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Old 10-04-2014, 10:14 AM   #1
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Looking to replace my Electric Tongue Lift

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I have a 29' 1992 Excella Classic. My I'd like to replace my electric lift and was wondering if there are some better models I should definitely be considering.

The lift on my AS is older and making some terrible noises. Also the allen screws are frozen and allow the motor to twist the entire housing back and forth. So, I think it would be best to replace it with a whole new lift.
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Old 10-04-2014, 10:37 AM   #2
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Super Jack 3500 by H&H Engineering. It ha been the standard for years. It has capacity and speed. Some of the newer jack are so slow the weekend is over before you are disconnected.

Oh yes. They stand behind their product.
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:31 AM   #3
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I replaced mine this spring with a Husky Brut. It has a 4500# rating. The unique thing about is that it has ball bearing setup in the threads of the screw lift not just friction threads. It has worked good this far, so now I what the test of time.
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Old 10-04-2014, 05:02 PM   #4
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I replaced mine about a year ago with the Husky as well. One thing I was unaware of was that with the Husky, you can remove the holder for the umbilical cord (the power cord from the TV to the trailer) and then it will fit flat against the propane tank cover.
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Old 10-04-2014, 05:13 PM   #5
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Super Jack 3500 by H&H Engineering. It ha been the standard for years. It has capacity and speed. Some of the newer jack are so slow the weekend is over before you are disconnected.

Oh yes. They stand behind their product.
Is this the one you're talking about? http://www.barkermfg.com/vip%20jack%20new%20%282%29.jpg
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Old 10-04-2014, 05:15 PM   #6
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I replaced mine about a year ago with the Husky as well. One thing I was unaware of was that with the Husky, you can remove the holder for the umbilical cord (the power cord from the TV to the trailer) and then it will fit flat against the propane tank cover.
That Umbilical holder is pretty nice. To bad it doesn't fit.
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Got Husky too. Impressed by the ball screw system too. I have a friends Barker Super Jack 3500 on the bench trying to make it a spare for its owner. It seems to have failed from p poor soldering on the switch terminals. Also it has about 6 spots where the wire insulation at the switch area is crushed from pinch fit of cover over wires including the motor feed wires being crossed under the cover, really compressed. Not looking real good right now.

Also Husky does not require removing the power head for manual operation.
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Re Pete,

I put the plug holder on the side using outdoor double sided tape. Working for me.

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Old 10-04-2014, 05:41 PM   #9
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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?
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Old 10-04-2014, 06:11 PM   #10
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I put a Barker on my last two Airstreams. Very happy
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That Umbilical holder is pretty nice. To bad it doesn't fit.
Actually, I had the dealer who sold it to me drill out three holes for the bolts with the jack turned sideways. I had to remove the light on the side that is against the tank cover. So I have minimal light, but the umbilical cord plug is nicely protected.

I'm also using the Reese Dual Cam and the Husky works well with it.
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Does anyone know what the expected life of an electric trailer lift is? Just curious.
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Does anyone know what the expected life of an electric trailer lift is? Just curious.
That's a crap shoot!

The original one on my AS (1987) died 2 years ago - so 25 years. The first Husky died within a year and was replaced under warranty - and the replacement is working fine.
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Old 10-06-2014, 08:37 PM   #14
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Thanks to everyone for they're help and advice. I decided to go with the Husky. Mostly because it was recommended almost equally with the Barker and because it was available through Amazon Prime, so I'll have it in a couple of days.
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