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Old 05-25-2014, 04:34 PM   #1
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Question Changing cable in Tent Trailer / Pop-up Lift System

I have a 1994 Dutchman Tent trailer and have to change the lift cable. I still have all my manuals however they offer no help. I am a very "handy" and I'm sure I can figure it out. Just any information or guidance in advance would be appreciated.

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Old 05-16-2017, 08:54 AM   #2
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Me too!

I have the same issue. I currently have my tent trailer open, via splicing into the main cable and winching it open. What do I need to do to replace the cable??? is it located inside the metal housing? It is that simple? before I take it apart!

Any help, or detailed instructions would be appreciated!

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Old 05-16-2017, 11:34 AM   #3
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Hi guys! Welcome to the forums! The last popup I replaced cable on was a 1970's vintage Viking, back in 1986!

Here is a link to a bunch of Youtube videos. From what I recall we had a broken cable and we taped the new cable to the old cable to pull it through. I do remember the ends were swedged on, had to borrow a swedging tool. We bought a big spool of cable and the fittings and made our own as we went along. I also remember we got the top up and had it blocked with 2x4's.

Good Luck and let us know how you make out!

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Old 05-16-2017, 05:36 PM   #4
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change cable

You will have to excuse me since it has been a few years however some of the key points would be.
- if you can get an original partfor your trailer, do so it will be the correct length and will have any finished ends you require I couldn't so I went to home Depot with my cable and matched weight.
- the raceways for my cables were under the trailer which made access very easy after removing the covers
- in my case I replaced my hand crank with an electric 12V winch, which was the best decision I ever made. With a big 12 foot top to lift if was stripping the gears on the hand crank the 12v connected to trailer power the winch came with a long able on the control which allow me to move around the trailer when lifting alone.

Hope this information is a help. The job is not hard if you have some technical inclinations.
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:54 PM   #5
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I suggest checking out the forum PopUpPortal
Great place for info... especially for cable replacement.
I frequented there more back when I had a Pop-up Coleman Tell 'em "Hoosier Daddy" says "Hi!"
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