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Old 01-25-2018, 12:29 AM   #1
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Portable drill to run down stabilzer jacks?

What do folks use instead of the hand crank furnished by ETI? Can I get by with a battery-powered drill or do I really need a impact driver?
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Old 01-25-2018, 12:45 AM   #2
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I sometimes use a small battery powered impact driver with a 3/4” socket when we are in a hurry. It makes a racket but it’s quick.

The rest of the time I deploy the kids who really love to help with the “crankers”!


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Old 01-25-2018, 12:56 AM   #3
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18 volt ryobi drill with this:

https://www.rvautoparts.com/57363-Ca...yABEgK5iPD_BwE
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I use a Porter Cable 20V impact driver. Noisy, yes but very fast total time a minute or two for all 4 stabilisers.
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Unless you can turn off the impact function of a driver, you may find you want something that makes less noise, if you're departing before the campground is awake in the morning. Also you are really just snugging these things, not cranking them with an electric impact driver.
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Unless you can turn off the impact function of a driver, you may find you want something that makes less noise, if you're departing before the campground is awake in the morning. Also you are really just snugging these things, not cranking them with an electric impact driver.
I agree. Only snugging down. You don’t want to go too far. I never use my battery drill on the stabilizers; it really is easy to use the ETI supplied crank, the drill is not that much quicker, and the drill takes “feel” (at least, IMO) out of setting them properly (1/4 turn after contact).
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Old 01-25-2018, 05:43 AM   #7
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12v Bosch 3/8" drill and adapter. Small, lightweight and does the job.
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Like Titanizer, a small 13.6v Makita drill/driver. It has just enough umph to put them up and down snug. I do take to not let the clutch slip when it's early in the am. If I need a little more then the drill will give me I can turn the drill like a rachet wrench.
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I tried it once with an impact driver and found that it wasn’t significantly faster than hand cranking, nor did I like the loss of “feel” for snugness, so happily went back to the hand crank without the nagging doubt about a better mousetrap that had prompted the experiment.
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I use a Porter Cable 20V impact driver. Noisy, yes but very fast total time a minute or two for all 4 stabilisers.
I could do four in less time with a manual crank.
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I never use my battery drill on the stabilizers; it really is easy to use the ETI supplied crank, the drill is not that much quicker, and the drill takes “feel” (at least, IMO) out of setting them properly (1/4 turn after contact).
I tried a drill and while it works it is noisy and like you say, only a couple seconds faster. I have not used one for a while now. Though, on the 5.0TA there are only two stabilizers.
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