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Old 07-21-2020, 06:36 PM   #21
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You could always get the manual jack since it comes standard. If you don't like it, it's an easy swap to add an electric jack later.
One of the big advantages of an electric jack would be raising the tongue up and down for the weight distribution hitch. It would take a lot longer with a manual jack.
If you get manual, one would be wise to pay a small charge for them to have the wire there. With a 21 the batteries are at the rear of the trailer. They put the wire in outdoor plastic conduit.
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Old 07-21-2020, 07:47 PM   #22
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Manual. The jack will stop working only when itís time to pack up and go home. Last month there was a post, HELP MY POWER AWNING WONT RETRACT.

Keep everything simple, youíll have less headaches.
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Old 07-21-2020, 08:04 PM   #23
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Manual. The jack will stop working only when itís time to pack up and go home. Last month there was a post, HELP MY POWER AWNING WONT RETRACT.

Keep everything simple, youíll have less headaches.
Could be wrong but the motors on the jacks are a different animal they are the same or close to camper jack motors which are made to lift weight . They are very reliable and if your batteries were low you can manually use the jack . So ....... PT
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Old 07-21-2020, 08:36 PM   #24
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After we purchased the trailer I added a power jack when it came on sale.
Here is Canada they come on sale at Princes Auto for a little over $100. I am sure Harbour Freight has similar units.
As a theft deterrent I also installed a second hidden switch in line. This way the jack stays down if someone wants to drive off with it.
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Old 07-21-2020, 10:41 PM   #25
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Could be wrong but the motors on the jacks are a different animal they are the same or close to camper jack motors which are made to lift weight . They are very reliable and if your batteries were low you can manually use the jack . So ....... Pat
Doug I have a manual awning and would never want a electric awning for many reasons but the jack is not the same . Pat
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Old 07-21-2020, 11:29 PM   #26
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Hi Katherine ! Mine is a complete tear from the bone . I chose no surgery , didnít care for the odds . I chose PT and gave me back a lot of use for my arm . But I need and I do exercises I learned in PT everyday for the rest of my life . It is my dominate arm . I just canít pick up heavy things anymore but other then that still use my arm . And I need to keep the rest of muscles and ligaments working so I donít have my arm atrophy . The PT really was worth it ! My pain is gone unless I donít do what I am supposed to do now on my own .
But really love the electric jack and I have to say the kids were right , they have one and keeped saying to get it . We didnít have one for almost 5 years but it sure was the right time to get one ! Pat
Oh my gosh Pat, Iím so glad to hear the PT worked for you!! I didnít want surgery either. Iím lucky, mine is my left arm, and Iím right handed. But the pain was unreal, for many weeks. I think the PT is finally starting to work though. Less pain every week.

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Old 07-22-2020, 01:59 AM   #27
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Oh my gosh Pat, Iím so glad to hear the PT worked for you!! I didnít want surgery either. Iím lucky, mine is my left arm, and Iím right handed. But the pain was unreal, for many weeks. I think the PT is finally starting to work though. Less pain every week.

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One of my son in laws had that surgery twice and he is a lot younger then me . He was going in for a third . Anyway have been doing good a couple years now so I must be doing something right . The pain going away and being able to sleep is doing good . Also got a adjustable bed that helps too. Your pain will go away eventually , keep at it.
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Old 07-22-2020, 06:22 AM   #28
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Great thread! Very helpful information.
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Old 07-22-2020, 07:08 AM   #29
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If you get manual, one would be wise to pay a small charge for them to have the wire there. With a 21 the batteries are at the rear of the trailer. They put the wire in outdoor plastic conduit.
Good advice! I'm used to my Scamp and future 19 having the batteries on the tongue. I wonder if you could just tap in to the 7 pin wiring with a fused wire since there should be power even when not hitched up?
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The junction box is on the right side of the tongue.Will have to pull the propane cover off to see it. Easy to open up and get power there using inline fuse.
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Old 07-22-2020, 08:35 AM   #31
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The junction box is on the right side of the tongue.Will have to pull the propane cover off to see it. Easy to open up and get power there using inline fuse.
Removing the inline fuse is also an effective on/off switch for disabling the jack
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Old 07-29-2020, 10:40 AM   #32
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This may have already been noted, but even with the electric jack, there is the option of overriding the electric motor if and when there is no power or it wears out. You just have to have an electric drill with the proper sized socket head to run it up or down. We always have a drill with us because lowering the spare tire in our Sprinter requires the same size socket head.
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Old 07-29-2020, 11:34 AM   #33
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There is also the option of buying a 'wrench' that allows the jack to be operated manually. We had the unfortunate experience last summer of a malfunction of the power jack - or at least I thought that was the problem. Turned out we had no battery power because the wires connecting to the terminals had broken, so we could not disconnect from the TV. It was a very distressing moment, until I remembered I'd purchased the 'wrench' as a 'just in case' item when we got our trailer in 2015. We were able to disconnect and do a basic set-up, so we could nip into town for some much needed supplies. The next morning we hooked up and went over to the RV repair shop where they replaced the wires in less than half an hour. Having that 'wrench' definitely made the whole experience much less stressful and we were able to relax and enjoy the rest of the week.
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Old 07-29-2020, 11:45 AM   #34
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Old 08-11-2020, 07:29 AM   #35
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Jack hole diameter

I am planning on buying an electric jack for our 17B that is arriving soon. I am considering the Barker VIP 3500 jack which has a 2 1/4" outer post diameter. Can someone confirm that Escape has a 2 1/4" hole for the jack?

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Old 08-11-2020, 08:30 AM   #36
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Manual. The jack will stop working only when it’s time to pack up and go home. Last month there was a post, HELP MY POWER AWNING WONT RETRACT.

Keep everything simple, you’ll have less headaches.
At my age , my shoulder ( Torn rotator cuff ) , back , elbow or arm is as likely to go on the fritz as as my power antenna or power jack .
I’ve had the manual jack on my boat fail and the manual awning on my Scamp fail
I can see multiple good reasons to choose manual over powered or vice versa but fear of failure isn’t one of them !
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Old 08-11-2020, 10:05 AM   #37
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Caution

The other week I was in an old, established small trailer seller (Jerry's) in Madison, WI and asked which of the electric jacks are more reliable. The fellow said they ALL develop problems.


If you have a valid physical reason, get one. If not, it sure ain't no big deal cranking for a spell on the handle.
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