Motorizing the raising and lowering - is it possible?

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  1. Marian S

    Marian S New Member

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    That always kicks are butts - particularly if it's hot! Has anyone rigged something up to take their roofs up and down? Ours is a 1981 Coleman Colonial and it has two places to crank - the upper one klunks like crazy so we started using the lower one which doesn't klunk and is smooth. I'd love to motorize it so by the time we are set up, we're not exhausted! Thanks in advance.
     
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    Dingit Well-Known Member

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    Many popups do have power lifts, but I don't know that any of your vintage do. The technology is probably out there and you might be able to add a lift motor.

    Have you serviced and cleaned up your lift system lately? It shouldn't be THAT hard, even cranking by hand.
     
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    How do we go about servicing and cleaning it? We plan on raising it this weekend (I left a cool book I picked up on a tour from last weekend in it somewhere...)
     
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    I'm not familiar with your exact winch, but you should be able to rig something to a power drill with a socket adapter to lift it up and down.

    Here's a couple of videos on the topic:


     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    Google for a Socket Jenie to fit your camper. Then use that with a drill to raise and lower. We have this drill since we always camp with hook ups and have electric. Not sure what drill to use if you need a battery powered one.

    Some people say to hand crank the last couple of turns but we never do. It raises pretty slowly and it very easy to stop once it clicks into place.
     
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    Oh yeah. I totally forgot about the drill lift method, which is pretty popular!

    You should be able to find maintenance stuff in one of the forums below, as well as the manufacturer paperwork. That lift system was used by Coleman for years so you don't have to get the exact date. And if that cargo box on the roof in your profile is still there, it's NOT helping! :)
     
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    The cargo hold is super super light. No worries on that....
     
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    Use a drill and you will never crank again. Its easy and fast too. I have a Ryobi with a couple of batteries I bring along in storage. The drill doubles as my stabilizer driver as well.
     
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    Use a drill on that bad boy lol. Save the arm workout for the gym!
     
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    We tried it but couldn't get the drill "chucked" tightly enough and it kept slipping. :-(
     
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    Bummer... :-(
     

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