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Old 09-02-2015, 04:20 AM   #21
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I don't have my trailer yet so I speak with apprehension. BUT .... in my shop when I need to lubricate a tool adjusting thread I use paraffin from a candle or from a block I bought in canning supplies from a grocery store: doesn't attract dust (sawdust) or other abrasives and is relatively waterproof (and cheap). Steel threads or tablesaw tops seem to like it and I have noticed its ability to "creap" under rust and displace it. Sometimes it can interfere with applications of certain finishes on wood after the boards have been run over tool surfaces but for applications on screw adjuster (like trailer leveling) paraffin would be my lubricant of choice.
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:34 AM   #22
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I owned my last trailer 11 years. After 8 years i began carrying a cordless drill with a 3/4" drive socket. It made set up and take down a lot easier but I had Bal stabilizers not scissor style like the Escape. They may need more effort.

I have seen many trailer owners stack a pile of boards under their scissor jacks even on asphalt and concrete and had assumed this was to reduce the amount of cranking required but handling and placing the boards seemed like more trouble than a bit more cranking.
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Old 09-02-2015, 08:17 AM   #23
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I don't have my trailer yet so I speak with apprehension. BUT .... in my shop when I need to lubricate a tool adjusting thread I use paraffin from a candle or from a block I bought in canning supplies from a grocery store: doesn't attract dust (sawdust) or other abrasives and is relatively waterproof (and cheap). Steel threads or tablesaw tops seem to like it and I have noticed its ability to "creap" under rust and displace it. Sometimes it can interfere with applications of certain finishes on wood after the boards have been run over tool surfaces but for applications on screw adjuster (like trailer leveling) paraffin would be my lubricant of choice.
A bar of inexpensive soap rubbed over the threads works well too.
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Old 09-02-2015, 08:44 AM   #24
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Got any product names?
The can I have now is Jig-a-loo Silicone Dry. I have had the can for a few years now. On their site they do not seem to carry the same one, but do have a dry water repellant lubricant, probably the same thing in a new label. Readily available at the BORG or Crappy Tire.

Jig-A-Loo - invisible silicone-based lubricant and water-repellent!
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Old 09-02-2015, 12:00 PM   #25
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I've got that stuff. Didn't know it was silicone-based.
Doesn't stink, like WD40.
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A good silicone based lube was a necessity with my Coleman tent trailer, as the slides were aluminum. Works great on anything where you don't want any residue.
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Old 09-02-2015, 12:32 PM   #27
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not scissor style like the Escape. They may need more effort.
I think for some folks, it's not the effort required to turn the crank so much as having to bend down while cranking.

Like the paraffin wax idea. Just found several blocks of it cleaning up my storage room.

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Old 09-02-2015, 02:06 PM   #28
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A guy with a Lance pulled into the spot beside us in Banff on the weekend and proceeded to lower his electric stabilizers. Very loud! Sounded like someone was doing construction work in the trailer next door. I joked with my wife that he was probably hanging drywall.
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We had the same thing at the Roots and Blues Festival in Salmon Arm a couple weeks ago. What a racket, sounded like a jackhammer.
I'd rather listen to a couple of minutes of that than all the generators we had to listen to for hours on end, on our last visit to a BC provincial campground.
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I'd rather listen to a couple of minutes of that than all the generators we had to listen to for hours on end, on our last visit to a BC provincial campground.
Yes that is very annoying. Good thing about the Escape with double pane glass, extra insulation and spray foam is that it really helps to muffle outside noise and allows you to spend quiet time in your trailer, even with noisy neighbours nearby.
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I use a cordless drill and also take a work light that uses the same battery. The kids like to help set up the trailer and the worklight is a great flashlight.
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