Catastrophic penthouse collapse
As I was lowering the penthouse yesterday, I paused to bump out the front canvas as usual with the top down most of the way. As began to lower it the rest of the way I heard a loud bang and the whole top suddenly dropped down and askew about 6" to the passenger side. When I tried to lift it at all I meet great resistance, in part because of the weight of the solar panel and empty Thule box, but also I think because of one or more springs still holding on.
This is a 2001 E350 RB. The van's parked at a slight tilt forward, and I wonder if that puts a greater strain of parts of the penthouse structure, but never had any issues before and the weight that's up there now is small compared to what used to be there.
Obviously, from the pics the struts may be pretty messed up.
Right now, I'm not sure where to even start with this mess. I was going to move the van to a level spot and start carefully lifting the roof with a jack's assistance trying to keep things even and level as I do it by blocking the roof up. Hopefully then I can assess damage.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!!! Is there any place in Salt Lake that can help with this?
Salt Lake City