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    Cordless Drill for Easy Jack Setup
    If you don't have electric stabilizer jacks on your trailer you can use an 18 volt cordless drill, and it's very easy. Put an adapter in the drill that has a 3/8"square male drive on it. This attaches to an 8" socket extension with a 3/8" drive. Attached to that is a ¾" socket with a 3/8" drive. This setup will work on both the 4 stab-jacks on a travel trailer and the two rear scissor jacks on a fifth wheel. Keep the drill in a handy place so it is easy to grab during both setup and breakdown.

    Working Solo - Hitching up a Fifth Wheel 
    Mark one of the front landing legs of the trailer at half inch intervals all the way up and down the leg. Then number each hash mark. Keep a pad and pen in the hatch near the landing legs button. When unhitching, once you raise the trailer to where you can drive the truck out from under it, jot down the hash mark number that is visible on the leg. Then drive out, park and walk back to level the trailer. When you hitch up again to leave, adjust the trailer height to the exact hash mark where you unhitched. That way, when you get in the truck to re-attach to the trailer, you know the trailer will be at the correct height as you back the truck up into the hitch pin and you won't have to get in and out of the truck several times to check and adjust the height of the trailer.

    Updated: 1/23/2014 1:51:09 PM