Coleman Lift System Repair Manual

jobenoit

Member
May 23, 2012
27
My husband and I recently purchased a new-to-us 2001 Coleman Westlake. We took it out for a long weekend and had no problems raising or lowering the roof. We got back home and tried to raise the roof to empty and clean the trailer but it's suddenly giving us problems.

I've downloaded and printed the Lift System manual provided on here (thank you by the way :)) But I noticed it only goes up to 2000 models. Is there a different manual I should be searching for? I just don't see our model in there, although the 2000 Bayside 12 ft sounds close.

Help please :)
 

jobenoit

Member
May 23, 2012
27
When my husband was cranking it up it got about a foot high but after that only 3 of the 4 posts were rising. The 4th one wasn't moving.
 

marcham

Active Member
Aug 2, 2011
476
Ok, look underneath the trailer, is one of the lift cables loose or broken?

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jobenoit

Member
May 23, 2012
27
He says that one of the cables looks loose but he can't get under far enough to touch it to determine if it's actually broken. Our driveway is quite steep and he wants to get the trailer on level ground before he gets right under it [:!]
 

Dusty82

Super Active Member
Jun 23, 2008
3,511
Northern Nevada
I'm with DH on this one - get it someplace a bit more level before you try to climb under it.

As Raycfe said, the lift system didn't change much after the 2000 model year - if it changed at all (and I don't think it changed at all between 2000 and the 2001 model years.) Between the lift system manual and the parts manual Raycfe linked you to, you should be able to handle just about everything in the lift system.

All of the cables will be loose with the roof down. Some will be looser than others, but all of them will be loose to some degree because there is no weight or stress on the system at all. With one lift arm not working, best case is a cable slipped off a pulley. Worst case, a cable snapped. With the manuals, you can easily fix either or both of those conditions.

Good luck, and please let us know how it goes!
 

jobenoit

Member
May 23, 2012
27
You guys are all amazing...thanks for the info, tips, links and advice. Good to know about the cables being loose when the roof is down, makes sense but we're pretty new to tent trailers lol. I'll keep you all posted once we get it levelled safely.
 

jobenoit

Member
May 23, 2012
27
Darn a cable is shredded :( DH and a friend are looking at it now. Those manuals and the parts link above are gonna come in handy.
 

KGawley59

Member
Jul 13, 2007
60
My cable broke this afternoon while I was cranking up the roof :( Getting ready to go camping, so if it was going to break, at least it wasn't at the site. I have a 1990 Coleman Americana Series, Model "Alta," which is not listed with the the other repair manuals. Any ideas as to where I could locate one?
Thanks!
 

hootie

Member
Sep 27, 2015
14
Hello...I have a 2001 Coleman Cheyenne..it does not have a wiffle tree..it just has a cable that runs from the spool where the crank is then through a pulley parallel to that and into the center where it joins the other cables all running into a plate....is this normal..or am I missing something ?
 

dave rogers

New Member
Jun 7, 2018
9
What does one do if you are camping a long way from home and your camper top wont crank down because of a broken cable.
 

GreyFox

Super Active Member
Oct 10, 2018
2,447
S Ontario
The water line is blocked somewhere. If you have a flip over sink, check the line where it folds. Then check the screen at the input.

The 1992 Fleetwood Brandywine was an Americana series camper and as such had a swing level galley, not a flip over galley, so it's unlikely the water lines are binding.
 

Shaman1

Super Active Member
May 13, 2011
2,235
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
@GreyFox you amaze me (in a good way) with your knowledge of campers and their amenities. Once after watching my SIL fume over no water for 30 minutes, I walked over and unkinked the hose going from the spigot to his trailer. Voila, water. I've seen the hose get kinked by junk Stuffed" into storage areas. Myself, once in camp driveway, I forgot to turn the spigot on. Boy, was I embarrassed. I still follow Ockham's razor and look for the simplest answer.
 




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