Rae wrote:Hi folks,
I've been a bit out of touch, but I thought you might be interested in this. My wagon is about as far from a teardrop as one can get, but I wanted to share the new lift-assist system with all of you.
We were still having some trouble with the pop-top of our wagon being a strain on the winch system. It was just too heavy. A friend suggested that we install some gas springs under the framework. After a little bit of experimentation, (because we didn't know the actual weight of the top) we ended up with a great system. There are springs in all four corners, and now the top lifts easily without nearly so much strain on the cables as before. It's a nice, neat, elegant solution. We're really pleased, and it's taken a lot of the tension out of setup, now that we know nothing is overstressed--including us.
The lift capacity is pretty well balanced. We actually have to push the top down for the last few inches, and we are going to pin it in the down position for safety, so it doesn't start levitating while we're driving...
(Full site here, for folks that don't remember me.)
According to our local shop, it weighs 1800 unloaded. We figure around 2500 when we're fully packed.Do you know how much your vardo weighs?
Rae wrote:According to our local shop, it weighs 1800 unloaded. We figure around 2500 when we're fully packed.Do you know how much your vardo weighs?
If you do the canvas topped style, you can cut that weight by quite a bit, and it's a lot cheaper to build. (No problematic lift systems, either.) My brother did this one. (I can't remember if I posted his site before. Please forgive me if I'm being repetitive.) He started small and then upgraded, as you'll see in the photos. The wagon is built on 4x8 frame.
Yeah, I get that a lot--and I'm quite pleased about it.you're a bad influence of the best kind.
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