Ideas for new crank handle?

Discussion in 'General Camping Discussion Forum' started by campagain, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. campagain

    campagain Active Member

    Jun 24, 2017
    I need a cheap fix here. The handle for the front wheel/leveler has deteriorated on my 1987 Coleman Laramie. What can I replace it with? Rubber tubing? Something else?
  2. eoleson1

    eoleson1 Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2011
    Macomb County Michigan
    PVC pipe?
  3. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    garden hose and duct tape.
  4. Sneezer

    Sneezer Well-Known Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    DFW, TX
    Mine just uses wood. Doesn't look too hard to swap out with something else when the time comes.
  5. Hoomi

    Hoomi I write everything the voices in my head tell me.

    Jul 20, 2012
    You might also check on handlebar grips for bicycles, to see if one could be adapted to your crank handle.
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  6. BelchFire

    BelchFire I speak fluent vise-grip

    Mar 29, 2012
    SE Georgia
    I've used PVC with a coupling on each end in the past. Sometimes, you can put a flat piece of plastic over the end of the pipe and secure it under the lip of the coupling so you can drill it to fit the handle spindle nicely. It all depends on what hold's the handle on the spindle you have. If it's a push-nut, they're kind of easy to get off and put back on, so the PVC might work well.
  7. sceri

    sceri Active Member

    Jun 1, 2018
    Washington State
    I like this idea. I'm sure you could find one that fits too....
  8. campagain

    campagain Active Member

    Jun 24, 2017
    All great suggestions!
  9. TDS-MN

    TDS-MN Active Member

    Sep 29, 2013
    Minneapolis, MN
    I used a small diameter spring that I got at the local hardware store. It just slid over the 'post' that remained after my plastic handle disintegrated. The spring was loose enough that it spun as you cranked, without binding. I had considered a 'fixed' grip but found that was a pain to use as it required a light grip to allow it to twist in your hand.
  10. WrkrBee

    WrkrBee Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2018
    South Carolina
    A picture would help seeing how the old handle was retained.
  11. DJS12354

    DJS12354 Well-Known Member

    If you do the bicycle handle suggestion, get the streamers for extra cool factor! :)
    Seriously, a picture of the handle helps with suggestions.
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