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Discussion in 'General Camping Discussion Forum' started by jeeper88, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:54 AM.
Who is our oldest pop up member that is still cranking the crank? I know I'm not, I'm 66..
That beats me by a few years
56 but use an electric drill
I afraid I will pop the cables!!!!
70, but using a drill the last couple of years. I know there are a few older than me.
77 I will be 78 in Nov. I would hate to think that I am the oldest even tho I am told that I am (what are friends for ) older than dirt
77 and still cranking the ole 74 Starcraft. Will be 78 in 17 days and can't wait for my canvas repair which should be in a week or two.
Husband is going on 73 & still cranking by hand.
Finally someone OLDER than me
Will be 74 next month ..... but don't crank a popup any more. Have a small Hybrid. Still working 20 hours a week.
It moves pretty slow, even with an electric drill. You would have to actually try to pop the cables. It doesn't go flying right up or anything.
I'll be lucky to be alive by 77, let alone cranking up a pop up! What's your secret? My dad is 80 and can barely walk. I can't imagine him even bending over enough to grab the crank, let alone turn it. Do you just have great genes, or did you work for it? I'm seriously impressed!
We're 78 and 79, but have older friends who also have an A-frame PUP. A-frame campers are raised a bit differently from fold out PUPs. When I'm camping solo I use my walking stick with a sock cushioning the end to raise the roof. At 5' 2" I'm vertically challenged for that job. Before we add gas struts to assist with lifting the roof I may try Slim Potatohead's DIY A-frame roof assist.
Thanks, but I really don't know I just get up every day and am still here ready to go. We all have issues with aging but looking forward at doing the things we love doing gets us through a lot. My grandpa used to say some of us ole birds are just tougher than others. I think some of it is just necessity. I found recently my heater core in the TV would need fixing before winter and might as well do it while the canvas was being repaired. Found out it cost 1200.00 at the dealer so figured I would do it myself. Shop said it was a 10 hr. job and it took me about 24 hrs. total. Did it last week and saved a bundle and works great again. I would rather not do that again! It wasn't so much the work as worrying about remembering how everything goes back together. LOL. Canvas should be here in a week or two. Yeeaaaaah.
This thread is making me sad and happy! Sad, because I know we all are aging and one day we'll have to say good bye to camping and leave everything behind. Happy, because getting inspired from the folks who are still cranking the cranks and enjoying life. We have one life to live - be happy, be forgiving, loving, ....sorry for preaching - but you know what I mean . I am in the mid 50's...three boys - one is about to go to college, two others will follow. I hope I can see them getting established and take the grandkids to camping with me, if God gives me the chance.
I'm going to be 75 in December. I had an electric winch on my small Viking, but I took it off and replaced it with the hand crank. It was still working, but I just didn't trust it any longer. It's was just one more thing to break in the boondocks. I can actually crank up the top now in 1 minute flat and with only 41 turns. I do have to change hands about half way up though.
Ochid as busy as you stay, you will probably out-live all of us. When you stop "doing" is when things usually go bad... I do not think you fit in that category.
we are both 68 going on 69. We will be doing an 11 mile hike Tuesday to Emerald Lake, in Sequoia N.P., including 2,000 ft elevation gain. This is our self-declared "consolation hike" because our 2-nite Glamping stay at Bearpaw High Sierra camp was rolled over to 2021 on account of the COVID.