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Posted: 04/28/12 10:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you get the 18V what will the wife have to do.


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18v Dewalt is what I have and use.


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Make sure you have a least two batteries. The wife has to hold her cup of coffee.

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My old, old, old 12volt DeWalt does the job just fine.

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When we owned a TT, I used a 19.2V Craftsman drill, it worked great for years and years (never had a problem).

Not sure I agree that more voltage ONLY means longer running time. I have a Makita 9.6V cordless as well, and it would not move/turn the TT's stabilizer jacks at all. Had to step up to the 19.2V Craftsman model when we wanted one that would work the jacks.

One thing that helps a lot, IMO, is if you have a drill that has multiple 'gears', to let you select between low speed and high torque (what you want for this!), or high speed low torque. Our Craftsman has that, and it has obscene torque on the low speed setting.

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I use a 19.2 volt Sears works great

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I was disappointed when I got the Camco socket because it doesn't have the 1/4" hex shank. I was going to use a cordless impact screwdriver, but the adaptor socket requires a drill chuck. Oh well, I picked up an extra 18V drill at Harbor Freight for cheap.

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Chuck&Gail wrote:

I use my DeWalt.

NOTE THOSE ARE NOT LEVELING JACKS, they are STABILIZERS. Folks have been known to bend TT frames trying to use them as levelers. You level side to side with Leveler Blocks under the wheels. You level front to back with the tongue jack. You then put down the stabilizers to keep the TT from rocking too much when you move around inside it.


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Chuck&Gail wrote:

I use my DeWalt.

NOTE THOSE ARE NOT LEVELING JACKS, they are STABILIZERS. Folks have been known to bend TT frames trying to use them as levelers. You level side to side with Leveler Blocks under the wheels. You level front to back with the tongue jack. You then put down the stabilizers to keep the TT from rocking too much when you move around inside it.


Correct. you level then just snug the stabs down. Not much power needed for that.

however. I needed a 24 Volt DeWalt to raise the Pup's roof, so I still use it.


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sbowman871 wrote:

Most any cordless drill will work well. More volts in a cordless tool only means longer run time. Don't get caught up buying more volts, it will come with a bigger battery and will weigh you down. I use a 14 volt Hitachi, it works well as it only takes a few seconds per stabilizer. You will still want to do a final tightening with your hand crank wrench any way. Strip off all the grease from the jack threads. Keep it lubed with WD40, Blaster, or dry lube. Setting up will then be a breeze!


x2. We bought a black and decker tool set at target to keep in the TT. It has a 14 volt drill, works great for the stab jacks.

As stated above, these are stabilizers, not levelers. We use these lynx levelers w/ lynx chocks that clip into them.


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