The Best Trailer Jack Reviews For 2021
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An electric trailer jack very well might have saved Kelly's back from total carnage. It's one of the best upgrades she made to her travel trailer.
Obviously, trailer jacks allow you to raise and lower the front of a trailer. This lets you not only level the trailer from front to back, but it also allows you to connect and disconnect it from your tow vehicle.
An electric trailer jack makes raising and lowering the front of a heavier trailer a breeze. So, a manual trailer jack might be all you need for a lightweight trailer.
No matter what type and size of trailer you have, a trailer tongue jack is a required piece of equipment, so get the best one to fit your needs.
Read on to learn which we consider to be the best trailer jacks, both for manual and electric tongue jacks.
Trailer Jack Guide
Trailer jacks are pretty simple devices, yet there are a few things to know about them before you make a purchase. Should you go with an electric or manual trailer jack? What size rating should you get?
Learn more about trailer jacks by reading our Trailer Tongue Jack Guide.
Electric Tongue Jack Reviews
Electric trailer jacks are pretty simple devices.
Still, there are features available that will help you decide which is best for your trailer.
Below, we have narrowed down the list of electric power tongue jacks so you can easily decide which is the right product for your individual need.
All of the below reviewed electric tongue jacks fit a 2 1/4" mounting hole, which is the standard size for A-frame trailer tongues, including those found on RV travel trailers.
What Size Trailer Tongue Jack Do I Need?
The below reviewed electric trailer jacks come with weight ratings ranging from 3,650 pounds to 5,000 pounds.
(Spoiler alert! For most 'normal' sized trailers, any of these weight ratings most likely will work.)
The Husky electric trailer jack comes in a few different size ratings with different features.
They ALL have a unique 'ball screw' design for superior performance (more efficient and uses less power than traditional jack drive mechanisms).
This means quieter operation with less strain on the electric motor.
Here we feature the Husky Brute HSB3000 (3,000-pound capability) and the Husky Super Brute HSB5000R (5,000-pound capacity) that has a remote control.
Continue Reading Husky Super Brute Electric Trailer Jack Review
Best Electric Trailer Jack Runner Up
Bulldog 4,000 Pound Electric Jack
While we liked the Bulldog brand, the ball drive mechanism Husky features bumped the Bulldog powered jacks down to the runner-up spot.
It was significant enough to justify second place even though Bulldog RV tongue jack has a longer warranty than Husky.
Continue Reading Bulldog Electric Trailer Jack Review
Best Electric Tongue Jack On A Budget
Jack Quick JQ-3500 3,500 Pound Jack
The Jack Quick JQ-3500 is a decent little electric trailer tongue jack.
Priced within full reach of most of us, it's a good go-to for upgrading to an electric jack.
It's perfect if you don't care about certain extra features.
Continue Reading Jack Quick JQ-3500 Electric Tongue Jack Review
Manual Trailer Jack Reviews
While an electric trailer jack is an ideal solution for many applications, there are times when it is overkill.
Some people just need a simple trailer tongue jack. Nothing fancy. Just a way to raise and lower the front of a trailer.
A manual trailer jack has a hand crank that you manually have to 'actuate' so that the tongue jack either extends or retracts.
If you don't mind putting a little work into raising or lowering your trailer, and your back doesn't give you issues, then one of the following manual trailer jacks should work for you.
There are dozens of manual trailer jacks available.
They are very simple devices that don't cost a lot of money.
There aren't huge differences between the different available options. Therefore, we picked a light-duty and a heavy-duty manual jack option to give you an idea of what is out there.
The manual trailer jacks we chose are great choices if you wish to go the manual route.
What Size Manual Trailer Jack Do I Need?
We review a 2,000 pound capacity and a 5,000 pound capacity manual trailer jack below.
Which size might you need?
Best 2,000 Pound Manual Trailer Jack
CURT 28204 A-Frame Jack
The Curt 23204 manual trailer tongue jack is the perfect solution for lighter weight trailers when you don't need an electric jack.
With a 2,000-pound lifting capacity, this light-duty manual trailer jack is a no-frills way to raise and lower the front of your trailer.
Continue Reading Curt 28204 A-Frame Trailer Jack Review
Best 5,000 Pound Manual Trailer Jack
Bulldog Fulton Sidewind SWL 175
The Bulldog Fulton Sidewind SWL 175 offers 5000 pounds of lifting capacity in a simple, manual jack design.
If you don't mind manually cranking your heavier trailer (ugh!) then this is a great option to install as a tongue jack.
Continue Reading Bulldog Fulton Sidewind A-Frame Trailer Jack Review
Trailer Jack Feet
The part of a trailer jack that touches the ground is called the jack foot. Clever, right? However, some jacks don't come with feet.
Have no fear, you can always buy one separately. Below we present two trailer jack foot options:
- The traditional foot that attaches with a pin.
- An innovative foot that not only extends your existing jack's leg but automatically flips up into a stored position when you retract your jack.
