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Old 11-25-2012, 05:31 PM   #15
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Idroba, also if you have the type of drill with a torque setting, use it. They can produce a lot of torque. I use a 14 -16 setting on my drill (Milwaulee 18 volt) and it puts just enough onto the jack with out "lifting" my AS incorrectly.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:19 PM   #16
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Idroba, also if you have the type of drill with a torque setting, use it. They can produce a lot of torque. I use a 14 -16 setting on my drill (Milwaulee 18 volt) and it puts just enough onto the jack with out "lifting" my AS incorrectly.

Thanks for that tip, my drill does have a torque setting, and it is a very powerful 18 volt Ridgid, so it could throw one I am sure. I had not thought about using the torque limiting feature for the application of running the stabilizing jacks.

Good call.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:30 PM   #17
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I use a cordless impack wrench to lower my jacks.
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Harbor Freight has inexpensive socket adapters.
I use an 18v HF cordless drill, 74 ft/lbs, that sometimes is not enought torque, or maybe it needs a bit more lubrication on the threads.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:15 PM   #19
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....... dirt and grime is attracted to grease/oil on the BAL screws, I just keep them clean, If you need to lube use a dry graphite lube.

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Old 04-23-2013, 06:37 AM   #20
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Yeah, do not grease them. Ours have gotten to the point where they pretty hard to use, and I think the grease made them worse, not better. I've been trying to graphite lube them, and it is helping, fortunately.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:13 AM   #21
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I use a cordless impack wrench to lower my jacks.
I purchased a Ryobi drill/impact combo with the 18v lithium batteries. Included 1/4" impact driver and a 1/2" drill. I purcased a 3/4" socket and with the impact driver it smoothly lowers the jacks without twisting your wrist like a powered drill will. I only had a corded drill so I treated myself.

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Old 04-23-2013, 09:32 AM   #22
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I find the use of electric drills for things such as BAL stabilizers are not the best answer for me. Electric drills reduce the "feedback" between the operator and the mechanism. Consequently, the operator may not be aware of the increased torque required to operate the stabilizer as it becomes dirty and corroded. It's also annoying to other campers (okay, annoying to me) when somebody uses a drill with a torque clutch and they reach the torque limit and keep on going.... rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat. That seems to occur late at night when everyone near them is resting, or early in the morning when the person with the drill is breaking camp before dawn.

I like a solution that keeps me in the feedback loop. If the screw is difficult to turn it's time to clean and lubricate the screw. If something is squeeking or grinding it's time to investigate. A simple $10-$15 speed wrench is the good tool to have on hand - it doesn't require charging, it's relatively quiet, and from what I can see it's as easy to use as a drill motor for operating your BAL stabilizers.

Call me old school because I use one of these:
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Sooo funny Robert! Made me laugh out loud.
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On the topic of "feedback" between me and the stabilizer... I keep the dewalt torque set low (5 of something like 17.) I initially set the torque low because I don't want to crank the stabilizers down too hard because they're stabilizers, not jacks.
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I almost broke my wrist when I used my drill to take the stabilizer down. Never again. I'm old school too (maybe not as old as Robert!)
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After having the socket come off the adaptor a number of times, I tig welded it to the socket.
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It never occurred to me that I needed anything than the standard "wrench" that came with the trailer.

I suppose if I had bad arthritis in a part of me that I need to use to make the wrench work, I might feel different about it, but with just a quick shot of silicon spray, so far they work like a charm.

ps: spray graphite grease is great too, but it's so dang dirty I avoid it as much as possible. Or maybe I have the wrong kind, but mine shoots a black spray that seems to like to travel a lot.
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