How do you prevent cable breakage/issues?

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  1. popcentury

    popcentury New Member

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    I just bought a pop-up recently and have seen that some folks are having issues with cables and lifting their pop-up roofs. Is there any way to prevent these types of issues. Is there anything I shouldn't do in particular that is a big no-no? Thanks for any advice you have. :)
     
  2. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    I think the biggest cause of cable breakage is ....... not unlatching a roof clamp and dry cables/pulleys.
     
  3. popcentury

    popcentury New Member

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    A big thank you Raycfe. I understand about not unlatching a roof clamp but what exactly do you mean by dry cables/pulleys. Sorry if that's a dumb question, but I really don't know.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Cables need to run across the pulleys easily. A jammed pulley, with dirt/junk will wear a cable. Never "oil" a pulley or cable .....wipe clean and silicone spray only.
     
  5. Wayne In Florida

    Wayne In Florida Member

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    Such a good question..... First off Maintenance!!!! lube what should be lubed and not the things that do not need to be... 2nd..ONLY lift it as high as needed to t set up and then adjust to fit the door. (What I do). Each time time i close I rub WD40 dry silicone using a paper towel on the lift posts and the bed rails. MOST OF ALL DO NOT FORCE ANYTHING !!!! Take your time.
     
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    Thank you Raycfe and Wayne! Wayne what do you mean when you say "only lift it as high as needed to t set up"? When you are talking about the WD40 are you talking about WD40 Specialist water resistant silicone lubricant? I don't know if links are allowed but is it this product:

    http://www.wd40specialist.com/products/silicone-lubricant/
     
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    Wayne In Florida Member

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    Yes on the link you sent, same as i us.... Rub on .....let dry ( I do this the day before we pac up)and it will not stain the sidewalls. On the door deal.... Raise it up using the wire guide (If you have one) to the point it is just a little lose and fit the door by raising the roof slowly as needed. again this is what i do so not to stress the lift system by over extending it.
     
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    Okay thank you Wayne. I don't think I have a wire guide, but I will use your method for fitting the door. One last question...when I was lowering my roof today I got to the point where my roof was all the way down but the latches didn't reach so I kept on cranking counterclockwise, but it was really loose cranking for a while until it tightened down. Then the crank automatically went backwards about a quarter turn when I let go. Does this seem normal? I hope I didn't mess anything up.
     
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    Just an added point..... Your Pup needs to be close to level for the door to fit properly. Un Level will cause a gap at ether the bottom or top and will not clip or stick.
     
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    going to PM you...... Hold.off doing anything.... you have spun the lift cable the wrong way on the lift drum, need to get this corrected.
     
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    The only problem we've ever had with the cables or pulleys on our 98 coleman was when someone - who shall remain nameless - forgot to check all 4 roof locks before cranking.
     
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    A big thanks to Wayne for some very valuable info!

    DragNfly I hope there wasn't too much damage done!
     
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    "We" snapped one cable.

    Luckily we both enjoy "McGuyver" moments and used a piece of 2" pvc pipe to hold the roof up for the weekend. It only took $16 and half a day to replace the cable.

    It never happened again.
     
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    popcentury New Member

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    By "We" do you mean your wife/gf lol?
     
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    If I want to keep wearing the wedding band, I have to keep my mouth shut. Which is generally the best advice anyway. [CP]
     
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    "T"..... This is your best group to ask ask a question... We don't judge as we were all first time owners, some of us did not have this resource but are still learning. Again, call any time,
     
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    Lol very true.

    Will do...I really appreciate it Wayne!
     
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    Hi! Would you mind walking me through how you fixed the one snapped cable? I think i have done the same thing- first timer here. And one of the latches was still loosely attached while i started cranking up. Holding it up with a 2x4 now, but now sure where to start assessing damage or how to fix it. Thank you!
     
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    I doubt you will get a response. DragNfly was last on the portal in 2016.
     

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