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using a cordless drill for raising the top
« on: July 06, 2016, 07:34:35 AM »
I know this has been addressed somewhere, I just can't seem to locate it.  I want to look into getting a cordless "device" for raising the top on my Viking.  my back is just not up to the task anymore.  the comments I saw long ago said something about gearing/power, etc.  I don't want to go to the "dark side", and get a TT, cause then I'd have to get a bigger truck.  That, and I'm trying to retire, so, I don't want to shell out any more $$.  (btw, there's no a/c on the roof)
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Re: using a cordless drill for raising the top
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2016, 08:49:25 AM »
People have used cordless drills successfully.  I never used one but I do know you do not want to use an impact driver.....the back and forth really messes up the lift system.
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Re: using a cordless drill for raising the top
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2016, 09:11:53 AM »
makes sense.  any idea what kind of voltage or gearing I should look for?  torque rating?

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Re: using a cordless drill for raising the top
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2016, 10:21:19 AM »
I too have never used a drill on our old pup, but have read many places the lowest you want is 18 volts, 24 volts prefered..  Also try to find one that has metal gears instead of plastic for durability.. 
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Re: using a cordless drill for raising the top
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2016, 12:16:19 PM »
I use one! 24v and was bought from Harbor Frieght. Works awesome!!!


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Re: using a cordless drill for raising the top
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2016, 01:21:32 PM »
doesn't look like HF carries a 24v any more.

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Re: using a cordless drill for raising the top
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2016, 08:02:49 PM »
Get one with an auxiliary handle. I had to brace ours against my leg (I had to sit on a step stool to use it anyway) so that the drill raised the roof instead of spinning. We bought a Sears Craftsman 19.2 volt with a rechargeable battery. I had to learn to use the right speed and torque - I made it overheat and turn off due to thermal switch a couple of times. The drill has turned out to be a very handy addition to the tools we have, even if we're not using it for raising a roof.
For our 8' Coleman Cobalt, it worked OK, but I ended up not taking on trips. One charge was enough to raise it once, and we usually dry camp. Most of the time, I used it at home, when it was too hot to crank the roof up.
It probably delayed our needing to move to a TT by a little bit, but my deteriorating back made the move inevitable. I get the part about not wanting to get a new tow vehicle too. We towed the TT with a 2005 4Runner for a season and half, but finally bowed to reality and bought a truck. The 4Runner was our newer vehicle, the 20 year old car was going to need work soon, so one way or the other we needed another vehicle.
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Re: using a cordless drill for raising the top
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2016, 10:26:15 AM »
Is anyone familiar with the Kobalt 24v?  650-in-lbs of torque, side handle, storage bag?  looks like it will fit the bill.

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Re: using a cordless drill for raising the top
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2016, 12:16:17 PM »
finding the socket jenie locally is proving to be a p.i.t.a.  I may have to get a socket and ext, weld them together, cut a slot and grind three flat spots.  be cheaper than $28 buy to buy a SJ.

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Re: using a cordless drill for raising the top
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2016, 09:40:44 AM »
i have a jayco 1206 with a/c on the roof and i use a 14.4v dewalt cordless drill and it raises the roof with no problems.  my 14.4v raises the roof better than my 18v, but the battery is older on the 18v.
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Re: using a cordless drill for raising the top
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2016, 11:45:02 PM »
Oops...misread. I use a drill for my jacks. Fortunately I have a electric lift for roof


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Re: using a cordless drill for raising the top
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2017, 11:42:59 PM »
i thought about that  but i have ac on roof, drill might bring roof down ok  but  i seriously doubt it'd crank roof up

 

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