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Old 07-09-2015, 11:36 PM   #1
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Putting the Scissor Jacks Up and Down: Is this thing a Secret?

I'd like to have a dollar for every time I've cranked a scissor jack up and down manually in extremely hot weather when setting up a trailer. Stop doing it by hand and get an attachment that works with your rechargeable electric drill. I bought the Camco 57363:

Camco 57363 Leveling Scissor Jack Socket, Leveling & Stabilization - Amazon Canada

For about $300 you can buy an electric jack also. This and the drill attachment above make setup so much easier. If you decide to get an electric jack buy one with a remote. That way you can set a level inside of the trailer and remotely level it.
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Old 07-10-2015, 07:58 AM   #2
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When I had manual jacks I just used an extension for my battery operated drill with a 3/4" socket that I had at home.
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:07 AM   #3
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When I had manual jacks I just used an extension for my battery operated drill with a 3/4" socket that I had at home.
Next to the power jack for the tongue the best accessory I ever bought.
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:20 AM   #4
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Putting the scissor jacks up and down

I agree with what's been said, only I use a cheap corded Black and Decker drill to do mine. I plug an extension cord into the trailer's 110 outlet near the door, plug the drill into that, and then walk around the trailer doing the jacks. It probably takes less than a minute to do them. Just be careful when putting the jacks down to not try to level the trailer with them and, when taking them back up, to use a slower speed so as not to wrench the drill and your wrist when they've reached their traveling position!

You do know, don't you, that the trailer should be leveled first, before doing anything with the jacks!

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Old 07-10-2015, 10:16 AM   #5
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Don't level with the scissor jacks! Level with wheel blocks (side to side) and with the tongue jack (front to back) and then lower the scissor jacks to just snug. Trying to lift the trailer with scissor jacks may damage the jacks or even bend the trailer frame !


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I bought one of these at the beginning of this year. $7 well spent!


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I got two cranks with my trailers. I think one was for the manual bypass on the power tongue jack. I just cut the crank handle off of the longer one and chuck it in my drill.

Piece of cake.

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When I had the manual jacks I did as most here bought the $7 extension stuck in my Battery operated drill and never looked back. Cheap improvement. Later RJD
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I thought of the same thing but they only gave me one with my popup and the socket was cheaper than a new manual crank. Wanted to keep the manual just in case.


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Keep the manual crank! During our last camp out, I managed to leave behind my cordless drill.

I had to dig out the manual crank. The good news is I put my 10 year old son to work! He enjoyed having a hand in that portion of the setup. He's used the drill to assist before - all monitored by me of course.


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