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Old 06-03-2015, 05:54 PM   #1
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Power Jack with Andersen Hitch

Hi, Everybody:

We are working through the options list for our recently ordered 19 ft trailer. It is a challenging assignment -- thank goodness for this forum -- a truly great resource for getting information. Our thanks go out to all who so diligently reply. We also visited several Escape owners at the rally in Osoyoos last week and that was very informative as well.

However one item that we are not getting a clear picture on is whether or not to get the power jack. I (Phil) am a little superannuated but I am reasonably fit and strong. Does anyone have an opinion one way or the other? If you do not have the power jack what exactly is involved for getting the trailer hitched? (We've never "trailered" before.)

Thanks for your help,

Phil & Laura
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Old 06-03-2015, 06:01 PM   #2
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I have the electric jack/Andersen combo; works great for hitching up (raise high to slacken the chains to attach.) A major reason I went with the electric jack is after I think everything is secured for travel, I use the electric jack oomph to raise the trailer/TV combo up an inch to two - that assures me that the ball is truly captured by the trailer socket for towing.
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Old 06-03-2015, 06:04 PM   #3
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If you don't have the power jack, you have to crank. I have the Pro Series WDH and to use it: I first lower the hitch on to the ball and close the latch, then I jack it up a bunch so that I can secure the bars, then I lower it all the way so the jack post is well off the ground and hitch is on the ball.
To unhitch: I crank the hitch up until the bars are not under tension, I remove them, then crank down until the hitch is on the ball, unlatch, and then crank until the hitch is no longer on the ball.
As, you can see, that can make one cranky.
With the power jack you just use your thumb, but I haven't figured out how to do that at the same time as you plug your ears ( my buddy's is rather noisy, akin to chalk on a blackboard ).
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Old 06-03-2015, 07:08 PM   #4
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to what tractors1 and gbaglo said, I also have the Andersen hitch and electric jack - - would hate to be crankin' up and down and up and down - - - you get the idea. Heck, I even use a cordless drill for the stabilizers.
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Old 06-03-2015, 07:37 PM   #5
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Most times using the power jack I am thankful to Charly as I saw that on the build list he shared. Had the manual on the 17B and this rocks!
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Old 06-03-2015, 07:54 PM   #6
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I ordered my 21 without the power jack and I do not use a weight distribution hitch. That said, the one item I wish I had ordered is a power jack and I am in the process of installing the Andersen WDH. Enough said!

Edit: the usefulness of the power jack is not tied to the Andersen weight distribution but applies to most models of such a hitch. You may not need a WDH, though useful, there is not quite as much up and down without the WDH, thus it's need diminishes. Is it essential to have the power jack, not at all.
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Old 06-03-2015, 08:01 PM   #7
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I have the Anderson hitch and the manual jack. There is a lot of up-and-down, as wiser folk here have already described. I figure I'm burning dozens of calories with every hitch and un-hitch. However, when funds allow, I too will install a powered hitch. If the exchange rate had been this favorable when I purchased (not complaining though), I would surely have one.
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Old 06-03-2015, 08:41 PM   #8
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Phil and Laura, very few Escape owners have power jacks. We were going to get one and never did and have not ordered one with our upcoming trailer. Cranking is not difficult except in a very few instances. It is no doubt very nice to have one but in no way necessary. You can also always get one at any time and an easy install.

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Hi, Everybody:

We are working through the options list for our recently ordered 19 ft trailer. It is a challenging assignment -- thank goodness for this forum -- a truly great resource for getting information. Our thanks go out to all who so diligently reply. We also visited several Escape owners at the rally in Osoyoos last week and that was very informative as well.

However one item that we are not getting a clear picture on is whether or not to get the power jack. I (Phil) am a little superannuated but I am reasonably fit and strong. Does anyone have an opinion one way or the other? If you do not have the power jack what exactly is involved for getting the trailer hitched? (We've never "trailered" before.)

Thanks for your help,

Phil & Laura
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Old 06-03-2015, 08:56 PM   #9
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One of the things we did not get and wished we had. GET THE ELECTRIC JACK. That's our recommendation.
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Old 06-03-2015, 08:56 PM   #10
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As a mostly solo traveler with a WDH, my vote is for the power jack!
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