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Old 03-01-2014, 10:21 PM   #15
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I totally keep the crank in the trailer as a backup, inside where it stays dry and hopefully corrosion-free. I never looked to see whether the crank was maybe actually stainless steel or aluminum - I just assumed it would rust in the rear bumper! Anyway, I like the drill, it makes the job quick and fun. I can see how a good slow crank on each stabilizer could be a sort of meditative exercise, so that's cool too. To each his own, eh?
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:26 PM   #16
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Yes!!! I love the meditative hmmmmmm.... of a good cordless
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Old 03-02-2014, 05:59 AM   #17
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So are they mounted with a few bolts each? wonder what size?
Rusty and ready to break off at a moments' notice.

They will be anywhere from 3/8"-1/2", depending on who installed them, what size self tapping screws they used originally, and how much of the heads have rusted off.
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:16 AM   #18
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I guess with this comment I will leave the drill vs. crank thing alone.
I have tried the drill thing. It seemed not to save any time and it's more trouble than its worth.
So far the crank hasn't rusted in the bumper.
Use a drill all you want.
It ain't no skin off my back.
It don't bother me.
Won't change the fact I choose not to...
It just ain't my bag man.
Don't let it bother you.
Leave me alone about it.
So far I haven't found the need to carry a bunch of "multi-use" tools, but I do carry more than I have ever used.
I have the following tools on board:
1. Various size flat and phillips screw drivers
2. Hammer
3. Socket set
4. Torque wrench
5. 4 way lug wrench
6. Tire change ramp
7. Fix-a-flat
8. 12 volt compressor
9. Level
10. Electrical tape
11. Wire nuts/connectors
So far this basic set of tools has worked.
Maybe to tool kit will expand as the trailer ages and new problems arise.
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hahaha maybe you need to get new batteries or a real drill

As far as attaching your stabilizers, use 3/4" self taping screws with hex heads. Use your, {hehehe}, cordless drill and make sure you are screwing into your framework when attaching. Possibly put some lock tight on the threads before putting them on.
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Old 03-02-2014, 05:52 PM   #20
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Uh...
No. I don't...
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Actually, I currently own a DeWalt 12 volt, 3 extended range batteries, and 2 chargers, and a Ryobi 18 volt, 2 batteries, and a charger.
My choice to use the crank isn't for lack of good quality drills.
I just don't think it saves me any time.
I don't think the process from backing, chocking, jacking, getting it off the truck, leveling, stabilizing, hooking up electric, water, and water, letting steps out, turning on a/c and refrigerator, raising TV antenna, tuning TV's, unfurling 4 awnings, and setting out Zip Dee chairs and pink flamingos is even 30 minutes...
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