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Old 02-28-2016, 09:05 AM   #1
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Selecting electric tongue jacks

I'm finally tired of cranking and want an electric tongue jack. I'm looking for one with the maximum lift.

1. My TT is an ultralight. I see many are rated for 2500+ pounds. Are there any problems having too much tongue jack? I see some rated at 4000 pounds.

2. My current manual jack has a triangle shaped flange with 3 bolts. I see only a few for sale with this triangle flange. Will one with the larger looking round flange work?
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I went with the industries best, Bulldog. I also chose the 4000 lb unit as my tongue weight is VERY heavy due to the way I have to load my trailer. Plus I did NOT want to have any problems which I have not for the past 6 years of use.

They make both a 3500 lb and 4000 lb unit. One has a longer travel than the other. It just depends on which model works for you.

I would definitely stay with a major brand versus trying to save a few bucks.

The mounting flange will usually have multiple mounting holes. I went from a triangle to the round flange and had to drill and tap one or two holes. I don't remember exactly how many.

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I like the Husky Brute, it has served my well of the past years.

http://www.comparaboo.com/electric-jacks?origin=google&bs=774413979&targeting=2085247 5153&google_params[loc]=1025530&google_params[loc]=&google_params[matchtype]=b&google_params[network]=g&google_params[device]=c&google_params[creative]=58968214113&google_params[keyword]=electric%20jack%20review&google_params[placement]=&google_params[adposition]=1t1&ad_id=7143286&gclid=Cj0KEQiA0sq2BRDRt6Scrqj71 vQBEiQAg5bj00cOBKjCqaVZdcwNacXQPVhhu7Y2ysKuW1EC1LE YF8AaAhPf8P8HAQ
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Wow, that is one heck of a link! I think "War and Peace" is shorter!

Here are a couple of easier to handle links for the Husky Brute, which looks like a very good quality jack.
Brute Power Jacks | Product Categories | Husky Towing
http://amzn.com/B004OK77L2

http://www.comparaboo.com/electric-jacks
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Yup, it was. I just did a cut and paste.
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OK, and it still works. Here is a little info on links that are like that:
- often, everything after the first question mark (?) can be removed and the link will still work, and
- everything after the first question mark in the link you posted is tracking info. Yup, however you got to where you got, was being tracked every step of the way in a very obvious way. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I mean to point out that it's only meant to track your internet usage and from where.

I removed everything after the first question mark and put the link in my post above. It should still work fine for everyone.
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I'm using a 3,500lb rated jack that I could replace for a little over a $100. Works just fine. Some units have large heads that take up space. Maybe they need the bulk for mechanicals, I don't know. Whatever you get, you won't go back to a manual.
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Selecting electric tongue jacks

I have a Barker 3500 electric jack best money I have spent.

And that's a industry best jack and made in America.
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Mine is ultra light TT too. I bought my electric jack at Harbor Freight for $100.00, I disassembles it first and greased everything then put it back together, I have had no problem with it, I wired it to the battery in the front of the TT with a fuse and on /off switch I also put a cover on it. My Cousin got the same thing about a year before I bought mine and he has had no problem either.
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cant remember what I bought BUT I paid about 250 and it has worked awesome for over 3 years....

I would never go back to a manual crank....

on a side note.....

I have my deep cycle connected to a HF 100 watt regulator and 3- 1.5 watt solar panels that keep the battery topped off while its in storage. Surprising how well they work when you have the regulator.
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The mounting flange will usually have multiple mounting holes. I went from a triangle to the round flange and had to drill and tap one or two holes. I don't remember exactly how many.

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So there is a difference in the bolt pattern between the triangle and round flanges. Are you saying that you drilled the flange or the trailer? I would rather drill the flange.

But this makes me think I should look for one with a triangle flange.
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I drilled the trailer tongue because the round flange already had many holes in it which some lined up and some didn't.

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I bought a Barker 3500 jack based on many comments about awesome support from Barker for all their products. Sure enough, I needed a part replaced due to my negligence and they were kind enough to ship it out free of charge, to Canada no less. I will always support a company that takes care of me this well plus the jack is nice and works great.
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I bought a Barker 3500 jack based on many comments about awesome support from Barker for all their products. Sure enough, I needed a part replaced due to my negligence and they were kind enough to ship it out free of charge, to Canada no less. I will always support a company that takes care of me this well plus the jack is nice and works great.
It's good to hear stories like this. I will always pay more for a product if I know the company has great service or stands by their product.

Thanks for sharing
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