Apologies for the long post. I considered replying to http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...nt-156873.html
or a few others. But they all had sidetracks.
Mods, if you want to consolidate no problem.
As some of you probably know I've posted extensively on this subject.
I've felt all along that the issue was water in the motor. I still think that to be a large part of the problem, but not all.
I really feel this is a low cost long term solution not requiring extensive mechanical ability.
Last fall we headed out to the outterbanks with my power drill set-up http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...-a-172927.html
and it worked just fine. But being on the port side while raising, I was able to observe that the tension on the lifting roof panel was way too much (not the 1st to observe this). Warping of the side panel was serious. I'm thinking the torsion springs are getting weak or are not properly installed/adjusted, or just a POS.
With that in mind, last winter I decided to go the gas spring route. With some help from backpacker3 ( http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ir-151967.html
) I ordered and installed these https://www.siraweb.com/gas-prop-c16-15952
trying to duplicate backpacker3's dealer fix.
I didn't want to post until we had a chance to try it out. We recently completed a 5 week, 10 campground, 16 setup/teardown trip and couldn't be happier (almost). It takes about 5 seconds to raise or lower. I can do it alone without having to move from one side to the other. My wife (5' 4") is more comfortable moving, but she can do it on her own.
I said 'almost' above. I'm not sure it's set up as well as it could be, but it works darn good. Maybe we can discuss improvements later, but here's some photos.
Based on Backpacker3's (A213HW owners) input I mounted the rail brackets 23" from the front of the camper. And the wall brackets 22" from the floor. (Photos 1 & 2).
On the port side there was nothing solid to fasten to so i made a block to solidify it (Photo 3)
Photo 4 shows the roof after releasing the latches.
A push up on the rear panel moves the lower section up and another nudge engages the two roof panels.
To lower just pull down on the rear panel to disengage, then an easy tug to latch it. .