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Old 03-25-2016, 08:06 AM   #11
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Good stuff to include

Some of these are from the dealer, some of them we find really convenient though you might already use them from your many years of popup camping:
  1. Awning
  2. 120v adapter for the power cable
  3. a bottle of sanitizer for the cassette potty
  4. magnetic key holder
  5. 5 gallon jug and water connections for sink drain
  6. swap for LED runing lights (if they are not standard by now)
  7. electric kettle saves gas when you have electricity
  8. small LED light hung from the fan knob
  9. 1500w space heater (furnace is noisy at night)
  10. converted jack with drill (if you don't have a power jack)
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Old 03-25-2016, 04:47 PM   #12
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converted jack with drill (if you don't have a power jack)
I don't know if they'll give you a drill, but the power drill mod for the jack is a time saver for me. Particularly on that long travel upwards when hitching up. Set the drill on fast speed with the clutch set lightly to limit the torque and the jack is stowed in seconds.


Also if you're getting free stuff from them, ask for a Camco plastic tongue jack stand. It saves from having to put the wheel on if the camper is properly parked when you unhitch. Getting the pin through the holes on the tongue jack is a pain for me. And if you hadn't noticed, I dislike spending unnecessary time on hitching and unhitching.
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Old 03-26-2016, 07:58 AM   #13
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Two things I found wrong with converting the Jack to a drill. Connecting nuts weren't strong enough. Started showing wear and leaving metal shavings all around the base. Couldn't find a pin strong enough to last more than a 12 cycles. Gave up and replaced with a non travel trailer jack handle. Only got it cause my original handle broke. Was desperate and found an industrial trailer place that had a replacement handle. Works great and is fast.
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:25 AM   #14
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I think I got the idea from Pooniel originally. I have not seen a shaving yet (2.5 years, 120 cycles?). I remember when I put the cross bolt in the bolt was super-tight, I may have even scuffed the threads a bit it was so tight. So maybe mine doesn't have any play, or I lucked out and grabbed a high-strength bolt?

I like what Pooniel said about the clutch and high-speed. My drill must not be very strong, I use high-speed on the stabilizer jacks and when the drill stops, they are done. (Not much weight on them at all.) On low-speed, it cranks the front jack up without too much trouble.

That reminds me of another nice-to-have and the dealer might throw them in: stick-on levels. I use one on the tongue and one on a rear taillight. Of course, I did not get them perfect, so I spent some time leveling the trailer in the driveway with a contractor's level, then noting where my cheapo levels were at. "It's good enough for who it's for."
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I use just an 18 inch level. Tried the stick ones didn't stay. Go with Mark 1 Eyeball first open then use the level. As far as the stabilizers I use a hammer drill works better than a regular drill.
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I haven't seen any wear on the connector nut either. I use an 6 point 3/4 in. socket with an integrated universal swivel. The universal is mostly for the Bal leveler, but it also helps on the stabilizers because the screws wiggle some because they are not are not perfectly straight. So one tool fits all.

I modded the original handle so it now has a 3/4 socket incase I forget the drill. This also had the advantage of lifting the handle up higher so I don't bang the propane tank cover.
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