I recently purchased and installed an Atwood 2500 Deluxe power jack. Little did I know that many MANY people here on the forums have chosen to go the 3500 route, so now I'm slightly regretting my purchase, especially considering that I WILL upgrade my TT at some point.
I've only used the jack twice so far, and it seems to do "okay". It does struggle a bit when it starts pulling the rear of the TV up but it does it w/ no obvious problems other than the extra noise. I have a Jay Flight 26bh....toungue weight is about 600 lbs.......drive a F150 as a TV. Has anybody out there used this same model for extended periods w/ no issues?
What kills me is my dealer enforced the theory that the 2500 is completely sufficient. I asked about the 3500 and was told it would be completely unnecessary unless I go to a much heavier trailer. Thoughts?????
Not sure why 2500 WOULDN'T be sufficient. You merely RAISE the back of the truck some you don't actually lift it. I've been using a 3,000 lb. TDH tongue jack on my 1,200 lb. tongue for the last four years (traveling over 15,000 miles a year) and it's never caused me any problems. Good luck / Skip
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My 2500 Atwood has worked just fine for 5 years now, and I have 1,000 lbs. of quad and stuff in my truck in addition to the tongue weight of the TT. If I have to replace it, I'll probably buy a 3500, just because.
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I have a Barker 2500. My tongue weight is about 1000 lbs and at times the coupler gets stuck on my hitch. The jack never fails to break it loose even if it has to lift the back of my Dodge. I think you'll be fine - these things are very strong.
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I had an Atwood 2500 model on my last trailer for over 6 years and it functioned perfectly without any major problems. The only problem I had was the cover broke down from the constant sun exposure and became brittle. I now keep my present tongue jack covered with a homemade cover by my wife. You should be fine with the jack you have.
Thanks guys. I figured there might be some issues but it sounds like even the 2500 can take a beating for years to come. I was considering a switch but I don't think it's necessary....not with my current setup anyways. Thanks SO MUCH for the replies!!!!!