spend on other things.
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If you are using a weight distribution system you will want to go with the power tongue jack.. it makes life so much easier.
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Our old hybrid came with a 2,000-lb rated tongue jack which worked fine when we had a smaller lighter tow vehicle. But when I upgrated to a full-sized pickup, it was just too much weight for the jack when hooking up the WDH, and it broke -- naturally while we were hooking up for a weekend's camping trip. I hummed and hawed all weekend about what to replace it with, whether I should go with an electric jack or another higher-rated manual. Since we knew we weren't keeping the hybrid much longer, I replaced it with a 5,000 manual jack. We knew most of the new trailers came with power jacks, so spending that extra money on one for the old trailer didn't make sense at the time.
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I have a 23j, i don't have a power tongue jack on mine.
X2 and my Jayfeather weighs in at approx 5,650 lbs. and never felt the need for one and I bet I'm older than you. My wife can do it and she's 4'11 and under 100 lbs. if you time it it's only seconds and not even a minute and the tongue weight is 670
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Old 03-13-2016, 02:40 PM   #10
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My previous trailer was smaller and had a manual jack. The Jayco came with an electric jack. I preferred the manual jack because it was faster. I have tried the manual jack option on my Jayco but needed to remove the gas cylinder cover for proper clearance of the crank handle. My old trailer had the gas cylinders mounted behind the batteries giving plenty of clearance for the jack crank. If and when the electric jack fails I will consider going back to a manual jack as long as gas cylinders do not cause interference.
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