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Old 07-10-2013, 08:54 PM   #11
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Thanks for the information!! I guess there is no down side. Sorry, not headed to Goshen. The battery switch is a great heads up, would have been upset to learn about the drain the hard way!!
No problem, but just to clarify... The husky 4500r draws mA to run the remote control switches at all times unless you either disconnect the power source or install a 12v **** off switch. Other brands may or may not have the same issue, as most if not all other brands do not have the remote control switches. So you may not need to worry about it at all. Btw, my trailer tongue weight exceeds 1350 lbs so I had to go with the highest capacity tongue jack. Over kill on electric tongue jacks will never ever hurt, but if you go with only what a specific jack can handle just think about the reliability and life of that jack as well. Remember you get what you pay for..
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:03 PM   #12
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I love mine, should have never left the dealership without one. Makes hooking up and disconnecting a dream.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:34 AM   #13
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I have the lci jack and probably would go Barker if I had the choice to do it again. It works but has developed a lot of weird noises and the UV light from the sun really hurt the case prior to hanging a bucket over it for water sunlight protection.
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I had the same Stromberg-Carlson (it's made by Lippert) jack that you are asking about. It DOES have a manual override and a crank that comes with it. However, the motor on mine went bad after a few months, and Lippert was terrible to deal with.

I ended up replacing it with a Barker, same model as the one someone else sent a photo of. Motor issues aside, I like the Barker better. Runs quieter, has the manual override and light, as well as a 360-degree level on top. After about four years the switch went out on it, but the dealer replaced it for free and it is still kicking.

Regardless of the brand you choose, the power jack can make a world of difference if you use a weight distribution hitch. I have been in unlevel spots where I've had to jack my truck up with the rear almost off the ground in order to hook up the WDH, and hand-cranking would have been a real chore. For me, the power jack is a must-have.
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:31 AM   #15
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Camping World sells a soft cover with a drawstring for the power jacks to protect them from the weather. The vinyl is pliable enough that I can operate the switch without removing the cover, and that's what I usually do. I suspect such laziness will eventually punch a hole in the cover, but they are relatively inexpensive. Mine has lasted several years so far.
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:44 AM   #16
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Although mine is stored inside, I have noticed already the ABS plastic cover from the few weeks it has been outside is showing some fade on a unit that is only 10 months old. I expect at some point a few years down the road I will simply pull the plastic cover off and shoot it with Krylon. maybe an hour worth of work and 3.96 for the spray can. I might get creative and paint it match something.
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With a WDH like the equal-i-zer it's a no-brainer to have a PTJ. In fact I'd not be without one. (Sold me Barker to a friend after upgrading to the 5'r). They should be standard equipment if you ask me. I used a cover from an outboard motor to keep the elements off of it.
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:47 PM   #18
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I keep hearing good things about Husky and Barker. The reviews on Amazon are good as well. I'm looking in that direction now.

Thanks to everyone for sharing their point of view!
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