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Old 10-26-2019, 05:43 PM   #1
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I have a 1996. We are winterizing and when we tried to lower the trailer, the lock would not engage nor would the light come on that indicates the raise/lower is working.

It is all the way up and when I try to raise it there is a very low sort of whine, but nothing to hear when trying to lower.

We do have the switch on the lower position
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Old 10-26-2019, 08:25 PM   #2
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You won't hear anything in particular when the top is lowering. The only thing the lowering position of the raise/lower switch does is to open a return valve up next to the hydraulic pump.

When you raise the top, as you hold the raise/lower switch in the raise position, did you pull the safety bar lanyard out, and then holding it out, did you put that switch to the lowering position? Once the top starts down, you can let go of the lanyard.

From your post, it sounds like the top is binding on the safety bar. Once you get the weight of the top off of it, you can pull the lanyard to release the safety bar.

My trailer does not have any light that comes on when raise/lower is activated. I didn't know any trailer had this feature.

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Jack, Older models had the light, it indicates that the safety bar isn't properly engaged. I never saw one operating. If you look at some of the older manuals you will see the light and it's shown on the wiring diagrams.
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Thanks, Rich! Learn something new each time I come here it seems. The light sounds a good idea.

If the light is not on then, it would indicate the safety bar is in place and is preventing the top from coming down. So, they need to get the top off the bar, release it, and then it should lower, right?

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Thanks, Rich! Learn something new each time I come here it seems. The light sounds a good idea.

If the light is not on then, it would indicate the safety bar is in place and is preventing the top from coming down. So, they need to get the top off the bar, release it, and then it should lower, right?

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It should work that way.
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Wonder where the micro switch was located, I'd like that lite.
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Wonder where the micro switch was located, I'd like that lite.
That's a good question. All I know about them is what I have seen in the manuals.
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That's a good question. All I know about them is what I have seen in the manuals.
That switch is located through the floor board just above the lock bar, and close to the outside wall.
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I'd think that location would be a bit problematic. Seems to me it would be exposed to lots of road debris, water and other factors that could make it inoperable. If it fails, what does it do to the bar retraction and top lowering system?

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