Originally Posted by dmullen
I am about to purchase a 2014 Rockwood 2560G and now I am concerned about the lift motor. Do these motors have a history of breaking down? I do not understand the "backup bolt head" and could not do a repair like you described. If the electric ever did freeze up I could still hand crank it correct?
I cannot speak for the new ones, and I cannot speak for other units, but the ones I have had on my 2012 trailer have been problems.
First unit shattered a gear when lowering the roof the first camping trip I went on. Talk about the roof being lowered quickly.
Took it to a dealer, had to pay for the repair, but FR did reimburse me within a week. (Selling dealer was 400 miles away in Denver, so forced to take it over to Grand Junction CO to another dealer for repair. And non-selling dealers only accept cash for repairs.)
From then on, with the new unit (they completely replaced the unit with the shattered gear), the limit switches would go out of adjustment after a few uses. First it was the upper; not hard to readjust, just messy due to all the grease (new power winches do not have the grease problem). Then the lower limit switch started to to out of adjustment. Turned into an every other month ritual. Pull off the over and dive into the grease.
Last camping trip, it started to make a grinding noise; not sure what, but was grateful it held together for the trip. I looked at the gears; cleaned off a lot of grease, could not see any pieces, but it sounded like metal on metal, grinding in the area of the winch; not in the motor.
so I yanked it off, called Goshen, ordered a new manual winch, and could not be happier. It is easy to use, not hard to crank the roof up and you are the upper limit switch; not a switch encased in grease.
So are they a problem? Mine sure were. I could understand one going bad; not happy, but could understand, but the replacement was a pain in the rear too.
I am not the only one who yanked off the power winch and replaced with a power unit.