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How to Determine Weight Capacity of Electric Trailer Tongue Jack for Camper


Hello,im interested in buying an electric tongue jack for my camper. what do I need to look for weight wise on the camper to see if a specific jack will work?..thank you


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You'll need to chose a jack whose capacity is greater than the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of the camper. Going with a powered jack whose capacity is much greater than the tongue weight of the camper is recommended because the jack won't need to work so hard and will therefore last longer. Also, if you're using a weight distribution system on the camper, sometimes you'll want to use the trailer jack to also pick up the rear of the vehicle to put slack into the system so you can remove the spring bars.

The Ultra-Fab # UF38-944017 has a tongue weight capacity of 3500 lbs, and would be a good choice depending on the tongue weight of your camper. As you can see, our customers have provided many positive reviews regarding the jack.

The best way to power the jack would be to use a trailer mounted battery.

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Mike L

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I need to order electric jack for my 31 foot, 8,000 lb camper. Can you help me decide which one to order?
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Reply from Chris R.

The jack only needs to safely support the trailer's tongue weight, which is about 10 to 15 percent of its total weight. With that in mind, I do highly recommend choosing one that offers a comfortable safety margin, which will allow the jack to run quicker and easier. The Ultra-Fab 3,500 # UF38-944017 mentioned above is actually a great choice.

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