Why have I not done this before?

Discussion in 'My Favorite Mods, Tips, Tricks (and Blunders!)' started by bpike, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. momma03

    momma03 Ontario

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    I have a pile of sockets around here, if thats the case I'm sure I will have one that fits. We have some of the larger sizs as the big Kenworth has larger bolts than the average vehicle! I will have to just check into wether or not my 18 volt black and decker drill wil do the job. I don't intend to camp with out hydro so maybe a corded drill will work if the B&D doesn't.

    DW'72,DH'75,DD'95,DD'01,DS'04
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  2. mercman

    mercman Go Ahead, Be That Happy Camper!

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    <BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote> That said, I'd like to see any drill that can put out 400 ft-lbs. or more <hr height=1 noshade id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote></font id=quote><font face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" size=2 id=quote>

    Not always true Joe, Here's a example for you...High-Torque Drill
    Obviously, if it's on the internet, it must be real <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">
    Chris

    01 f-150 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 07 Rockwood 1980, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp">
    Camping Days for '08 ~ 23 <i> and now planning for '09</i>
     
  3. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_lol.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Laugh Out Loud">

    Yeah, 480 ft-lbs would probaly do that!

    ...or rip your arms off <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tongue">


    Joe

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    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle">'07 Ford Explorer
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  4. bud121156

    bud121156 Western North Carolina

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    YEPP thats the one for me....now I can hook up the camper like in the diagram we have seen on here before of how to tow a camper level...... Remember the bottom picture, camper upside down, with the beer keg in the truck bed. Must be how they got it hooked up that way!

    Donnie & Cheryl
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  5. swigg321

    swigg321 New Member

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    Would this work on my 14' Niagra with A\C and a
    Yakima bike rack?

    Stan
     
  6. John L

    John L New Member

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    I have a Sears 19.5 volt that I have used for two years to raise and lower the top and to crank down my stabilzers and it works great. Slow it down at the top of the lift or use the hand crank for the last turn or so and you won't damage the cables.

    I used a cheap Chinese/Taiwan 1/2 in socket extension and a deep socket for the end of it. I ground down four sides of one end the extension flat until it fit into my drill bit then I cut a slot in the end of the socket to fit the key pin in the crank recepticle on my camper. I think have a pic up it on my webshots. No need to buy a $500 - $700 electric lift for your PUP.

    John & Kitty (Empty Nesters)<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_camping.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Camping">
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  7. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    I wish I could do that for mine. I think that anyone with the Forest River chain & rod lift system is out of luck. It only takes about 18 cranks to lift it completely, as opposed to the 40 or so on cable systems, but it takes some effort.


    Joe

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp">'96 Rockwood Signature Series 1280
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle">'07 Ford Explorer
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    Thanks for the info Joe. I was thinking about this mod from all the posts here. I have the Rockwood 1260 so I guess I will just have to continue to crank.
    Patty

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  9. momma03

    momma03 Ontario

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    Sorry guys but I have another question!<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">...I have an '88 Rockwood and NO idea if its a chain or cable lift sysytem. We got it late in the season and I don't even know how to tell! It would seem that will be the difference in using a drill to lift it or not.

    DW'72,DH'75,DD'95,DD'01,DS'04
    '88 Rockwood 1760 (N2U 07 '08)
     
  10. Storm Trooper

    Storm Trooper Home is where you park it!

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    Joe,

    Inch pounds is correct. What was I thinking???
    And I can't go back and correct it now. It stays incorrect on this forum forever.....

    Lou

    32 days booked 09,<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_camping.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Camping">49 nights camped 08
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    <BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>I think that anyone with the Forest River chain & rod lift system is out of luck<hr height=1 noshade id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote></font id=quote><font face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" size=2 id=quote>
    Is this factory on newer PU's, or something I can add to my older one? If it's factory, what units have them? If I have too, I'll find them in junkyards, or God forbid, actually buy one from a dealer. My old cable system is giving me one Popeye arm. Too many more times, and I'm gonna be lopsided. Id use my cordless, but I seriously doubt it'll put out the in-lbs, when mine feels like it needs ft-lbs
     
  12. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    If your cable system is giving you a Popeye arm, then you definitely wouldn't want this system. It's a brute compared to a cable system. That's why I said it won't work with a drill.

    Also, it's not something you could just swap out for a cable system. They work very differently.


    Joe

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp">'96 Rockwood Signature Series 1280
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    I made a socket genie type thing from a piece of pipe. Works great on the stabilizers, but I only got the roof up about 18" before all the smoke started pouring out of my drill...

    18v Ryobi vs. 2000 Niagara
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    I don't think you'd have any troubles with a bigger drill motor...
     
  14. John L

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    Find the cheapest 1/2 inch drive about 8 inches long. Then get a cheap 1/2 deep socket that will fit into the tupe of your camper lift. Then I used a right angle grinder to cut a slot in the end of the socket that would fit the roll pin in the camper lift.

    I then ground down the drive on one end so it had 4 sides and would fit into my drill.

    I use the Craftsman 19.2 volt that I got for $99 with flash light that I use camping as well. On low speed it works great. You don't have to spend $ on expensive Lithium batteries either. Unless you want to of course.

    The other option is to buy a crank handle from the dealer or internet and cut off the handle part to the appropriate length, that grind down the cut off end to four flat sides to fit your drill bit.
     
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    Thats a good idea! I'm going to have to try that.
     

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