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Old 09-13-2019, 07:06 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,
Iím having trouble finding someone in or near Alabama who can replace the cables on my 2008
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Any suggestions????
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:47 PM   #2
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You aint too far from TREE he's either in Florida or NC.....He KNOWS...and or can do.Im sure he will chime in.
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Great!
I’m new on here and I just bought this camper so I really want to get it fixed!
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Old 09-13-2019, 11:39 PM   #4
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Hi Tammy - welcome to the HiLo family! Treeclimber is certainly a member who knows how to help you with your request, but I have to ask, why do you want to REPLACE your cables? Have you inspected them and found them to be rusted or frayed? The reason I ask, is because my 2007 trailer still has its original cables and they are fine. Cables can last virtually forever if they are maintained properly.

I moved your thread out of "Intros", because I thought you'd get better help here.

Hang in there - I'm sure someone will be along shortly with the help you need.

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Thank you Jack!
I have a cable that is frayed!
I heard a little pop sound when I was raising the top...
luckily I stopped and noticed the cable was about to break so I was able to lower it down.
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OK, yes - that's a reason to replace at least that one cable. It's not too hard to do, if you're at all "handy" with repairing things. The most difficult part is getting the cables in the first place. J&R repair in Ohio will sell you a set or possibly just one. You'd have to contact them and ask. Here's a link to their homepage: Home - JR REPAIR People HAVE been known to make their own cables too - the only tricky part is attaching the cables to the adjusting bolts.

Once you have the cables, you just have to feed them along the routes used by the old ones. This is probably best done with the top UP, since you will need to be inside the trailer to route the cable over the final pulley on the lower half. To gain access to this pulley, you will need to remove the trim strip inside at the top of the lower half. It's easy, it's just held on by several screws.

Once you have the top up, you would lower it onto 4-2x4s that are cut to the same length that are placed between the "outriggers" (the things the top rests on when it's down) and the top, so there is slack in the cables. They can then be removed and replaced, one at a time.

If you think the cable might have enough left in it to raise the top, then raise it hydraulically. Otherwise, you'd need something like a farm jack to lift that portion while you incrementally lift the rest hydraulically. The top doesn't need to be ALL the way up, just far enough for you to work inside comfortably - so that would govern the length of your 2x4s.

I've possibly confused you with all this. Treeclimber is out of town right now and has no access to the forum. He should be back in a few days to help clear things up.

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Thank you!
I have a guy that is doing the work for me...
he is going to call midget rv so hopefully we are on the right track.
Thank you so much!!
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Midget RV is also a good source for cables, I think. Glad you have someone to help you.

In reading another thread recently, I saw where one member compared the maintenance of a trailer (any trailer) to a "hobby". It's certainly been that way with me and mine. There's always something that needs fixing, or improvement. Trailer ownership is definitely not a "use and forget" proposition.

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Tammy, glad to hear things are working for you. There is a great sense of relief after replacing cables, and with proper maintenance you'll most likely never do it again. Cables and the seal are the toughest tasks, I think. As Jack says, it is kinda like a hobby. I'm always looking for something to do on mine, it's like a get-a-way, in the drivway. Over time, my DSO and I have completely re-done the interior, fabrics, bamboo flooring, curtains and painted walls, you name it. Best is living in it when you can.
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