want to tilt top my camper

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want to tilt top my camper

Postby double_d » Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:29 pm

hi i have a cavalier camper trailer
the top is bolted down to trailer
but i want to make it tilt up like dereks on his photos
does anyone have plans
or can anyone just tell me where to get the gear to do it and how
if it is easy or not
i suppose i need to struts and some hinges for the other side ???

anything else

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Postby Troyk » Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:43 pm

Funny I thought they all could do it. Must be a pain getting stuff in and out.

This is a photo of mine with the tent set up. I am packing it on the weekend so I will take some pics of hinges etc to show how mine looks, if it helps. The hinges are foxed to the side gussets.

It has a hatch to access from the inside as well.

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Re: want to tilt top my camper

Postby Derek Bullock » Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:48 pm

double_d wrote:hi i have a cavalier camper trailer
the top is bolted down to trailer
but i want to make it tilt up like dereks on his photos
does anyone have plans
or can anyone just tell me where to get the gear to do it and how
if it is easy or not
i suppose i need to struts and some hinges for the other side ???

anything else

daniel d


Look at these photos. Shows the hinge and the gas strut. Not the best photos but will give you an idea. If you look in the centre of the top photo you will see a smaller strut thats closed. Thats a hatch that I can get through under the mattress when its down.

I can take some more tomorrow if you want more detail.

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Postby Derek Bullock » Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:53 pm

Hey Troy

Thats something I can't do is lift mine when the tent is set up.


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Postby Troyk » Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:53 pm

Derek, the liner is a good idea. Is it glued in or does it sit loose?
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Postby Derek Bullock » Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:56 pm

Troyk wrote:Derek, the liner is a good idea. Is it glued in or does it sit loose?


Velcro strips stuck to both carpet and trailer with contact. Seems to work a treat.

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Postby Komodo » Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:56 am

I hate it too derek - its one of the reasons I dont post as much any more.
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Postby double_d » Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:50 pm

yeah it is a pain getting stuff in and out
my bed lifts up but has no strut either
so i lift bed and prop it up and push stuff down so i can
get out at back of trailer
would like some good shots and some dimensions of struts
like length in and length extended
how far up base there are connected
stuff like that
thanks for the help

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Postby Derek Bullock » Fri Sep 14, 2007 5:03 pm

double_d wrote:yeah it is a pain getting stuff in and out
my bed lifts up but has no strut either
so i lift bed and prop it up and push stuff down so i can
get out at back of trailer
would like some good shots and some dimensions of struts
like length in and length extended
how far up base there are connected
stuff like that
thanks for the help

daniel d


Hi, here are a few pics I just took.

The struts are 84 cm long when fully opened and are attached in the centre of the top.

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This gives you an idea of what the whole top looks like open. As you can see it's actually wider than the trailer

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This is a close up of the hinge. There are two of them. Never seen this type before but it's good because if you want to take the top off it's simply a matter of undoing the bolts

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This is the catch that holds it down. I padlock them

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This is how the strut attached to the top

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This is the strut attached to the trailer top

If you need anymore please ask


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Postby double_d » Fri Sep 14, 2007 5:18 pm

thanks very much
very good photos
appreciated muchly
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Postby Troyk » Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:34 pm

Daniel, photos of mine.

The bed base is made from 50SHS. The hinge is made from a 38 x 4 angle welded to base and bolted to side gusset of the trailer with a m10 bolt.

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From the rear

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Inside view of the hinge

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