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Old 08-08-2019, 06:44 AM   #1
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Donít do this with stabilizers!

Those jacks are only for stabilizing the trailer not for leveling this much!. Snug them to the ground after you are level. Use blocks or Anderson style level wedges to get level first. These folks were jumping around in the trailer and the poor jacks were wobbling around about to break off or bend the frame. Temp tags say it all. Listen learn and enjoy. Even your mistakes!
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Those jacks are only for stabilizing the trailer not for leveling this much!. Snug them to the ground after you are level. Use blocks or Anderson style level wedges to get level first. These folks were jumping around in the trailer and the poor jacks were wobbling around about to break off or bend the frame. Temp tags say it all. Listen learn and enjoy. Even your mistakes!
OMG How on earth did they ever get those jacks to lift it that high anyway?... Well, it will be a hard lesson learned if they break that jack.
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OMG How on earth did they ever get those jacks to lift it that high anyway?
Impact wrench! I never could understand why people would buy an impact wrench specifically for their jacks. I hear those things pounding away from all over the campground every weekend.

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Impact wrench! I never could understand why people would buy an impact wrench specifically for their jacks. I hear those things pounding away from all over the campground every weekend.

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HA HA.....what ever happened to elbow grease.....
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Not the best idea of leveling, but may be all that they can do with what they have. Single axle, small unit... The scissor jack will raise the unit for 'support'. They will learn or most likely already know that what they are doing is not a good idea.

We all have to start somewhere in this crazy work of RVing and the only way to learn is by our and others adventures.
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Impact wrench! I never could understand why people would buy an impact wrench specifically for their jacks. I hear those things pounding away from all over the campground every weekend.

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Fuuny, but I've only been RVing for 7 years now and this was the first year that I used my impact wrench for this job............how had I NOT done this before??

Of course I don't jack mine off of the ground, but it sure makes dropping them and winding them back up so much quicker and easier.
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Impacts are annoyingly noisy.
Just use a drill....
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I would be more concerned about twisting the frame. Light trailers have really light weight frames.
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I agree. With that said i do use a cordless drill and keep the clutch set so it doesn't over torque the jack. This could sound very much like a cordless impact.
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Like Nomad, I do NOT understand the use of an impact driver. I just use a drill. Just as easy to raise and lower them, and honestly, I bought a set that has both using the same batteries, and the drill is faster. It doesnt over torque them when it gets to the ground so it makes them just the right amount of "snug". Plus, it is virtually silent. There are few things that irk me at a campground, but the clown using an impact wrench at 1am because they were a very late arrival is one of them...
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Well, they took the "bounce" out of the trailer at least.

When I had a PUP, I torqued my stabilizing jacks down (with a 20v drill, not an impact driver) quite a bit, to where the tires didn't have a lot of weight left on them. Never completely off the ground, but the jacks were nice and tight. Made for a nice solid floor in the PUP, but still 7 points of contact with the ground.
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I agree. With that said i do use a cordless drill and keep the clutch set so it doesn't over torque the jack. This could sound very much like a cordless impact.
Same here! Bought the cheapest Harbor Freight cordless and it lives in the camper!
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I should clarify that I did use a drill not an impact wrench, but still the power aspect is what made it great!

As for the noise factor.........2 minutes of an impact gun irks me less than the guy who runs his generator for hours and hours because he couldn't hook up to a hydro site......oh and barking/whining dogs.....they beat all the others!
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I use a cheap cordless drill with the chuck set to a medium setting so I do not over tighten them, same as most.

I would bet that the guys using the "impact" are really just a cordless drill using a chuck setting to prevent over tightening....
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I use a cheap cordless drill with the chuck set to a medium setting so I do not over tighten them, same as most.

I would bet that the guys using the "impact" are really just a cordless drill using a chuck setting to prevent over tightening....
I've seen plenty with an impact. And their jacks are rusty, so it hammers ALL the way down.

Mine are coated with fluid film and no clutch on the drill. Fast and quiet.
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Being as exercise is a Good Thing, I manually deploy my stabilizers when I choose to use them.
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Being as exercise is a Good Thing, I manually deploy my stabilizers when I choose to use them.
I need to send you my 2 kids. All the exercise you could stand. It's good, but gosh......

When you choose to use them? There are times you don't?
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Impact wrench! I never could understand why people would buy an impact wrench specifically for their jacks. I hear those things pounding away from all over the campground every weekend.

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Those may not be impact wrenches. I have a Black & Deck LiON battery drill that has a torque adjustment ring on it. When it gets to the set torque, it starts chattering like mad. Maybe it's me you've heard.

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