Situation: I had just turned 50, it was 101°F outside, and I was using the hand crank on my travel trailer to level it. That’s when I decided enough of this nonsense and made the decision to install a good power jack. The only problem was I had no idea what to get, so I gave my buddy at Hill Country RV a call. I made him a deal… if he could make a good recommendation, I would pay him to install it for me.
My buddy put me on to the Husky 87489 3000 lb. Brute Power Jack. He said this unit was packed with features that other power jacks did not have, was built to last, and was at a price I would like. Bingo, we had a deal! I ordered my power jack and then took it straight over to Hill Country RV and let them install it. (By the way, they did a damn nice job of it too.) Once the unit was installed it was time for me to learn how to use it, which took about 30 seconds. This thing is a breeze. It has only two switches… 1 to raise and lower the jack, and the other 1 to turn the lights on and off. Easy business!
The mechanism that Husky uses on their power jacks is one of the features that sets it apart from it’s competitors. They use a ball screw mechanism which greatly reduces friction and makes for a longer lasting unit. Now, they are not the only manufacturer to use a ball screw, but they are the only ones that can do it in this price range. What you get is a rock solid mechanism at a price most folks pay for lesser units.
The Husky is equipped with LED lights on three sides making night time trailer hitch setup easier than trying to hold a flashlight and work. The jack has a full 18″ stroke and is pretty quick. It normally takes me less than 30 seconds to position the tongue where I need it. It is a standard 2″ size tube, operates on 12 VDC, and is equipped with a weather resistant trailer connector storage bracket. (I haven’t seen a trailer connector storage bracket on any other power jack.)
The Good: Ball Screw Mechanism, 3 sided LED lighting system, Trailer connector storage bracket, and price.
The Bad: It’s been all good for over a year now
The Pick: This power jack is an awesome performer, built to last, and it won’t break the bank. We rate it 5 out of 5 stars.