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Old 06-06-2010, 04:00 PM
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Just when I thought I was getting the hang of things, I committed the ultimate rookie mistake -- was trying to make an adjustment after lowering the top. Needed to raise it up just a bit. However, I had latched one of the roof corners. I am now the none-too-proud owner of a camper with a broken roof cable. I suppose this is a good learning opportunity but one I wasn't looking forward to having.

How hard is it to repair a broken cable? Does anyone know where I can find instructions for a Fleetwood? The cable broke inside the gear box of the crank, so I will need to open that up and make some fixes. Is this something that is possible to repair at home?

A close friend with very high mechanical abilities (a commercial and residential building contractor, but obviously not an RV mechanic) would handle the fix, while I mostly stayed out of the way.

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Old 06-07-2010, 07:24 AM
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Don't feel to bad. I did the same thing to my coachman, when it was new. They fixed it under warranty.
I don't think it would be to hard as long as you can get to and see how the cable was run. I know they go around pulleys. Just make sure you remember how they ran and replace the cable.
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Old 06-08-2010, 08:07 AM
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Go to this page below. I hope this helps you out. Scroll down to the bottom of the page you'll see a PDF file "Coleman Lift Systems Repair Manual - 1968 - 2000 Various Models" I know yours is an 07 but this still may apply to yours lift system too. Or at least get you started in the right direction. Good Luck!!

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Old 06-08-2010, 05:40 PM
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Thanks for the replies. I suppose I can get this done with help from my friend, but I might chalk this one up to STUPID and contact Complete RV is Denver North Carolina's Premier Independent RV Repair, RV Service, and Custom RV Upgrade Solution. I don't think I would find satisfaction in this repair so I might need to leave it to the pros.

My local Fleetwood dealer can't get me in for 3 weeks and forecasts a price that is double the rough quotes from two other shops.
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