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Tote Hoist

Posted 05-23-2023 at 10:41 AM by HiBanky
Updated 05-26-2023 at 04:30 AM by HiBanky (Grammar correction)

My wife and I have been on the road full time for four and a half years and have seen a growing trend in the volume of campers especially at the end of each week. I attribute this dramatic increase in weekenders to the lingering manic like urge to escape from covid prison. You can’t fault them for craving the outdoors after two years of house arrest but all these new fugitives have made it difficult to find a spot to park. We are especially fond of Army Corps campgrounds and they seem to be a favorite for all those folks as well. So now we find ourselves settling for sites without sewer hookups. In the past, we just pulled up stakes and traveled to the dump station every three or four days or we packed up and moved to a different campground. Now this is where all you folks that are smarter than me will say, ”two words…Tote Tank”. Your right but I had my reasons. One, I don’t like the sight of a big orange and gray turd wagon dangling off the back of my beautiful coach and two, these things are just heavy enough to make lifting one overhead to hang it on the latter a risky endeavor for an old fart like me. Well out of desperation, I broke down and bought one only to affirm my suspicions about the weight and potential risk for life changing injuries. Reminding myself that I’m not a young man anymore I went to work on a back saving device with only hand tools, a piece of square tubing from the old bedroom TV mount and the campground picnic table for a work bench. I took the Archimedes approach employing a pulley a rope and a boom in my design. Is it just me or are few things more satisfying’s than devising an elegant solution in a primitive environment with limited resources. There are some things however that you just can’t make in the woods so a quick trip to Tractor Supply for a pulley and a few other bits of hardware completed the list of materials. In the end I have a simple, sturdy, removable, hoist that I can operate with little effort and with both feet on the ground. So now we have joined the ranks of sojourners rolling down the road in an elegant machine with a big ugly wart attached to the back end. At least I can feel good about not breaking my back getting it up there.
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  1. Old Comment
    What a fantastic improvement!
    Posted 05-27-2023 at 07:42 AM by Mbconnolly Mbconnolly is offline
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