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Old 05-05-2003, 04:32 AM   #1
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I went to my Local RV center http://www.marylandrvsales.com/parts.php and picked up my LP cylinder Tee and found a Starcraft socket welded on a straight rod for $18.00. I bought it, went home and used my 1/2 chuck drill and raised my popup in a few seconds. Not a bad price, compared to the $35 socket genie. De-winterized the camper, cleaned and flushed all systems, sterialized the holding tank and tested the fridge on LP. I then took it for a spin filled with water and a 42lb stove inside and the truck and camper both handled perfectly at any speed...I used no sway bar. I tested all my Marshall Brass LP fittings and hoses for my Camp Chef stove and my Porta-Chef BBQ grill.....works great. Looks like I'm ready for the season.

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Old 05-05-2003, 04:32 AM   #2
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I went to my Local RV center http://www.marylandrvsales.com/parts.php and picked up my LP cylinder Tee and found a Starcraft socket welded on a straight rod for $18.00. I bought it, went home and used my 1/2 chuck drill and raised my popup in a few seconds. Not a bad price, compared to the $35 socket genie. De-winterized the camper, cleaned and flushed all systems, sterialized the holding tank and tested the fridge on LP. I then took it for a spin filled with water and a 42lb stove inside and the truck and camper both handled perfectly at any speed...I used no sway bar. I tested all my Marshall Brass LP fittings and hoses for my Camp Chef stove and my Porta-Chef BBQ grill.....works great. Looks like I'm ready for the season.

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Old 05-05-2003, 04:58 PM   #3
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Hmmmm, that does sound like a nice deal on the socket. Too bad my nearest Starcraft dealer is 190 miles away.... Then again I have a home made socket, and won't be using the PU anymore anyway... But it's still a great deal!


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Old 05-05-2003, 08:45 PM   #4
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I use our electric drill to take down and put up the stablizers. Works great.

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Old 05-06-2003, 06:37 PM   #5
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Yeah, I've been using my drill on the stabilizers too, but am offering the drill as an incentive to sell the trailer at full price. Who knows, maybe I'll get a low offer and keep the drill!!!


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Old 12-21-2003, 03:26 PM   #6
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I considered making my own, but I bought the Socket Jenie instead. Got to say, it is very well made and should last a lifetime.

Got pictures of it in use here: http://www.2manytoyz.com/jenie.html

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Old 12-21-2003, 05:05 PM   #7
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I also got the Socket Genie last month.

It IS very made!!!!

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By welding the two pieces together you anneal the metal, making it brittle. The Socket Jenie has a life time warrenty, and is $25.80 for the most expensive one, and $14.70 for the smaller sockets. Custom Cylinders also offers a 12 volt elctronic and a 4000rpm pump systems to raise your pop up camper and levels the stabalizers. Their web page is down but will soon be up again, it is http://www.roofjenie.com and phone is 800-779-5544 for direct sales.
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We bought our socket at Camping World all ready to go for $9.95 . We only use it on the stableizers too.
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Fair warning - I smoked an underpowered drill...
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