Originally Posted by elytravis
Which is better the powered PL8521 or the manual PL5300? Some may say personal preference, but I'm looking for the pros and cons of each. So far this is what I have come up with.
Loud when locked and unlocked
Rattles when you close the tailgate
Can set it for single tap unlock or double tap un lock
No need for additional key to carry
No problem if truck loses power
Manual lock does not require tapping into electrical system
Manual lock is cheap and fails after short time
Any other observations?
Sounds like you have the bases covered... however, I have had my 5300 for just over a year, and no issues. From what I was able to gather from the many posts on TW, the early 5300 had an issue with premature failure, but that this was rectified by Pop&Lock.
Originally Posted by JTyfz450
You also don't have relocate the camera, which you have to do with the manual version.
This is really not the big deal many seem to think it is. You are only just moving it to the other side of the handle, and when done it seems to provide a better angle, just slightly.