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Old 06-25-2016, 09:32 PM   #51
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Knock on wood, mine has dozens of uses now without issue. It's painfully slow compared to manually opened units, but it allows my 9 year old to open it while I'm setting stabs and such.
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Old 06-26-2016, 08:23 AM   #52
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I've got a 2015 HW that didn't come with an actuator, I felt I got hosed but to be honest I don't think I've seen 2 posts where these things worked well for any length of time. I feel better now.


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I have used my T21 QBHW for a year now ! Just completed my 10h week of camping with it, and many deiveway openings. The actuator has been flawless! It gets complaints for being slow, but my wife has the top raised and the steps set before I have the stabilizers down . I couldn't be happier, If and when it goes I will definately replace it !
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Old 06-26-2016, 08:40 AM   #53
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mickrock, thanks for your post about the 30" actuator. Do you think it would work if you used the existing lower mounting point and moved the upper mounting point to the left until the actuator fits at the lower limit. This would essentially put the upper point higher on the roof panel which would be easier for the actuator to raise the roof. The only thing I am having trouble wrapping my head around is if the upper limit switch will trip at the right place.
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Old 06-26-2016, 09:40 AM   #54
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mickrock- I just went out and looked at my A-frame, it is setup in my driveway. I see why my suggestion of moving the top mount to the left might not work due to the overlap of the front roof when closed. Do you think your idea of the top aluminum plate would work if extended even higher so that the original bottom mount would not have to move?
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Old 06-26-2016, 01:44 PM   #55
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Old 06-26-2016, 02:41 PM   #56
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brainstorming the 30" actuator installation

swampweasel - glad you are joining in with the brainstorming of the actuator design installation. I agree much with your concern about the angle of the lift rod, as I think the factory top mount placement is too close to the hinge side, and stressing the stock actuator lift process mechanically. But, I am not an engineer, and only a novice of practicality.

A download of the 30" actuator owner's manual is available on ebay, but it only offers a few specs. I do not have the actuator to see the real and actual measurements that will be used.

I do agree with you that a top mount point close to the rear roof top corner is advantageous, and I will find out if an aluminum plate needs to be added for additional height to enable mounting. The top mounting bracket appears to have a swivel in it for the rod mount, but this will also need to be seen and worked with.

As for the bottom mount, I think it will need to be lower than the factory placement. This is based on the bottom unit being 34.13" long. I am considering the factory screw point just ahead of the bottom of the coolcat for a low hole mounting point. This is the lowest available, existing.

Again, all remains to be seen and worked out, especially before any drilling takes place. I did learn something from engineers that I worked with.

If you have the factory actuator, can you measure and post the length of the rod lift stroke, and the length of the total open bottom unit.

I apologize to those who think this is all nonsense, but maybe it is.
Maybe it will become useful for others, if we get it all worked out to success.
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Old 06-26-2016, 04:08 PM   #57
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Hi mick
Sorry I can't get any measurements from my stock unit, it's toast.
I had written to the guy that sells the 30" actuators and he sent me the fully retracted and fully extended measurements. I will see if I can find them.
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Old 06-26-2016, 04:21 PM   #58
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I lost the email with the extended and retracted lengths, but looking on the Windy Nation listing on eBay, I think the retracted length of the 30" actuator is 34.13" and the extended length would be 64.13". Sorry I can't come up with the measurements from the stock unit.
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LMAO I was just catching up on this thead and I saw I posted complete nonsense! This may be a first... has anyone ever done a butt post before?
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LMAO I was just catching up on this thead and I saw I posted complete nonsense! This may be a first... has anyone ever done a butt post before?
Done that a few times--usually on Facebook, not here. Ha ha. I did notice the word "vegan" in your post.....just curious, because I am, are you?
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