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Old 10-15-2012, 05:48 AM   #1
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Rookie stabilizer jack question

So up to this point I've only had\needed those cheapo hand turn onesm well with my new springdale I have power jacks soooooo my question is, what is the proper\best way to use them?

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Old 10-15-2012, 07:32 AM   #2
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So up to this point I've only had\needed those cheapo hand turn onesm well with my new springdale I have power jacks soooooo my question is, what is the proper\best way to use them?

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Just wondering what is the matter with "those cheapo hand turn" stabilizers? We've had them on every TT and 5th that we've ever owned and they have served us very well. Not one has ever failed us. No burned out motors - nothing. Other than an extra minute or two (at the most) to raise and lower them, they are just fine thank you.
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:36 AM   #3
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Lol well I don't think there is anything wrong with them, I just have power now and want to make sure I'm doing it prop, and I disagree the hand crank ones are faster than power lol lol

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Old 10-15-2012, 08:16 AM   #4
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I was referring to the manual "cheapos" as taking a minute or two longer to raise and lower - not the powered ones.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:10 AM   #5
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Fasterem,
Good question. I too am new to the RV thing and my first TT came with what I guess is electric stabilizers (as opposed to jacks?). Anyway I don't know what to do with them either. Are you supposed to extend till the motor stops? How about side to side level should you shim the low side? I have found manuals for every system in my TT but this.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:42 AM   #6
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Well my thought is this, get it leval with boards under tired for side to side then use tonge jack to level front to back, once level, lower front stab jacks till you see its putting pressure one the ground, then go to back and do the same thing, I don't believe these are leveling jacks, stabilizers only, even tho atleast with mine they will pick the whole trailer up if ya hold the button in long enough lol

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Old 10-15-2012, 12:57 PM   #7
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fasterem,
That is pretty much how mine is set, but I still have a good bit of side to side rocking. I know there are other stabilizers out there, but whats the point of the ones I have?
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:03 PM   #8
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You are on the right track but you forgot a cold brew in your hand. The only way I can do that is if I have the DW crank em down with the 18v drill while I supervise and nourish myself However as you figured that doesn't happen very often. Enjoy the electric jacks. Just installed a new Barker electric tongue jack. Beats hand cranking especially in this southern Calif Santa Ana weather.


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Old 10-15-2012, 02:29 PM   #9
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I love the power tongue jack, but would rather have the manual rear and front stabilizers over the power ones. They are much faster when using a drill.
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Old 10-15-2012, 04:10 PM   #10
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You are on the right track but you forgot a cold brew in your hand. The only way I can do that is if I have the DW crank em down with the 18v drill while I supervise and nourish myself However as you figured that doesn't happen very often.


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I reckon that this not only doesn't happen very often but also that it NEVER happens. Somehow, I have a great deal of difficulty picturing you standing over your wife with a cold brew while she lowers the stabilizers .
I think you've been standing out in that Santa Ana weather weather and sun far too long.
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Guys/Gals, please forgive me for beating a dead horse but you use the terms "jack" and "stabilizer" interchangeable. Are they the same thing?
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From my perspective, a stabilizer is just that --- it stabilizes the RV from front to back and side to side movement. It's function is not to lift. Jacks, on the other hand, are used to lift the RV - one for a TT and two for a 5th wheel. They are not, IMO, the same thing and perform two separate and different functions.
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:43 PM   #13
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Jack- is something that will "jack" or lift something. EX the jack on the front of a travel trailer, using it to lift it off the hitch. Or the landing gear on a 5th wheel, They are built and designed to take the weight of the trailer.

Stabilizer- is really only meant to stabilize the trailer from excessive movement, and not designed or built to lift it up. They are located on the rear of the trailer and sometimes the front also (depends on your type of camper).

I hope this helps, but everyone kinda has their "own" terms for stuff.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:03 PM   #14
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So up to this point I've only had\needed those cheapo hand turn onesm well with my new springdale I have power jacks soooooo my question is, what is the proper\best way to use them?

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I would assume that they would be no different than the manual ones. Level the trailer side to side and then front to rear. Then lower the rear ones down with a push of the button and ensure they have tension to stabilize the trailer. Raise the front of the trailer if needed to once again level the front to rear.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:02 PM   #15
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Drill yep

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I love the power tongue jack, but would rather have the manual rear and front stabilizers over the power ones. They are much faster when using a drill.
I have a 5er and use the drill also so when Your better than our jacks fail see what they cost to repair lol Bushman
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:08 AM   #16
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I love the power tongue jack, but would rather have the manual rear and front stabilizers over the power ones. They are much faster when using a drill.
I wouldn't be without a powered tongue jack, ever! I agree using the Dewalt 18v makes quick work of the stabilizer jacks and not one has ever failed me!
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Yup just gotta be careful when using a 18 volt drill


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Old 10-27-2012, 04:49 PM   #18
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Cont-- the torque will break your wrists. Only takes about 2 -1/2 seconds to lower or raise them. Yup the drill is that fast just be careful. But sure beats hand cranking any day.


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Cont-- the torque will break your wrists. Only takes about 2 -1/2 seconds to lower or raise them. Yup the drill is that fast just be careful. But sure beats hand cranking any day.


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If you're concerned about your wrists and the drill twisting in your hands, almost all the larger (14.2V and bigger) drill motors have an adjustable torque setting just behind the chuck. Just turn it down a little, and when you reach a certain torque, it'll start clicking rather than twisting in your hands.
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Yes sir you're correct. I usually do crank the power down. But every now and then it bites you. 😂


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