AnswerID: 391040 Submitted: Thursday, Nov 12, 2009 at 20:53
yes you can do this yourself if you are the handy type with patience and time on your hands. if you want to do it you need to understand how it all works first. i cannot explain it all here but suggest you search internet for a book called "trevor eastman's camper care - book 2 service and repair manual jayco"
probably cost $30 to $45 but you have it for all your maintenance and any repair issues. handy to leave it in there in case something goes wrong when you are away - most likely as you wont break it when its stored at home.
also i would not go greasing up everything as it can cause bigger problems when the grease packs up and blocks up the "push rods" which in turn places
strain on the cable then he "eye bolts" and then BANG something gives and you think that is your problem, but it is just the end result and you have another "cause" to fix as well as the "end result".
I use silicone spray to lubricate but RP7 or WD40 could be used. Best to wipe on not overspray it so it goes everywhere, and wreck canvas etc
not sure how much a dealer or repairer would charge - probably $300 - 500??? You are really paying for their time as most parts are small (but still excessively dealer priced) Just be sure the repairer knows what they are doing first or you will still have a problem after parting with your cash....
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FollowupID: 658940 Submitted:
Friday, Nov 13, 2009 at 11:59
Member - Phantom (WA) posted:
Thanks for that. I will probably get that book for later on.
As i don't know how this all works at this stage, I have organised a mobile repairer to fix it next week.
It was lucky it did happen in my driveway and not in the middle of nowhere.
I also now have an appropriate broom handle which I beleive is necessary should it happen again.
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FollowupID: 658941 Submitted:
Friday, Nov 13, 2009 at 12:47
Good luck with repair. how much was his quote?
I would suggest you have 4 "broom handles' on board. Or better still get some 25 x 25mm angle and cut it to length so it runs from the van body sill up under the roof so the blocks where the uprights are mounted on the roof are. The angles will all sit inside each other for storage and will take the weight easily. I also have a small 40mm flat piece of steel welded on one side about half way along angle so it locks the angle onto the upright and it wont be bumped out or dislodged in any way. You can than take the weight off the winch setup when camped if you want to. 4 uprights are needed in case you have a problem in the system and you want to hold it all up. Also needed for some service type work if yo get keen after reading the book, like getting all 4 corners to lift up an equal height. check what you currently have, its probably lower at back (or front) or on one corner.
Before it goes in for service, open up inside behind the winch (remove ply cover panels) and check out the eye bolts and cables (Caution: dont run
your hands along the cables in case they are sharp or splintered enough to slice your hand open) Check the eye bolts are not bent or forced open which would indicate a strain in the system somewhere which would have caused the result you now have. I am guessing either a cable was snagged up somewhere (pulley or something in a cupboard fallen into the cable area?) or a push rod/slug is blocked up with grease and dirt, (or maybe previous owner caused the problem by leaving a roof latch on when trying to wind up etc) - but i cant tell for sure from here on this side of the screen ;)) good luck with it....
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