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Old 06-28-2020, 10:04 PM   #1
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Pop up roof sway

Hello,


New to the forum here. My wife and I bought a used 2017 Forest River 1910 Esp pop-up trailer recently and we're also new to pop up trailers.


We noticed that when the trailer roof is fully popped up there's some sway to the roof from side to side. About 2-3 inches side to side. I'm just concerned if theres an issue with the lift system or the supports for the roof.


Maybe it is completely normal but just wanted to know if anyone has any thoughts on this?


Any info would be greatly appreciated!


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Old 06-28-2020, 10:17 PM   #2
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Completely normal.

I've owned 3 and they all do that.
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:18 AM   #3
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Completely normal.
x2!!

I've owned 2 pups. My current Flagstaff MAC and an older 1996 2106 Starcraft.

They both "rock-n-roll" - my Starcaft was worse.....
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:31 AM   #4
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84 Viking, 87 Jayco.....Yep....good ole roof sway. You're in good shape and don't worry.
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Old 06-29-2020, 02:46 PM   #5
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Pop up roof sway

Are you using the safety bars to keep the the roof from falling down? There should be 2, one for each of opposite corners. They seem to help with the roof sway issue.
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Are you using the safety bars to keep the the roof from falling down? There should be 2, one for each of opposite corners. They seem to help with the roof sway issue.
x2, Once you put the safety bars in place you can lower the roof a bit which will help. Just don't forget to raise it up before removing the bars.
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Old 06-29-2020, 03:18 PM   #7
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Built is safety device

It is the built in safety device, something about when the roof is rockin, don't come knockin all is good and normal
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It is the built in safety device, something about when the roof is rockin, don't come knockin all is good and normal
The problem with that is if there's a strong storm coming then the people inside won't be notified by the campground hosts.
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Thanks for the info guys! I do use the safety bars but haven't tried lowering after putting them on. Wl give that a whirl. Appreciate the info and that alarm system sounds pretty good too haha!
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The problem with that is if there's a strong storm coming then the people inside won't be notified by the campground hosts.

what notification??? there was a hurricane heading toward us once. It was expected to be a tropical storm by the time it hit - nobody came around to notify anybody, there was only a notice taped to the store door..... just stating "high winds and flooding water expected in the next 24 hours". That was in our tenting days and we were totally incommunicado - had no radio, or smart phone. Had we not dropped by the store for ice????? Had visions of us rolling away in the tent - we quickly packed up and left. We also remedied the lack of daily weather updates.
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Hi Eric,
I'm not so convinced of the "safety feature" of the play in the roof. I also have this issue on my 2011 "new to me" Forest River/Flagstaff pop-up. The roof seems to have plenty of stability front to back where the supports are 4-5" wide, but low stability side to side where the supports are only 2" or so. Additionally, when I put out the awning, the roof leans significantly making the door difficult to stay within the lines to keep the toggle brackets over the door edges. My 1998 Jayco pop-up had square roof supports and never had play like this at all - even when I attached the screen room to the awning.
I've come to this forum to see what solutions others have come up with to ensure the roof doesn't collapse sideways in a wind storm. I'm thinking of creating a tether system at the corners might help - but an extra hassle for sure.

Hello,


I've had similar concerns although I haven't put my awning out yet but now that you say that I imagine I would experience the same thing. Will let you know once I've tried it.


Have also thought about some sort of tether system but not sure how to do it as I don't really want to screw any brackets or what not to the trailer. Next time I have it open I'll look for some fastening spots amd let ya know.


Let me know if you come up with anything else!
-Eric



I'm pretty sciencey, so I think I'm going to design a tether system- hopefully that's quick to install - only if there is wind in the forecast. I think I'll screw through the wood lid to install some beefy eye-plates with a steel loop at each side corner. I like the auger anchors that another member on the forum recommended that screw in with a drill. I'm just not sure they will install easily in the hard rocky dirt at most Colorado campgrounds that we go to.
Others mentioned concern about downward tension on the roof/lid but I wouldn't tension these. I would use ratcheted truck straps to just have them adjusted to be lightly taught to keep the lid from collapsing sideways. The idea that there are NOT many reports of roofs collapsing is bringing me comfort. But, I've spent $$ on a screen room that we love that really makes me concerned about the narrow lift support bars that raise the roof. My '98 Jayco pop-up had square support bars and we had an awning and screen room that never had as much play, or caused us as much concern, as this FR roof system. We love the layout of this U-dinette, so I'm determined to make this work. We're going out again on Aug 4th to Twin Lakes CO where it was quite windy last year and whipped our awning over the roof. So, I'll let you know what I come up with in the next couple of weeks.
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