Originally Posted by Northwoods Bob
Iím in the same frame of mindÖjust use it and store out the elements on trips and in storage. Not too excited about installing the shocks. Iím tall also, so could you elaborate quite a bit about doing it manually? What size unit do you have? What kind of load do you really feel on your back? How do control a take down without it essentially crashing down hard? Your experience would be greatly appreciated!
We have the 2022 Flagstaff T21TBHWOR. It came with gas struts on the roof panels from the factory, and being a brand new unit the struts are working at full strength. (My experience with anything gas struts is they will weaken over time.) The struts balance the weight of the roof sections nicely and they go up with minimal effort.
I push up on both sections as I walk up the steps, flip the upper door half open, and then step up on to the floor and finish with a push on the rear section until it gets to the peak and locks in. To take down, a good push on the front section unlocks it from the rear and both sections will start down. The fall is well controlled and I can stop half way down, let go, and the panels will more or less stay mid fold. I flip the upper door half closed, stand on the top step, and then grab the tops of the roofs and pull down to complete the fold. It's easier with a second person on the ground to help manage the upper door section, which has to be opened and closed at the right times, about half way up or down.