Winter trip and the Dewalt drill.

Discussion in 'General Camper Setup / Take Down' started by Grandpa Don, Jan 11, 2021.

  1. Grandpa Don

    Grandpa Don Well-Known Member

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    Last week I just had to go on a short camping trip. I wanted to test out a few things that I recently purchased. I got a Dewalt 12vMax cordless drill for raising and lowering the top and for using on the BAL leveler. It was just a short over-nighter, but it was still fun. I also bought a new Harbor Freight Predator 3500 Watt generator. I didn't need a generator on this short trip, but I wanted to see how it worked on my A/C unit (13,500 watts) It did great! After 3 years with a popup camper I finally have the set-up and take-down procedure down to a science. The only thing I would like to get now is some kind of foot or bunk warmer that works off of 12 volt. I see that there are many to choose from on the Internet, but what do you guys recommend? I did make one potentially serious mistake in the stake-down sequence when I was lowering the top. Fortunately I caught it quickly. Let's see who can spot it. Go have a look.

     
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    rabird Howdy!

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    Nice video.
    old glory not flying
    raising with roof latch connected
    lowering tongue without pulling back yoke on coupler
    propane collar not positioned to protect from road debris
     
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    Grandpa Don Well-Known Member

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    Damn you got a good eye for detail. I did pull back the coupler, but it slid forward again and I didn't notice it until I lowered the hitch onto the ball. Good eye! The roof latch was more serious. Here's what happened. That 2 inch foam pad on my bunk makes it difficult to latch the front. I mentioned that in the video. After a while the foam assumes the flat position and the top latch will unlatch just by flipping the plate. This time I didn't give it enough time to go flat. You will notice that I did unlatch it, but it did not unhook from the roof. I need to be more aware of that next time. I normally raise the top just about an inch or less so that I don't deform the seal on the door when I pull the door open. Thank goodness it was only an inch!

    I'm not sure what you mean by the propane collar positioning. I have a 4 foot hose on that tank. The idea is that when the tank is empty at a camp site I can just unscrew the hose and re-connected it to my spare tank that will be sitting right there by the tongue. Facing in that direction just makes it a little easier to see and do if I have to do it in the middle of the night.

    I did forget my flag!
     
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    rabird Howdy!

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    Even with a cover I have the open part of the collar face back, YMMV

    you can read in the FRIST comment of slim potato video that the link he keep posting for a 12v blanket gets moved! His suggestion is low wattage, his is 2.5A
     
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    Grandpa Don Well-Known Member

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    Wow! And I thought I was lazy.[LOL] Boil a pan of water over the fire, fill the hot water bottle and toss it under the sheets.

    Easy peezy.
     
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    It would work. But I still think I would rather just plug in the cord, set the dial, crawl into my sleeping bag and go to sleep with the same temperature all night long.
     
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    Throw Mary under the covers and forget about the water bottle leaking! Besure to reinforce the bunk rails first:)>)
     
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    My Rockwood came with heated mattresses, they are just warm enough to kill the chill, but you do need 110V to use them.
     
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    Yes. You need shore power for the mattresses. My Rockwood has them also
     
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    I have a Rockwood and I would like to get a drill to raise and lower my top. Did you have to get a special drill bit. If so, where did you get.
     
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    The drill bit depends on the type of winch you have. You can get them from a variety of places online. As for a drill, no impact drivers! I have the Dewalt 20 voltMax 1/2 drive cordless drill. It works great on my Goshan manual winch, and my cousin has the same drill that works fine on this Whiffletree lift system.
     
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    My Rockwood has the Goshen lift system as well. Where did you get your bit
     
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    This is the one that worked for me. I had an electric winch on my camper when I bought it. But last year I replaced it with a manual winch from eTrailer. You will need a pretty beefy drill to raise it thought. https://www.amazon.com/Custom-Cylinders-Socket-Jenie-Pop-Up/dp/B07H2N1FJ8/ref=sr_1_1?crid=TTZERTQHL0BC&dchild=1&keywords=socket+jenie+used+to+raise+pop-up+roof&qid=1610763360&sprefix=socket+jenie,aps,220&sr=8-1
     
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    Thank you for the information. I can't wait try it.
     

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