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Old 10-11-2014, 11:20 PM   #15
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Husky Brute 4500 Installed

As I mentioned, I ordered the Husky Brute 4500 Power Lift through Amazon Prime. I not only got a very good price I had it in two business days. Fortunately, the old lift came out pretty easy and the Husky installation was relatively easy as well. BTW, There are a few pretty good installation videos on YouTube. I just had to think a bit on how to adapt things like moving the umbilical plug holder and where to locate the circuit breaker.

I had to move the Umbilical Plug holder from the rear of the Husky which was a matter of simply removing several screws and sliding the holder down and off the back of the unit. I replaced the screws and dabbed them with some silicone, to prevent rain leakage. I was able to zip tie it to the side as shown pretty well in the second picture. The Husky includes a 30Amp push button circuit breaker to be installed inline with the power feed. I was able to install it inside my front storage box, right behind my propane tanks (Pic 3) where it is shielded by the tank cover and still very accessible. Lastly, Pic 4 shows the circuit breaker install from within the storage box. To feed my wires into the box I enlarged an existing hole front corner of the bottom of the box by working up to a 1/2" drill bit. I slipped a rubber grommet inside the hole to protect the wires from the metal edges. I used yellow butt connectors and yellow shrink tubes to connect the wires and to seal them up. Below are the pictures of the finished install. If you wish, click on them for easier to see enlarged images.

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Old 10-12-2014, 12:11 AM   #16
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Does anyone know what the expected life of an electric trailer lift is? Just curious.
I have no idea about the new ones, but I had two Reese electric jacks that I moved from trailer to trailer for years. Both were made in the early 1980's, and were/are small, quiet, powerful and very fast. I sure wish Reese made the identical unit today. The powerhead is smaller than any unit now available now.

I sold one with my '71 Caravel, the other is still in good operating condition and is used on my '74 Argosy. Neither unit ever needed any repairs, but the plastic motor case eventually cracked on both. I repaired it with Aluminum tape and painted it again. Still working fine.
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Old 01-01-2015, 04:05 PM   #17
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I replaced mine with a Husky from Camping World, 4500 lb, with a extendable foot, and it also came with a remote (not what I bought it for, was on sale and extendable foot).. it has performed flawlessly and I am extremely pleased with it. The remote I did find that it was extremely handy in hooking up as I no longer have to jump in and out of the truck when hooking up if I don't get the tongue up high enough or once I am under it I can let it down onto the hitch while holding the break on the truck to keep it from rolling that little bit that puts you just not far enough or too far under, and I know everyone has experienced that problem.
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Old 01-04-2015, 12:38 PM   #18
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I have a 2012 28ft.FC. As my trailer is not stored close, can someone tell me what stock lift was installed on it?
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Old 01-04-2015, 01:53 PM   #19
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If the Baker Super Jack is still available but it directly from them. Most of the newer jacks are Chinese junk.
http://www.barkermfg.com/superjack.jpg
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Old 01-04-2015, 02:59 PM   #20
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If the Baker Super Jack is still available but it directly from them. Most of the newer jacks are Chinese junk.
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Sadly, appears to be discontinued as a new product, but parts are available through Barker.
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Old 01-05-2015, 11:46 AM   #21
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If the Baker Super Jack is still available but it directly from them. Most of the newer jacks are Chinese junk.
http://www.barkermfg.com/superjack.jpg

Howie,

Have you ever tried to replace the switch on a Barker ? Mission unnecessarily difficult. I did it one time successfully but no room for servicing. How about if the power head fails? You have to remove it to do a manual operation. Synchronize the head, another plus while reinstalling. Don't forget the travel limiting micro switches. I worked on a failed power head for Matt and found broken solder joints, amateur soldering and the switch was shot too.

I bought a Husky, ball screw drive, if you need manual operation, remove a cap for access. I have no idea about working on it cause it's never needed anything. That ball screw is a big plus. Quiet operation too.
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Old 01-05-2015, 12:19 PM   #22
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I had to replace my Barker on my 2008 Classic 25fb because of something I did to damage it. I was concerned other jacks wouldn't clear the propane tank so I found the exact same jack from Vintage Trailer Supply. It ships directly from Barker. When it arrived it made a horrible noise when retracting with weight in on spot. I had it replaced by Barker but I had to pay shipping to send it back to them. Vintage just acts as the sales. The nice thing about the Barker is one wire to connect since the ground is through the frame when its bolted on.

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FWIW:

I checked who made the electric motor on the Barker that I tried to fix.

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Not my typo in sourcing inc.

The unit I tried to fix:
The insulation on the power wires to the motor was crushed because at assembly they crossed the wires between the motor and housing crushing them. If you could have seen the way they have to solder two wires to one switch terminal. Ugly.
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Old 01-09-2015, 06:55 PM   #24
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I replaced mine with a Husky from Camping World, 4500 lb, with a extendable foot, and it also came with a remote (not what I bought it for, was on sale and extendable foot).. it has performed flawlessly and I am extremely pleased with it. The remote I did find that it was extremely handy in hooking up as I no longer have to jump in and out of the truck when hooking up if I don't get the tongue up high enough or once I am under it I can let it down onto the hitch while holding the break on the truck to keep it from rolling that little bit that puts you just not far enough or too far under, and I know everyone has experienced that problem.
By the way I have a 35 ft AS and a F250 and this lift picks up the rear end without no problem to put my bars on.
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:01 PM   #25
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I have the Reese Dual Cam Hitch set up which requires lifting the tongue after it's connected to the trailer ball. So, I'm lifting the back end of 2500 Dodge Ram truck as well to finish hooking up the cams. My main concern is having enough lift power. I never considered speed, I guess because my current lift seems fairly quick.

What is the expected life of a power lift? We go on some pretty long trips every year, moving on average once a week, so, my lift gets a lot of use. Right now the one I have, no idea what brand it is, sounds like it's grinding gravel when I use it and like I've said it's loose where it's mounted at the top of the "pole".

Both the Husky and the Super Jack seem adequate. Anything else to add?
Only that I have a 2012 F250 and my husky picks it up with no problem, I even have the extendable leg for when I am caught in those places where pavement is uneven.
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