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Old 05-26-2018, 01:20 AM   #1
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A different take on actuator complaining: Can I do without one?

I recently purchased a 194HW, and literally hours later, my actuator self destructed. My dealer is 2 1/2 hours away, so I have the suggested aftermarket unit on order, but meanwhile,.....

I've never done this before, but could I just go without one?

I'm 58, physically fit, spending 3 days a week on the weight machine and 20 minutes on the treadmill, and two days a week at 30 minutes on the treadmill.

How heavy are these things, really?
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Old 05-26-2018, 07:59 AM   #2
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Just remove the actuator and give it a try. Remove the top nut that attaches actuator to roof.
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Old 05-26-2018, 09:52 AM   #3
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You should be fine without it. Mine broke so I took it off temporarily. I realized how easy it was and now the replacement just sits in the front box.
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Old 05-26-2018, 11:10 AM   #4
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Depends on the lift assist springs in the corners...

if the springs have good tension, the manual lift is not bad.

But, they will weaken.

It is just a matter of time.

The manufacturers have have therefore developed alternative lift
methods with some working better than others, and what have you...
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Old 05-28-2018, 08:42 PM   #5
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if the springs have good tension, the manual lift is not bad.

But, they will weaken.

It is just a matter of time.

The manufacturers have have therefore developed alternative lift
methods with some working better than others, and what have you...
Mine went out while my daughter and I were camping last year, we managed to get the roof up without too much trouble even though it's a high wall. When I got the new actuator and hubby and I lifted the roof at home a couple months later, it was extremely difficult and heavy. I've since reaplced the actuator but how can you tell if something happened to the bungees? Is there something to actually see?
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Old 05-28-2018, 09:05 PM   #6
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Mine went out while my daughter and I were camping last year, we managed to get the roof up without too much trouble even though it's a high wall. When I got the new actuator and hubby and I lifted the roof at home a couple months later, it was extremely difficult and heavy. I've since reaplced the actuator but how can you tell if something happened to the bungees? Is there something to actually see?
The bungee are at the top you'll be able to see them if they are flopping about. Or check their tension when you wash the roof.
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Old 05-29-2018, 07:15 PM   #7
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My actuator died today after 10 months. Ordered from the warranty rep. which is covered under warranty. If I don't see any noticeable difference in the new actuator I am just going to leave it in the box and raise and lower the roof manually. I took a 6 foot shovel handle I had and put a rubber cap on that you would see on a cane and I use this to push up the roof and then lift the other side slightly to lower it back down. It actually was pretty easy and a whole lot faster than the actuator.
Usually on a bungee cord you will see some fraying on the cord when it starts to fail or I have them just snap when over stretched. Not that hard to fix and bungee are available at most home stores, just measure and buy what you need.
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:10 PM   #8
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I have lifted my roof since day one and never had a problem going up or down even in 60mph winds off Lake Michigan.
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