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Old 05-13-2003, 04:14 AM   #1
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I went out today to crank up the camper and found that the cable had broken. We have a 1995 Dutchmen 1204. This is the 2nd time it has broken. It broke the first time about 5 years ago. And now it's broken again.

Just wondering if this has happened to you and if so, how long did it take to fix it and approx. how much did it cost? .

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I went out today to crank up the camper and found that the cable had broken. We have a 1995 Dutchmen 1204. This is the 2nd time it has broken. It broke the first time about 5 years ago. And now it's broken again.

Just wondering if this has happened to you and if so, how long did it take to fix it and approx. how much did it cost? .

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Old 05-13-2003, 05:51 PM   #3
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I have a 1971 Starcraft. I ordered all 4 cables and the main cable right from Starcraft for 60.00. They also sent directions. I plan on doing this project within the next two weeks. The directions I received do not appear that hard. So I guessing 1 cable cannot be more than 15 dollars and probably 1 hour time. I can post the directions for a Starcraft put do not know how different they are for your PU. I also read a post last year (you can try a search) in which the person brought a cable from the local hardwear store and used it.
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Old 05-13-2003, 08:47 PM   #4
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A couple of years ago, my main cable from the winch broke as I started to crank it up. Thankfully, the top was not all the way up ! Anyway, brought it to the dealer and it was repaired with new cable for less than $50 parts and labor. (this does not include the 4 smaller cables that go up the roof support posts). I thought this was very reasonable for properly done repair and I didn't have to get dirty and greasy .

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Old 05-14-2003, 05:20 AM   #5
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You are right Desert Flyer, that is a reasonable price for replacing the main cable. I replaced the main cable in our 1997 Jayco 1207KB when I noticed the first few wraps on the pulley were looking pretty bad. The labor is what makes the $50.00 price seem so reasonable, because the materials were pretty cheap, about $3.00 for the cable, and about $2.00 for the swaged sleeve. The tricky part was finding the swage tool to install the sleeve. It took me about two hours to finish the job, so I figure I owe myself $22.50 per hour for doing it myself

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Old 05-14-2003, 09:32 AM   #6
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I just took it in to our RV repair place and they said the cable would be $15.00 and the labor was 72.00. (at this point...I don't care how much because we were leaving for our camping trip for 2 weeks and needn't it back ASAP).

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Old 05-19-2003, 10:40 AM   #7
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We bought a fix-er-upper off Ebay and the lift cables were shot. It would not even raise when we got there to pick it up. We towed it home and when we finally got it raised with 2 x 4's we discovered the interior was all just renovated quite nicely so it was worth our while repair the lift cables. My dad did it. He's an auto mechanic by trade so is quite handy with these things. He did need a special tool which he borrowed from the guy who sold him all the cables and materials. It took the better part of a day to make up all four cables and the main one. It was much cheaper than getting done at a shop, though. (And I still didn't have to get all messy and dirty!!)
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Old 05-19-2003, 05:13 PM   #8
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Well,
We got our camper back today. The cable wasn't broken after all. When we put it down last, apparently I went too far with the crank and it came completly undone. (Which is why I thought it was broken at the end there).
They fixed it and even gave me a 1 year warranty on the work.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> I can post the directions for a Starcraft<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Could you? I have a 70 Vista Liner, not the same kind but near in age, therefore hoping simular repairs.
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Old 06-23-2003, 01:54 PM   #10
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I'm a little late to help you, but with the incentive I got from campers here I got a manual free from Coleman/Fleetwood and "attacked" the broken main cable on my '82 Coleman Columbia. I purchased a crimper (swaging tool) for $25 and the parts were around $4 from local hardware. Now that I've learned all the mistakes a guy can make in this procedure I guess I qualify as an expert :J)
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can you post the direction /starcraft 1972
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I have had the same problem but am having trouble getting mine fixed I have someone that can fix it we are having trouble location the cable can anyone help? thanks lori
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Old 07-03-2006, 07:54 AM   #13
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Wow, how did everyone find cheap prices on getting it fixed?

We own a 1996 Dutchman Duck and called our service center for an estimate. I was told around $350.

My husband was so ticked that it would cost that much. We went out and purchased a 1992 Scotty TT for $1,700 since we were getting tired of the pop-up thing anyway.

Now we need to decide on what to do with the pop-up. I just can't believe they wanted that much...
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