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Old 07-13-2018, 09:54 AM   #1
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Popping up the Penthouse top

What are your thoughts about making it easier to pop up the PH top. It seems to be getting harder ...maybe we are getting weaker. Can the springs be tightened? What are your solutions.
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Old 07-13-2018, 10:09 AM   #2
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First step is to make sure you have some doors open. Surprisingly, it can make it considerably easier to pop the top by lowering the air pressure inside as you try to increase the volume (van + penthouse) without allowing additional air into the van to compensate for the pressure differential.

Some people leave the engine running and place the Vent on High (not recirculate) to add additional air.


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Old 07-13-2018, 10:40 AM   #3
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BroncoHauler, Thank you. We have done that over the years...our SMB is a 2001...open the door. My wife pushes with her back on the top while she stands on the gaucho and I push at the same time. We only have one solar panel on the roof but the springs seem to stick. Do appreciate the info and quick reply.
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Old 07-13-2018, 11:16 AM   #4
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Couple of options:

1. Adjust PH springs and take 3 links out (search forum for instructions)
2. Cheapest: Buy a cargo bar to push up the first couple of inches, it gets much easier once the real springs kick in. https://www.amazon.com/Keeper-05059-.../dp/B0000AZ9KS
3. Medium: Try to find an electric aluminess lift, SMB portable lift. Its like the cargo bar but electric. http://www.sportsmobileforum.com/for...sold-3036.html
4. Convert the top to electric, SMB quoted me $3,8k
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Old 07-13-2018, 01:09 PM   #5
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We have a full bed in our van. I squat, put my head against the top with my back strait, place my hands on end of bed, push w legs from squat position and pull down with hands to lift the top. So my arms do some of the lifting and so does my back. Sometimes I do it with the doors open and sometimes with the van blower set on high w doors closed.

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I have also made a jack to lift the top if I have back problems. Have not really used the jack yet.


We do have two 100 watt solar panels on the roof and also have our awning attached to roof.
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LenS --- that jackscrew is genius!
So simple. Love it, might need to copy that.

Awesome.
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LenS --- that jackscrew is genius!
So simple. Love it, might need to copy that.

Awesome.
AGREED!!!! That guy Len, Wonderboy, Herb....Them Boyys is SMART....It makes me feel as if i missed out in the ingenious line...2X!!

Ps SMB Friend (single gal...anybody know anybody? nice girl...has HER OWN SMB!) Does the full body squat....STRONG Iowa girl...
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