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Old 08-27-2017, 12:13 AM   #15
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I also accidentally lifted the trucks tires 4" off the pavement with the Brute 5000. It had no trouble lifting the truck and 600 lb tongue weight. Luckily we were on level ground so the whole thing didn't take off downhill skidding the jack pad! Hopefully the Husky will hold up well. The remote is a nice addition.
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Old 08-27-2017, 12:23 PM   #16
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The jack is used to lift everything for connecting and disconnecting the weight distribution hitch. So you want it beefier than the normal jack assy.
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Old 08-27-2017, 12:26 PM   #17
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When you install it, Try turning the new jack 90 degrees as this may allow clearance for the tailgate if that's what your using.
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Old 08-27-2017, 01:14 PM   #18
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Sounds like this would be good for the big Avion 10 meter. Any thoughts ?
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Old 08-27-2017, 01:15 PM   #19
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Old 08-27-2017, 02:21 PM   #20
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Looks like it may still be under warranty. Happened to me last Winter and Barker sent a replacement head. Easy to install.
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Old 08-27-2017, 03:48 PM   #21
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I installed a Husky Super Brute a few months ago because I hated the Atwood that came with my 2017. Great jack, silver looks nice with the AS and the remote is kinda handy too. Attachment 293237


Did you re-install the star washer to make for an improved ground connection between the jack plate and the A-frame platform?

Also - does your tailgate still open the the jack oriented in the forward position?

Thanks! I have a 2017 30' as well - the standard jack clicks and such when under load. I think it's just a matter of time before it gives out.
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Did you re-install the star washer to make for an improved ground connection between the jack plate and the A-frame platform?

Also - does your tailgate still open the the jack oriented in the forward position?

Thanks! I have a 2017 30' as well - the standard jack clicks and such when under load. I think it's just a matter of time before it gives out.


I did install the star washers between the jack flange and the tongue of the trailer, but used one on each bolt instead of just the front bolt so that the jack would sit flatter on the tongue. I believe the Husky instructions actually say to put the star washers on top of the jack flange, but I thought it looked terrible. Pro of putting them on top of the flange though is that the flange could mate more completely with the surface of the tongue.

My tailgate hits the jack when I try to open it. I thought about turning it 90 degrees like people often do with the Barker jacks, but I figured with the shape of the jack head, it wouldn't buy me much.

I'd also recommend stopping by the hardware store and getting a role of Armaflex tape (black foam on one side and tape glue on the other). Put a strip of this on the side of the jack head facing the propane tank cover to protect it from scratches when taking it on and off.

And yes, I hated the slipping clutch "feature" if the Atwood. Cheap, cheap, cheap. Even looks cheap. If Airstream were still putting on the Barker jacks, I probably wouldn't have replaced mine.
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Thanks for the intel. Bummer on the tailgate no longer opening (I assume it opened with the factory jack)
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I think they say use a higher capacity jack because we tend to raise the truck and trailer together to easily install/remove the weight bars by hand without using the little lever/pry bar that comes with the weight distribution hitch.
You aren't just lifting the trailer.
You are lifting the trailer and truck.
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Old 08-28-2017, 06:39 PM   #25
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Awchief wrote: "My jack is currently in the process of self destructing. I am going to replace it with the Husky 82022 Super Brute Electric Jack with Remote Control - 5000 lb. Capacity."
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Proviso: Amazon has them, but they are available less expensively elsewhere on the Internet. I paid $235 for mine including free shipping from rvupgrades.com
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Thanks for the advice on RV Upgrades. Just picked up the 4000 lb for $192.
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Old 09-19-2017, 07:30 PM   #27
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Just a quick update. Great power jack - so far. Install was less than 30mins, nothing exciting. Very smooth and extra lights are appreciated.
Doesn't "appear" that you could turn it sideways without drilling new mount holes, but I haven't had the need as the tailgate on my Land Cruiser is short and fits perfectly.
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"Just a quick update. ... Install was less than 30mins, nothing exciting. "

I have reached a point in my life that "nothing exciting" sounds appealing!

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