Curt Trailer Jack Foot
There are several different styles of trailer jack feet on the market. You can buy a round one.
Or you can buy a square one like the Curt jack foot featured directly below.
They are simple and affordable.
There should be a hole at the bottom of the inner jack tube (the part that goes up and down to raise and lower your trailer) that the included pin can run through in order to attach the foot to the jack.
Installation is very easy.
The Curt 28272 jack foot fits a 2" diameter inner tube (standard size for a trailer jack that is 2 1/4" diameter, aka the standard sized jack).
It has a weight rating of 2,000 pounds which should be suitable for most applications.
There's not much else to it!
Fastway Flip Trailer Jack Foot
Many trailer jacks don't have a drop leg that telescopes out of the lower tube.
This means you must run the jack down a long way before it touches the ground.
In certain locations, you may not be able to get level without a drop leg.
Another (horrible) option is to stack a bunch of wood or blocks so that you don't have to run the jack as far down.
But, then you have a situation where you are putting the trailer's tongue weight on an unstable pile of things.
Speaking from personal experience, bad things can happen when you do this.
The Fastway Flip trailer jack foot is an easily installed foot that will give you either a 4" or a 6" extension.
It has a unique feature in that it will automatically drop down when you are lowering your jack and it will automatically retract into a stowed position as you are running your jack up.
Either extension length fits the standard 2 1/4" tongue jack with a 2" inner tube diameter.
Both lengths have a maximum lift weight of 4,000 pounds and are suitable for trailers with tongue weights up to 1,600 pounds (4" extension version) or 1,400 pounds (6" extension version).
This is best for those who park in campgrounds exclusively, or always on level ground.
The Fastway Flip manual states 'Do not use to support trailer parked on grade greater than 3% (1.72°)'.
Fastway Flip Demo
Installing The Fastway Flip
Which Size Is Right For My Needs?
Which size extension do you need? The 4" or the 6"? If there is less than 10" from the bottom of your trailer's tongue jack to the ground (with the jack fully retracted), go with the 4" extension. If there is more than 10" here, go with the 6" extension.
Towing Organizer for Trailer Jacks
There's a pretty awesome solution to the mess that your trailer front leaves when disconnected. It is the Towing Organizer by GR Innovations.
This made in the USA organizational solution attaches around your trailer jack (either manual or electric) and gives you a place to hang all of it.
It makes everything neat and organized. Marshall uses this on his jack.
The Towing Organizer comes in either plastic or aluminum (anodized clear or black) and fits trailer jacks with a diameter of 2 1/4 inches (the standard sized jack diameter.
Spacers to fit smaller diameter jacks are available directly from GR Innovations.
All three material choices come as a kit that also includes a 7-pin plug cover that keeps the end of your electrical connector clean and protected.
The plastic version of the Towing Organizer is available without the plug cover if you don't have a 7-pin connector.
GR Innovations supplied Camp Addict with a clear anodized version of the Towing Organizer for testing purposes.
Marshall has been very happily using it for several years now (Since 2018?).
We highly recommend this great product if you want to keep your chains and harness off the ground.
Kelly cares zero If her chains etc are on the ground, but Marshall can't stand it, LOL.
Plastic (with plug cover)
Plastic (WITHOUT plug cover)
Aluminum (with plug cover)
Black Aluminum (with cover)
We highly recommend getting an electric trailer jack. Marshall has always had one on his Lance.
Kelly got our #1 recommended Husky electric jack after almost three years living with a manual jack. She couldn't be happier with it.
For Kelly, it was one of those "Why didn't I do this a long time ago" reactions.
A manual jack is fine, too. It just depends on what your needs are or aren't.
If you only camp a couple of times a year, you may not care about having an electric jack.
If you have a small boat trailer or a super light trailer and no load distribution hitch, a manual jack might be just fine.
Just get the RV tongue jack that suits you the best. After all, it's great that you have a trailer, right?
It's either a toy or it's your home. Both are good things.
Camp On, Addicts!
He-llllo. I'm the co-founder of Camp Addict, which my biz partner and I launched in 2017. I frigging love the RVing lifestyle but in December of 2020, I converted to part-time RV life. Heck, I lived in my travel trailer for over 5.5 years, STRICTLY boondocking for pretty much all of it. Boondocking is a GREAT way to live, but it's not easy. Anyway, I'm passionate about animals, can't stand campgrounds, I hardly ever cook, and I love a good dance party. Currently, I can be found plotting and scheming whether or not to start collecting farm animals (or plotting my next RV trip!) at my beautiful new 'ranch' named 'Hotel Kellyfornia', in Southern Arizona.
Camp Addict co-founder Marshall Wendler brings his technical expertise to help explain RV products in an easy to understand fashion. Full-time RVing from April 2014 - December 2020 (now RVing about 50% of the time), Marshall loves sharing his knowledge of the RV lifestyle. Marshall spends the majority of his RVing life boondocking. He is the part of Camp Addict that knows 'all the things'. He's good at sharing his technical knowledge so you can benefit.