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Old 11-14-2015, 04:32 PM   #1
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Vintage Trailer Supply Astradome-earlier problem

My Astradome assembly is completely original and functional, including the Ladeau (how it's spelled on mine) lifters. However, the PO's replacement cover blew off on my last camping trip, after 9 years of just sitting there quietly.

Because I had immediately installed Fantastic vents in my two square vent openings, I never used the Astradome for anything but the light it let in, so never inspected it that closely -- i.e., never paid much attention to how lifters were attached to the now-gone plastic cover. But I DO know they were capable of raising it up and down, because I checked in 2006 when I acquired this 1959 Overlander.

I just received the VTS replacement cover this week, and it certainly fits over my oblong opening fine. However, no instructions or diagrams came with it, and the scant instructions under its listing on VTS website are no help.

Before I drill holes in this incredibly expensive piece of plastic, I want to be sure I'm putting them in the right places!

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First pic is closeup of one lifter.
Second pic is screen with lifters attached, in front of new VTS cover.

It seems that if the cylindrical lifter bodies are to be perpendicular to both screen and cover, the triangular metal pieces will have to be screwed into the wide horizontal rim of the cover. But if they are, the hinge pins will prevent the hole-end of the triangular metal pieces from resting flush against the part of the cover to which they are attached.

If I were to move the hinge pins inward to the inner edge of horizontal rim of cover, the lifters would have to both lean inward quite a bit.

Does anyone understand my question? Or have a solution? Do I need to send this VTS cover back and try the Inland one? Or something else?

We're going camping next weekend, had no idea this would be a major headache, as all I was missing was the plastic! No response yet from VTS.

Help!


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...It seems that if the cylindrical lifter bodies are to be perpendicular to both screen and cover, the triangular metal pieces will have to be screwed into the wide horizontal rim of the cover. But if they are, the hinge pins will prevent the hole-end of the triangular metal pieces from resting flush against the part of the cover to which they are attached....
Not if you use the right size flat head screw. It's not perfectly flat, but it works. See this blog post for detailed pics.
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Thanks! The triagular pieces were not folded over before, but will check tomorrow to see if this arrangement will work. May take some effort to get them to fold at this point! One of those pics really helped!
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