One corner won't go all the way down... stumped

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  1. Tekboy46

    Tekboy46 Member

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    Stumped, and wondering if anyone has run into this and can lend some insight as to what to check next.
    Replaced all the cables... what I'll call the primaries from the whiffle tree to the lifts, and what I'll call the secondaries which are the short cables within the telescoping lift towers. All cables are the same length as the old ones and tension is adjusted similar to what the old ones were tensioned at.
    The left front corner is contacting something like a stop and not lowering the last couple of inches to seat on the main box top rail. It feels like the top is contacting something like a positive stop somewhere; it doesn't feel like a cable is holding it up because you can't push down on the top and get any reflex like cabling would have. I have looked all around this corner with a flashlight and can't see the top contacting the bed rails or the end canvas bow tube. I took the covers off the inside of the box to see the cabling and to see if I dropped something in the lift tube accidentally that is binding things up; nothing. When the other three corners are seated, the main cables are relaxed somewhat, including the problem left front main. From inside the camper box with the top down as far as it will go I noticed that there is tension on the secondary cable within the left front lift tower, but the main cable to the whiffle tree is relaxed? So I am stumped. Has anyone dealt with Starcraft cable configurations like mine ('79 model Venture) and have any ideas? I don't mind crawling in dark campers to find problems but I'm stumped as I can't see what is stopping that left front from going down that last couple of inches. I don't know if it will help much but here's a pic of that corner. Brainstormers, thinkers, and part time camper restorers responses welcomed <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_hardhat.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Major Mods">

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  2. newbiecamper

    newbiecamper New Member

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    sounds like the secondary cable is bound up. may have to take it apart.

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  3. Big_kid

    Big_kid Virginia Beach, VA

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    I'm with Newbiecamper- were all the secondary cables the same length? Is that one bound somewhere? Did the channel possibly get bent/dented? I did cables in a '72 Starcraft once, about 10-12 years ago, and don't remember much about how they ran. Let us know what you find.

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  4. jkrale

    jkrale New Member

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    I had similar issues with a 70 starcraft. The upper part of the column was catching on the bolt that secured a pulley in place, or the bolt that secured the end of one the cables - I forget which now. It had worked itself loose a bit.

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  5. Tekboy46

    Tekboy46 Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I'm going to get out this morning and check out the left corner lift completely. The challenge since day one is scheduling camper work between Oklahoma thunderstorms as all my work is driveway work out in the elements. I have a few hour window before the next round of storms blows through. I'll post what I find if it stays dry long enough to get anything done.

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  6. Tekboy46

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    Found the bind. Your replies inspired me to raise the roof and take the covers off that left front corner lift from inside the camper. In another post I'd talked about fixing the corner lifts that had punched through the floor and the previous owner had propped up the bottom lift tube by jamming cast electrical conduit mounts between the lift and the pulley housing. Apparently while knocking the conduit mount out from under the left front lift tube I bent one side of the bottom lift tube inwards enough to keep the lift tube inside it from coming down all the way. It was binding on the bent portion of the bottom tube. It's close working quarters in the bottom of the lift tubes but I managed to re-shape the bend with a dull chisel and mallet. The top goes down fine now. Without your replies I'd have never thought to check down that low in the lift tube. Apparently my precision removal of the previous owners conduit holder wasn't quite so precision. I didn't take pictures or anything... I was in a race with the clock as another thunderstorm was on the way. I finished just in time with a fully lowered top before the skies opened up again. Thanks to you all for the brainstorming and help!

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  7. Big_kid

    Big_kid Virginia Beach, VA

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    Glad you got it fixed! Congrats!

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