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Old 05-05-2010, 03:14 PM   #1
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Electric Tongue Jack

Can anyone recommend an electric unit? I have yet to read a good review; everything from it doesn't work in humidity to I have to hand crank most of the time.

I'm done hand cranking, but want to buy a dependable unit with a light.
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I installed this jack a year ago. It has worked GREAT! I am satisfied with it. Easy to install. Bill

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Old 05-07-2010, 07:22 PM   #3
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Any other recommendations out there?
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I've had Barker jacks on two trailers. The 13 year-old jack on my recently purchased AS decided it would only raise the trailer and not lower it. Air forums suggested I needed a new switch, and that i should call the company about the problem, which I did. So even though the jack was at least 13 years old, Barker sent a new switch free of charge. On top of that, I mentioned the circular bubble leveling thingy that sits on top of the jack was old and yellowing and I wanted a new one which I offered to pay for. Barker sent me a new switch, a new bubble leveling thingy, and, surprisingly, a new limiter switch. They sent the parts to me to at a campground I chose in NM where I installed all the parts. All of this was done at their expense. By the way, the jack is working great and I expect it to last for a long time. I recommend the Barker jacks because of their customer service.

Hand cranking tongue jacks is for the birds.

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I have a Barker VIP3000 and it works great. I had a similar story as JimW on service. When I moved unexpectadly I lost the hardware package with the bolt, spacer and lock washer and called Barker and and wanted to buy a kit. Bingo I had a package free of charge in 3 days. You can't beat that kind of service.
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Now there's a company that knows how to advertise with customer service. Hmm, the dirt contractor on the job site was wondering about an electric jack on his utility trailer yesterday, I watched him turn seem like a hundred turns per inch. Hey Rich, try Barker.
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Nick,

Take a look here. www.adth.com/jacks.htm

I had one of these on my SOB and it worked very well. It was, as I remember quite a bit less than the regular options on the market. This is a very legit company.

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Just got the Barker 3500 and hope to install this weekend.
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I want to install a Barker VIP 3000. do I have to run a separate wire from the battery to the jack? or can I use a wire from the seven way hitch? If so which one? Do I have to drop the belley pan if I run a wire?
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I want to install a Barker VIP 3000. do I have to run a separate wire from the battery to the jack? or can I use a wire from the seven way hitch? If so which one? Do I have to drop the belley pan if I run a wire?
I installed the Barker VIP 3500 last weekend and ran back to the battery. I didn't feel there was enough slack in the hitch line to successfully make a splice. I did not drop the belly, but ran back instead running adjacent to existing lines. Where I had noting to zip to, I used zip wire attachments (self adhesive squares that I glued to the pan).
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Camped with the Barker VIP 3500 for the first time last weekend and it lived up to expectations. Happy to not be cranking any longer!
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Note for anyone happening on this thread -- don't consider powering a tongue jack any way but direct from the battery. The jack requires a 30 amp circuit with a 30 amp slow-blow fuse. It's doing a lot of heavy lifting and needs lots of current.

The Barker jack only requires one wire, the one from the battery. The ground comes from connection by a star washer between the tongue jack's flange and the a-frame.
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