Replacing cables in Jayco - pictures inside

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  1. familycamper79

    familycamper79 New Member

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    I received a Jayco camper with a broken lift system. When I 1st looked at it, it had one corner that would not lift up. As I had one person lift that corner while cranking I had 2 more cables brake so now only 1 corner would crank up. So with a few guys helping out I was able to raise the roof to inspect the cable system (runs inside the camper). After I looked things over I lowered the roof only to find that the corner with the good cable will not lower, the corner post will not go down with whatever I do. So now that I explained a bit of the problem I will post the photos of the damage and see if you can help me make sense of it.

    This is the crank and main cable. I can see the one of the eye bolts is bent but this looks like a pretty simple fix.

    <img src="http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/b18turbo/IMG_2920.jpg" border=0>

    This is the problem corner, (along the front, across from the crank. The coil that pushes the roof up has broken and came out of its track and the pulley mechanism has bent. I figure I can order that pulley and metal assembly but i am not sure about the coil and how to access the drive block that it attaches to.?

    <img src="http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/b18turbo/IMG_2918.jpg" border=0>

    And here is the following corner
    <img src="http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/b18turbo/IMG_2921.jpg" border=0>

    And the final corner for the cable routing
    <img src="http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/b18turbo/IMG_2923.jpg" border=0>

    What I can't figure out is how to attach the cable to the drive block. The drive block is at the end of the coil that runs inside the metal square.

    I hope someone can make sense of this and give me some advice, feel free to ask me questions if I need to clarify on something more.

    Edited by - familycamper79 on November 25 2008 14:53:24
     
  2. punkindad

    punkindad New Member

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    I am going to be replacing my cables on my 76 jayco during our Christmas shutdown so I will be following this thread. Is there a hole through the drive block for the cable to go through then put a crimp sleeve on the end? or a set screw that locks the cable into the drive block? Check out the owners manuals link at the top of the page and click on the jayco lift manual. They have step by step directions for replacing a cable.

    Brian(the dad)-Still working on a perfect childhood!!"
    Celia-12(the punkin)
    1976 Jayco Jayfinch(on steroids)

    Edited by - punkindad on November 25 2008 19:20:29
     
  3. familycamper79

    familycamper79 New Member

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    Thanks for the reply. I have printed out the lift manual but didn"t see anything explaining the drive block assembly. I need to find a way to get it out of the metal square tube so I can attach the cable to it.
     
  4. bigdad

    bigdad Active Member

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    Hi have replace the cables on 92 jayco by looking a the pic i would order new cables and new push springs the new cables well be cut to spec and all ready to be install they well have loop for the eye hook and the block on the other end you well have to support the roof and pull the springs out if you hae any problems you can pm.
     
  5. punkindad

    punkindad New Member

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    It looks like step #3 says you have to remove the lifting spring in order to remove the drive slug.

    Brian(the dad)-Still working on a perfect childhood!!"
    Celia-12(the punkin)
    1976 Jayco Jayfinch(on steroids)
     
  6. familycamper79

    familycamper79 New Member

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    I am not sure how to remove the lifting spring. It runs inside a metal square tube and up into the side of the camper.
     
  7. punkindad

    punkindad New Member

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    Once you remove the screw from the inward end of the track the spring should slide right out of the track, maybe with a little help though.
    The spring doesn't attach to the roof it simply pushes up on the post to lift the roof. I hope this helps.

    Brian

    Brian(the dad)-Still working on a perfect childhood!!"
    Celia-12(the punkin)
    1976 Jayco Jayfinch(on steroids)
     
  8. familycamper79

    familycamper79 New Member

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    Nov 25, 2008
    That helps greatly.

    Any good websites for ordering parts?
     
  9. mgwerks

    mgwerks New Member

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    www.popupparts.com

    Send him an email with what you are looking for and he'll get back to you. I bought a drive spring and other Jayco parts there a couple of years ago. Good people.

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    1999 Jayco Eagle 12SO pushing a F350 PowerStroke CrewCab 4WD long bed monster

    Here are my Jayco lift docs, they're now on the Portal for you!
    Jayco Lift System Diagrams
    L&W Lift System Instructions
     
  10. JesseABQ

    JesseABQ New Member

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    Any idea what the cost is to replace the cables in a 1975 Jayco Jayfinch? Not sure if it actually broke or not but can see that the cable near the pulley is greatly stretched to the point of the cable not being tightly woven.

