Whiffletree Issue 1999 Coleman

Discussion in 'Lift Systems' started by Quisong, May 23, 2019.

  1. Quisong

    Quisong New Member

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    May 23, 2019
    I am having an issue with my 99 Coleman Bayside. The other day I went to open it up and it was very difficult to lift. I was able to get it all the way open and take care of getting and cleaned and ready for the year. When I went to lower the top the extension would loosen and then it wouldn't lower. I searched everywhere for help and finally determined that I would need to remove the extension and the rear panel and I was able to lower the top manually with a Channel lock allowing me to move the camper to my driveway. I attempted to lift the top again and it was very difficult to do. It lifted about 12 inches and stopped. Again I couldn't get it to go either way so I figured it had something to do with the whiffletree and since I hadn't lubricated yet this season I figured I would open it up. To my dismay I found a bunch of ball bearings stuck in the grease all along the whiffletree screw.

    My question is; Where the hell did these come from?
    I am thinking the thrust bearing? If I replace that would it help with the issues I am having lifting and lowering the top?
    Also does anyone know what size that is? I am trying to get this fixed as soon as possible and would like to try and pick it up instead of waiting for delivery.

    Thank You so much for your help!

    1999 Coleman Bayside/ Used
  2. GreyFox

    GreyFox Well-Known Member

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    Oct 10, 2018
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    First download the 1999 Grand Tour parts book so you have a better understanding of what you're dealing with.


    Then download the lift system repair guides.


    Since you own an orphan repair parts are quite limited. Coleman Popupparts might be able to help.


    You might also try Canvas Replacements which offers it's own version of the Fleetwood / Coleman whiffletree.

  3. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    South Central New Hampshire

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