I am looking at buying either a fleetwood or rockwood/flagstaff pop-up tent camper. I understand that both have a Power Lift system (to raise the camper) as an option. Perhaps a dealer option. But I have heard mixed comments.
Does anyone have any experience with either trailer using the Power Lift System? Are they reliable? Can I raise and lower either with a prower drill? Any help would be appreciated.
While we have not had our unit out a large number of times, the power lift has performed flawlessly. Other then when I forgot to hook up the battery!
It makes opening the unit so easy as mine is both an up and an out!
Scott & Karen
2004 Fleetwood Monterey
2003 Ford Ranger Edge in Very, Very Red
No problems with the Rockwood Power Lift System. About 25 nights out and it worked every time. EXCEPT, when you have a dead battery. Any power lift system that I know of works off of the battery. It's a DC electric winch. One time we had a bad battery and I used jumper cables to the TV to run the lift. Rockwood manual lift is under the plastic winch case.
My dealer was not negative, but did feel I would be better putting money on something else. My rental friend said it is just something else to break when you feel you need it most! Another PUP owner said use either socket genie or drill or good old manual crank.
The Fleetwood acc. lift has a poorly designed electical connector that gets mounted in the back bumper (Montery excluded). It is the unreliable link in the system. I'd take a trip to Radio Shack to wire in something better if I had one. Hopefully they've fixed it by now.
My 14v DeWalt worked (when fully charged) until I mounted the bike racks on the roof. I tried my 4amp 3/8 corded Dewalt, it doesn't have the torque. Looks like a 24v or 1/2" corded is your best bet, but both will break your wrist if you're not carefull.
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I have a power lift system on my pop up that I did myself for $50.00 from buying a winch motor (2000 lbs) and about 8 hours of work. It works great. I have a bad back and it is really nice to just push a button and in about 1 minute it is up and going. I understand that the power lifts from the dealer run about $700.00 installed. That sounded a little high to me.
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