Penthouse Maintenance and other issue
Last week I was up in the Inyos (Papoose Flat is gorgeous by the way). The morning we were leaving I could not get the top down. The drivers side came down fine but the passenger side hung up. I cycled it several times, banged on the rods with my hand, shook the top back and forth, removed the fabric covering to look for problems, nothing was working. Finally I just closed my eyes, gritted a bit, and kept pushing the button. Big, bang! The passenger side finally came down. When I got home I sent and email to Peter at SMBW.
The problem with the top could be the center supports, the ones that slide in and out. They could be getting stuck, it sometimes happens if they are dry or slightly bent.
Try applying lube on them then try it a few times. If the problem continues you will have to bring it in and have our guys look into it.
Not wanting to have grease on the support that we grab to crawl up into the bed, I tried dry lubricant. That didn't work at all. I tried some silicone lube. Cycled it a few times and it seems as good as new. Maybe that its working now I will clean it off and dry the dry lube again. Anyone have any better suggestions?
Not related, but another body problem we had on this trip was the Aluminess galley box. I had put 7 gallons of water on the top rack. That weight, with the washboard roads we were on, sheared off the bolts holding the latch clip to the bumper. (just a little body damage.) Note that I did not have the little ramp under this side as I do on the spare tire rack side. Ordered a new latch and ramp from Aluminess. I think with the ramp, it will work much better when carrying the additional water weight. The heavy duty ratchet and strap that is in the Black Rat recovery gear kit really came in handy.
EV-2 build is now complete, (yeah right).