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Old 07-26-2012, 06:09 AM   #1
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Drill to use for Stablizer jacks, How large is required

Just ordered a 26rks and rather than buying the electric stabilizer jacks folks suggested using a cordless drill for the job.. so, that brings up the question how large (how much power) is required to get the job done? I have a small sized skill now but I am thinking it's not going to be enough power when the time comes... the batteries on the Skill are terrible so I was thinking of just ordering another drill to use specifically for that need.

So, for you folks that have the "Drill of your choice" would you let me know what kind of power I will be needing to get the job done reliably... and what size connector and extention you use with it..

Thanks in advance for your suggestions...
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:27 AM   #2
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I have a dewalt cordless drill that I use on our x213. Has plenty of power for the job.
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:30 AM   #3
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I use a DeWalt 14.4v with the 3 speed gearbox in first gear...moves the jacks up and down but you can't change a tire with it.
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:31 AM   #4
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I just bring along my 18v Dewalt cordless drill. The stabilizers do not need much torque. Pretty much any modern drill will work in low speed. Use low speed, the jacks come down very fast if the drill is on high. My jacks utilize a 3/4 socket, I think that is the standard.
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:35 AM   #5
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Oh come on Dave, be tough and do it with the hand crank. We are roughing it you know! LOL

We just took delivery of a 26 RLS. Ours does not have the electric stabilizers, either. One of the great mysteries in camping life for me is how much is enough without being too much in regards to stabilizer pressure.

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Old 07-26-2012, 08:35 AM   #6
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If you have a Harbor Freight near you I think they would have a low cost drill that would server the purpose.
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I use an older Sears model, on low. Amazing how quick that the stabilizers go up and down. On my trailer, the spare tire is on a 'winch' , longer winded than the stabilizers. I would say that I can lower or raise all 4 in the time it took to do 1 with the hand crank.
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:18 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the great comments and suggestions on the drill and the stabalizers.. at this point we may get it before the end of August.. I'll try the hand crank one time just for you Hector :-) then, just for kicks I'l try the drill that I already have.. andn at last resort I may even watch the sales of drills and we will see what comes up..

Again, thanks so much for the help .. can't wait to get the new rig!

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Old 07-26-2012, 01:24 PM   #9
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I'll try the hand crank one time just for you Hector :-) then, just for kicks I'l try the drill that I already have.

Great, I'll borrow your drill if we are ever camping near each other! :-)
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:56 PM   #10
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I have an 18vt. battery powered reversible Makita hand drill, it Works great.
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:12 PM   #11
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I picked up a 12V blacker and decker cordless from Sam's club for $26, and it works great. Also, bonus is not enough torque to push the trailer up when setting the stabilizers.
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:31 PM   #12
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If you decide to invest in something pretty nice, check out the Ridgid cordless tools from Home Depot. I got the 18v cordless drill with Lithium Ion batteries. The batteries last a really long time and they hold a charge for at least a month or 2 off of the charger (with all 4 bars of power). The best part is the drill AND batteries have a lifetime warranty! I got a deal at Home Depot where they give you an extra battery free. I plan to eventually buy a cordless recip saw and an impact gun. The cordless drill works awesome for lowering/raising the jacks and even puts a pretty good amount of pressure on it. It works good in high or low, but high is way too fast for me

I'm really glad I got manual jacks with the drill setup. My dealer says he specs manual jacks on all his trailers due to problems they've had with the electric ones. On the flip side, he gets the electric tongue jacks because they've rarely had a failure. Setup is really fast with the cordless drill (as said above, I probably get all four jacks down in the time of one manually).
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:56 PM   #13
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Personally I would look for a cordless drill that uses a “universal battery” for multiple tools. I have an 18V Dewalt drill. What I really like and tend to use more than the drill is the reciprocating saw. I have a pruning blade in it. I use it to cut fire wood. It works great!

Look at a Pawn shop for a used unit, especially if you are not going to use it for anything other than the trailer.
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Cordless impact driver works well and can be used for tires. They are a little noisy.
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I got a cheap 18v drill from Harbor Freight that was on sale for about $16 which gets me to the ground and then I use the hand crank to set them. I did not want my DeWalt 18v XRP disappearing so I chose this route. I use a 3/4" socket I picked up at the RV store and it works great. I have heard some people setting up with a cordless impact gun which would do the job also.
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I am not the worlds largest Ryobi fan, but I bought one of the Home Depot packs with the drill, bag, flashlight, charger, 2 batteries, and made it a permanent fixture in the cupbard just inside the door of my trailer. I leave the charger and all in there with the cord running out of the door to the outlet above it. You can reach this cabinet from outside easily and always have a battery and flashlight ready also.

I also grabbed one of the drill to 3/8's drive long adapters (6 inch I think) at Northern Tool, and one that locks the socket onto the extension (see pic) along with a cheap 3/4" socket, I welded the socket to the extension so nobody can borrow/steal/loose it for other reasons. I now have my stabilizer kit always in that cabinet, and have a flashlight too. Total investment of about $105 going by memory.

As far as power, I would say this 18V Ryobi on the low gear speed, is MORE than enough power to do what you want. I do NOT run mine up so hard as to stall the drill when in low gear. High gear yes, not low. Maybe a stupid measurement but thats based on the pops n creeks of the trailer when doing the adjustments..I try to minimize that...lol

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I've got a 18v vari-speed Craftsman that has an adjustable clutch. Does the job nicely. I keep it in the house so the drill is on the packing list (the crank stays in the TT as insurance against my faulty packing)
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As stated by others, I got a Harbor Freight battery operated drill. Its an 18 Volt drill but its only good for once up, once down and once up before the power is too low to use again. I put the charger in the trailer and hooked to an out of the way outlet. Note: After the initial charge on the HF drills don't charge them much longer than 3 or 4 hours as the charger and battery get so hot I suspect they might be a fire hazard. They are easy to forget, but don't
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Its an 18 Volt drill but its only good for once
I'm taking your comment out of context but I consider any tool I buy at HF to be a single use tool.:hihi:
My Craftsman charger has a trickle-charge feature so I can leave it in for days with no problem. Once charged it's good for several cycles of the stab arms, plus I've got a nice cordless drill on hand should I need. I don't bother to take the charger with me on TT outings. I think I spent $50 - $70 in it and if it breaks I'll probably get another.
I do buy quite a bit of stuff from HF but nothing I expect to be dependable or high quality. The disappointment in the Craft- drill is that it didn't come with a storage box.
Oh well, complain in one hand and .......
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I cranked down the jacks on our 26RLS by hand once, and that is all it took to buy the bit to fit my cordless drill. Now the jacks are up and down in less than 5 minutes.
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