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Old 06-18-2015, 09:05 AM   #1
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Top wind or Side wind?

I have to pick up a new manual trailer jack soon.

Which do you prefer top wind or side wind? And why?
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Old 06-18-2015, 10:12 AM   #2
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I have had both. I thought the side wind was better with my bum shoulders. I currently have a quality electric jack. Would never go back to manual again. When the temps and humidity rise is when it is most appreciated.
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Old 06-18-2015, 10:57 AM   #3
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:01 AM   #4
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I didn't want to put an electric jack on my '59. I used the top wind (original I think) jack a few years, but it gave up the ghost and I replaced it with a side wind. I find the side wind much easier to use.
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Original top wind jack still functions fine on my 55. If it ever needs replacing I would go with a side wind.
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:43 AM   #6
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I have trailers with each. I prefer side wind. I also prefer manual instead of electric, because it is simpler.
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:09 PM   #7
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Which one has the least probability of smacking your knuckles on something?
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:24 PM   #8
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I'd say neither.
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:35 AM   #9
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I've had both, currently have the top wind and hate it. You can't put the large muscles of your body into the top wind, so it's slower and more painful the higher your tongue weight gets.

I've got the top wind now and am going to switch to electric first chance I get.
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Old 08-11-2015, 09:55 AM   #10
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Like the very small minority of trailer owners, I like manual jacks too. Either type will do for me.

Of course, I also like wind-up windows in the car, if you could get them nowadays.

I think Humans will look like Kangaroos in a few hundred generations. Who needs arms like ours anymore, the size of a caveman's? Electric motors and robots can do the heavy lifting. All we gotta do is push a power-assisted button or two.

Heck, with voice-activated assistants, we probably won't need arms at all, if we can find a reliable soft-wiper for the bathroom.
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:49 AM   #11
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Heck, with voice-activated assistants, we probably won't need arms at all, if we can find a reliable soft-wiper for the bathroom.
They have those in Japan...
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Like others, I prefer a side-wind to a top wind. Either way, the first time I start turning the handle I'm going the wrong way.
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If I ever get to the point where that is too much work, just shoot me.
I agree with you guys. I have the electric jack that came with our trailer - bought used - but if it ever quits, I will seriously consider replacing it with just a manual unit. Not to save $$, but just for improved reiabiity.

Simple is good ......... especially in a thunderstorm when you have to hook up and leave, but the damn electric jack won't work - been there!

(It is working again, for now, after fixing a bad ground!)

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