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Old 03-09-2007, 02:06 PM   #1
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Smile barker tounge jack

can you folks direct me to the cheapest price for a barker tounge jack, i want the 3500 lbs model . thanks
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Old 03-09-2007, 05:55 PM   #2
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Old 04-18-2007, 11:43 PM   #3
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Even cheaper... call the manufacturer directly.

http://www.barkermfg.com

I just bought the 3000# model with the micro-switch stops today. $185 + $12 shipping.
Your shipping may be slightly more, as I am in Michigan, and so is the Mfg.

Make sure what ever one you get, that it has the micro-switch stops.
That way it keeps you from ratcheting the gears when you extend it all the way.
Many manufacturers don't put them in.
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Old 04-19-2007, 01:36 PM   #4
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thanks for the info, i wouldnt have known about the micro switch.
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:26 PM   #5
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Thanks for the link jenielsen,will they give a price over the phone? and will they sell to just everyone. Looks like there is quite a mark up on them.

I will have to call them to see if they will ship to Canada.

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Yes, they will sell to anyone and will give you the price over the phone.
When you call the phone #, ask for parts department.
If I recall, the 3500# was something like $225 or right around there.

I would imagine with them in Michigan that they probably have experience shipping to Canada.

Yeah, the markup seems huge... Some dealers are selling these things for $380!!! When I called them originally, I tried to spoof them with a "I got a lower price from one of your dealers for $159 (RVPartsOutlet.com)", but she said that they must have been selling a lower quality model (with no micro-switches). Sure enough she was right. They were selling the VIP model that doesn't have the micro-switches.

Basically, just so that I'm clear, the micro-switches stop the motor from cranking on the gear when it reaches the end of the shank when you are extending it, and also stops the motor once you have fully retracted the shank up.

I just got mine today. Probably will try to install next weekend.
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Old 04-20-2007, 09:58 PM   #7
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Let us know how you make out on installing the jack.......

Not sure on what weight of jack I should get..........is there a chart on how to tell which one is right for each application?

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Old 04-21-2007, 02:20 AM   #8
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Well, some people think the 3500# is the way to go... but I have a 28' + '03 Tahoe and I talked to both the manufacturer and the dealer and both said 3000# is enough. Just remember, you not only have tongue weight of the trailer, but you will also be lifting the back of your tow vehicle.
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Old 05-02-2007, 09:58 PM   #9
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So, I didn't get it done last weekend as hoped, but I installed it tonight... Talk about easy!!!

Those three bolts that hold the manual in are the only thing between having a manual and having an electric. I had to purchase a large "O" terminal ring to put on the end of the wire that goes to the battery, but total install time was like 15 minutes. SUPER easy...

Here's the entire process in a nutshell:
1) Hook your trailer up to your tow vehicle
2) Relish in the fact that's the last time you'll have to manually crank it
3) Take out the three bolts from the manual jack and remove it
4) Sand or scratch the paint on the tounge where the front bolt goes through (to ground the electric jack)
5) Put the electric jack in the hole, and re-install the three bolts
6) Put a purchased large "O" ring terminal on the wire
7) Route the wire back to your battery and put on the positive
8) Try it out!!!

Now, on to the next thing in my mod list...

PS - I would have taken pictures, but it was so easy to do, I forgot to snap some.
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Glad to hear that the install went well.
I was watching this thread and thinking about adding an electric jack to my list.
Very helpful, thanks!
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