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Old 02-25-2013, 12:49 PM   #15
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We are same age....and I am in good shape, but wouldn't even consider expending energy with a manual jack....go electric and thank Edison and Tesla.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:04 PM   #16
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I started to install the Barker jack yesterday. The mechanical part seemed easy except for the five trips between the trailer and the tool shop for the correct wrench size, etc. I need the exercise anyway. The rain didn't help my depression much either. LOL

Mechanically it was easy but I need to figure out if I can wire the positive lead into the trailer light plug or have to run a separate wire under the trailer to the battery. Anybody know?


I would run a dedicated wire, 12ga, with a in-line fuse and or circuit breaker, wire it so the jack can be used even when the battery switch is in the store mode.

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Old 02-25-2013, 01:38 PM   #17
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Mechanically it was easy but I need to figure out if I can wire the positive lead into the trailer light plug or have to run a separate wire under the trailer to the battery. Anybody know?
On that year Argosy, just use the wire which is the +12 volt charge line from the car umbilical cord. It is also the same wire that the break away switch is connected to. It is hot all the time.
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:20 AM   #18
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idroba, I didn't read your post until after I contacted Barker. Their service department suggested I contact Airstream and there I received the suggestion that I wire into the break away switch but to be sure to have the slow blow 30 fuse in place. The Barker service rep, Greg, also said that if I was in a pinch that a regular 40 amp fuse would work and to then call the factory to get some free slow blow fuses as spares.

This experience only underscores the "BUY AMERICAN" because this company gives great customer service. Now I'm off to wire up the jack in this lovely rain storm. In Darrington, it rains about 60-80 inches a year. No wonder I have a trailer to travel LOL Now only if diesel were $1.50 per gallon.
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well after reading these and other comments/reviews, I purchased a Barker VIP 3500 jack. I spoke with the sales person regarding the different model features of Barker jacks. Ironically he said the VIP and next jack up were actually the same expect for the cost.

It should arrive this weekend so I'll see how difficult installation is.

BTW two important reasons for buying a Barker is 1) many many good comments about customer service 2) MADE IN USA.
I've also decided to buy the Barker VIP 3500 jack. I'm pretty sure that is the one with a 24" lift and a 2 1/4" diameter post.

How's it working out for you?

Was the 2 1/4" diameter post the correct size?
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Got it. Per recommends here. It works great! I do have a little "squeak" from jack when extending/lifting AS. I wonder if it needs oiling "out of box"?
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:01 AM   #21
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:11 AM   #22
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I take the fuse out of the jack when it is storage and put it in the truck ash tray. Helps to slow down vandalism and or theft.
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