Apache Hardside Set Up

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  1. xxxapache

    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    In another thread, someone asked to see how an Apache's sidewalls worked. I promised pics. Here is the set up from start to finish for anyone interested. It takes 5-10 minutes.

    First, you crank up the roof. The side walls come up with the roof. There is a roller arm on each wall corner that rides in a track in the roof's frame. The wall stands up almost all the way on it's own.
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    The roof raises just a smidge above the sidewalls height. You just flip the side walls up vertical and clip them to the lift arm with some plastic clips that rotate in place. Then, you lower the roof a bit so it sits on the sidewalls and forms a seal with the gasket on the roof frame.

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    Next, you pull out the beds and put the poles under them. The bed end wall gets folded up like a tee-pee. Then, you go in the trailer and raise it up so the bed roof attaches to the trailer roof. There are turn dial latches that tighten the bed roof up against the trailer roof frame. They come with two latches per end new. Someone added a third one in the middle or mine.

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    Next, you raise up the bed side panels to about 45 degrees and slide them back into the trailer so you can stand them up vertical. Once they are vertical, you slide them into place.

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    Finally, you go outside and put a cover on each lift arm.

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    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    Here is a video of the roof being cranked down:

    http://s34.photobucket.com/albums/d141/xxxflhrci/camper/camper%20set%20up/?action=view&current=MVI_5082.flv
     
  7. bud121156

    bud121156 Western North Carolina

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    Good deal, xxx'
     
  8. Amdukias

    Amdukias New Member

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    Thats really cool.
     
  9. Crazycoleman

    Crazycoleman It is so much better when you wake up IN the pup!

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    That pretty much answers the questions I had about hard sides :)


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  10. screwballl

    screwballl Stimulus Package

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    the more i see them, the more I want one.... the DW is saying "if we sell the pup, the next one we get will be a TT"... and I keep telling her that if we do that, it stays parked in the road/cul de sac in front of our house... so a hard side would cover both preferences...
     
  11. ErikRuud

    ErikRuud New Member

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    Here is another video of an Apache getting cranked down.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bastianelli/3785474853/

    I was interested in buying this one, but someone else got there first.
     
  12. fishguy1313

    fishguy1313 New Member

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    I always wondered how that worked too! Thanks for sharing. That is a sweet vintage for sure!
     
  13. Tekboy46

    Tekboy46 New Member

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    Triple X, THAT is appreciated. Perfect. Thanks for taking the time to make, upload and post these pictures and the video. This falls project now is materials search and thought collection on the canvas/hard wall replacement concept. The concept is good... re-creating the Apache geometries is the challenge. I'll follow up if I take this on after thought collection.
     
  14. Lori3778

    Lori3778 New Member

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    We have some friends that have one of these. It needs lots of work (electrical & plumbling mostly), but it's still a good camper.
     

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