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Old 08-09-2016, 09:32 PM   #15
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Found the longer crank BAL's (below). Supposedly they are used on non-Bambi Airstreams. Hopefully they would bolt on easily but at $250 a welder might be a better option.

http://airstreamsupply.com/Jacks-and...et-of-4-400093
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Old 08-09-2016, 09:37 PM   #16
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It's a no brainier for me on my 22'FB. 12" extension,1/4 adapter for the drill, pcs of carpet pad to kneel on, 5/8" deep socket with a groove cut in it. For the time it took me to read these responses I could completed the task including putting the tool away.
Another option buy and extra crank,cut off a 14" section ,put in a drill and your set to go. Far cheaper than welding, extensions, buying jacks etc.
It doesn't need to be an issue..
You are correct except for those of us with joint replacements and other physical problems making getting up and down from the ground painful. Same goes for the low sewer attachment, but that is another thread.
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Old 08-10-2016, 04:26 AM   #17
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Stabilizer Jack Crank Extensions Question

Buy a second slotted hand crank and cut off the handle to create a new bit for your cordless drill. Buy a garden kneel pad. Tape a 1/4" square of some reflective tape on the end of the stabilizer rods to make it easy to find in low light situations.
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Old 08-10-2016, 07:29 AM   #18
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You are correct except for those of us with joint replacements and other physical problems making getting up and down from the ground painful. Same goes for the low sewer attachment, but that is another thread.
Your point is well taken...mid 70's myself, multiple back surgeries, but it goes with the territory. I'd rather face up to the task and " get to do it" than have to stay at home wishing I could.
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Old 08-10-2016, 07:40 AM   #19
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We bought a slotted bit off Amazon that works with a drill. Problem is it still requires crawling on the ground to line it up on the attachment point. Also, clearance is tight on the right front one by the step. I thought about having a welding shop look at adding extensions though electric jacks sound like a really nice addition.
I suppose if you had extensions welded on to bring the end of the jack screws out to the edge of the trailer, you could then use a universal joint arrangement on a hand crank or drill so you would not need to be down on teh ground level with the jack screw.

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Old 08-10-2016, 11:16 AM   #20
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Saw a Bambie with electric stabilizer jacks at the dealer this week. There was one getting them installed and another had them. Seems to be a movement.

Cranking is good exercise. Cranking is good exercise. Cranking is good exercise. Cranking is good exercise.......if you say it..... Pat
I wanted one. The wife said no, and not be lazy. So now I have my son doing the the stabilizer jacks!
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Old 08-10-2016, 11:23 AM   #21
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I bought an extension with a chuck on the end. It's about a foot long. I put the slotted socket in the extensions chuck, and put the extension in the drills chuck. Works great on my Bambi. Its a Lisle part, 17450 - which Amazon says is currently unavailable - I bought it in 2012.

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Old 08-10-2016, 11:30 AM   #22
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I wanted one. The wife said no, and not be lazy. So now I have my son doing the the stabilizer jacks!
Wouldn't the drill do the same thing for a lot less $, plus be useful for other things?


I saw a video the other day advertising a 2017 Classic 30. That trailer seemed just loaded with electric gadgets, and I couldn't help thinking that just looked like trouble down the road!

Nice while they work, but a pain when they don't, and I have found on our trailers over the years that most of my problem areas have been electrical - usually corroded connectors, so for my part I would certainly prefer less, not more!

I'm sure many folk wouldn't agree though!

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Old 08-10-2016, 11:58 AM   #23
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I don't know why the stabilizers are set further in on the smaller trailers.
I first noticed this on a Bambi camped next to us in the Terraport at Jackson Center.
My opinion on raising and lowering with a drill:
It is easier to keep up with, store, and use the crank than to keep up with and store a drill, batteries, charger, and socket and to keep the batteries charged.
That all just seems like a big ole hassle to me.
Too much sugar for a dime-
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Old 08-10-2016, 12:01 PM   #24
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I thought maybe the frame rails on the smaller trailers are closer together/further in as compared to the big trailers.
I am sure the smaller trailers are narrower, but I don't know how much narrower.
Are the little trailers 7' wide as compared to 8.5' wide for the big trailers?
That was the explanation I gave myself as to the difference in the stabilizers.
Mine on my 30' are right even with the outside of the trailer.
The little Bambi next to us at Jackson Center had the stabilizers so far in and under you had to get down on your knees and peer under the trailer to find them- annoying-
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Old 08-10-2016, 12:37 PM   #25
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They are set back because the have a shorter screw shaft, not because of the frame rail. They are not the same stabilizer.
These are lighter duty like those on my Safari:


These are the heavier duty with the longer shaft that are on my Excella.
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Old 08-10-2016, 12:38 PM   #26
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I am disappointed in airstream.
I have the same issue with the bending over and kneeling. I had knee replacements which prevent me from doing this. Almost have to stand on my head to find the stabilizers. Feel like I am putting on a comedy show for what should be a simple task. Tried a stool and still cannot see. Usually end up laying in the stones, mud, etc. Then have to do fight to get up. Why does airstream make it so difficult? Thought I was buying quality. Big laugh.
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Old 08-10-2016, 12:50 PM   #27
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I can see how some people could have a hard time getting down there to crank the stabilizers, with or without a drill. Assuming you are traveling with a spouse or significant other, could you not ask your helpmate to do this one job involved in setting up? I know my wife would do it in a heartbeat, especially if I had a nice drill-with- extension setup. It might be worth a try.

By the way, I am 77 and have rods in my back, so I understand the problem.
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Old 08-10-2016, 01:10 PM   #28
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The po of my Avion put a small piece of electrical tape low on the trailer side where the stabilizers are. Still have to reach under, though.
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