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Old 03-25-2016, 03:35 PM   #1
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Electric vs manual stabilizer jacks

Is electric motor driven jacks worth the extra cost vs manual stabilizer jacks.
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Is electric motor driven jacks worth the extra cost vs manual stabilizer jacks.
That depends on the price difference, your income, your health, and your patience.
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Manual stabilizer jacks can also be deployed with a cordless drill motor.
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Is electric motor driven jacks worth the extra cost vs manual stabilizer jacks.
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That depends on the price difference, your income, your health, and your patience.
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Manual stabilizer jacks can also be deployed with a cordless drill motor.
Pushing a button and both going down/up vs using a cordless was so much easier and worth the few extra $$

Course it all goes back to what 'cwsqbm' posted--------depends
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I went with manual. A cheap cordless drill would be much cheaper to replace than the motor assembly on an electric stabilizing jack.

This is only my opinion, of course. I see a lot of these things as things that will have to be replaced when they break, so I tend to think of what would I rather deal with when it breaks?
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Thank you for all of the replies. The cost is not a factor, I was concerned with the electric motors failing in a short time. Old Biscuit, I agree pushing a button is WAY better.
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Electric vs manual stabilizer jacks

There a plus if you find them on a new rv idk if I'd pay for the upgrade though Love my remote I can run jacks outside light awning and slide room. Pulled into a campground and it started pooring I back in had my remote and put the awning out from the drivers seat. Every time I set up someone comes over to talk about the remote. And with age if a motor dies instead of replacing the motor its alot cheaper to have an electrical place rebuild it
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Thank you for all of the replies. The cost is not a factor, I was concerned with the electric motors failing in a short time. Old Biscuit, I agree pushing a button is WAY better.
Have 2007 5th wheel...13,873# scaled weight

Full Timed for 7 yrs. traveling weekly

Front landing gear (electric) and rear stabilizers (electric)
They went up/down every week for 7 yrs. Never had any issues and they still function like new.

Clean them occasionally and use dry graphite lube (spray on wet dries almost instantly)


Yeah.....they were/are reliable
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Go to an RV show and test how well they stabilize. I was not impressed.
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Go to an RV show and test how well they stabilize. I was not impressed.
Depends on how you set them

After leveling side to side , setting wheel chocks and unhitching I would level front to rear.
Then drop front 1"....run rear stabilizer up nice and snug
Then run front back up to level

Stable and only a little bounce from tires/suspension but pretty dang solid

All in how you set them.
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Depends on how you set them

After leveling side to side , setting wheel chocks and unhitching I would level front to rear.
Then drop front 1"....run rear stabilizer up nice and snug
Then run front back up to level

Stable and only a little bounce from tires/suspension but pretty dang solid

All in how you set them.
My new rig came with power stabilizers. I like them, even if they are slower than my drill could drive the old ones. Judt concerned about how much pressure is too much. I don't want to burn out, or strip, the motors/gears.
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I've got them and mine have not been a problem for almost 5 years. I use dry gear lube on mine. I got it at NAPA. They're worth the upgrade in my opinion. They are not as stable as the manual scissor-jack type, but they're adequate for my needs.
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They're slow and expensive. For the same $$$ I can get a really nice cordless drill that I can use for other things. Wait till you have to buy ($$$$) a replacement motor. Guaranty the motor won't last for ever.
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I use the manual jacks and the hand crank and will continue to do so until the motor wears out!
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