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Old 03-27-2016, 07:08 AM   #15
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I use the manual jacks and the hand crank and will continue to do so until the motor wears out!
I agree. It only takes me a few minutes to crank down 4 stab jacks and I get a better feel for how much pressure is on them by doing it manually.
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TxTwoSome---

Great answer, but how much is the power source cost when it need replacing ??

I use my cordless drill with the torgue setting where i want it !!!
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Great answer, but how much is the power source cost when it need replacing ??

I use my cordless drill with the torgue setting where i want it !!!
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Well I think as long as the power source continues to do these things it will last quite awhile I hope!
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But,, if the TT came with power jacks and you go to sell it with crank down units be ready for some questions and lower $$.
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Old 03-28-2016, 12:35 PM   #19
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jacks

i was continuousy told by the sales forces at several dealers not to get

electric jacks.

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Old 03-28-2016, 12:38 PM   #20
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I've had both. The old manual scissor type was more sturdy, but I loved the electric ones. I'd choose electric over manual. Carrying around a drill is just another battery that you have to worry about keeping charged.
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I have the electric ones, not the individual 4 corner ones but the ones where the rear and front come down at the same time and use a long screw to tie them together. They are crap. They are slow, extremely noisy, and don't stabilize much at all. I'm installing 4 manual stabilizers this year and have a small cordless drill I'll be packing with the trailer to operate them. I always like to have a drill around anyway for quick fixes etc... I can get all 4 down quietly and in 1/3rd the time it takes for the others to be engaged without waking up the campground.
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A good 18V cordless will last thru many up and downs on one charge. Plus they're handy to have for any quick repairs. I guess if you're not the handyman type then the electrics are fine. But I have other things to do besides stand there holding a button for 3-4 mins.
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I really don't like the electric ones that came with my Wind River but they do work. They work best the farther they are extended, that is no blocks under them. Now there is a new HD version on the new ORV TT's that have a yellow brace. They are stronger and might do a better job. My previous TT had the manual jacks that I used a drill on and never had a problem. They would actually level the TT a little. I am thinking the front remote could always be wired to operate the tongue jack.
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Haven't had a TT since 1988 but I sure wish they had the battery drills back then.
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We've experienced both the manual scissor style jacks on the rentals we've had over the years and the new lippert system on our new trailer and can't say there is a difference in stabilization quality. One requires a battery, a button, and a working finger. The other, manual labor.

Also you still have the option to use the crank with the lippert system if you feel you need the jacks tighter than what the motor can provide but we've found the motor to be sufficient in all cases so far.

And for those saying it takes 3-4 minutes then you have probably parked on the top of a mountain if its taking that long for your jacks to hit dirt. Takes maybe 1-2 minutes, and thats to do all 4 at the same time.
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Is electric motor driven jacks worth the extra cost vs manual stabilizer jacks.
When I made this decision for my class C a long time ago I had BigFoot by quadra manufacturing installed at the factory in Michigan.

Bigfoot Leveling Systems

I like to push buttons. The drill motor is a decent idea but I like to push buttons.
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Buttons are great until the magic smoke escapes.
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It is not just about the ease of leveling. Our Avenger is at our house now, not just level but also all four wheels are off the ground and covered. Those stabilizers are just that and not jacks to level the trailer. Mine are electric and not auto leveling. I lay an Ipad on the floor and level with the remote fob.
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