Compact jr poptop moves too far - Fiberglass RV

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Old 02-04-2014, 08:26 AM   #1
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Compact jr poptop moves too far

Okay, I have removed and re-furbished my pop-top and re-installed it without the boot. The fiberglass lid can swivel (on its four arms) all the way back (normal, I think) and settle down in it's normal closed position ----or all the way front and settle down in an abnormal condition.
What is the locking mechanism to hold the lid in a normal upright position with falling either forward or backward ??
Do those four pegs/pins have something to do with locking the lid in its total upright position??
I have tried inserting the pins in every hole imaginable, but still no luck. Help me decipher the method/sequence please. Tom Justice

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Old 02-04-2014, 08:50 AM   #2
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If it is like my Campster- without the boot it isn't stable. (Though I understand it should be.)

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Old 02-05-2014, 10:11 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Bobbie Mayer View Post
without the boot it isn't stable
... and the tighter the boot, the more stable it becomes. Raising the top should also stretch the canvass.

In my photos, the 3 major pieces are loosely connected to show how they attach to each other. When installed on the trailer the bolts need to be tight enough to hold the 3 pieces very close together, but not so tight as to prevent movement. Without seeing your mechanism I can only speculate that your bolts may not be tight enough. The cut of the stanchion at the 15" mark in the last photo is all there is to hold the stanchions upright against the top mounting angle and the bottom drawer slide. My top does not have the pins/pegs that you mention, but I plan to add them in my rebuild. They only arrest forward or backward movement IF the pieces are close enough together to engage the cut of the stanchion sideways against the top & bottom parts.
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Old 02-06-2014, 03:56 PM   #4
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Our 1973 is equipped with 4 pins that hold the uprights in a vertical position when the top is up.

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Old 02-07-2014, 07:27 AM   #5
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i wish my camper would have had the original hardware..but it didnt so i made it ... without my boot on its just as strong but the drawer slides are cheesy and will pop out of place if handled wrong but ive left it up thru some of the bad weather weve been havein here in southeast texas and came thru like a champ.... maybe your lift supports are on backwards ??? idk i did that in my fabrication process cause i didnt know which way they went (when i got my jr. the pop top was screwed to the top of the camper) i got four pins i put in my roof that keeps it from falling back down and its pretty solid when in place..... maybe take a pick with the top up so we can see whats goin on..
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:34 AM   #6
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Poptop bracket problem solved !!
it turns out that although I had raised all four arms vertically, I was not lining them up properly so that the pins could go through the holes through the metal arms and then on through the fiberglass.
I merely had to watch how far back/forth I moved the vertical pieces for proper line-up and now all is okay...Thanx for all your suggestions and advice.......Tom Jusrice

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