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Old 02-14-2013, 11:46 AM   #15
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I use the crank. It doesn't take that much longer, and is a little exercises. I also use the crank for the jacks on the ProPride hitch. I count the turns and that is what I use to adjust for different loading conditions. If anyone wants to part with a crank, I could use another. I could get my wife involved and do it in half the time.


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Old 02-14-2013, 07:44 PM   #16
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Someone will be wondering. So, yes, the right one is quick. And sturdy. Cheap. A forever purchase.


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Old 02-20-2013, 10:01 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by HiHoAgRV View Post
I use a great big 1/2" Dewalt 3 speed. After trying 3-4 smaller drills I finally gave up and paid $150 for a big-dog.

From experience, I wont use grease on the screws again...1 trip down a dusty road and the grease grabbed so much dirt that even the crank would barely move them.

I've lubed with a spray on dry lube and I'm betting that rubbing a wax candle on the screw threads would work just as good.
You may be on to something there - three of ours are now difficult to move even with the handle despite repeated greasings; the 9.6v DeWalt drill can only barely turn them (it should be able to, though, and has worked in the past). One of my plans for spring is to crawl under and clean the threads well, possibly with a wire brush, and lubricate it with a dry lube like you said.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:00 PM   #18
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Silicone spray works pretty well too.

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Old 02-20-2013, 01:01 PM   #19
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There is also a need for corrosion protection on these jack assemblies. I sprayed ours with Boeshield T-9, as well as all other steel under the Airstream. A decent lubricant and leaves a light coating of paraffin wax to protect them.

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Old 02-20-2013, 01:08 PM   #20
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Stabilizer jacks

Whatever you do, whatever you buy, be sure you get one that has a LITHIUM battery. I couldn't believe the difference. I am finally convinced that a battery can outlast a drill. I used a 3/8 in corded drill for awhile, but the dust got the best of it. I cleaned the screw shafts and lubed them again but I am sure they will dirty up quickly. May try candle wax or soap next. We always lubed sticky dresser drawers with dry bar soap. And that might help keep 'em clean. Cheers bill b.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:21 PM   #21
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When I don't unhook I refuse to lower anything. I know I would forget in the morning.
One night of wobbly trailer really makes you appreciate the stabilizers.
Of course the rum helps with the wobble.
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:41 PM   #22
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When I don't unhook, I usually do put down the tongue jack to level and stabilize the trailer. I drape one of these over the steering wheel to remind me to retract the jack, and also to remind me of the days I piloted non-ground-bound aluminum vehicles. :-)

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Old 03-02-2013, 12:46 AM   #23
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For a thread lubricant, I use aerosol Teflon dry lubricant, which is available at auto parts stores and at hobby shops (where it's sold as a candle-mold release agent). It sprays on as a white, dry powder that's not oily; so it doesn't attract dirt or grime. It also works well on window cranks and door hinges. However, you may wish to wipe off the white over-spray if it is cosmetically objectionable.
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:52 AM   #24

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Wink Keep your screws clean & dry....

CRC Dry Lube.....
Try Wally World or local NAPA.

Makita Combo goes camping real good....I use the drill most times.
The little impact is a lot stronger than you'd think.

On edit...
Adapters needed with above Combo..

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So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:52 AM   #25
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The Ridgid "Fuego" 18-volt lithium-ion drill is great. Has over 500 in-lb of torque, among the best of any cordless drill. Comes in a $99 kit with one battery, or you can get a 2-battery kit for $169 (both include the charger). And the best thing about it is that you can register it for Ridgid's lifetime service agreement which, believe it or not, not only covers the drill but also the charger and batteries. Yes--you can even obtain replacement batteries for free with the lifetime agreement. If you don't register for the lifetime agreement the warranty is 3 years.

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Old 03-02-2013, 10:05 AM   #26
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If looking for a cordless drill, you may want to consider getting a combo kit that has a saw with it. I have the 18 volt lithium Milwaukee combo that has both the drill and reciprocating saw. The saw is used all the time and works really good. You will need the tree pruning blades for it.

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Old 03-04-2013, 09:49 PM   #27
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I use graphite to lube the jacks. Goes on dry and doesn't seem to attract dirt.


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Old 03-04-2013, 11:29 PM   #28
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I use a dry-type motorcycle chain lube; I'm sure a wax bicycle chain lube would work fine as well. I used to use our Milwaukee 18V 1/2" drill, but now I usually just do it by hand since it helps me know when the jack screws need attention again.

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