The pop-up on Tidbit ('74 Hunter) is hard to lift. Is this normal? When we got her, she was missing a stand-off and screw on one side. We assumed that replacing it would make the pop-up easy to lift (ie some thing that I at 5'5" and reasonably strong could do) Nope. 6'1" husband can lift it but it involves grunting and puffing. The springs are there and the slides move easily in their tracks. Any thoughts or suggestions?
And while we're talking about it, has anyone replaced their lift mechanism with gas piston/struts like the ones used on a car hatch?
The upper roof on my Compact Jr weighs 67 lbs. To raise it you are lifting the weight of one end, then the other end. There are no springs or other devices to help with the weight. So, I keep the track lubricated and then muscle it up. I know the Trails WestCampster has springs but I've not seen any on a Hunter product.
1980 Bigfoot 17' & former owner of 1973 Compact Jr
Hi Tom, there is no way on our pop-up to lift one end and have it stay up. The scissors are on the sides and there is a long skinny spring between the slides. The prop to hold it open is in the middle of scissors. Please ignore the block of wood, we used it before we replaced the stand off and screw.
I have a similar problem. A previous owner/modifier changed the whole mechanism so it's no longer a scissor. But it's a hassle and a bit of effort the get the top up. Has anyone found a good aftermarket or other solution?
You say that the slides move easily in their tracks. That's good. But I suggest you use a spray lubricant at each metal-to-metal contact of the entire mechanism. I used WD-40 on mine, worked the mechanism up and down several times, and then sprayed it a second time. The odor stayed around for a few days, but I can now raise the top with the palm of one hand in the center without a lot of effort. If that doesn't work, I would wonder if one of the metal arms has been bent slightly out of shape.