"Bunkhouse" bunk will only go up, not down - ideas?
Hi, I have an Aerolite 2016 242BHSL TT with two bunks in the rear that are "bunkhouse" style, they go up and down. Or they used to.
It turns out that only one of the two is "powered", the other just rides along atop the powered bunk when you raise them all the way up for transport. There are holes to put securing pins into the four vertical rails for the top bunk to remain at some higher level than the bottom bunk. Once installed, the top bunk stays up at that level while the bottom bunk can run down to allow someone to crawl in and sleep on it. So far so good.
The manual says to raise them up for transport, although I see no advantage to doing so. It makes sense that you need to put the "security pins" in the holes, but there are holes at various points in the travel, so even that part is an oddity that doesn't explain why they should be raised for travel. But I have always done what the book said and raised them up before moving the trailer.
Now the "powered" bunk will not go down using the "up/down" buttons on the control panel, it only goes up. Which is tremendously inconvenient, since when it is all the way at the top and it won't go down, the only way to bring it down is for some very small person to wriggle in across the top bunk to access the motor, and to disengage the clutch/brake mechanism so that the bunk can be pulled down manually without the motor turning the chains. Well, now that we've done it a couple of times, I think I can reach up along the side and disengage the motor brake/clutch thingy, but still - a royal pain.
I plan to take it into the dealer next month for some warranty work, and make them fix it, but if you guys have any ideas about adjusting or bypassing the limit switches (which I am quite sure is the problem here - a stuck lower-limit switch), I would like to do that myself.
Thoughts, ideas, experience with doing this, anyone? Or if I should just leave it for the dealer, tell me that too, along with "why", if you would please. This type (and brand) of powered bunk is in very wide use in toy haulers and BH-style travel trailers like mine, so I expect that a few of you have encountered this - and I hope there are some easy fix ideas out there. Thanks in advance!!
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