Cable repair

Discussion in 'Lift Systems' started by ocfive, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. ocfive

    ocfive New Member

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    We have a 1997 Starcraft PUP. Went camping this week-end and it rained the last night we were there. Obviously we wanted to air it out upon arriving home. My husband went to crank it up and asked me if I got all of the securing clamps. I thought I had but when we heard the loud POP, I realized that I hadn't. My husband is very mechanically inclined and would be able to repair the system but we are fairly new to all of this, this is our first major repair. Does anyone have any basic instructions for repairing this? I did review the posts but really haven't found one that describes the repair of ours. There are four cables at each corner, they run parallel to the front and rear, go over a pulley then to a central winch. There are no tubes. Please help!
     
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    ocfive New Member

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    I will e-mail Rick Cathey as it appears he is very helpful in this area!

    The Fab Five
    1997 Starcraft Starlounger 1224
    2008 Dodge Ram 1500
     
  3. Yellowkayak

    Yellowkayak Popups.....when sleeping on the ground gets to you

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    Next time if it doesn't go up like it should, DON'T FORCE IT, find out why!!!!! Hope you get it fixed soon, because you NEED to get that pup aired out quickly before mildew sets in!

    JJ

    Wichita Falls, TX
    USAF Retired
     
  4. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    Did you find where the cable broke? Was it a pulley, or was it luckily a cable that is accessible to be replaced? I wish you the best in repairing it, and JJ is right in that it NEEDS to be aired out asap, to avoid mildew! Let us know how it goes, and GOOD LUCK!

    *Kevin*
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 2004 Rockwood 1940 LTD, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 96 Cherokee 2dr 4x4 5spd, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_canoe.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Canoe"> ~16' Old Town Canoe
    Nights Booked 08: 19, Camped so far: 2
     
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    ocfive New Member

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    My husband and I were able to lift the roof manually and it is currently airing out. I have called five different repair shops and so far no one is able to do the repair. My husband should be able to fix it but from all accounts, it looks like it might be time-consuming. I will keep everyone posted, plus, once he is able to fix it, I will post the how-to. Wish us luck!

    The Fab Five
    1997 Starcraft Starlounger 1224
    2008 Dodge Ram 1500
     
  6. Yellowkayak

    Yellowkayak Popups.....when sleeping on the ground gets to you

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    ocfive....GOOD LUCK and post pic of how you fixed it yourself if you go that route. It would be a great thing for folks here on the forum to see to aid in their repair. Thanks for posting.

    JJ

    Wichita Falls, TX
    USAF Retired
     
  7. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    I'm not sure that the local RV places <i>NOT</i> doing it for you is a bad thing. Due to their high overhead costs, the labor cost/hour is enough that IMO, its very much worth you taking the extra time and doing it yourself. Let us know how it goes, and post any questions (with pictures if available) of areas you're having trouble with!

    *Kevin*
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 2004 Rockwood 1940 LTD, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 96 Cherokee 2dr 4x4 5spd, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_canoe.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Canoe"> ~16' Old Town Canoe
    Nights Booked 08: 19, Camped so far: 2
     
  8. ocfive

    ocfive New Member

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    I e-mailed Rick Cathey and he responded within an hour or so!!! He e-mailed me a lift repair manual which gives the instructions to repair the cable while the camper is down. Cathy's post with the Starcraft 1985 & newer lift system shows the camper up while repairing. Which one is it? I am going to e-mail Rick again-he is the go-to guy and contact Starcraft. I will continue to keep you all posted. I am new to this site and to pop up camping. I love how useful this site has been. I will introduce myself shortly. I saw an earlier post where one hadn't done that and received an ugly reply.

    The Fab Five
    1997 Starcraft Starlounger 1224
    2008 Dodge Ram 1500
     
  9. newbiecamper

    newbiecamper New Member

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    I did the same thing last summer. Only I didnt break a cable, it slipped from its cable crimp. Put it up manually and tore into it. I used a cable clamp. It came off once, and had to repair on the fly so to speak. I plan to make some covers for the lift arms, all the same length, just in case it happens again.

    http://community.webshots.com/user/newbiecamper
    DH `71 - DW `73 - DS `88 - DD `91 - DS `96 - DS `00 - DD `03 - Buddy the Beagle
    `91 Jayco 1006 deluxe
    `98 Ranger
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    ocfive New Member

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    My husband has told me that we have lucked out:) He checked it out tonight and stated that it appears that the cable that broke is the one that leads from the winch to the "eye tooth". I will continue to keep everyone posted, give the length of time to repair and such. I must say that this forum has been very helpful and a BIG THANKS to Rick Cathey and Chef Bowers, both who responded to my 9-1-1 call quickly!!

    The Fab Five
    1997 Starcraft Starlounger 1224
    2008 Dodge Ram 1500
     

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