Replacement Cable Kit/ Roof Lift System for 1995 Coachmen Clipper
I have a 1995 Coachmen Clipper 190 (19' 6'' x 6'6'') and the pulley system has taken a dump. It appears that the entire system needs to be replaced. I have no idea how to do this, and I cannot afford to take it to my local rv shop to be repaired. If you could please provide me with a diagram and/or any information on repairing this it would be much appreciated. Thank you for your help.
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They vary by manufacturer. However, the basic design is a primary cable the goes from the winch through a track to the rear of the unit. The cable has a plug and a push plate in the middle and another at the end. It goes through a pully back into a track toward the front of the unit. The track is a metal, rectangular piece that runs from front to back down the center of the trailer. From the front and rear of the track there will be a total of four pipes, two from the front and two from the rear. The pipe will curve, one toward each corner and will again curve up into each corner of the unit. Inside each pipe is a heavy metal spring that when properly pushed by the main cable will push the roof up. The other system is the older system that has more cables to lift the roof instead of the push springs.
Did that once myself.
For me, the first thing I learned was that wherever I needed the same exact length of "rope" I used chain. I wrapped the chain in the rubber insulation used on 1/2" pipe to protect the top where necessary. By using chain I just counted the links to get exact lengths and make adjustments where I needed to.
I built a 2x4 frame to the size of the roof with the idea of having a chain come down in each corner to hook onto the roof. Also had chain going from each corner of the 2x4 frame to a common point I would lift from. Think of a 2.5 feet of chain from each corner meeting at a point above the roof. I attached a boat winch to the wall of the garage and through some pulleys I was able to winch the roof off and lower it when I wanted to put it back on. By using the chain I was able to make adjustments to height, tilt, etc.
Hope this helps.
buy a clamp on type rack,available from any accesory store.(when asked what the bars on the roof were for, a lady said" it stops the paint from getting scratched when you turn the car over"... over heard in a bmw showroom)true......
start by evacuating any r134 left in system remove lines off back of comp. any elec conn, remove serp belt by pulling down tensioner. slid belt off idler pulley. remove mnt bolts. comp loose and ready to replace. I would recommend checking orifice tube or replacing If comp failed may have metal shavings in system. then recharge. If system still has r12 u need to buy retrofit kit replace high low side connectors. kit runs 35 dollars.
I recommend you contact Poulan 1-877-500-7499, there may be a free replacement kit available. If you call please have your saw at your side before dialing. An IPL for your saw can be found here: Poulan.com http://www.ordertree.com/modelinfo/POULAN-WEED-EATER/75.59.html (P3314 Gas Saw) There are 2 different types "Spring Assist Pulley System" and "Standard Pulley System". Exercise care when you order. HTH Lou Please leave some comments about what you found to help me help those that follow you..
Am I correct in assuming that you have an electric roof? I recently saw in my manual that there is a hydraulic lift that you can access from the trunk of the car. It looks like it is on the left side wall close to the opening. The following is taken directly from the manual:
"If the power system is not operating properly you can still close the roof by hand. 1. Remove protective cover and open luggage compartment lid. 2. Turn screw on hydraulic pump counterclockwise until it stops. 3. Close the luggage compartment lid. 4. Swing the top forward by grabbing it with both hands, lift and push it forward. 5. Lock roof in place. 6. Turn the screw on hydraulic pump clockwise until it stops. Use the same procedure in reverse order to open the power roof manually."
Open roof latch over windshild.
Raise rear of roof off of hatch
Lift little hatch tabs to access lift mechanism
Release latches on each side with fingers
Lift Hatch with free hand
Let roof fall into storage compartment
Click hatch shut.
Reverse proceedure to put back up.