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Old 06-04-2006, 08:10 AM   #1
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I'd like to try to convert my '71 Bethany Citation 86 to a crank lift system. Anyone know anything about converting from a manual lift to crank lifts?
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I'd like to try to convert my '71 Bethany Citation 86 to a crank lift system. Anyone know anything about converting from a manual lift to crank lifts?
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Have you looked in the vintage RV forum yet? They cover issues specifically relating to RVs over 20 yrs old. If you browsed over the old topics, you may find something, if not, just ask. Those folks over there are quite handy and may have either done it, know someone who has, or have some great ideas.
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I am not familiar with your specific pop-up, but years ago Cheri and I owned an old spring assisted lift pop-up. If I were to convert that, I would have to replace the arms, get a location for the crank and lift pulley's reinforce the floor for the cables before they go up to the arms and tie it all in. I am not saying it could not be done with the right modifications to everything, but I would think the cost would well out weigh the the thought. I think a good used pop-up would probably be a lot cheaper.
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Well, I went and looked at a newer model today to check out the lift system. All of it was not viewable, but I got some ideas. I have access to a machine shop and a master machinest, lots of material including pulleys and cables! If I can see the attachment points it would help, but I might have to wait until after camping season to go trial and error.
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I have an idea If it is too nuts, just ignore me, I will eventually go away.

I have seen popups that are unusable for all intents and purposes for sale for like a couple hundred dollars. They have been in a wreck, damaged canvas, rotten flooring, etc. You may be able to get one and then tear it apart to see how it works or use for parts. I have seen some on ebay and one other place that escapes my brain right now. If I find it later, I will link to it. I know some of the people in the vintage RV section have used parts from those found in salvage yards.

Just a thought, take it or leave it. Hope it may help in some little way at least.
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Actually thats a great idea, and I'm going to look at two this morning LOL! Thanks again Sandra!
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