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Old 08-01-2013, 10:09 PM   #41
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you should be lifting the tongue weight off the truck, but not lifting the truck itself, although at 3500 capacity it shouldn't matter.
Definitely lifting more than the tongue weight. To get the bars to slide onto the brackets easily, the bed of my truck gets about 4 inches higher than when the truck sits by itself. So I've got my trailer's tongue weight and then what ever it takes to lift my truck. I'm no where near lifting the tires off the ground. But it could be in the thousands of pound range.
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:03 AM   #42
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Definitely lifting more than the tongue weight. To get the bars to slide onto the brackets easily, the bed of my truck gets about 4 inches higher than when the truck sits by itself. So I've got my trailer's tongue weight and then what ever it takes to lift my truck. I'm no where near lifting the tires off the ground. But it could be in the thousands of pound range.
X2. You're definitely pulling up on the back of the truck to install the Equalizer bars. I have a Barker 3000VIP that is slowly giving up the ghost--the switch went on it, Barker sent me a new one free of charge, and it's still cranking. But when it goes, I'm going 3500 or higher--using the EQ definitely will shorten the jack's life. Overkill is good, in this case.
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Although the Barker 3500VIP can lift the weight of the tongue plus back end of my truck, I don't think the system should be used consistently to lift it high enough to get the bars on easily (by hand).

I just jack high enough to use the snap-up lever from Equal-i-zer.



Taranwanderer, my switch recently failed on my Barker also and they sent me a replacement for free, as well. Good service from Barker!
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Taranwanderer, my switch recently failed on my Barker also and they sent me a replacement for free, as well. Good service from Barker!
Absolutely. Very good customer service. They sent me a switch, I pulled out the fuse when I installed it but at some point managed to blow the fuse anyway--when I called Barker's customer service, they explained how to test the motor, I did, and eventually figured out what was wrong. Really nice people to deal with.
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