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DE88ROX

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Herd Fan wrote:

Thanks for the replies. I ordered a Barker 3500... looking forward to being able to use it.


Thats what I have too. If you ever have an issue with it, their customer service is amazing. Emphasis on "service". The couple times ive had to talk with them about my issue, they woman on the phone was quite salty.

**Issue was no juice going to the power head. removed it from the jack and sent it in and they fixed it. Had back with 2 weeks.


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Herd Fan wrote:

Thanks for the replies. I ordered a Barker 3500... looking forward to being able to use it.

You're welcome and you'll like it


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Eight seasons on our Barker 3500. Great jack.

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Hannibal wrote:

"Irrelevant - you're lifting the rear of the truck as well in order to mount the WD spring bars, ergo the reason power TJs are rated 2500 lbs and up. A 3500 lb jack would serve most users just fine. "


I've seen this before and I wonder why. I lower the coupler onto the ball until I can latch it. Then hook the chains up with the little cheater bar that came with the hitch. Then lower the tongue and raise the jack.


People who have a equalizer type hitch must generally use the tounge jack to get their bars on. This is why I'm not that fond of the style. But in their defense they do tow well as sway control is built in.

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Another Barker 3500 owner on our 10th year of using our power tongue jack to lift our 3/4 ton HD truck and 10K# TT. Heavy tongue weight and truck bed full of firewood and other camping necessities, if it fails we would most definitely purchase another. Did have the lift/lower switch fail after 8 years, called Barker and had one delivered in a few days.

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Jackfate wrote:

Hannibal wrote:

"Irrelevant - you're lifting the rear of the truck as well in order to mount the WD spring bars, ergo the reason power TJs are rated 2500 lbs and up. A 3500 lb jack would serve most users just fine. "


I've seen this before and I wonder why. I lower the coupler onto the ball until I can latch it. Then hook the chains up with the little cheater bar that came with the hitch. Then lower the tongue and raise the jack.


People who have a equalizer type hitch must generally use the tounge jack to get their bars on. This is why I'm not that fond of the style. But in their defense they do tow well as sway control is built in.


Ah, I see. They must really be putting some tension on the bars. I may one day have a 4 point Equalizer just for the simplicity and effectiveness of design and no drilling installation. My truck needs very little lift so I might be able to get away with my current method. I was thinking of a manual jack if the OEM jack goes out but I see they're fairly cheap.


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Mikesr wrote:

Barker 3500 with the 24 inch lift



How would I determine if I need the 24" lift or the 18" ?
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I have an Atwood, came with the trailer, seems to work fine, going on 5 years.


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Hannibal wrote:

"Irrelevant - you're lifting the rear of the truck as well in order to mount the WD spring bars, ergo the reason power TJs are rated 2500 lbs and up. A 3500 lb jack would serve most users just fine. "


I've seen this before and I wonder why. I lower the coupler onto the ball until I can latch it. Then hook the chains up with the little cheater bar that came with the hitch. Then lower the tongue and raise the jack.


One more advantage of air bags.....
Let air out completely, backup truck till ball is in place, press the 2 air up buttons and ball goes in....keep going to 100 psi and you dont even need the cheater bar if you have decent hands.
Then let the air back out to your towing spec/preference.
Got the Barker 3500 myself, only had to bang on it a few times as it seems maybe the brushes arent making good contact on occasion.

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nomadnewby wrote:

Mikesr wrote:

Barker 3500 with the 24 inch lift



How would I determine if I need the 24" lift or the 18" ?
Thanks


Measure your ball height from the ground. Your jack needs to have at least that extension to lift the coupler off the ball. I like 24 because no matter what the angle your at when hooked up you’ll have enough lift without blocking up the jack pad, which is risky if you stack blocks to high. It’s minimal expense extra for less worry when you need it.

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