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#1 Doff

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Posted 14 June 2021 - 12:56 AM

Hi all

Wondering if ya’ll have any tips or tricks for raising and lowering your camper? We get ours in 4 weeks!! We plan to keep it on a trailer and use the jacks to raise up it up onto the truck and to lower it down onto the trailer. Wondering if there’s any tricks to mend that process easier? Or do I just need to work one Jack at a time little by little?
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#2 DarinH

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Posted 14 June 2021 - 01:45 AM

It's a huge time saver to have 2 people working in unison on each side to raise and lower the camper. If your buying your camper from a FWC dealer, it should come with 2 hand-crank jack tools and 1 jack tool that will fit in a cordless hammer drill. At least mine did, last March. Buy a 2nd drill tool ($30 on Amazon), have 2 hammer drills, and save your arm strength for funner pursuits (like fishing).
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Posted 14 June 2021 - 02:04 AM

I have a Rieco-Titan wheeled camper stand that is about trailer height.  I got tired of raising and lowering the camper so I built a wood extention on the top of the stand.  With this extension the camper sits at the same height as the truck bed.

 

When mounting the camper, I raise each corner 5 or 10 cranks and make the switch on or off the truck.

 

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Posted 14 June 2021 - 06:45 AM

Is there a specific drill bit you suggest I can purchase online?
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Posted 14 June 2021 - 12:31 PM

Is there a specific drill bit you suggest I can purchase online?

Yes, it’s the adapter for the Rieco Titan jacks.


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Posted 14 June 2021 - 02:52 PM

I raise and lower mine by myself, using a cordless drill and one of those jack adapters. Just raising it a little at a time keeping it reasonably level all the way up and down. It makes me a little nervous when it is high enough to slip my truck under it, but that’s just part of the game.
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Posted 14 June 2021 - 06:51 PM

2 people. My wife and I start at the back (front or back works) and do 10 cranks each. We move to the front and another 10. We repeat until we have it high enough to back under the camper or until it is lowered onto the storage base. When we load my wife guides me back. Take it slow.
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Posted 14 June 2021 - 11:35 PM

It's a huge time saver to have 2 people working in unison on each side to raise and lower the camper. If your buying your camper from a FWC dealer, it should come with 2 hand-crank jack tools and 1 jack tool that will fit in a cordless hammer drill. At least mine did, last March. Buy a 2nd drill tool ($30 on Amazon), have 2 hammer drills, and save your arm strength for funner pursuits (like fishing).

 Curious why you use hammer drills?

What does it do for jacking that a regular drill won't do.


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Posted 15 June 2021 - 02:01 AM

Hello Doff
Congratulations on the upcoming delivery.
Secure the camper with ratchet straps to the trailer. Secure the rear of the trailer before you enter camper on trailer.

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Posted 15 June 2021 - 04:27 AM

Heavy rubber mallet to make fine adjustments in the jack foot positions allows me to easily get the camper perfectly centered when putting it on the truck..

I also like to use the cranks rather than the drill for touching it down. It gives better control.

If you are on ground that is sloped at all, it’s important to keep the camper level except when it’s in contact with the truck. Otherwise you are putting lateral load on the jacks and mounting brackets. They can handle a little of that but not much.
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