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Old 06-04-2018, 06:51 AM   #1
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Drill for stabilizer legs

Okay so I'm getting the power hitch and now we have the power awning. Save the old back. Now I want to bring down the stabilizer legs using a cordless drill. we haven't got the drill and are wondering if you have to have a certain torque or power so that the drill is capable of screwing down those legs. We are buying the drill as we don't have a cordless drill at this time so don't want to buy something that won't get the job done. Also don't want to buy something more expensive than needed. Any thoughts?
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Old 06-04-2018, 07:28 AM   #2
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Okay so I'm getting the power hitch and now we have the power awning. Save the old back. Now I want to bring down the stabilizer legs using a cordless drill. we haven't got the drill and are wondering if you have to have a certain torque or power so that the drill is capable of screwing down those legs. We are buying the drill as we don't have a cordless drill at this time so don't want to buy something that won't get the job done. Also don't want to buy something more expensive than needed. Any thoughts?
Hi: renglish6... I know the drill, but I can never find it. The old crank is always there. Alf
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Old 06-04-2018, 11:04 AM   #3
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Pretty much any cordless drill you buy should be fine.

While I have several I don't use them for that purpose although lots of folks do.

Even when I've used one I still do the last part manually so that I can "feel" how much force the stabilizer is exerting.

Like power anything one precaution is to keep the lead screw clean if you do a lot of dusty or muddy roads. With a power drill you start to loose some feed back that the lead screw is gritty and needs cleaning.

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Old 06-04-2018, 11:08 AM   #4
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Okay so I'm getting the power hitch and now we have the power awning. Save the old back. Now I want to bring down the stabilizer legs using a cordless drill. we haven't got the drill and are wondering if you have to have a certain torque or power so that the drill is capable of screwing down those legs. We are buying the drill as we don't have a cordless drill at this time so don't want to buy something that won't get the job done. Also don't want to buy something more expensive than needed. Any thoughts?

Robert,
Here's the long story about our current solution:

We started by using my 18V (Riobi) impact driver, but it makes way too much noise, especially if you're setting up after dark or leaving in the early morning. So then, we started using the 18V drill with an adapter in the chuck for 3/8" drive sockets. The stabilizer takes a 3/4" 6 or 12 point socket. This works fine, except:

occasionally, I've tightened the stabilizer so much that the drill doesn't have the initial power to start turning the shaft, so I grab the chuck and manually assist. My wife now goes camping with a friend of hers (without me), and found that she couldn't always do the same, so she had to dig the hand crank out of it's hiding place under the dinette.
Bottom line: we found that using the hand crank is very easy for either one of us, always. Whether we're hand cranking or using power, we end up kneeling. It's not a problem for my poor back. So, we don't use power anymore for the stabilizer cranking operation. I used a couple of hooks (actually they're one screw conduit clamps) mounted vertically on the back wall of the tongue storage box to hang the hand crank; it's very handy, but out of the way.
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Old 06-04-2018, 11:14 AM   #5
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I donít usually use a drill to put the stabilizers down but when I do I use Dos Equis oops, wrong commercial. Seriously I do observe this happening and if I had to estimate Iíd say about 75% of the drills I see are 18 Volt Dewalt Drills. I think the basic unit is around $100 and there will be many sales with Fatherís Day coming up. Personally I am a Milwaukee guy but never knock another manís equipment, or womanís either. Just my $.02. YMMV
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Old 06-04-2018, 11:15 AM   #6
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This is what I use and has plenty of power keeping in mind that your not lifting the trailer in the air...your just stabilizing. Comes with both drill and an impact driver. This gives you two batteries. I am not sure about in the US but here if you register a Ridged product you get lifetime battery replacement! What lifetime means is up for debate but I have replaced both batteries in the last 8 years of ownership. Otherwise most drill would be garbage or you would have had to buy replacement batteries. They are small and easy to use. If you don’t like the noise of the impact driver...try the drill...as I said you get both!
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Old 06-04-2018, 11:36 AM   #7
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If money is no object, you can install electric stabilizers. Push button and quiet. But that would run you about $700 for both. I've never liked the idea however even if they were cheaper. The feet can't be adjusted independently.

If you're looking for a quieter drill, I like this Porter Cable. Way quieter than my other drills - not even close. Note also that some of the noise produced when raising or lowering the stabilizers is coming from the stabilizers themselves. Make sure to lube their screws for more quiet operation.
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I use a Ryobi 18V drill (I already owned the battery and charger). It really isn't a whole lot easier, though, but since I keep the drill handy it isn't any less convenient.
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Use an old candle or a small block of paraffin to lube the stabilizer screw threads. Wax will not attract road grit as grease or oil will. Rub wax on threads and extend / retract stabilizers a couple times and you are good to go.

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Use an old candle or a small block of paraffin to lube the stabilizer screw threads. Wax will not attract road grit as grease or oil will. Rub wax on threads and extend / retract stabilizers a couple times and you are good to go.

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Wax works, but I just hit them with some dry spray lube. Won't attract dirt and it's durable.
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