Socket Jenie for Jayco roof

Discussion in 'General Camper Setup / Take Down' started by SteveP, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. SteveP

    SteveP Active Member

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    Is anyone using a Socket Jenie to raise a Jayco roof. CCI customer service recommended Model LVSG-628 but it seems a tad small based on measurements taken with my admittedly cheap caliper so I'd appreciate if someone could give a thumbs up, or down, for this.
     
  2. Sneezer

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    I have been researching this issue a well. From what I can tell either the 625 or 628 will work. Both fit a 7/8" square crank. If you look at the Hanna RV parts website they show the dimensions of the various replacement crank handles. Apparently Goshen also used a square drive like the L&W we have. They just have a longer crank it appears.

    I have found posts from people who have apparently used both. The 625 is the cheaper if the two but I wonder if the longer length of the 628 might not be a better fit as it spreads the load. However I am planning on modding my tongue jack to use a drill as well in which case the 625 would make more sense.
     
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    I measured my own crank and it is exactly 7/8" square. CCI says the 628 will "fit in a 7/8 inch pocket." My pocket is recessed into the wall and best I could measure it it appears to be 1" square, interior. Also based on my measurements, for the 628 to reach the stop in the winch pocket the drill chuck will have to be inserted into the port in the wall, which may or may not be an issue.

    I haven't ordered yet because I won't be able to go camping until my shoulder heals but I will probably go with the 628, since the only other option is to fab something up myself and that would probably cost as much if not more. The only other uses for the drill will be to raise and lower the BAL leveler and the stabilizers and they will both required different sockets.
     
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    I just received my 628 socket this weekend and it seems to work fine on my 12' roof. I had an old Dewalt 1/2" spade handle drill that did raise and lower it. However, that drill is single speed only and I was not comfortable using it once it spooled up to 550 rpm. I did go to Harbor Freight and picked up a similar 1/2" drill. This one had better positioning for the side handle (my old Dewalt was missing its handle). It does raise and lower it, but it bogs down on the lowest speed setting on raising. I think it will be fine but I do have to be careful with it. I am wondering if maybe a stronger Dewalt might be the better solution. This drill is 7.5 amp and pretty beefy but the equivalent Dewalt is 9 amps, and may have better gearing/torque.

    This is the one I got:

    https://www.harborfreight.com/12-in-heavy-duty-spade-handle-drill-63116.html

    Harbor Freight does have a different 1/2" drill that is rated for more amps, but it also has a higher top speed and I suspect it will not perform as well at the lower speeds that I need for raising.lowering the roof.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/12-in-heavy-duty-d-handle-variable-speed-reversible-drill-63114.html

    I will try it out a little more - I just did a quick raise and lower test with it this weekend. The socket fits the pocket nicely. Mine does not have a set screw like some other Jaycos do. On mine the winch is in the back, but I am able to insert the nose of the drill into the port with no issues.
     
  5. SteveP

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    I got my 628 last week. I really wanted to look inside the camper after all the storms we had here. As I feared, it is almost too short. I won't chuck it as deep in the future so it should work ok. Because we mostly dry camp I had to go with with a cordless drill, and the DeWalt 20 volt ran the roof up without even sounding like it had a load in low gear. In fact I kept backing off the trigger because it was going up so fast. But got it all the way up and finished off with 4 clicks of the hand crank.
     
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    Sneezer Active Member

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    Yeah that is what I saw with the drill as well. I wasn't comfortable letting it raise or lower at anything close to full speed on the drill. Would like to minimize the start stop process while raising.
     

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