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Old 04-26-2013, 09:18 PM   #29

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Dry brush-on graphite....


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So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:20 PM   #30
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silicone spray for me.


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Old 04-26-2013, 09:27 PM   #31
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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.
I bought the BAL stabilizers and installed them myself. The "speed handle" thingo was another $18-$20 where I got a decent deal on the set of stabilizers, I already had the dewalt and the socket, and the 3/8 drive drill adapter was $4ish. If I forget the dewalt I can use a ratchet and take a while, if I forget the ratchet I forgot the whole tool bag and should've stayed home.

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Old 04-28-2013, 01:02 PM   #32
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My back can handle one or two stabilizers with the standard crank, hence the drill. It does make a difference especially with all to do when setting up. Getting old sux. More so with health issues.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:55 AM   #33
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Call me old school, too, because I've used the manual crank for years (mostly because my 9 volt drill won't work on the stabilizers.) But here's my rationale for a new $200 18 volt drill: We have 19 stops on our Viking Trail Caravan this summer. 19 stops X 4 stabilizers X two cranks per stabilizer per stop = 152 cranks/$200 = 76 cents. So for just pennies I can efficiently raise and lower my stabilizers with ease. It will almost pay for itself! Now add $500 worth of AGM batteries so I don't have to check the electrolyte level, and I'm saving so much time and energy I ought to get a rebate from the electric company. So with these savings, I can pay for the $5.20/gallon Canadian diesel fuel. And it's all thanks to my new drill.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:18 AM   #34
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I don't need to use it for my stabilizers, but I would not trade it for anything when it is time to set my Hensley wd jacks. It's also great for tire changes - up until it is time for the torque wrench.

Somebody, please, point me to the road.

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Old 05-13-2013, 01:24 PM   #35
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AND, on top of all those benefits you can drill a hole with it and mix a drink too.
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:19 PM   #36
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Yep, Robert's pic of the three adapters is the ticket! I use one for the weight distribution jacks on the hitch too.

If you watch, there are sales on the 18v cordless drills. The one Rigid model I got was rated #2 under Bosch in a consumer cordless drill rating BUT it also has a lifetime warranty and it came with two extra batteries- one free, ALSO covered under the warranty. Can't beat that. It is powerful.

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