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Old 05-22-2018, 07:31 PM   #1
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coming up to finalizing our build sheet.....is it worth it to get a power tongue jack for 19'?
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Old 05-22-2018, 07:53 PM   #2
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Depends on what "worth it" means Pete. I installed one and I don't miss hand cranking. Others don't mind.
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I'd have one if it weren't so "fingernails on blackboard" noisy.
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Old 05-22-2018, 08:29 PM   #4
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Have had both. Love the powered. Will always have powered.

Was trying to sneak out of the park the other morning really early, I’m sure I woke the neighbours with it. Up to bring it above hitch ball/lower over the ball/back up to ensure latched properly and then lower again to drive away.
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Have had both. Love the powered. Will always have powered.

Was trying to sneak out of the park the other morning really early, Iím sure I woke the neighbours with it. Up to bring it above hitch ball/lower over the ball/back up to ensure latched properly and then lower again to drive away.
I probably wouldn't miss the power jack if I didn't use an Andersen hitch. The power jack makes it so much easier with that, because you have to jack high to take the chain tension off so you can drop the triangle plate. When hooking up, the situation is reversed. That's a lot of hand cranking.
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Power tongue jack is my favorite option on the trailer every time I hitch or unhitch.
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Love it. Wanted it the first day and finally have one. We ordered it though, not from Escape as wanted a Barker VIP. I think Escape sells something else.
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I probably wouldn't miss the power jack if I didn't use an Andersen hitch. The power jack makes it so much easier with that, because you have to jack high to take the chain tension off so you can drop the triangle plate. When hooking up, the situation is reversed. That's a lot of hand cranking.
Thatís the setup we have on the 21 too
And Robert is exactly right. Iíve still got the arm strength but the power jack makes things easy. It makes less noise than the 18 volt Dewalt drill on the stabilizers. And less noise than me when Iím just setting around. Course I been thrown out of places too. The jack comes with a crank backup if the battery was run down or something so you wonít get stranded but you might have to find a strong Iowa farm girl to help you and then sing you a song.
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Old 05-23-2018, 12:32 AM   #9
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An electric jack will add 15-20lbs to your tongue weight, if that's significant for your tow vehicle.
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An electric jack will add 15-20lbs to your tongue weight, if that's significant for your tow vehicle.
That depends. Mine is a heavier one, the Atwood 4000, at about 30 lbs. But the power jack Escape uses weighs about 15 lbs. That's probably no heavier than the stock crank jack. I remember it was quite heavy when I removed it.

I'm also thinking if a few lbs makes a difference to your tow vehicle, it's time to consider another one.
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