. “‘Where are we going, man?’ ‘I don’t know but we gotta go.’”
Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.
I'm not sure what that means, or why I even quoted it, but nonetheless the thought of it made me take the little Bronco off the truck in its winter quarters this morning, and put my Andersen fifth wheel hitch back where it belongs.
It took me about an hour of unhurried labor to take the chains off the truck that hold down the little Bronco, raise it up out of the truck bed, drive out from under it, lower the little Bronco to the ground, and put the Andersen hitch back in the bed of the truck. I would say the thing that took the longest was raising the camper up from the truck bed, and then setting it on the ground.
I was thrilled when I found out the little Bronco had electric jacks on it because I'd always wanted electric jacks on my Hallmark pop up slide in camper, but they cost a bundle so I never bought them and just used my cordless Milwaukee drill with an adapter on it to run the manual jacks up and down.
That actually worked quite well, I just had to do a lot of walking around and around the camper jacking up each corner a few inches at a time, and of course electric jacks solve that problem. But what I didn't know is that the little Bronco's electric jacks have one speed and that speed is sloooooooow. My Milwaukee drill just like most drills had two speeds so I could run the jack feet down and touch the ground really really quick and then use the lower speed to actually lift the camper. Not so with the little Bronco.
It takes a loooong time to get the jack feet to hit the ground, but it only takes a minute to jack it up a couple of inches out of the truck bed. So I think I could actually accomplish this task quicker on the Hallmark with my drill that I can with the little Bronco's electric jacks. I'm not sure if they make them but it seems like two speed jacks would work a whole lot better, and if I ever had to buy electric jacks they would definitely be two speed.
The little Bronco sitting in a fenced in area next to my daughter's house where it will remain safely ensconced until I return in the spring.