RV Gadget: Scissor jacks

RV Gadget: Scissor jacks

By Chris Dougherty
Certified RV technician

I don’t know about you, but one of the setup chores I don’t really like to do is setting the scissor jacks — especially in the rain, or putting them back up when it’s raining and muddy with pine needles sticking to everything. Now, there’s nothing you can do to fix the problem of messy jack pads, but crouching down and manually cranking them up and down can be a thing of the past with this tool.

Several companies make adapters for scissor jacks that allow you to use your drill to raise and lower them — they are Camco, Atwood, Ultra-Fab and Liftco.

These adaptors include the 3/4-inch hex drive jacks, the T-slot style jacks, and the J-hook style jacks. Most of these are available from Amazon or your favorite RV retailer. Simply insert the bit into your 3/8-inch or 1/2-inch battery-powered drill (with a full charge) and away you go!

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