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Old 10-20-2012, 02:26 PM   #1
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Electric stabilizer for Airstream Classics

Has anyone replaced their manual crank stabilizers on the classic with ab electronic system? Any recommendations or experiences with this would be appreciated. I'm trying to avoid having to get down on my knees to crank up the stabilizers.
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:46 PM   #2
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Try and electric 18volt cordless driver/drill with a sockt adapter and a 3/4" socket. Fast, easy, and no kneeling.
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:17 PM   #3
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Try and electric 18volt cordless driver/drill with a socket adapter and a 3/4" socket. Fast, easy, and no kneeling.
This works great just don't try an impact wrench (noisy and jars the stabilizers and trailer).
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:41 PM   #4
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A lot cheaper too....and you have the drill for those other on the road "projects".
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:03 PM   #5
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With the powered stabilizers you are more likely to have a stuck stabilizer if a motor, power supply, or gear failed. The drill is easy to use and cheap, you probably already have one.

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Old 10-21-2012, 12:17 PM   #6
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electric stabilizer

Agreed, an 18 volt 3/8 drive drill works great. I use a 3/4" socket and a long 3/8" drive extension with the end cut off so it will chuck in the drill. I welded a bar on the extension at right angle to manually assist the drill in case the stabilizer binds. I also screwed pads to the bottom of the metal plate on the stabilizer to provide a larger surface. They just ride along when the stabilizers are up.
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:25 PM   #7
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Just keep a good grip on the drill when you get the stabilizers down all the way. Otherwise the drill handle pops up at you and you can get a nasty bruise on your chin..... .

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Just keep a good grip on the drill when you get the stabilizers down all the way. Otherwise the drill handle pops up at you and you can get a nasty bruise on your chin..... .

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I wonder how you know that?
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:31 PM   #9
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A cordless impact driver works even better than a drill. Because there is no counter rotating force when it hits bottom. Down side of the impact driver is noise, but it is fast and effortless and I prefer it to the drill.
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Just select the right torque setting and you won't get jangled by the drill. Chose a low setting and work up until you get the the one that works best. Then just set it and forget it.

Note: I didn't mean to say "jangled" by the drill. My auto spell did that. But I can live with it.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:51 AM   #11
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cool concept

Had to confess that the concept is real cool.
We found this on our Avion project, It seems like is not in working condition but we didn't get to work on any electrical part yet.
Now we found 2 independent controllers for each side, all controllers are in the front so the 4 landing gears have an independent switch, again, cool concept.
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My wife bought me the 18 volt drill with the socket. Now I get absolutely no exercise. Life is good. Sal.
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