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Old 08-20-2012, 11:30 AM   #1
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Manual Roof-Lift for 2008 Forest River

I've got a newly purchased 2008 Flagstaff, Forest River pop-up, which has the convenient, battery powered roof-lift system. (Except when your mountain bike falls onto and breaks the switch, like it did yesterday!)

I have looked under, over, around and beside this camper and cannot find a manual-crank lift mechanism - nor is there any 'crank' in any of the storage compartments.

Does anyone know, would the manufacturer not provide a manual means to raising the roof on the camper? Or, am I missing something that may be right in front of my face?? Thanks for any insight!
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:41 AM   #2
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I can't help you with the specifics with this, but will move the thread to the Popup section so more pup owners can see it and may be able to help you.

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Old 08-20-2012, 12:12 PM   #3
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On my 2012 Flagstaff popup, there is a round disc that pops off of the powered lift system near the top of the box. From there, I am supposed to insert a crank device to manually lift/lower the top. It is a separate type of crank than the one to lift/lower the support brackets. Hope that helps. If you need more info, let me know.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:51 PM   #4
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Thanks so much, Summersby! I found the pop-out disc you mention(which I had found before but the hex-nut inside was covered up with grease and being the novice I am, well, nevermind..) Now all I need is the crank to use on it! LOL. Happy camping!
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:52 PM   #5
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During my walk through, they said to keep that hole filled with grease, so keep that in mind if you plan to use the manual crank often. Good luck!
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:03 PM   #6
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My manual crank ( 2012 228d ) was under one of the mattresses like the bunk bows and corner supports.

Hope this helps
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:13 PM   #7
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If I remember right it will take a 1/2" socket. And it is real slow to work with the manual crank. Best thing is to find some way to use an electric drill. As for the switch it is a pretty easy job to replace.
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I've got a newly purchased 2008 Flagstaff, Forest River pop-up, which has the convenient, battery powered roof-lift system. (Except when your mountain bike falls onto and breaks the switch, like it did yesterday!)

I have looked under, over, around and beside this camper and cannot find a manual-crank lift mechanism - nor is there any 'crank' in any of the storage compartments.

Does anyone know, would the manufacturer not provide a manual means to raising the roof on the camper? Or, am I missing something that may be right in front of my face?? Thanks for any insight!
You need the crank as stated or a socket to manually wind up/down. re grease that is supposed to be there. Repack with grease when you have finished with manual raising/lowering once you replace your broken switch.
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