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Old 12-16-2014, 04:36 PM   #1
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Elect stabilizer vs manual vs cost vs time

I did a test today on both.
Cost for an electric stabilizer is around $600 plus and plus installation and running 12 volt power and adding switch. So I'm guessing around $800 total.

Cost for two manual stabilizers off eBay delivered around $50 and 4 for $80.
It's takes 4 self tapping screws each to attach them...$5.00 for whole box.

Cost for 20 volt dewalt true impact is around $200. It will actually take off lug nuts on my 2500 dodge as well as the trailer. So it has double use.

You can put a socket on it and screw the manual stabilizers to the trailer with it in minutes.
Holds a charge for easy 6 months.
Total cost with impact. $255 to $285

3 seconds for the impact....about 54 seconds for elect.

Click for video. Sorry about double pics....

Nowfor the time trail and believe me my time is very important.

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Old 12-16-2014, 05:31 PM   #2
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Our 338 rlts came with every option except the bumper mount gas grill. The electric stabilizers are really slow. However, for the extra slowness one gets a considerable more stable stabilizer than scissor jacks since it is an "A" frame setup. I have had both and the electric stabilizers are way better stbility wise, but not sure if the cost justifies it though.
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Old 12-16-2014, 05:35 PM   #3
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Mine came with the elect as well but I added 4 more one in front and back of axels. Really stable now. If my elect breaks I will remove motor and adapt to impact. And wth impact I don't need to finish with ratchet etc.
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Old 12-16-2014, 05:38 PM   #4
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I'll have to stay with my scissor jacks
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:11 PM   #5
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I like our manual ones and the dewalt I have.
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Old 12-16-2014, 10:14 PM   #6
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Unless y'all are disabled I don't understand the fascination with electric jacks. My 5th has electrics on front, great for simultaneously lifting both sides off the hitch. Once I drive off I then level it front/rear. From there it only takes me a min (per rear corner) to manually lower the rear jacks. It's really no big deal and to me definitely not worth hundreds of $ - just my opinion.
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Old 12-16-2014, 10:49 PM   #7
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Elect stabilizer vs manual vs cost vs time

I added a set in front of the axles so now have six manual total. Very stable and I'm still in my 30's so not a big deal lowering them. I'm sure having 6x6x10 wood blocks under them help with stability as they don't have to be extended a whole lot.
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Old 12-17-2014, 01:31 AM   #8
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Look into a Rigid brand drill 18v lithium ion (I have the drill and use it daily around the house/RV, but as mentioned above an impact driver would also work well and be multi-use). Rigid has lifetime warranty through Home Depot including the batteries! Can't beat that! I buy Rigid for all my power tools now and I've been happy with all of them.
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:09 AM   #9
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Ignore Parcany, he has his wife crank them.

I have had manual and electric. The electrics are slow (and noisy, lubed to death), expensive and back savers. So I'll have to stick with them. That Dewalt would be less dough if you don't have to have lithium-ions.
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Old 12-17-2014, 09:45 AM   #10
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Manual all the way. Cost of electric is excessive and they are slow. If one dies, expensive to replace. All you need with a manual set up is a good 18v+ drill or driver and you have all the functional ease of an electric for 1/4 of the cost. If the drill dies, another $150 more or less and you're back in business.

The tongue jack is another story. As a double shoulder replacement [full joint replacement] the manual jack on my 06 Keystone always left me in pain for days. I now have new mechanical shoulders but my 14 White Hawk jack is electric.
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