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Old 06-02-2013, 02:40 AM   #1
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Hello all. I recently purchased a 1998 31' WB and am having an issue with the lift cables. When I purchased the camper, the previous owner told me that slide out would stick sometimes. Anyway, this was the only thing I could find wrong with the camper at all. Getting a good deal, I purchased it. Now having owned the camper for several months and using quite a bit, I'd like to make some repairs. Upon further inspection, I have found that the top front sits lower than the rear, by almost 3". The adjustment screws for the front are out of adjustment, meaning they are sticking out much further than the rear screws. The manual is very vague on exactly which way to turn the adjustment screws. My question is this, can anyone tell me which way to adjust the screws to achieve more lift in the front. My thought is that (if possible) I would tighten the screw (exposing more thread) to achieve more lift. But then I was thinking that maybe if I shorten the screw, this would in fact increase cable length and allow a longer pull. I think my initial thought was correct, but any input would be greatly appreciated. The screw is sticking out so far that my plan is to drop & support the top, back off the adjust screws, cut off the swags & install new swags. Thinking this is the trick. Please help
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Yes, tighten the screws to raise. (more screw sticking out) Check the pulleys and make sure the are all in good shape, also check that the cables are not frayed and in good condition. If everything is good then do what you were thinking and put new swages on the end that bolts to the top.
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Thanks for the quick response. I took a quick look underneath before, but I think a more thorough look is in order. Being my first Hi-Lo (or camper for that reason), I just wasn't sure of the procedure. For a brief moment I was thinking that it the cable was longer that it would allow it to travel further, thus increasing lift. I definitely think that once I square up the top on all corners, that my slideout won't hang up at all.
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No, you SHORTEN the cable to increase lift. But, be careful that you do not shorten it too much. If you do, you can damage the lift system or the top where the cable bolts to it. You should adjust the cables all around so that the top sits fairly level (measured from the outrigger to the lower edge of the top) and so that the seal on the top touches the lip on the bottom half (to keep the bugs out). You may have to check the seal from the inside with the bottom half trim removed.

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After further inspection I believe to have found the problem or at least part of it. It appears that one of my sets of pulleys (for the front) has broken. I found several pieces under the camper while looking, so this must have just happened in this set up. I only found pieces to make one pulley though, so possibly this has been the problem all along. Anyway, being that its Sunday and I can't get parts. I'm going to cut 2x4's of equal length and drop the top, to relieve pressure on the cables, which are now taught on the pulley bolt. Measurements are currently as follows: RF 27", LF 28", RR 30", LR 30" (all measured from bottom of camper to frame). Once u get a new pulley on, I'll see where everything measures at.
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It is a good thing you are handy. Don't know if you need a source for parts. Here is one. Jay Simon at Mantelli trailer sales. 1-716625-8877 or email jay@Mantelli.com They will immediately mail parts out to any address. Best of luck in getting your HiLo fine tuned.
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I wasn't able to find the replacement pulleys at any of my local dealers and online did not prove to be much better, for the Hi-Lo replacements. I checked at Home Depot and Lowes, but all they have in a 3" pulley, is for
1/8" cable bore (for garage door repair). While similar application, I'd like to get the larger bore just to be safe. I did talk to a guy at a local garage door repair place and he said that he has what I needed (3" pulley for 3/16" bore cable). Anyway, I'll swing by and pick up a couple from him and install this evening. I will post how it turns out.
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Update all, the rains have finally stopped so I was able to do some work. I ended up adding 2 new 3" pulleys that I picked up at a garage door place local to me. I ha also gotten similair pulleys form Home Depot, but they were very cheaply made. Anyway, the new pulleys went in pretty easily, but I had to get a 3/8" x 3" bolt to go through them. The existing bolt was 1/2" x 3" and the nut is welded to the bracket. I used stainless, so I think it will work fine. I ran the front adjust bolts back in and hooked up the new pulleys. NOTE, the cables both had a strong cast (twist) to them, which I'm sure is from the extreme adjustments from before. Well, the new pulleys brought my front end measurement up to 28" on both front corners. I'm going to let the cables sit in the stretches position for a little while, then adjust to get a tight seal up front. I should be able to adjust both front screws out to get the proper lift, so no need to mess with cutting and adding new swags. After doing this for $20, it begs the question as to why I would have purchased new nylon pulleys for $60 each from Hi-Lo. I guess you could make your own cables all together for really reasonably. Just swag both ends and attach a forged eyebolt as an adjustment screw... Something to think about. Hope this post helps anyone with a similair issue.
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I had/have a problem adjusting my top on my 17T as well. I cut equal length 2X4's 30" for all 4 corners. Lowered the unit to relieve the tension on the cables. Then I tightened all of the slack out of the cables with about 1/2 up and down movement in each cable. The top was about 1/2 inch high all the way around. I loosened the cables about 1" and brought the R/F, R/R. and L/F down to the seal meeting the lip on the bottom half. Problem here is that I am out of loosen adjustment on the L/R cable with still being able to have a good tight lock down on the lock nut on the cable. So from the L/F to the L/R there is still about a 1/2 inch rise from front to back. The top shows level using a 3' level but is there a way to stretch the L/R cable to get some more length to loosen it to drop that corner down?

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I am still waiting to see if someone has a suggestion about this or if I need to put in a new longer cable for this adjustment. I am going to bring it home one more time before winter gets here to put the tailored cover on it and see if I can adjust the cables one more time to line up the seals on this puppy! Thank all of you very much!

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