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We have a 2004 Rockwood Freedom - Where do you grease the cable system?

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When we had a pup we never had to do the cables. It was a Coleman and the cable system was not visable.


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I don't think I'd use grease on them. If lube is necessary (and I'm not SURE one way or the other if it is) then use a dry lube like flake graphite. Grease will attract dust and grit and can actually make cables work harder rather than easier. With SOME popup lift systems they are designed to have a given amount of friction so be sure yours are SUPPOSED to be lubed.

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under the camper, you will see a metal housing that the cables run into/thru.

toward the front of this housing, you will see a grease fitting on the bottom, and to the rear you will see a fitting on the top. use a grease gun one these fittings.

I would suggest greasing while the camper is in the closed position. ( this gets most if not all the cable that needs to be lubed without getting real messy, and it will get a bit messy )

If I could figure out how, I would attach a picture showing you what to look for.


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had a Starcraft Venture pup for 6 years. All that time I never found a way to grease the lift system or cables. It still worked perfectly fine when we sold the camper.


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My Starcraft has a grease fitting at the center hub - where all of the cables come together in the middle of the camper. It's difficult to reach. I had my tire dealer grease it when he had the camper jacked up to replace tires and pack the bearings.

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I believe that model has a Goshen lift system, to tell the model you would look at the telescoping corner posts if they are square it is a model 1473 and if they are rectangle it is a model 2660 lift system. On a 2660 you need to grease the master tube using both grease zerks with 6 ounces of grease each. Next on the spring tubes, they go from each end of the master tube to each corner, there is an openning on each tube as it turns up into the camper add a small amount of grease there. The grease I use is lithium grease for both. I also use some silicone spray on the cable but the manual for my power lift says to use 30 weight oil, I spray the exposed cable underneath the camper and wipe any excess off with a rag. I do this maintenance at the start of the camping season. I owuld think a 1473 lift system would be pretty much the same.

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Blkvoodoo wrote:

under the camper, you will see a metal housing that the cables run into/thru. Toward the front of this housing, you will see a grease fitting on the bottom, and to the rear you will see a fitting on the top. Use a grease gun one these fittings.
I would suggest greasing while the camper is in the closed position.


You are 100% correct. My Starcraft's manual says to do this yearly. Ditto on the holes at the tube bends as stated above.

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'tiredTeacher wrote:

Blkvoodoo wrote:

under the camper, you will see a metal housing that the cables run into/thru. Toward the front of this housing, you will see a grease fitting on the bottom, and to the rear you will see a fitting on the top. Use a grease gun one these fittings.
I would suggest greasing while the camper is in the closed position.


You are 100% correct. My Starcraft's manual says to do this yearly. Ditto on the holes at the tube bends as stated above.

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Ditto here also. I've posted this before, but I'll do it again. My Father was a Crane operator in WW2 and he told me that they always boiled the cables in oil to get the oil to the center. Steel cables "always" fail from the center out. The "next best" thing that he approved of was the spray "cable lube" that you can get at any good motorcycle shop, LPS etc. . When you spray the cables, be sure to lay it on good, you'll see the oil penetrate the cable, do this once a year & the cables will outlive you!


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yuppers on the the goshen lift like in my flagstaff. 2 zerks on the housing one high, and one low.


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