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Old 03-29-2020, 06:40 PM   #1
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Power stabilizer jacks

This might seem like a newbie question for some of you but its something I have never given a lot of thought. A friend picked up a new toy hauler and it is equipped with electric stabilizer jack's. Every year I try and think of one thing to upgrade on my TT and this might be it. I'm not opposed to getting the cordless driver out and hit each corner, but I have to admit it might be nice just to push a few switches.
So questions. I see there are at least a few different varieties. One model is the one that runs side to side and it looks to operate on a single jack screw. How do these setups fare when parked on uneven surfaces when one leg has to travel farther than the other? I have also seen retrofit kits that look like an individual motor on each scissor jack. What are some of the pros and cons of each? Is there another type I should consider?
Thanks for any input.

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Old 03-29-2020, 07:00 PM   #2
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I've always had the kind that used the cordlčss drill. But with the last camper we bought one with Lipperts Ground Control and it's one of the best features we've ever had. Highly recommended. Works perfectly.

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Old 03-30-2020, 05:27 AM   #3
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We have power stabilizers on our current rig, they are the kind where there is a central mount point mid way of the trailer and both arms are operated by a single motor. I carry wood jack pads to build up low spots but they have enough independent articulation to handle any variation in terrain where we camp. Just to expect them to be an stability 'upgrade' from your scissor jacks, if anything I think scissor jacks may work a little better since you have complete control of the tension.

All that said, they do a good enough job and are very convenient, especially when setting up at night or in the rain.
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Old 03-30-2020, 08:20 AM   #4
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We have had both manual and the electric. We have the electric jacks now. They can be operated from a central location in the pass through storage or by remote. The remote is what makes them nice in my opinion because you can observe them come down and can pretty much do two sides at once. From my experience the central location switches I feel are more for a backup because you can’t watch them lowering. For raising them up the central switches are okay because you can almost always hear them stop when they are up. Would I get them again? If the trailer I liked didn’t have them it wouldn’t be a deal breaker for me, that being said I probably wouldn’t install them either. The power jacks are nice but manuals are one less power draw and not really less convenient as most times you are putting blocks down for each one so dropping them at the same time with drill/socket combo isn’t bad.
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Old 03-30-2020, 05:30 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the input. I will probably just stick with the drill and socket for now. I camp in some places that are a challenge for individual jacks, not sure how the power option would work. I'll have to give this mod a bit more thought.
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Old 04-01-2020, 08:08 PM   #6
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We have electric stabalizers. One switch operates the 2 stabalizers in the rear and another switch operates the 2 in the front. When on an uneven surface we use our lego blocks to build up the one side.
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Old 04-01-2020, 08:31 PM   #7
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Expensive to purchase and install.
Expensive to repair.
Cordless drills are cheap.

Surely you can think of a better area to sink a couple of grand.
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I have the electric ones...(2)......they will work on unlevel side to side ground as the center section floats in a housing....I added a 2nd stab to just in front of the front axle...

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