    *Edit* On closer inspection, the cable is frayed, but only very slightly. Seems the crank handle broke off. Still thinking I will need to have the lift/main cables replaced, any idea how much it costs to have this done?

    Jesse '58
    Debra Kay '64
    Jayco '75
    The fur babies- Maggie, Barker and lil Bear Bear

    Edited by - JesseABQ on January 11 2009 18:39:10
     
  11. bigdad

    bigdad Active Member

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    I think it was about 45.00 to $65.00 and that was for the set all four conners. i order them from Canvas Replacements 1-800-232-2079
     
  12. JesseABQ

    JesseABQ New Member

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    Thanks Big. I'm guessing you installed them yourself? If so, how difficult of a job was that?

    Jesse '58
    Debra Kay '64
    Jayco '75
    The fur babies- Maggie, Barker and lil Bear Bear
     
  13. candleems

    candleems New Member

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    I've been having lift problems for about a year. No problem going up, problem is coming all the way down. Won't close from 4" to 2", even with some persuasion. I've just been using rachet straps to hold it closed while I travel. Added a tarp during raining times.

    Decided I didn't want to tinker w/ this. Taking it to the shop to find out what's wrong on Tuesday. Hopefully an easy fix. If it's not, I'm just gonna live w/ it till it falls apart or won't close at all. Then I'll get a new or new-to-me pup.

    Good luck to all those attempting this repair. I'm sure if my dad was home from his year long boat trip, I could bribe him to take a whack at it.

    Barb '74, DH '63, DD '02
    York, PA
    2004 Kia Sedona, 1994 Jayco 1006ST
     
  14. awsandlin

    awsandlin New Member

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    My thought on your top not going all the way down is that your eye bolts are extended too far outward from the “block”, (the square piece of metal connected to the main cable that all the lift cables connect to with eye bolts), and they hit the pulley that is opposite from the crank before the top reaches the bottom. There is not that much room for the eye bolts to bee all that long. My guess is if you were to adjust the eye bolts inward, you would be able to close your top. However, this may result in the roof being out of adjustment as far as how high it opens. If that is the case, the only way to over come it is to adjust the length of the cables. I would give it a try just so you know what is wrong and then you may be able to over come it. Since a Jayco does not have a positive stop on it, pulling the eye bolts in will result in the top attempting to raise more.

    It is also possible that the cables are just too short to allow the top to close. In that case, you would need to see how much you can move the eye bolts outward. However, in so doing your may run into the issue above where the eye bolts hit the pulley and stop. On the Jayco, the length of the cable is very critical.

    Allen
    2004 Fleetwood Utah
     
  15. JesseABQ

    JesseABQ New Member

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    Well I'm a very happy man as I sit here tonight. Turns out my cables are okay, at least for now, but have a feeling that I will need to replace the wench and all of the cables before long. My problem is that the previous owner welded the handle on and the weld broke. Finally got the pup up though, so that we can at least get in to clean her up a bit, and get some stuff fixed.

    I really love this forum!

    Jesse '58
    Debra Kay '64
    Jayco '75
    The fur babies- Maggie, Barker and lil Bear Bear
     
  16. awsandlin

    awsandlin New Member

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    I am happy to hear it worked out for you. I know you will be looking forward to the coming camping season.

    Allen
    2004 Fleetwood Utah
     
  17. dirtyboy

    dirtyboy New Member

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    camper looks like its seen better days!!! good luck!



    <img src="http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/b18turbo/IMG_2923.jpg" border=0>

    <img src="http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/b18turbo/IMG_2918.jpg" border=0>

    Try it in a Toyota!
    '74 Coleman Yorktown under construction......
    Tow Rigs =99 Toyota 4runner and 93 Pickup (Rockcrawler)
     
  18. marthawidmer

    marthawidmer New Member

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    You all are very knowledgeable. My son successfully rethread the cable on his 98 Jayco. HOWEVER, when we crank to see if it will raise the roof (it does); however begins to show tension at the half-way mark. What could be causing the issue? The way it was input to the spring? Do you have any guidance on common issues?
     
  19. sawdusty

    sawdusty San Antonio

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    Getting back to familycamper79 who is the original poster.....were you able to resolve your problem? If so please share. I'm elbow deep in a lift repair myself.
     
  20. Teammuir1

    Teammuir1 New Member

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    I know this posting is OLD...
    but I am hoping that someone or others on here
    will update.. and possibly help me...
    my lift system looks like whats posted here
    I have a 79 Jaco.. but I am not sure what
    the model name is .. here is my lift system
     

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