Hello spring slash summer. And spring slash summer for many means camping.
And somehow I’ve been camping like three times in the past two months using a TENT.
While project popup remains less comfortable than a tent. And remains in my carport.
While I camp.
In a tent.
So in between practicing how to sweep out a tent seventeen times per day, I managed to squeeze in a few Saturdays working on our little popup camper.
And like my kids at the Fort Wilderness pool, I’m all over the place on this one.[insert Wayne’s World time machine sound here]
I started the roof rebuild, and built and installed some countertops. But you wouldn’t know, as I haven’t posted some of those updates yet.
Anyway, I was led astray by a shiny new object.
Hence this post.
A post that magically takes greasy wheel bearings and makes them all shiny clean to inspect.
Then realize you have to order all new wheel bearings for your popup camper.
Okay. It’s not the post, but the BenchTop Pro—an environmentally-friendly parts washer that, well…can sit on the top of your bench.
The BenchTop Pro Remediating Parts Washer
Something like this can be your best friend if you too have greasy wheel bearings, or a greasy old ’56 Ford steering box, or even just greasy hands.
Back to the wheel bearings and trailer brakes.
Being that the camper is now 13 years old, and I have no idea of when (or if) maintenance was performed, so a thorough inspection of the electric brakes and wheel bearings was necessary.
So my now-clean bearings showed some signs of wear, and for about $10 per side, it made sense just to order a bearing kit to ensure smooth towing once project popup gets on the road. I’ll create another post showing the install of the new bearings, and brakes as soon as they arrive via my amazon order.
And for the parts washer, I really liked the portability of the unit. I can take it from home to my shop, and even store it on end with the solution inside—fitting neatly under my workbench—when it’s not on top of it!
And my concern over all of the “nons” was a non-issue. The parts were cleaned with very little effort and left me only with the desire for some lemonade.
I think the BenchTop Pro is a good buy for the avid DIYer and even a small repair shop. It’s gotta be used monthly at a minimum so the microbes have something to eat, or else you have to add another package of the microbes to boost the cleaning power. Don’t worry, the unit comes with 4 packages and you can easily order supplies from the BenchTop Pro website. The retail price of $299 means its affordable enough if you do regular maintenance or have a restoration project. And if you are a professional, I’m sure it will pay for itself in lieu of those chemical disposal fees you incur from that rusty ol’ solvent parts washer taking up space in the corner of the shop.
Learn more at http://www.thebenchtoppro.com and tell ‘em dadand sent you. And stay tuned for more on project popup.
Disclosure: Dadand received a review unit to test and put through the paces of real-world-DIY-wanna-be-professional-but-mostly-amateur use. Receipt of said apparatus does not guarantee a post or review, but we honestly liked it. We figured posts like this may help some guy create a list of stuff he wants for the holidays or birthday or whatever. Oh, and we don’t get paid for this. But we might get more cool stuff which means we have a really hard time creating a list of stuff we want for the holidays or birthdays or whatever. Our wives hate that. And that we clutter the garage.