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Old 07-22-2013, 05:00 PM   #131
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Are you using the stabilizer jacks to level? Bob
Hell no! I level with leveling blocks and the front power lift. Then I bring the jacks down until it's slightly tight after touching.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:24 PM   #132
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Hell no! I level with leveling blocks and the front power lift. Then I bring the jacks down until it's slightly tight after touching.
I was pretty sure you weren't, but with all that talk about an electric leveling system and hand cranking I was wondering. The stablilizer jacks go a lot easier with a 3/4" socket in a hand drill, and then just snug them up with the hand crank. Those beer-powered stablizer jacks can wear you out, just like those beer-powered hitch jacks.

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Old 07-22-2013, 11:00 PM   #133
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I'm using these:

Husky 76862 24 Stabilizing Scissor Jack - Set of 2
http://amzn.com/B005J1UK2I

I'm also using the cordless drill method to raise and lower.
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:09 AM   #134
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The "standard issue" jacks that came on my '296 are pretty beefy looking scissor jacks. I looked at them and couldn't find an actual weight rating. If I had to guess, I would say they are good for at least a couple tons.

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Old 07-23-2013, 07:54 AM   #135
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The "standard issue" jacks that came on my '296 are pretty beefy looking scissor jacks. I looked at them and couldn't find an actual weight rating. If I had to guess, I would say they are good for at least a couple tons. Bob
Yeah I agree with that. I don't see how heavy duty ones would make that much difference unless they have a stronger way of mounting to the frame. I need to get a drill bit to fit the lug then that's exactly what I'll do. I hate cranking them.

I don't have the beer driven hoist in the front. It's a power system that I found in a box under my couch, they forgot to install it.

Overall tom raper didn't show me how to do anything. I guess it's mostly self-learn anyways and what you all have told me, which is a lot.
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Yeah I agree with that. I don't see how heavy duty ones would make that much difference unless they have a stronger way of mounting to the frame. I need to get a drill bit to fit the lug then that's exactly what I'll do. I hate cranking them.

I don't have the beer driven hoist in the front. It's a power system that I found in a box under my couch, they forgot to install it.

Overall tom raper didn't show me how to do anything. I guess it's mostly self-learn anyways and what you all have told me, which is a lot.
My dealer didn't show us how to do anything either - just pointed out "here is your fresh water tank" "here is your low point drains" etc. "Got any questions?" Was one of those things where you don't know what you don't know - so of course we had no questions. We are in our 4th year with the HW277 and still learning and it is a steep learning curve too. I just got the drill adapter a couple of weeks ago - love it. Camper did not come with the power tongue jack - may have to look into that as well. But we love our PUP - and I do have fun learning all about the things I don't know
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Ours came with the couch-potato hitch jack and lift winch already installed, so I didn't need to fool with installing them when we got home. We bought ours at the Tom Raper mothership in Richmond, IN, so I don't know if that made a difference. As for any tutorials on the camper at the dealer, we didn't need much since this isn't our first, but probably a good thing since I doubt if we would have gotten much in the way of instructions. It seems to be epidemic among dealers to give minimal instructions, judging from the many newbie questions that show up on web sites such as this. To their credit, FR does have a DVD on how to set-up these HW pups, and it is also available on-line. I marvel at how simple they make the lowering of the top appear in the video. That is the hardest part....getting all that canvas and vinyl to stay put and fit under the roof. It is like the proverbial 10 pounds of you-know-what fitting into a 5 pound bag.

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Here is a link for the Camco socket adaptor...
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They sell them at Amazon also. I don't even remember where I got mine now, but I'm sure you could probably find one at the parts store of any large RV dealer. There is nothing special about them, as they are just an standard 3/4", 3/8" drive socket, with a 1/4" hex drill to 3/8" socket adaptor.

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Ours came with the couch-potato hitch jack and lift winch already installed, so I didn't need to fool with installing them when we got home. We bought ours at the Tom Raper mothership in Richmond, IN, so I don't know if that made a difference. As for any tutorials on the camper at the dealer, we didn't need much since this isn't our first, but probably a good thing since I doubt if we would have gotten much in the way of instructions. It seems to be epidemic among dealers to give minimal instructions, judging from the many newbie questions that show up on web sites such as this. To their credit, FR does have a DVD on how to set-up these HW pups, and it is also available on-line. I marvel at how simple they make the lowering of the top appear in the video. That is the hardest part....getting all that canvas and vinyl to stay put and fit under the roof. It is like the proverbial 10 pounds of you-know-what fitting into a 5 pound bag.


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You are not kidding about the tenting and the height of the camper is part of the problem for us - I found that my daughter's old lacross stick wrapped in a towel helps push it in. Esp. the dining room. And it does double duty to help dry it off if needed.
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You are not kidding about the tenting and the height of the camper is part of the problem for us - I found that my daughter's old lacross stick wrapped in a towel helps push it in. Esp. the dining room. And it does double duty to help dry it off if needed.
I always use a broom to "herd" the tenting when lowering (almost like herding cats). It is kind of important to straighten it out as much as possible, because any sharp crease in the vinyl roofing can become a crack if stored that way for a long time. I found that out the hard way on our old Coleman pup.

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