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My husband and I would like to have electric jacks for the rear of our fifth wheel. We would appreciate any advice on types and how difficult this is to do. Currently we have the regular crank down kind with some type of stablizer bars attached. I would like to surprise him and get some and then have them installed locally.


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Check with your local RV dealer....... or do a search for a "Camping World" dealer in your area for information on installation. It shouldn't be that difficult for them to install a system for you..... I imagine that there are only a few companies that make electric rear stabilizers for the RV industry. Suggest that you "Google" "RV Electric rear stabilizers" for more info.

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Purchased a 2012 trailer last November - only used once and the motor is already bad. I would not put them on a trailer - on my last one I used a cordless drill and a socket to raise and lower - much faster than the motor installed on the electric ones. It will be repaired under warranty - when it fails out of warranty I will not replace the motor - I'll make an adapter to use with my drill. I think a new motor is about $300.00


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Why don't install the Quadra leveling system?


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I just use a 1/2" Sears cordless on the four of ours. Sucker has plenty of torque and works instantly. Even locks for that last little bit of "umph" you need. $105.00 JMHO


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Norskeman wrote:

Purchased a 2012 trailer last November - only used once and the motor is already bad. I would not put them on a trailer - on my last one I used a cordless drill and a socket to raise and lower - much faster than the motor installed on the electric ones. It will be repaired under warranty - when it fails out of warranty I will not replace the motor - I'll make an adapter to use with my drill. I think a new motor is about $300.00


Get the electric you'll like it, have had no problems with it at all. What I like best of all it suports the trailer with equal pressure on uneven ground, as one foot makes contact it stops and waits for the other side to catch up and then both life at the same rate, no tweaking.

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We've got the electric stabilizers at the rear and I would prefer the cordless drill and manual stabilizers. IMO the main problem with the electrics is that they are sooooooo sloooooooooooow. I can have manuals down and be doing something else by the time the electrics are halfway down.


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I had two trailers with manual cranks, and now a 5th with electric. Mine have worked flawlessly for two years but I have two issues with them. First, they both come down together, meaning I have to add boards under the high one on uneven ground. Two, they are extremely slow. They were on our trailer at purchase, but knowing this now I would have been just as happy cranking down each corner manually as far as needed. Just my take on them.

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Our Cedar Creek has the Level Up system. We would never be without it again. No chance of bending the frame and level in about 10 seconds.


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I like my rear electric stablizers...much better than using the electric drill. Just press a button...no problems going into year 4.


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