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Old 12-14-2014, 05:55 PM   #11
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I have an 18Volt makita drill. It has a clutch to stop it from ripping it out of my hand. Then like most others I finish it off with the Jayco supplied crank handle
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:46 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the input. I also have the hand-crank that came with the trailer, but mine is very long so there is very little leverage (to even just do 1 full turn), and it is so flimsy that I swear I am going to twist it.
I think it had 2 in the basement when I got it, so I'll check out the other one to see if it's better design and strength. Otherwise, I'll give a socket handle with a 3/4 socket a try.
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Old 12-15-2014, 04:02 AM   #13
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I use a Black and Decker 20 volt lithium drill/driver with the 3/4" socket. It is deceiving as it is a small drill with a ton of power.
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I use a 12 volt cordless drill, and thought that it applied enough torque. It would be interesting to know how much torque is best, and use a torque wrench to get a sense for how much that is.
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:36 PM   #15
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I broke the chuck on my Ryobi drill. I know they aren't the best out there, but don't force it too hard. I wind them down tight and use a ratchet to tighten them down.
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Old 12-16-2014, 10:58 PM   #16
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best way to "finalize" my stabilizers?

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I knew it would be that easy and I was missing something! A ratchet wrench! Perfect!
Thanks! BTW, a drill is soo much easier and FAST for the first part. Why don't' you use that? Try it! BANG!
I don't need an electric drill as I use 6x6x10 pressure treated lumber under my 6 stabilizers so they never have to come down more than 8" or so. Do u have anything under yours? And in my first post I misspoke when I said 3/8. I use a 1/2 ratchet. I usually let my 6 year old daughter finalize it with the ratchet as she loves to help. If your drill can't, maybe something is wrong with it or the operator. No need for electric here. Maybe when I get older or the kids stop having fun helping....
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Old 12-17-2014, 08:20 PM   #17
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I gave up with the drill. I have 4 pairs of 4"x 4"s; 6, 8 ,12 and 16" long. The least amount you extend your stab jacks the better the stability. I have plenty of 2 x 10 x 12's that can be used for leveling or under the stab jacks and tongue jack as well.

So I leave the drill home and used the crank provided by Jayco for the final inch or two. It also will operate your electric tongue jack if it craps out.
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Old 12-17-2014, 09:02 PM   #18
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Stabilizers should touch the ground and remove all the slack in the mechanism, done. The rear ones especially are in the wrong place on the frame to use as jacks unless you want your frame bent for some reason.
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I use a 3/4 inch breaker bar with a 3/4 socket to finish up the last bit. works good
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I used to use an 18 volt DeWalt cordless drill. Let it go till it stopped and that was enough for me. They are exactly that, stabilizing jacks and nothing more. Now with the fifth wheeler, they are all electric touch of the button.

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