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How to fit Caravan Roof?

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14 Oct 2014 @ 13:04:22 pm
Adrianof
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Okay, I recently bought an old 1992 Jurgens Fleetline L and found that the roof needed redoing. Stupid or brave, rather than using the aluminium sheeting I went full monty and reconstructed the whole thing, shaping it from the old flat roof to slightly slanted and then covered it with fibre glass, thus eliminating any potential water that could have crept through the old aluminium joints.

Problem now is when putting on the gas lifters, I bought new Gabriels (max 10Npa) they don't seem to have much pressure and my 16 year old son is able to compress these with only using his hands, so inevitably they don't offer much in lift when lifting the roof?

The other problem is when putting back the normal lifting brackets on the front and back, the roof sways, so I presume my angles are wrong, or rather I have no idea.
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14 Oct 2014 @ 13:32:14 pm
Jan Meyer
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Adrian I bought lifters from Midas and replaced my LDV canopy door and trailer lid(heavy fibreglass) with them. You buy them empty and they fill it with nitrogen to your desired pressure. I had to take the two for the trailer back to increase the pressure to keep the lid open.
Sorry can't help with the swaying but think the roof maybe to heavy now.
Hope you get good advice.
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14 Oct 2014 @ 14:05:14 pm
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Adrian, I don't know if you have a McNaugthan's branch in you area, but if you have, you can ask them to increase the pressure of the gas lifters. If you however bought the lifters from them, they would have increased the pressure FOC. 

If you can estimate the weight by lifting the roof by yourself, they might advise what pressure will be required.

You can contact the JHB branch at (011) 334-1630 to find out the closest branch from MP.

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14 Oct 2014 @ 14:25:15 pm
Chuck Norris
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Nee sorry, dit is nou nie my ding om mee te sukkel nie.
As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

Die jonge Fransmannetjie. (Parys - Frankryk)
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14 Oct 2014 @ 15:00:40 pm
Leon
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Adrian al the new caravans basically has the gaslifters to help push up the roof and then on each end of the roof front and back is a bracket that keep the roof in the open position. There are some small roofs that  do not have these extra supports.

However, if the surround (canvas between caravan and roof) is in place, and the gas lifters are pumped to a workable presure the would push against the maximum extention of the surround and this will stabilize the roof in the up position.

So all you need to do is go to midas or a dealer that sell the gaslifters and jack the presure up a little bit. You can get my E-mail adres here on the net and contact me. Got a lot of info you can use to determine the strenth of the gaslifter to use and the correct position/angle to mount the gaslifters.

Trust me if you have this info you will sort your problem in a jiffy.

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14 Oct 2014 @ 16:29:07 pm
Adrianof
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Thanks all, appreciated. Will send shocks back in to have the pressure jacked up on the gas lifters. Need to be sorted before our two week get away in Dec, lol
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14 Oct 2014 @ 16:33:03 pm
Adrianof
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Leon, where might I get your e-mail address, I'm a little technologically challenged?
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14 Oct 2014 @ 17:38:43 pm
Gerd
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Hi Adrian

Good luck with the jobbie.

In the magazine WEG SLEEP from October 2014 is an in depth article with pictures how to replace gas struts. 

If you have aproblem with Afrikaans, try the English version of the magazine.

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15 Oct 2014 @ 08:05:29 am
Leon
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Adrian

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16 Oct 2014 @ 11:06:34 am
AndrewPhilip (sadly leaving SA)
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I bought some of the recommended shocks for the roof from Campworld. Think they cost R120 each. No way could I compress them with bare hands. Needed one end on a brick and most of my weight pushing to compress them, so the ones you have sound very soft.

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21 Feb 2016 @ 19:29:13 pm
JDS
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Hi There, need to replace all 4 gas struts on my Gypsey Regal, any tips.
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13 Jun 2019 @ 13:34:13 pm
Jannie49
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Hi Somehow I can't upload photos. If you post your cell no I will send photos of how to replace gas struts for a Gypsey Regal. I have just done mine successfully.

Regards.

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