Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-22-2016, 09:00 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
kdot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Stevens Point, WI
Posts: 260
Raising the HW roof

If the actuator on the HW model A-frames fails while camping, can the roof be raised manually? How difficult is it? It really seems to strain that little actuator when it's being raised.

Kdot
__________________

__________________
Location: Wisconsin
2016 Rockwood A 213 HW
2016 Honda Odyssey
kdot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2016, 09:04 AM   #2
OYO
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Ohio
Posts: 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by kdot View Post
If the actuator on the HW model A-frames fails while camping, can the roof be raised manually? How difficult is it? It really seems to strain that little actuator when it's being raised.

Kdot
You have to disconnect the connecting rod that goes from the motor to the roof section. Best to secure it with a wire tie if you plan on leaving it unattached
__________________

__________________
OYO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2016, 09:35 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
kdot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Stevens Point, WI
Posts: 260
Raising the HW roof

OYO, thanks for the reply. I know it has to be disconnected; I guess I didn't make that clear. What I want to know is: from those who have had to raise the HW roof manually, once the actuator is disconnected, how hard is it to raise that roof? It looks like it would be a beast to do. Is it?

Kdot
__________________
Location: Wisconsin
2016 Rockwood A 213 HW
2016 Honda Odyssey
kdot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2016, 09:52 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Napa Valley, CA
Posts: 372
It is all about leverage and upper body strength. Pushing up near the middle of the trailer will help decrease the effort needed. The closer you are to the back of the trailer while pushing, the more effort needed. A small ladder will help, as will having someone help push up from the other side of the trailer.
__________________
2015 Rockwood A128S
2010 Rockwood 2604
2014 Ford F-250 CC SB 2WD
2008 Toyota Sequoia 2WD
Big Vic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2016, 02:25 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 1,645
Opening the camper door before lifting will allow better airflow into the camper and make that initial push up much easier. So will having another person on the front handle.
__________________
Tom

2012 Rockwood A122S
2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4X4

Former owner of a 2002 Coleman Niagara GTE
Pooneil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2016, 07:58 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
kdot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Stevens Point, WI
Posts: 260
Raising the HW roof

Thanks Big Vic and Pooneil. From what you guys wrote, it sounds like the job should be pretty difficult, but could be done with help.

Kdot
__________________
Location: Wisconsin
2016 Rockwood A 213 HW
2016 Honda Odyssey
kdot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2016, 11:15 AM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 2
My actuator broke on our first trip, I disconnected it with an adjustable wrench and lowered it manually. I can raise and lower it by myself fairly easily, but I'm 6' 2". Has anyone replaced the actuator themselves? I don't want to waste a camping weekend driving to the dealer.
__________________
dissident5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2016, 02:15 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
kdot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Stevens Point, WI
Posts: 260
Raising the HW roof

Dissident, was it easy because you're 6'2", or because you're exceptionally strong? I'm 5'11" and pushing 80. If it was easy to do because of your height, then a ladder ought to do it for me. If it was because you're exceptionally strong, then I might have a problem doing it that I wouldn't have had when I was younger!

Kdot
__________________
Location: Wisconsin
2016 Rockwood A 213 HW
2016 Honda Odyssey
kdot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2016, 03:17 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 2
I think it's more height/reach than strength. I start with the handle on the side until I can get in and then push up on the roof the rest of the way. I would say I have average strength for someone around 40.
__________________
dissident5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2016, 03:39 PM   #10
World Traveler Member
 
abdiver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Santa Rosa
Posts: 88
I use a step stool and also have my wife give a starting push on the other handle and it is not too bad. I am 5'9" and I have notice it does lose it spring tension with age same as me!
__________________

__________________
2014 A194HW
2004 Toyota 4runner V8 4WD
abdiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
roo, roof

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:08 AM.