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Old 06-18-2018, 08:41 AM   #1
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So I was out over the weekend on a trip with the family and our whitewater kayaks. We pulled into our camp for the night and I thought I could raise the Penthouse without unloading the boats. That did not seem to be the case once we tried to raise it. I unloaded the boats and pushed it up but it seemed to be now sagging in the rear. on further inspection it seems that the rear bars may have bent slightly not letting the top fully expand up? It also seems that the front now seems to go too far up making the canvas tighter than normal. Anybody ever had this problem? Any suggestions on what could be done to fix this?

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Old 06-18-2018, 09:37 AM   #2
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Is it a manual or electric top?
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:48 AM   #3
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It’s a manual top.
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:56 AM   #4
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Ricky - Can you post some pictures of the bars with the top raised? Maybe side on shots.

Also, can you push the rear half of the top up by hand further than the springs by themselves?
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Old 06-18-2018, 11:24 AM   #5
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Here are some pic. I can raise the rear up to where it is supposed to go but it sinks back down
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Anything on the roof?? solar panels, boxes?


Are you familiar with the mod of sleeving the crossbars with cro-mo tubing?


...or straightening them?
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Old 06-18-2018, 11:44 AM   #7
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Here are some pic. I can raise the rear up to where it is supposed to go but it sinks back down
Why not just put a stick in all for corners for a temporary fix? Might save stress while coming up with permanent solution...
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I had kayaks on the roof when this happen but normally nothing in on there but a couple crossbars and kayak stackers. I am not familiar with any mods. How could I straighten them? I thought about fixing up some dows to putin there until I figure out what to do about it.
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Mountainbikeroamer just straightened his cross bars with a few updates to the usual method...do a search for his username.


Sleeving with Cro-mo DOM tubing starts at post #30 here:


http://www.sportsmobileforum.com/for...p-10808-3.html
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Why not just put a stick in all for corners for a temporary fix? Might save stress while coming up with permanent solution...
Good advise - I actually place them in all 4 corners immediately after I raise the top...for stability and to take the long term stress off the bars. Admittedly I also do it as a precaution just an case one decides to give out - little worried about about the possibility of the roof collapsing.
All types of solutions out there, I made mine from 2" wood dowel, wrapped with black duck tape, and placed rubber feet at each end - went a step farther and screwed a closet dowel support to the top so they would not slip out of place

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