Powered Stabilizer Jacks

July 30, 20131

Stabilizer jacks can take a lot of cranking to raise or lower. This adds precious time to the setup and take down of your popup. Thankfully, a common cordless drill can accelerate this process into only taking a few seconds.

Your stabilizer jacks remain “manual” (or un-powered). But a scissor jack socket inserted into your drill makes lowering and raising your stabilizer jacks fast and easy.

Remember, these jacks aren’t for leveling but are only for lowering down to the ground to stabilize your popup camper. You can damage the frame by having too much pressure from the stabilizer jacks and should use a BAL tire leveller instead for leveling.

Extra Credit

I highly recommend a low speed drill with a clutch to avoid over cranking the jacks. I happen to use the Dewalt DC970K-2.

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I've been camping regularly since I was a kid, from quick Cub/Boy Scout trips to week-long backpacking trips and everything else in-between. We got a popup camper when our kids were 1 and 3 years old to enjoy more time outdoors together alongside a few conveniences like heat and running water. Since then, we've spent over 75 nights together as a family in our popup camper. I've learned a lot about the intricacies of a popup tent camper during this time and love to share those lessons here for the benefit of others.