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Old 12-26-2011, 10:20 PM   #1
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Electric Tongue Jack

I am going to get an electric jack for my trailer. I have looked and Barker and Atwood seem to be good brands, are there any others to avoid? I found a used Atwood 2500lb one for sale, just wondering if it will be enough? Current crank hitch is 2000lb. Tongue weight is about 900lbs I do need to get my trailer weighed to confirm. I think dry specs are around 700lbs. I was thinking around 3500lb. Camping world has a couple models one that has good reviews is the Odessey.
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:39 AM   #2
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Hi Derek ,
I have a husky brand that I'm happy with. Most trailer places in the lower mainland sell them. I haven't read of anybody having trouble with jacks no matter which brand they have. When I bought my trailer I made sure it included one. A great investment. I don't think it's essential to weigh your trailer for this if you know tongue weight. The tolerances aren't so close that you should have a problem picking one.
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:47 AM   #3
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I have an Ultra Fab from Ebay that is great. It is also a 3500 so if needed I can lift part of the TV when putting the weight distrubution on. If it is not needed for the trailer I always thought 'the heavier the better' and it would have to work less and maybe last longer.
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:37 AM   #4
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I prefer buying new simply for the warranty. My Barker 3500 statred acting up and Barker sent me a new motor to install. Too bad I had a problem with a new item but I am glad it did not cost me additional funds to repair it.
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:15 AM   #5
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I have the Barker and love it. Do you have spring bars? If so, I would get a larger jack - it makes putting those on sooooo much easier.
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I was thinking of buying one in the spring. Pls let me know how it works out. Fellow Canucklehead.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:01 PM   #7
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I was thinking of buying one in the spring. Pls let me know how it works out. Fellow Canucklehead.
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Do it, you won`t regret it for a minute! It makes easy work of not only trailer leveling but even more so engaging or disengaging the spring bars on the weight distributing hitch. The reason a larger jack is desireable is so you can lift your TV and the trailer with ease for that purpose.

To the OP, My personal recommendation would be the Barker 3500 for your trailer. Built in Michigan, by a company that gets good CS reviews. BUT I have never owned any of the other jacks, so I have no way of knowing how good they are.............
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I too have the Barker 3500 on my 22FB and all I can say is, it's one of the best enhancements I've made... makes life soooo much easier!
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I also have a Barker VIP3500. bougkt it new on eBay for $210 including shipping. Very easy to install. Love it. Also comes with hand crank and night lights
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I was thinking of buying one in the spring. Pls let me know how it works out. Fellow Canucklehead.
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