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RE: Lowering / raising with manual jacks

1. Most of the weight is on the front jacks. When you raise one of the rear jacks, the other will come off the ground. The jack you raised is temporarily holding the rear weight. Raise the other one just enough to have both jacks on the ground and go back to raising the front ones a few inches each. 2. It is recommended that you keep the camper level or with the front a few inches high when raising and lowering the jacks. Don't do it on sloped driveways. 3. Get a portable drill that is at least 12 volt (preferably 18 volt) and has 2 speeds. Use the lower speed with the higher torque. HINT: Watch where the drill is in relation to your head. When your fingers slip off the detents and the jack screw suddenly locks, you can get a headache real fast (or so I have been told :o)
RickW 05/24/22 06:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Electric bikes !!

Right now, we need the exercise a regular bike gives. I'd be afraid if we had E-bikes, we wouldn't get as much exercise riding. Temptation would be to get lazy and let the motor do a lot of the work. I converted my regular bike to an e bike about 10 years ago. I found my self doing fewer rides because of a couple of hills. Now I still ride regularly and get plenty of exercise. The temptation is to go faster and farther and get the workout that feels good to you.
RickW 05/09/22 10:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Jack Failure Disaster

The "rule" I learned is to keep the front level or higher than the rear, and don't raise (or lower) any one jack more than 4 inches at a time. A corollary is don't unload on a downward sloping driveway or you may see a TC that tries to walk. Two inches at a time works for me.
RickW 05/06/22 06:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Road tripping for used TCs

A phone call or message asking for more photo/closeups. Things like under the bed by the nose, caulk seams at roof/wall/windows, jack brackets, under the wings, back of cabinets ceiling corners, etc. Also questions about maintenance and storage. If they are unwilling, then you have another data point.
RickW 04/13/22 12:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Help with Skamper Heco Lift System Corner Brackets Setup

Sorry for the delay in posting. I did not take photos when I started this repair. I returned from a trip with part of the side roof buckling and separated from the skirt. The front was sagging slightly. Upon close examination, all the plywood support for the front roof was completely disintegrated. Over the years, water had leaked into the support channel and, with no weep holes, completely rotted the plywood. I recaulked the seam between the roof and skirt many times, but to no avail. I decided to not remove the roof during this repair. In order to get access, I lowered the roof half way. I added clamps to the HECO track and supports inside and out to keep everything stable. I also supported the front to make sure there was no sag in the roof. https://i.imgur.com/s56PrYcl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Y5ZPE3El.jpg Shown below are the largest pieces I pulled out. The rest was splinters, rusty staples and dust for about 20 feet of roof perimeter. I had to scrape, chisel and sand the remaining wood and epoxy from the inside of the aluminum side roof. https://i.imgur.com/eAvwd5ql.jpg The original design is two 3-1/2 wide pieces of ½ inch plywood stapled and spliced together and epoxied to the aluminum roof. These wood pieces are inside a 1 inch wide channel in the aluminum skirt. I decided to replace the side roof support with PVC trim. It comes in 3-1/2 lengths by ¾ inch thick. I also purchased lengths of ¼ inch thick lath to make the 1 inch thickness. A special order of 1 inch thick PVC is possible for $$$. PVC is not structurally rigid so I added a series of Simpson ties along the sides. https://i.imgur.com/dbhGkwXl.jpg As shown, I beveled the edges of the trim (and planed 1/8 inch off the bottom edge) to facilitate rotating into the channel. Liquid nails was applied to the inside of the trim and the inside of the aluminum roof. After the trim piece was inserted, the lath piece was inserted into the channel and everything clamped up until set. After the glue cured, Simpson ties were attached along the inside of the sides to add rigidity to the assembly. From bottom to top on the right, the channel, the lath piece and the Simpson tie screwed to the PVC trim piece. On the left is the fabric of the top. The rusty looking part on top is Styrofoam that formed the curve of the roof when first assembled. https://i.imgur.com/kbl5erfl.jpg This photo is a front corner showing (from bottom to top) the aluminum channel, the lath piece and the trim piece. Kinda like a wedding cake. Corner braces were reinstalled after this photo. https://i.imgur.com/kbVVEWkl.jpg The rear of the roof is in much better condition but the roof lifting brackets have twisted somewhat from the tension. I will have to disconnect and lift the roof for this repair, hopefully sometime in the near future. I have already been camping with the repaired top. So far, so good. Hope this helps
RickW 04/03/22 09:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Help with Skamper Heco Lift System Corner Brackets Setup

I am currently repairing my pop up roof with some of the same issues. First, the design of the roof structure is flawed. The roof latches pull out on the aluminum skirt breaking the caulk joint and let water into the slot holding the plywood backing. With nowhere to drain, the water wicks into the plywood until it disintegrates. Then things start bending and falling apart. I am replacing the plywood with PVC trim and am about half done. Second, The brackets on the back should be square when mounted. As mentioned, there is a torsion bar (with a hex head) inside the top tube that connects to the bracket. Over time, the tension and jostling causes the brackets to twist in the plywood. I plan to remove the roof, refit the brackets and attach a 7 ft. steel bar across the back to secure them from twisting. I just need to visit a friend with an overhead beam and chain hoist to lift the roof. Check the internet for "heco roof repair", and "how to deal with the torsion bar lift system". There is one good instruction sheet written by a former TC manufacturer on how to properly torsion, adjust and reconstruct the Heco system. Hope this helps,
RickW 03/17/22 09:13pm Truck Campers
RE: West Coast Jamboree 2022, Who is Interested?

Still a go for us.
RickW 01/09/22 02:04pm Truck Campers
RE: To buy a generator or not...

Another option: Assuming smoke and generator hours are acceptable, Ask to rent or borrow a generator from a fellow TC'er for a week. Lake Siskiyou can be a fun place for kids. If I recall, many of the unpowered sites are short on shade. Some day trips to nearby hatchery, rail museum, etc. may mitigate the heat of the day.
RickW 07/26/21 05:00pm Truck Campers
RE: More Stuck Camper Jacks

I have atwood jacks but, I made a back up driver head starting with a deep, 9/16 inch, 12 point, 3/8 inch drive socket. I sawed a groove down the middle wide enough to engage the pins on the jack shaft. I also have a 3/8 inch drive extension that fits in the drill chuck. Good luck.
RickW 05/29/21 10:38am Truck Campers
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