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    Speed up your stabilizer scissor jacks.

    It takes a long time to deploy and retract stabilizer scissor jacks manually. And the "bend over and crank" exercise isn't the best thing for an old man's back.

    Y'all probably use this method routinely, but for those who don't know, this might take some of the delay and agony out of deploying stabilizer jacks.

    I bought a cheap cordless 12V electric drill at Wallyworld and an adapter fitting.

    Here's a video of the result. Seconds to deploy. Seconds to retract.

    The bent threaded shaft in the scissor jack is due to my shortcut of only partially retracting the stabilizers before moving the trailer. That was BCD (before cordless drill).



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    Re: Speed up your stabilizer scissor jacks.

    Very nice. Now if I could just figure out how to speed up the electric jacks on my Cyclone.
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    Re: Speed up your stabilizer scissor jacks.

    I used to do that with my pop ups, even to crank the roof/tent up as well. Nice that I don't need that anymore with the Caliber Edition North Trail and Lippert Remote.
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    Re: Speed up your stabilizer scissor jacks.

    Using a drill is acceptable. But please skip if its a hammer drill.

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    Re: Speed up your stabilizer scissor jacks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mizmary View Post
    Using a drill is acceptable. But please skip if its a hammer drill.
    DW gave me a free pass to buy a new drill for this purpose alone, so what if it was a full combo kit (no hammer used for this operation).
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    Re: Speed up your stabilizer scissor jacks.

    Ha! As long as it doesn't make the crazy sound! I'm just being ornery- since we full time I see LOTS of craziness. Including the use of hammer drills for setting up all manner of things. 😜

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    Re: Speed up your stabilizer scissor jacks.

    Sorry, might have been me when my drill conked out and only had my impact to set up my Tent Trailer. The crank rod didn't come with my first 20 year pop up.
    Dan & Nina McGuire plus the happiest campers Darcy (6) Liam (2)
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    2011 North Trail 28 BRS Caliber Edition - Happy Happy
    2006 Fun Finder X240 (traded)
    2003 Coleman Sunvalley (sold)
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    Re: Speed up your stabilizer scissor jacks.

    Quote Originally Posted by priorguy View Post
    Sorry, might have been me when my drill conked out and only had my impact to set up my Tent Trailer. The crank rod didn't come with my first 20 year pop up.
    Ha! It really isn't that bad. I guess I should have used a smiley or something to show I was joking.

    Just make sure you aren't dragging your sewer hose on your way out. (I've seen that too.) 😇

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    Re: Speed up your stabilizer scissor jacks.

    So what's the problem using a hammer drill? Don't they have more torque? The reason I'm asking is I use my hammer drill. I know that once it starts hammering, it's time to clean & lube the acme threaded shaft. Just curious...
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    Re: Speed up your stabilizer scissor jacks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mizmary View Post
    Ha! It really isn't that bad. I guess I should have used a smiley or something to show I was joking.

    Just make sure you aren't dragging your sewer hose on your way out. (I've seen that too.) 
    Guess I need a smiley too, but I really did annoy the neighbours once with a battery impact as my only means of setup on that first trip with my 1989 Bonair BA850 tent trailer. Had that little trailer for 2 weeks and 1 trip, DW was hooked on camping and we upgraded right away. After 4 trailers in 5 years and 3 tow vehicles in 5 years I hope we're done for a while. I did spend the $45 for a new hand crank for the take down at the end of the trip in the camp store.

    I had a friend and neighbour drive across the US border about 300kms return trip with the steps down. He hit a post at the gas station up the street from his house. He Couldn't believe he made it all that way to clip it on the home stretch. I couldn't believe he told me about it, but I did weld the steps back on for him.
    Dan & Nina McGuire plus the happiest campers Darcy (6) Liam (2)
    2011 Ford F150 XTR 5.0L S.CREW 4X4 3:73 gears factory brake controller and backup camera
    2011 North Trail 28 BRS Caliber Edition - Happy Happy
    2006 Fun Finder X240 (traded)
    2003 Coleman Sunvalley (sold)
    1989 Bonair 850 (traded)

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