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Power tongue jack
« on: May 21, 2012, 02:57:58 PM »
I am in the market for a power tongue jack.

Looking around I see the price range and weight ability all over the map. Most of the ones I am seeing advertised say 2500-3500 lbs of lift. Why would you need one with that amount of light, you are only lifting the hitch weight and most of the tongue jacks installed on modern trailers have an 800lb limit.

The other issue in looking is the hole pattern to make the attachment to replace the current jack seems to be different on every model, is there some kind of naming/styling/pattern convention for the bolts.

Last issue is my current unit as 3 bolts with nuts, but I can't see any way of getting a wrench inside to hold the nut/bolt on the bolt that is the farthest front - the tube of the jack blocks access to it..

Totally lost..... my budget us $250 for this project.
« Last Edit: May 21, 2012, 03:01:49 PM by CampingPhil »

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Re: Power tongue jack
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2012, 04:54:37 PM »
the main reason for a power tongue jack, is for usage with a WDH.
i don't see a need for one on a popup and i've owned two of them.

with my HTT, my tongue weight loaded for camping, is close to 850lbs.
my Equalizer WDH weighs close to 100lbs.
so, a power tongue jack is great, especially because you have to crank up and down 4x, to disconnect the WDH and the trailer.

with a popup, it way easier to jack up manually and you only need to do it 2x.

if you still want one, refurbished units on Ebay, cost around $80.
i bought mine there and it's still going great, 4 years later.

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Re: Power tongue jack
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2012, 07:24:35 PM »
My highwall popup is heavy (4000+) and I have an Equalizer hitch - so thats why I am leaning towards the power tongue jack. Between the two of them, I am probably near 550-600 on the hitch.


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Re: Power tongue jack
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2012, 07:27:57 PM »
Have you checked out Etrailer? They seem to have a big selection - wonder what a call to them would find out for you.

http://accessories.etrailer.com/search?p=Q&lbc=etrailer&uid=839094524&ts=v2&w=power%20jack&isort=score&method=and&view=grid&modaf=r:dep:trailerjack
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Re: Power tongue jack
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2012, 11:53:26 AM »
How abut $50 bucks!

1,500 lb 12V DC Bolt-Mount Trailer Jack - Shipping 28lbs (fits on side of A-frame - no drilling or anything needed)

http://www.princessauto.com/pal/product/8277386/Electric/1%2C500-lb-12V-DC-Bolt-Mount-Trailer-Jack

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So like 33.20 to ship to the US (customs/duty/state taxes extra)

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Re: Power tongue jack
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2012, 12:02:52 PM »
Personally I would get one - but I don't find it an issue cranking up the manual one.  Can't be bothered to wire it up, as a battery would be needed (my trailer currently does not have yet).

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Re: Power tongue jack
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2012, 04:51:10 PM »
Why would you need one with that amount of light, you are only lifting the hitch weight and most of the tongue jacks installed on modern trailers have an 800lb limit.

Remember with a WDH you are not only lifting the tongue weight of the trailer but usually the rear of the TV must come up some as well to disconect the WDH. This is probably the reason for the bigger load ratings.

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Re: Power tongue jack
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2012, 09:37:20 PM »
I am in the market for a power tongue jack.

I was originally going to ask if you really had a need for one, since most pups are light weight, 4000lbs is getting close to needing one, and if your using a WDH then they are a gos send. 

Looking around I see the price range and weight ability all over the map. Most of the ones I am seeing advertised say 2500-3500 lbs of lift. Why would you need one with that amount of light, you are only lifting the hitch weight and most of the tongue jacks installed on modern trailers have an 800lb limit.

Power jacks are rated that high due to them being used primarily on HTT's and TT's.. using WDH where the back end of the vehicle is also lifted to attach the bars.  For a pup a 1500lb or even a 2000lb jack will suffice...
 
The other issue in looking is the hole pattern to make the attachment to replace the current jack seems to be different on every model, is there some kind of naming/styling/pattern convention for the bolts.

Should be a standard hole pattern, providing your looking at the brand named power jacks..  AFAIK, all the a frame mounted jacks come in two sizes (refering to the outside diameter of the fixed post) in either 2 inch or 2 & 1/4 inch, after that the bolt holes will line up.. 

Last issue is my current unit as 3 bolts with nuts, but I can't see any way of getting a wrench inside to hold the nut/bolt on the bolt that is the farthest front - the tube of the jack blocks access to it..

Those bottom bolts might be welded to the frame or they could even be inserts...  This past winter I had to change the manual jack on my TT and the 3 bolts just screwed into the frame, my trailer has both inserts and then welded nuts on the underside of the A-frame..

Totally lost..... my budget us $250 for this project.

You should be able to find lots on the market that fit that price range, a number of RV dealers sell discounted stuff on Ebay.. 



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Re: Power tongue jack
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2012, 08:23:35 AM »
Read the reviews carefully. Some of those refurbs you see a lot of are refurbs for a reason. From what little research I've done Barker's are well made.
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Re: Power tongue jack
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2012, 09:26:59 AM »
Been doing a lot of research on this. One of the things I have noticed like BuxCamper said is there are a ton of refurbs out there. Having that many available already says they are going back alot to be refurbed.

Most of the reviews that I see for ones thast people just love (with great customer service also ) are Barker and Bulldog. Ultrafab and Stromberg seem to be the worst reviewed.



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Re: Power tongue jack
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2012, 01:56:57 PM »
I'll add a bit here.
I had an UltraFab jack that broke one month after the year warranty ran out. Yes, if you do a search for reviews on UltraFab, you'll fine the majority of them not so good.
I've also used a Barker which was decent.
I now have a Bulldog on my HTT that has been  going on it's third year working just like you would expect them to.
I went with the Bulldog because of it's excellent reputation and FIVE year guarantee. No one else had that...

 

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