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Old 06-02-2016, 11:34 AM   #1
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Exclamation HELP! Fathers day gift: Electric tongue jack

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I am looking to buy my husband an electric tongue jack for our travel trailer for father's day. We have an Apex 300BHS which weighs 6000 lbs dry. My husband mentioned he found one for $150-$200 but when I look online I didn't see one that said it could hold 6k lbs. The highest weight I found was 4000 and it was $400. Can anyone point me in the right direction, pretty please?

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Old 06-02-2016, 11:41 AM   #2
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The 4K tongue jack will work for your trailer....remember that you are only lifting the weight of the tongue and not the entire RV. Assume your 6K loaded trailer's tongue weight is likely within-in the 600-900# range. I use a Husky Brute....pretty happy with it. Its a 4K tongue jack too. That would be a great fathers day gift!
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Tongue wt of 15% would only be 900#, a 2,000#-2500# capacity jack should be plenty.

3500 lb. Electric Tongue Jack, Black - Stromberg Carlson JET-3755 - Tongue Jacks - Camping World

https://jet.com/product/detail/93fca...g&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Old 06-02-2016, 11:42 AM   #4
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The tongue jack does not support the entire weight of the trailer, only the tongue weight, therefore you do not need a 6000# jack. Look on the side of the trailer and find the GVW probably somewhere near 8000-8500#. Tongue weight is normally less than 20% of total weight ( tires support the majority of the weight). So a 2000# jack will be fine and last a little longer as it has some operating margin.
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Thank you everyone!!

Camping world is having a sale, they have a 3500 lb electric tongue jack for $169. That sounds really reasonable. Any thoughts?
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Thank you everyone!!

Camping world is having a sale, they have a 3500 lb electric tongue jack for $169. That sounds really reasonable. Any thoughts?
From my experience, look for one that has ball bearings and limit switches or electronic stops. I dont know exactly what unit you are looking at but I had a LCI jack that only lasted me about 8 months before completely giving out. The LCI did not have limit switches and apparently really did not like hitting the mechanical stops. Others have had similar issues with he LCI factory supplied tongue jacks.
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Thank you everyone!!

Camping world is having a sale, they have a 3500 lb electric tongue jack for $169. That sounds really reasonable. Any thoughts?
Try this at $91.15 and free shipping

https://jet.com/search?term=electric%20camper%20jack
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From my experience, look for one that has ball bearings and limit switches or electronic stops. I dont know exactly what unit you are looking at but I had a LCI jack that only lasted me about 8 months before completely giving out. The LCI did not have limit switches and apparently really did not like hitting the mechanical stops. Others have had similar issues with he LCI factory supplied tongue jacks.
Thanks, not many of them mention specs like ball bearings or limit switches. Even the husky only says it has ball bearings, no mention of limit switches.

I'm looking here: Search - electric tongue jack - Camping World
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I have the husky with remote and it is awesome for self hitching and leveling the camper but you do have to add a separate on/off switch otherwise it drains the battery
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I bought my husband the Barker VIP electric jack from Ebay a few years ago. It's wonderful! And made in the USA. Assuming they still have them, I would do it again if needed.
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