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Old 10-24-2020, 03:11 PM   #1
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My electric actuator is now drill powered

I spent the day in my shop rebuilding the broken electric actuator so I could use a drill to raise/lower the roof. The replacement cap is brass, the shaft is stainless steel with a needle bearing under the hex and stock ball bearing on the bottom. I milled a 9/16" hex on the shaft mostly because I had an extra 9/16" swivel socket to use on the drill. I replaced the stuffing tube with a 1/4" NPS Zerk fitting.

In operation it operates a lot slower than the electric one, but there's no strain. I do have an electric actuator replacement, but I'm working on a way of making it more waterproof.
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Old 10-24-2020, 04:14 PM   #2
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That's awesome!
Do you have pics of it during assembly?

Could you post a short video of it in operation?
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Old 10-25-2020, 11:25 AM   #3
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I did not take any pictures while machining the parts: Should have, could have, didn't.

I did do a video of it in operation, but I couldn't upload the video directly. I uploaded it to YouTube instead:

https://youtu.be/Hmkh1YLyH2c

I didn't raise the roof all the way this time as I'm just demonstratinh the mechanism in operation.
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Old 10-25-2020, 01:22 PM   #4
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That's nice.
I'm sure you could sell a few of those modifications if you wanted to.
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Old 10-27-2020, 05:57 AM   #5
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Nice work!

I did this a couple years ago. Yours looks a lot better.

Standing on the port side to raise rather than the starboard I soon realized the roof frame was buckling seriously and decided a solution to lift from both sides was necessary.
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Old 10-27-2020, 09:17 AM   #6
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Thank you. I have the advantage of a having a hobby of metal machining (moatly motorcycle parts).

I'll need to look at how my roof goes up. I have to say I'm not surprised at the roof going up unevenly. It's quite heavy and only supported on the hinge side and the actuator. Did you use another actuator, or gas strut?


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Nice work!

I did this a couple years ago. Yours looks a lot better.

Standing on the port side to raise rather than the starboard I soon realized the roof frame was buckling seriously and decided a solution to lift from both sides was necessary.
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Old 10-28-2020, 09:48 AM   #7
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Thank you. I have the advantage of a having a hobby of metal machining (moatly motorcycle parts).

I'll need to look at how my roof goes up. I have to say I'm not surprised at the roof going up unevenly. It's quite heavy and only supported on the hinge side and the actuator. Did you use another actuator, or gas strut?
Gas struts. I initially installed them on the front roof panel in 2019 and it worked pretty well, but the struts didn't give much assistance when closing and there was a small buckling on the roof raill.

Then TrailerTexan posted a rear panel solution last winter:
https://www.forestriverforums.com/fo...in-199652.html

I moved mine to the front this spring and am pleased.
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