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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Failed Lift Mechanism on a Folding Camping Trailer

I have a 2000 Coleman Timberlake Pop up camper. Weeks ago we had a camping trip and when we finish putting everything we needed in the camper, we started to close it. When I started to crank it down it didn't move. I tried again and again and it started spinning loose. There went the camping trip. Now I don't have a clue what happened and I cannot take it to a repair shop. I see no broken cables. The rod under the trailer doesn't move. There are two little sprockets before the rod. Any tips? Enrique R., (Lehigh Acres, FL)

A common problem associated with those lifting mechanisms Enrique, is the eventual failure of the shear pin that connects the drive mechanism to the whiffle tree. Of course there are multiple parts in the link, but the most common component to fail is that pin. In some cases it’s difficult to get to it. Here’s where you can download the manual for that lift mechanism. Use the manual to determine how to effectuate the repair. It shouldn’t be too difficult, but do your homework and read through the manual first. A closer inspection, once you open up everything, will determine your course of action. Wish I had more definitive solutions for you, but the manual should help. 
 

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