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Posted: 06/16/19 06:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've had exactly one motor failure on my Happijacs since 2004. That's the only issue I've had.

Proper maintenance is the key with ANYTHING mechanical, IMHO.


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I lost 1 HJ motor early on and otherwise they have been fine. I think it's a **** shoot on what is best. Remember that happy people don't post but people with problems do so the comments are always skewed. I suspect there are lots of happy HJ people who don't say anything (me included). One motor failure, covered under warranty, was an easy replacement and has worked fine since. JMHO


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sbryan@vtbryans.com wrote:

I lost 1 HJ motor early on and otherwise they have been fine. I think it's a **** shoot on what is best. Remember that happy people don't post but people with problems do so the comments are always skewed. I suspect there are lots of happy HJ people who don't say anything (me included). One motor failure, covered under warranty, was an easy replacement and has worked fine since. JMHO
Is it possible HJ outsells the other brands? If so, it would stand to reason there might be more complaints.

Without knowing how the number of HJ problems/complaints compare proportionally with other brands makes it kinda hard to know whether HJ is actually more problematic or not.

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Not sure who sold the most, but from what I’ve heard here, it seemed Atwood had better customer service. I think that makes people more tolerant of failures.

My 13 year old jacks have had two issues. One remote controller died at about the 2-3 year mark. The switch to turn them on is intermittent. A shot of WD40 seems to get it working again.


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The old HJ motors were a bit sensitive to water intrusion. The new design - which looks a bit like the old Atwood - may avoid that issue, as the motors now sit at the top of the motor head.

FWIW, I had 5 HJ motors on my Outfitter Apex. One for the roof, four for the jacks. One of the jack motors was seized and thoroughly corroded after the second winter and had to be replaced. The jacks themselves and the other motors were fine.

Replacing a HJ motor is a simple DIY job, but not cheap.


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For preventive maintenance on my Happijacks I found 1/2 gallon plastic buckets to cover the motors. Hopefully keep water intrusion to a minimum. Wind will blow them off. I used twist ties to secure the bucket bail to the motor wires.


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My experience with HappiJac is that they are pure garbage. Granted I used my camper in the winter where the roads are salted, owned my camper 10 years and on my 3rd set of jacks and motors, 2nd motherboard and second remote. I have the newer 4800s (zinc plated) and they are just as rusted as my old 4500s and 4600s.

Don't drink their koolaide, their jacks do not hold up!


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TxGearhead wrote:

For preventive maintenance on my Happijacks I found 1/2 gallon plastic buckets to cover the motors. Hopefully keep water intrusion to a minimum. Wind will blow them off. I used twist ties to secure the bucket bail to the motor wires.


I use gallon-size plastic bags.

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I had one motor go bad. Since then I've covered the motors with 3-gang electrical box gaskets year round. They probably don't look that great and maybe it's placebo, not sure... but haven't had a problem since.


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7 yrs. so far and no issues with my HJ's,I put a few drops of oil in top and spray legs with some silicone every trip. I do not use a lot, just enough to do the job. When I would use too much oil I could see the excess all over the legs, as I said a few drops.

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