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Old 12-17-2016, 07:09 PM   #1
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Cheap electric tongue jacks? Any experience?

I won a Google Home device at my work's holiday party the other night. I watched some videos of it on youtube, and just wasn't excited about the idea of it listening in on everything I do in my home. Not that I do anything illegal...I just don't like the thought of being spied on.

Anyways, sold it, and used the money to buy an electric tongue jack.

12V 3500 lbs Electric Power Tongue Jack RV Boat Jet Ski A-Frame Trailer Camper | eBay

I looked at all of the ones in the $80 to $120 range, and they all seemed to look the same and have the same size motors, so I just picked one and went with it.

Anyone have experience with these things? I'm sure they all come out of the same factory over in China.
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Old 12-17-2016, 07:21 PM   #2
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I won a Google Home device at my work's holiday party the other night. I watched some videos of it on youtube, and just wasn't excited about the idea of it listening in on everything I do in my home. Not that I do anything illegal...I just don't like the thought of being spied on.

Anyways, sold it, and used the money to buy an electric tongue jack.

12V 3500 lbs Electric Power Tongue Jack RV Boat Jet Ski A-Frame Trailer Camper | eBay

I looked at all of the ones in the $80 to $120 range, and they all seemed to look the same and have the same size motors, so I just picked one and went with it.

Anyone have experience with these things? I'm sure they all come out of the same factory over in China.
I still have my crank jack, but have studied the elect. models for a couple of yrs. and have decided if I ever do make the jump, it will be for the one in the link below, ..... affordable and 90% positive reviews, ..... that's just my two cents worth .....

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...DKIKX0DER&th=1
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Old 12-17-2016, 08:22 PM   #3
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This one looks like what they put on mine from the factory.
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Choice-P...ic+tongue+jack
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Old 12-18-2016, 06:02 PM   #4
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I have one that sits out in the weather on the tongue of my 7T flatbed utility trailer. I also have 2 that I modified and mounted behind the axles on my Wildcat 5er for a leveling system. It's been a couple of years now and haven't had any issues at all. I got mine from Walmart Online for 80 bucks.
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Old 12-18-2016, 06:52 PM   #5
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I'm a fan of the Barker line of jacks. Had one for 7 trouble free years on my previous rig and it worked fine when I sold it. My new trailer has a seemingly cheap Lippert jack and I am unimpressed with it. Very slow for one thing. The Barkers are made in Michigan, not Beiging. And reviews suggest they have excellent customer service should an issue arise. When this one dies I will replce it with aBarker.
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Old 12-18-2016, 07:18 PM   #6
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I forgot to mention. A must have and what I installed on mine is the Flipjack foot. They take the delay out of putting down or raising up the jack. On sale now.
Fastway 88-00-6500 Flip 2-1/4" Automatic Jack Foot for 2" Jack Tubehttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B003CE283I..._zzYvybA896ZZG
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Old 12-18-2016, 07:54 PM   #7
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I'm a fan of the Barker line of jacks. Had one for 7 trouble free years on my previous rig and it worked fine when I sold it. My new trailer has a seemingly cheap Lippert jack and I am unimpressed with it. Very slow for one thing. The Barkers are made in Michigan, not Beiging. And reviews suggest they have excellent customer service should an issue arise. When this one dies I will replce it with aBarker.
The Barker jacks have their final assembly in Michigan but have never been able to find out where they are actually made. They do have a good reputation but you have to go with the higher priced models ($300 and up) to get switched cutoff capability, and even more to get the ball bearing movement assembly.

I looked at them closely but they are rated at 3,500 pounds. Yeah..the tongue weight is only 1,200 or so but if you're hooking up a weight distribution hitch you are lifting the truck and trailer. That's why I got the 4,500 pound with ball bearing movement and electric shutoff (Husky 4500).
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The Barker jacks have their final assembly in Michigan but have never been able to find out where they are actually made. They do have a good reputation but you have to go with the higher priced models ($300 and up) to get switched cutoff capability, and even more to get the ball bearing movement assembly.

I looked at them closely but they are rated at 3,500 pounds. Yeah..the tongue weight is only 1,200 or so but if you're hooking up a weight distribution hitch you are lifting the truck and trailer. That's why I got the 4,500 pound with ball bearing movement and electric shutoff (Husky 4500).
I had the Barker VIP 3000. My TW was around 1000 lbs and I lifted the truck also to engage/disengage the WD bars. I think the jack was around 170 bucks. Have no clue if it was ball bearing or not.
But I hear ya on more jack is better then just enough or not enough.
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Old 12-19-2016, 02:48 PM   #9
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Electric Tongue jack

I purchased one from Walmart online for less that $100 with free shipping and have been using it for a year. It is a 3500 lb one and has worked very well, and has had quite a bit of use as I use it to help latch my WDH bars.
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Old 12-20-2016, 12:30 AM   #10
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If you are using weight distribution bars, you need an electric tongue jack. I've had very good results from the Barker Tongue jack. Had one on my Sunnybrook for 15 years. No problems. I'm not sure of the brand that came on my Rockwood Signature Ultra Light, no complaints with it either after 4 years.
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