We highly recommend getting yourself an electric trailer jack. Marshall has always had one on his Lance, and Kelly just recently got our #1 recommended Husky electric jack after almost three years living with a manual jack, and she couldn't be happier. For Kelly, it was one of those "Why didn't I do this a long time ago" reactions. Oh well, nothing like living in the present and not bitching a fit every time you have to hook up! No more worries about Kelly's back going out because of her jack. Her back is jacked, but her back won't go out due to a jack. Something like that.
In the meantime, water, dirt, and minor collisions may lead to damage and deteriorate the look of the jack. As for the first two factors, you can reliably protect the jack with the help of a special trailer jack cover. This simple product is rather inexpensive but capable of saving you from more serious problems and prolonging the lifespan of the jack. Our store offers a large collection of trailer jack covers where you will definitely find the right product for your trailer. Durable, waterproof materials and their superior protective characteristics will help you keep your trailer jack in excellent condition.
when I ordered this cover for my electric tounge jack i got 2 of them becausse i just knew it was going to be some cheap knock-off from leather and this one would be made of whatever and with the climate changes here in Utah between the very hot and sunny to the freezing snow covered cover wouldnt last the first season, But i could'nt have been more wrong. this is one high quality cover you'll know it the first time you pick it up you can feel the heavy dense matterial. this baby will last a good long time, Maybe i'll go sell the other one for some fishin gear 145623
The former, obviously, and through personal experience, is much harder to use than the latter. However, the primary benefit of the manual jack is that it COULD be less prone to breaking since it is a simpler device. The electric trailer jack could fail electrically or mechanically. The electric trailer jack will also require installation or some know-how as far as wiring goes.
So every time she has had to hitch up, which is often, raising and lowering her jack has darn near thrown her back back out. To make matters worse, with an e2 weight distribution hitch she loathes, she has to (usually) RAISE the jack up to get the coupler high enough to clear the ball, LOWER it down onto the ball. Then she has to again RAISE the hitch way up, literally lifting the back of the truck, so she can get her weight distribution bars high enough to install them. Finally, she has to LOWER it back down until the jack foot is all the way up. That's a lot of cranking and it makes Kelly cranky. (Sorry. Couldn't resist.)
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It sounds like the Bulldog A-Frame Jack, part # BD500200 is just what you are looking for. The BD500200 has an outer tube diameter of 2-1/4 inches which matches what you are replacing and this jack has 2 toggle switches. One is used to control the up and down movement of the jack and the other switch turns the LED lights on and off. The mounting plate features mounting holes that allow you to mount it so the controls are at the front of the jack or mount it so that the controls are...
This fits nicely on our travel trailer power jack. We purchased it to stop the sun fading the black jack. Although we purchased and started using this a couple months ago, after days of heavy rain here recently we thought it would be prudent to check under it today. Yes, it is not waterproof BUT it was only damp under there and all the electronics still worked so we were happy. Let's face it, the manufacturers make the jacks to be weatherproof so a bit of water/damp should not hurt them. I do like another reviewer's idea of putting a plastic bag on first and then putting this cover on top though. A great idea!