Well, when "Boywonder" chimes in, YOU KNOW it will be worth listening/adhering/doing...Boywonder your a Top 5 (in my opinion) on this Forum! And Thistle is right, SMB North walked us through it and the very small cotter style pins at the end of the actuators can be removed freeing up the connection to the PH top...They did warn us that the 'weight' of the PH top will surprise the heck out of you/hurt you if you try to lower it yourself (the helper springs will keep it popped, but grabbing the PH bed holder wires, or hooks to start to pull it down) without looking for that 'surprise' as the spring helpers give way to the weight...especially if you have the EB model/top...
on an additional note, some Forum Members, when the PH top is raised, will put a locking style pole from the PH top to the van top to lock it in place incase it would give way, so as not to get caught/squashed...
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