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Old 09-03-2015, 12:09 AM   #31
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I always bring my cordless drill with me so it's not a burden. I like the hex driver for a few reasons. It's fast, and you can set the dial on the drill to provide even torque on all stabilizers. I often worried that I might be applying uneven or excessive force with the manual driver, which can cause stress fractures in the fiberglass.
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:34 AM   #32
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I would be willing to bet you would save no more than 10 seconds over the provided speed wrench (for all 4 stabilizers), plus there really is no chance of over tightening, unless you really forced it. But that said, definitely give it a try, your experience might be different than mine was.
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Old 09-03-2015, 01:00 AM   #33
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How about something like this as a lubricant? Convenience of a spray but dries to not attract dirt. If I remember to pack mine I'll take it with me next week for our pick up trip.

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Old 09-03-2015, 01:52 AM   #34
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I often worried that I might be applying uneven or excessive force with the manual driver, which can cause stress fractures in the fiberglass.
We have opposite views on that. Even on the few times that I've used my cordless drill it's only been to get them close to the ground. I then use the hand crank to put a moderate amount of pressure on them. I feel that I can more accurately judge the amount of force than the drill can. But, whatever works for ya

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Old 09-03-2015, 02:17 AM   #35
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If you do use an electric drill, be certain your hex drive is the correct size, not a size too large, and you don't have the drill setting too high. Constant high impact using a too large hex drive will round the hex nut, not good.
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Old 09-03-2015, 04:32 AM   #36
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I bought this drive socket on amazon prime for under 8 bucks, delivered. There is actually a Camco one on the same Prine page for under $7 but it doesn't appear to have the screwdriver friendly detention in the shaft.

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How about something like this as a lubricant? Convenience of a spray but dries to not attract dirt. If I remember to pack mine I'll take it with me next week for our pick up trip.

Finish Line - Bicycle Lubricants and Care Products - DRY Lube with Teflon® fluoropolymer
I'm going to get some of this stuff for the awning arms.
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Old 09-03-2015, 07:53 AM   #38
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I always bring my cordless drill with me so it's not a burden. I like the hex driver for a few reasons. It's fast, and you can set the dial on the drill to provide even torque on all stabilizers. I often worried that I might be applying uneven or excessive force with the manual driver, which can cause stress fractures in the fiberglass.
I also bring a cordless drill with me but for other reasons. And Camping World sells a bit with the 3/4-inch socket for the purpose of operating the stabilizing jacks. Rule of thumb is to make contact with ground/pad and then go 1/4 additional turn. They are not intended for lifting; they are intended to take out some of the bounce and the danger of a smaller trailer tilting if all occupants are at the back end. They are stabilizers, not jacks.

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I would be willing to bet you would save no more than 10 seconds over the provided speed wrench (for all 4 stabilizers), plus there really is no chance of over tightening, unless you really forced it. But that said, definitely give it a try, your experience might be different than mine was.
Agree with you Jim. The time savings is negligible, and one literary has better "feel" with the manual wrench than with a drill.
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How about something like this as a lubricant? Convenience of a spray but dries to not attract dirt. If I remember to pack mine I'll take it with me next week for our pick up trip.

Finish Line - Bicycle Lubricants and Care Products - DRY Lube with Teflon® fluoropolymer
I have used this product on bicycle chains in the past. Like almost all such products this will wash off with tire spray. I do not think it has the holding power for use on the jacks. Now on the awning arms this has more possibilities, however the formulation of a lubricant for a bike chain and associated links is very different than what might be needed on the sliding of an arm.

There are probably better choices. As a lube for bikes however it is an excellent choice.
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I too use a silicone based lube for the chains on my bikes. I do this after every hard ride.

Something to remember to do before and lube is used, is to thoroughly clean whatever you are lubing first, to remove any contaminants in the moving parts. Too often I have seen folks just spraying lube on to work the joint free and make it move easier, only to have their fix fail sooner.
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