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Hey all - We have a 77 Riviera (the top pops straight up, not hinged on either end). The whole mechanism works on 4 scissor type jacks that are assisted by springs. Our springs are old and replacement is a pain and the they don't make the springs anymore.
Alternatives are linear actuators or gas shocks which both are a custom solution and there isn't much room for a neat instal. So I found this : http://www.rvairlifters.com.au/
We are originally from Australia and were back home 3 weeks ago and picked up a set. Just finished putting them on last night and they work like a charm. It takes 10-15 seconds via a small 12 volt airpump to push the roof up including our 300w solar panel. I will add pics- if anyone will be at the Livermore event we will be there late friday night, most of Saturday.
As they say, necessity is the mother of invention.
Looks good and I'm sure they work great.
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