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Ryobi drills are the Home Depot store brand and are a cheap product. Their advantage is that they are inexpensive. If you have the Ryobi with the Ni-Cad battery they aren't very strong. There are much better brands and it makes a difference, I have lots of experience with a lot of brands.

I bought a Ryobi 18v Lithium impact driver for using with the jacks.


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I agree that the screw drive might need cleaning.

The jacks do accumulate a lot of dirt on the road. If you greese them they attract dust and debris. If you don't lubricate them they get rusty.

Mine got so bad I used a 1/2 inch drive 110 volt drill and a can of penetrating oil, and ran the jacks completely up and down about a dozen times. Now they work better than new.

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My Milwaukee 18v Impact Drill works great...haven't tried a non-impact style drill, maybe that's the key.


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RVbikers wrote:

uscgcolletti wrote:

I don't use an 18V drill.
I use my 12 year old son.


my 14 year old son, 12 year old step son & 10 year old step daughter actually fight over this job.


The first time one of my sons did this (he was 10 at the time), I was hooking up electric and water while he was cranking the front ones down. I came back to the front of the camper and found the tongue jack a foot off the ground - he knows the proper way to do it now.


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Forgot. Now that I cleaned them up, the screw jacks work fine using a very old 9 volt Dewalt drill.

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I use my kids for this. Never run out of power.


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Yes I do. I can have all six of my stab jacks lowered and set by the time most get their drill out and hooked up. Besides my Doc tells me I NEED more exercise


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I use a Dewalt also, plus the handcrank. I took a 12 inch 3/8" extension that was damaged on one end, and cut it off with my Dreml. It will go into my drill and then a socket. It makes putting the stabilizers up and down easy. I also have a speed handle that I use if needed. I took some velcro and made some holders for the other handle that came with the TT plus the awning rod.

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Not all drills are created equal. Just because it is 18V doesn't mean it has enough torque to do the job. There are lots of 18V drills with lots of different torque ratings. I would guess that most will work, but I know some won't.

At most hardware stores you can get a 3/8" socket driver with a hex end that will fit into the drill. Then get a 3/4" socket that will fit a 3/8" drive.


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You may have to contact Binford Tools... ask for Tim "the tool man" to help you find one... One of my kids actually gave me a Binford Tools cap for christmas one year to wear. Dont know where she got that from. I'm sure you can get an adapter from your local Lowes tool department. Ours is pretty well stocked...

I got an free adapter from the dealer when I purchased my OFF-ROAD POPUP. They added it to the gift bag of water hoses, toliet paper, a couple of lamp bulbs, and a few other free items. Whenever they ask "Is there any anything else we can do for you" - I hand them a list hehe...

I was eye-balling the 25-foot Rv extension cord they had the trailer hooked-up to for the final walk-thru. The Lady salesperson said "I gotta go to the bath room" when she came back she noticed the extension cord was still laying on the ground. Then she said again "I gotta go to the bathroom" Thats when I figured out what she was telling me haha. So I layed it inside the trailer on the floor in plain view. No one at the dealership ever moved it. You never know until you ask I guess...

Thats the cable the wife ran over here with the lawn tractor that was hooking my trailer up to the garage 15A circuit. Didnt even spark she said.. There must be a moral story here... Now I have two 12-foot extension cords.

The walk-thu inspection day was a strange day anyway. The dealer guys was using a Sear LT1000 lawn tractor to move their trailers around on the lot and they had my trailer positioned where they could hook-up to my truck. They had almost cut the trailer cord in half being pinched when hooked up to the lawn tractor. So they had to install a new cord before I got to leave with my trailer.

Even after doing that I noticed not much braking action on my electric brakes going the 60 mile trip home but made it home just fine. After looking I noticed they didnt have the Twist Nut on real good when they replaced the trailer cable. They was in a hurry to get me out I guess haha...


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