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Roof lifted on my Jurgens Fleetline

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21 Jul 2019 @ 12:01:33 pm
Nacraza
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Driving home on Thursday I noticed the front of my pop-up roof had lifted and was moving up and down (driving at about 85 km/hr). I stopped and looked at the clamps under the roof which were still in place, but they were now more loose than when they were when we left the last campsite. We decided to continue driving home, but at 60 km/h!

Now, when the van is stationary there is still a gap under the middle of the roof (about 25 mm at the highest point).

I am taking the van in tomorrow for an insurance quote.

Anyone suffered the same previously? and what was the repair? As this is quite a large roof I am wondering whether to install one or two straps at the front in future to prevent a repeat>

Thanks

Sean

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21 Jul 2019 @ 12:31:56 pm
Leon
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The reason for the roof lifting while driving is only due to one reason and that is die brackets is not holding it down properly.  On my Penta there was a hook type bracket on either side of the rear bracket connected with each other by means of a pipe or rod.

Apart from this there was a plastic wing nut that you use to either  lock the lift bracket in the up position or in the down position.

So when you have lowered the roof for traveling you should clamp the rod bracket and lock the roof with the  plastic wing nut. As this will pull the legs of the lift bracket together and it would be very difficult to lift the roof.

I think that reason for the roof not completely down (25mm gap) is because the roof has move a few mm or cm to the rear because of the wind that lifted it and pushed it.  All you need to do is lift it, and push it a bit forward when lowering it again.

I doubt that you have suffered any structural damage. If you have you will be able to see it.

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21 Jul 2019 @ 12:35:19 pm
Leon
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If the roof does not work in the way that I have explained.  You could then use a strap on the inside with brackets under the dinette  not visible to the open eye.

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21 Jul 2019 @ 13:13:03 pm
Nacraza
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Hi Leon

Similar arrangement on my Fleetline, except the wingnuts can only be used to lock the roof open (no room between the bracket and the roof to put them into place when the roof is locked down). It looks like the hook brackets have been bent further apart by the lifting of the roof. I certainly tightened down the brackets before we left, but they managed to loosen enough to let the pop-up roof lift to let the wind do the rest of the damage.

As for the roof, there is a bit of a kink about 1/3 of the way across from the left hand side (difficult to see on the photo).

I am taking the van in tomorrow, so will have to see what they say

If I install straps I would put stainless steel plates on top and underneath the front of the fibreglass roof, and on the bottom A frame (to enable me to use additional tie-down straps for driving - removing them when camping). Additional straps inside would not be as strong

Sean

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21 Jul 2019 @ 13:16:45 pm
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100%

Let us know what is the outcome of the inspection.  Hope it is not to bad.

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21 Jul 2019 @ 14:17:49 pm
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I had the same problem on my previous caravan. The bracket was locked properly, but if you push the roof, I was able to lift it approximately 5cm. I took it to Campworld and they sorted it out for me in a hours time....free of charge

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21 Jul 2019 @ 15:57:24 pm
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My van does not have the knob locking mechanism but only the brackets holding it in the down position. I solved the problem of the lifting roof by drilling a small hole through both arms when in the down position and pushing a small bicycle clip through the arms locking it in the down position. The arms cannot lift before removing the clips. I have since towed the van in very adverse and windy conditions and had no trouble whatsoever.

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21 Jul 2019 @ 16:42:29 pm
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We did not use the knob locking until our Fleetline's roof also lifted. We saw this in time and had no damage. We were told to USE the knobs. This is what it looks like. We will keep on with this in future. 

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22 Jul 2019 @ 16:51:12 pm
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We did not use the knob locking until our Fleetline's roof also lifted. We saw this in time and had no damage. We were told to USE the knobs. This is what it looks like. We will keep on with this in future. 

Het die straps ook wat ek vastrek. 

 

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25 Jul 2019 @ 15:57:15 pm
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Apparently the fibreglass has broken away from the wood frame at the front of the roof. Will cost R8020 to repair. Submitted insurance claim

 

Sean

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25 Jul 2019 @ 20:19:20 pm
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Hope for the best.

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31 Jul 2019 @ 08:52:27 am
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Insurance claim approved. Leisureland in Bellville are also going to fit straps to each corner of the roof (same as fitted to the Tourers and Xplorers) for me

 

Sean

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31 Jul 2019 @ 17:17:34 pm
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Glad you got sorted with the insurance.

Please show a pic or two when its fixed.

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25 Aug 2019 @ 16:05:22 pm
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New straps as fitted to inside of roof

 

Sean

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26 Aug 2019 @ 22:19:39 pm
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Sean, now you won't worry about the roof while you are towing.

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26 Aug 2019 @ 23:48:42 pm
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Ek maak my dak toe, hak hom in voor en agter. Dan net vir veiligheid trek ek hom voor vas met n cable tie. 

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27 Aug 2019 @ 05:24:34 am
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New straps as fitted to inside of roof

 

Sean

Baie slim idee. Ek het gaan kyk by my wa om daai knop in te draai tydens afgeslaan....maar sal nie werk by my nie want skriefdraad is verkeerde kant van brackets 

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27 Aug 2019 @ 05:26:44 am
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Baie slim idee. Ek het gaan kyk by my wa om daai knop in te draai tydens afgeslaan....maar sal nie werk by my nie want skriefdraad is verkeerde kant van brackets 

 

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27 Aug 2019 @ 09:27:32 am
Leon
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New straps as fitted to inside of roof

 

Sean

Die straps wat op Sean se wa gemonteer is sien ek is ook op die Putco karavane se dakke aan die binne kant.

Weet nie of dit op die heel nuutste oplig dak karavane is nie.

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