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Old 06-04-2015, 10:56 PM   #21
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I considered the power jack but decided I need the exercise. Loren
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:32 PM   #22
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I did the power jack, but no WDH. I'm glad I got it, but for some reason, when the fiberglass propane tank cover is in place, it blocks me from opening the storage box. Have yet to figure out if it's worth moving anything, so am just using a cheap set of propane covers from CW. Also, if you use one of those tongue jack cones it results in less movement of the jack, and less irritating noise.
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:18 PM   #23
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ETI says they install the Atwood 3000# jack. I have been looking at the Atwood, Husky and Barker in the 4000# range. They each appear to have some nice features. And I have seen a few comments here about the noise from (I assume) the factory Atwood. Our former Casita jack (not sure of the brand) was OK on noise.

How bad is the Atwood 3000# noise? Is the 4000# Atwood quieter? Good experience with any 4000# jack? Clearance issues with the storage box and propane tank cover?
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:30 PM   #24
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ETI says they install the Atwood 3000# jack. I have been looking at the Atwood, Husky and Barker in the 4000# range. They each appear to have some nice features. And I have seen a few comments here about the noise from (I assume) the factory Atwood. Our former Casita jack (not sure of the brand) was OK on noise.

How bad is the Atwood 3000# noise? Is the 4000# Atwood quieter? Good experience with any 4000# jack? Clearance issues with the storage box and propane tank cover?
The latest Atwood 3000, called the "Premier Performance Series with RoboFoot" is an improvement on the older model. Instead of an ACME screw, it uses a ball-bearing drive so there's no direct contact between the screw and the shaft. It also has the "robofoot" which flips up when you retract, and flips down when you extend. Its also quieter than the older 3000 according to E-Trailer. I don't think ETI is yet using the latest model, but I'm not sure.

The Husky 3000 was one that I seriously considered, because its very quiet. But, the head is bulky and you can't use it with the propane tank cover in place.

The Barker VIP 3500 is a very nice unit, with a powerful lamp facing the ball, and a great reputation. It will also fit with the tank cover in place. I'm leaning towards it, but it only has a 2 year warranty while the Atwood has a 5 year.

A model with a higher lift capacity would not be quieter because the motor would have to be larger, which would probably produce as much or more noise than the lighter model. Besides, don't really need 4000 lbs of lift capacity on a tongue that weighs around 350 lbs.
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Old 06-08-2015, 10:52 PM   #25
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The latest Atwood 3000, called the "Premier Performance Series with RoboFoot" is an improvement on the older model. Instead of an ACME screw, it uses a ball-bearing drive so there's no direct contact between the screw and the shaft. It also has the "robofoot" which flips up when you retract, and flips down when you extend.
Ah, recirculating balls (a ball screw) like a pre-rack-and-pinion steering gear. This allows for more lifting force with less friction and thus less power needed, so potentially less motor noise.

I didn't know that Atwood was using a flip-up foot, but there it is on their web page. The Fastway Flip is the one I've seen, but this looks effectively similar.

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A model with a higher lift capacity would not be quieter because the motor would have to be larger, which would probably produce as much or more noise than the lighter model.
Logical, but on the other hand a lightly loaded big motor and gearbox might be quieter than a smaller motor and gearbox working harder to lift the same load. In this case, the Atwood web site only says the 4K model has the ball screw, although eTrailer says both do. There are so many variables...

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Besides, don't really need 4000 lbs of lift capacity on a tongue that weighs around 350 lbs.
Yes, every power jack available has much higher capacity than any Escape needs.
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Old 06-09-2015, 10:02 AM   #26
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I have the Husky 4500, it works well, seems fairly quiet to me when used in early morning hours and after hooking up the jeep I can lift it and the tongue to insure I am hooked and the chains are loose for installing the bracket and pin. I had it delivered Amazon overnight to the next camp ground last summer when my shoulder started complaining about all of the cranking. The gas bottle cover still fits and my jeep tail door still opens.
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:25 PM   #27
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Power Jack with Andersen Hitch

I can't see how it fits. The housing protrudes several inches back from the shaft and has a power cord storage rack attached to it. Do you have the storage box? With the storage box and the dual propane our jack's shaft barely clears the tank cover, and that's with the manual jack that has no head on top. Do you have a photo? I'd love to go with the Husky since it's much quieter than the others. Or is it that its tall enough to clear the cover?
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I can't see how it fits. The housing protrudes several inches back from the shaft and has a power cord storage rack attached to it. ...
The plug storage is removable - page 1, #4, tip: http://www.huskytow.com/wp-includes/...okup/87247.pdf

I also saw a reference to removing it in the Amazon reviews.
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Old 06-09-2015, 08:50 PM   #29
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Just now opened and read this thread for the first time. Been doing pretty strenuous yard work for the past four days and just ordered the Atwood 3000 five minutes ago. Sorta like going grocery shopping when your hungry, huh? Thanks to all for your assessments which gave me confidence in my purchase!
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Old 06-11-2015, 03:41 PM   #30
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