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Old 12-30-2013, 01:09 PM   #1
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Manual lift for Rockwood 276HW

We just picked up our 2014 Rockwood 276 a few days ago and have done a practice set-up/tear down at the house. During the walk-through, the technician told us the lift system will break if you try to use the manual lift. He said it could only be used to lower it. Was anybody else told this, or has anyone had the misfortune of having to use the manual lift and had it break? We do have the roof AC.

Love the high counters, big fridge, tall ceilings, and storage space. Don't love not being able to see out the back when backing up or towing.

Otherwise, we're excited to start using it. Two boys - 1 and 3 years old - so the plan is to use it as much as we can until the boys are too old to want to go with my wife and me.
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:59 AM   #2
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The nut on the electric lift motor is VERY small. It won't break, but it's a pain!!!!!
It also takes about 30 revolutions to raise the roof one inch! Not something you want to do if you don't have to.
Read the manual for the lift motor. It has all the info in it.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:44 PM   #3
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Has anyone with a highwall and an ac used the manual lift to raise the roof? The manual says it will work but the technician at the dealer said it was too much weight and it would break if you used it to raise it.
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:10 AM   #4
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Ask the guy at the dealership to back that statement up with facts. He can't do it.

Had a guy at work tell me once that you couldn't use a 4 cyl car to commute 100 miles one way because it would burn it up. Same thing here.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:29 PM   #5
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We just got our camper in november, it is a freedom pop up with the same lift system, we were told that if anything happened to the winch we could raise and lower the top with hand crank

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Old 01-12-2014, 05:07 PM   #6
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My last trailer was a Freedom 2280BH. Same lift system, "roughly" the same roof weight. I know the HW has a little more roof, but it isn't THAT heavy. If I'm not mistaken, the end of the worm gear itself is shaped to fit the wrench. If the torque from the winch motor doesn't break it, the manual crank sure won't. It's designed to take some beating and besides, if breaking them was common, it'd be all over the interwebz and I haven't heard of one breaking like that yet.
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:33 PM   #7
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When we picked up our 276HW we were told that the manual lift could be used to lift and lower if the winch broke or if the battery died. Our dealer made no mention of breaking anything if you use it - you'll just wear your arm out.
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Old 06-21-2014, 06:24 PM   #8
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Has anyone with a highwall and an ac used the manual lift to raise the roof? The manual says it will work but the technician at the dealer said it was too much weight and it would break if you used it to raise it.
We have indeed, had to use the manual crank to raise the roof on our 2014 HW 296. 90 degree weather, and the electric winch would not work. Plenty of power as we had plug-ins; it just refused to work. We got out the hand crank and didn't think it was working, so we called FR. You have to turn the crank counter clockwise. After 4-5 minutes of cranking, it moved an inch. Yes, it took 45 minutes to crank it up manually. But it worked! No damage, no snapping. It worked fine. Now we just have to get into the shop to have them troubleshoot why the power winch didn't work.
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:31 PM   #9
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I've had to raise the roof once manually, and I used a Dewalt drill that I carry to set the stabilizers. It took a while, but beat the heck out of using a hand crank. Forgot the socket size, but I used a socket and a 3" extension.
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I think the reason for concern is the fact the hex nut you use for manually cranking is just welded on the end of the worm gear (or so I've been told). If the reason for failure is a jammed motor, trying to force it with the hand crank will shear off the nut. Though I have never had to crank it manually (knock on wood), I have made sure I have what I need to use my drill that I always bring along for the stabilizer jacks. I test cranked it a few inches to make sure it works, but it probably will kill the battery in the drill in short order if it is a smaller drill. If I am not mistaken, the nut on the end of the worm gear is 7/16", and it is buried deep in that big glob of grease they put on the gears.

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