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Spade Cooley

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Posted: 02/14/20 06:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just sold my old travel trailer and am in the process of trying to buy a Rockwood 2608 BS. One of the options is electric stabilizer jacks. I have no experience with them. I'm 78 and still find the standard crank up jacks on the four corners easy to operate but would like to hear from someone who has this option. Are they easy to use and worth the extra money?

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I am only 60 y/o but have had several strokes and heart issues. When we purchased our 5th wheel I went with the unit that had auto leveling. It really made a difference for me. I know that the electric stabilizers you are referring to are different but pushing a button is easier than cranking any day. The other advantage is my wife can actually level the 5th wheel by herself.

I think that once you have them your going to appreciate the convenience.

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Auto-level or it's no sale for this 70 yr old kid. I didn't get it when buying current rig in 2011 but added it nearly 4 yrs ago. Wasn't cheap but I have no remorse doing it.

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I use a cordless 1/2 inch DeWalt drill motor and a jack socket to operate our stab jacks. As a note I tried a cheapie Harbor Freight drill and operating the jacks flatlined the cheap battery PDQ.

Not a problem and I'm 70. But it depends on your state of health. My thought on electric jacks is there is more to fail and go wrong on the road.


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We have electric rear stabilizer jacks on our toyhauler, and given the option, I would opt for manual over the electric. They are slow, noisy, and expensive to repair when the motor fails. As was mentioned, a cordless drill is faster, quieter, and easy to replace if it fails.


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I had the Lippert electric stabilizers on our last trailer. Slow, loud, and the design allows the trailer to rock left to right since there's no way to lock the stabs in place. I ended up putting flea market scissors jacks under the frame to stop the rocking. And yes, my Dewalt drill runs the manua jacks just fine on the new trailer.


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Electric drill running the jacks up and down for me.


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I'd rather use an electric drill and always have it on hand for other stuff. These include dropping the spare tire, running a dead slide in and out and various little projects on the road.


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Electric jacks sounds like a good idea IF there is a manual override just in case one or more of the motors fails.


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Spade Cooley wrote:

I just sold my old travel trailer and am in the process of trying to buy a Rockwood 2608 BS. One of the options is electric stabilizer jacks. I have no experience with them. I'm 78 and still find the standard crank up jacks on the four corners easy to operate but would like to hear from someone who has this option. Are they easy to use and worth the extra money?


I have the 2608BSD. The jacks are great and easy to use. Just remember that they are for stabilization, not leveling. If you force them to try to level they will break and give you a new set of problems to deal with.


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