Removeing camper trailer top

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 18:20
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Just wondering if anyone has come up with a cheap and easy one person way of removeing a camper trailer tent top.
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Reply By: Member - MrBitchi (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 18:56

Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 18:56
Mine's mounted on my trailer with a couple of hinges so I can lift it up on one side to get stuff in or out. When not in use I have 4 straps with which I suspend it from the carport roof. Just undo the latches on one side and slip it off the hinges on the other and lift it up with the ratchet straps. Can do it with one person but easier with two.
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Follow Up By: Dirty Dan - Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 19:26

Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 19:26
Thanks for the reply, was thinking of something like this.
How did you attach ratchet end onto camper top.
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Follow Up By: Member - MrBitchi (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 20:09

Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 20:09
I mounted 4 eye bolts into the frame to attach the straps. Was originally going to set up a boat winch setup as some of the others here have, but don't have enough height to work with :-((
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Follow Up By: Dirty Dan - Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 20:56

Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 20:56
Sounds good, I too don't have enough height really to walk around underneath so ratchets may be a cheaper way.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 21:57

Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 21:57
How dya get the boat winch to go backwards to LOWER the thing?
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Follow Up By: Peter 2 - Monday, Jan 07, 2008 at 06:45

Monday, Jan 07, 2008 at 06:45
Bonz the boat winch has a locking pawl which can be released. Depending on the weight you are lifting and how well you've set the pulleys up (lack of friction) it will lower itself when unlocked so keep a firm hold on the handle. I find with the Shippshape which weighs approx 60kgs with the innerspring mattress that it will slowly lower itself with little effort to stop it with my hand always on the handle.
when it is in postion or you need to push or pull to line it up with the racks then you just flip the pawl back into lock it.
I've got a fair bit of friction in my system as I used nylon rope from the boat winch hook through eye bolts on the roof beams down to the Shippshape which gives me a bit of friction where the rope is through the eyebolts.
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Reply By: Member - Geoff C (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 19:13

Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 19:13
I bought a little electric hoist off ebay for around $140 I think. I suspended it from the truss in the shed. Works well. Can lift up to 250kg but I don't go above about 120kg.

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Follow Up By: Dirty Dan - Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 19:31

Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 19:31
Thanks Geoff great idea will look into this some more.
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 19:21

Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 19:21
If you have a sturdy shed you could use a boat winch to lift it off like I do my roof rack. Stores it up out of the way too.
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Follow Up By: Dirty Dan - Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 19:37

Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 19:37
Thanks Crackles Think I might do this and get up and out of the way.
Thanks again.
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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 19:57

Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 19:57
How much of a hassle is it to relocate the rack back on- in the right position???
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 23:03

Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 23:03
As the rack is hung off the beam I simply reverse using the inside mirror to keep me in line then when the tow hitch hits the bench it's perfectly square the other way. (You could also use a tennis ball hung on a string touching the back window to guide how far back to go)
I just lower it down enough to get one bolt in at a time. About a 15 minute opperation all up on my own.

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Reply By: Peter 2 - Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 19:43

Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 19:43
I use a boat winch to lift the Shippshape on and off, works well and is pretty quick to boot.
Once it is up I then use four lengths of chain to hold it so the boat winch, pulleys and cables are not under strain continually. It would make a huge mess if it fell!!
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Follow Up By: Dirty Dan - Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 19:54

Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 19:54
Thanks peter I reckon the chains are a great idea + the boat winch.
Cheers DD
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 21:59

Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 21:59
electric or hand winch Peter?
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Follow Up By: Peter 2 - Monday, Jan 07, 2008 at 06:35

Monday, Jan 07, 2008 at 06:35
Just a manual boat winch the same as the one in the pic above.
They have a ratchet lock which you release and slowly wind the handle backwards to lower, then lock the ratchet again when it is in the required postion.
Depending on how much weight you are lifting it will lower itself once the ratchet is released so keep a firm hold on the handle.
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