stressed out by a "new to me" 1997 colman by fleetwood!!!

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  1. mbayer

    mbayer New Member

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    I just bought a "new to me" 1997 colman. Tried to set it up today as the weather is so nice, and turns out, the locking mech doesn't lock when you open/pop it. Anyone know how to fix it, or if I have to do take it in to be fixed??
     
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    Can you be more specific? By locking mechanism you mean the crank, to crank it up??

    Also, can you tell us what model of Coleman you have...we know the year, but that's it. Thanks!

    Melissa
     
  3. rob2218

    rob2218 New Member

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    need more specifics.
     
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    Did you witness it being open & closed by the PO? If not, your mistake.
     
  5. rabird

    rabird Howdy!

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    Page 49, Coleman Lift System doc

    Symptom
    Crank up/down not working
    Crank trailer up to full height and over-crank to re-engage clutch system
     
  6. mocamper

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    I agree with previous post. Crank it up past where you think it should go to engage clutch. From the show me state.
     
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    My step son and his friend used our camper one weekend and when they cranked the top down they over cranked it which caused the lock to not engage the next time I opened it. I cranked it up and and over cranked it and everything was working fine again.
     
  8. mbayer

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    It is a 1997 Coleman by Fleetwood. I thought that I had over cranked it when I had it up this morning but I will try it again and see if that in fact fixes the problem. You can hear the sound of the ratchet as you are putting the roof up but if you were to let go it would not hold in place on its own. Seems like it would in fact be what people here are talking about with the locking mechanism so maybe I did not over crank it as I had thought.

    Thanks for the replies and if anyone else has anything to try please let me know. I will reply shortly as to if it worked or not.
     
  9. mbayer

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    thanks guys!!! got it working !!!
     
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    Lots of help there.
     
  11. Snow

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    First Welcome to the Portal from the North Western edge of the GTA ... Can't help you with your roof problems, can offer you the opportunity to have some great camping fun ...

    Check out this link...
    http://www.popupportal.com/index.php?topic=80157.0
     
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    Awesome! Great to hear!
     
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    My coleman does the same thing if you over crank it down. Just remember to be easy with those last revolutions. When cranking it down
     
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    Re: stressed out by a "new to me" 1997 colman by fleetwood!!!

    If the crank is in the rear and you store the camper nose down rain gets in the crank tube and rusts things up so it would not lock until over cranked. I had to disassemble mine, clean everything with brake cleaner and reassemble. Worked fine after that. From then on when parking the PU I put some aluminum foil over the tube to keep water out.

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    Don't worry about it being "your mistake".. Your questions are welcome here and you will likely be able to help someone here with what you fix...
     
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    mschepac South Jersey

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    Just a bit on the rude side....
     
  17. bfahs

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    You are correct. Not sure why I was such as that is not normal for me.

    I apologize to the original poster. This is a great site and resource. I hope I didn't cloud that experience for you.
     
  18. mocamper

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    Hey guys how do you get to the Frank assembly? I know how to get the plate off the bottom to grease and adjust there but not the entire crank assembly. From the show show me state.
     
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    What year camper do you have and what make? I might have the info you are looking for. From the KC side of the Show me state.
     
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    I never thought about nose up or down when storing. I will have to remember nose up.
     

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