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Old 06-18-2019, 06:12 AM   #1
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Repeat Lift System Failure - 2017 Rockwood HW296

Anyone having any issues with their power lift (to lift & lower the hard top) "crushing" the mounting bracket? My unit has crushed two within 12 months. Comments & suggestions are welcomed.
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Old 06-18-2019, 03:23 PM   #2
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Don't really know what to say after seeing your picture. Never seen or heard of such a failure. Have you taken it to dealer and did they say anything? Does Forest River have any comments?
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Old 06-18-2019, 10:35 PM   #3
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Repeat Lift System Failure - 2017 Rockwood HW296

I have the same year but a different model—HW276. I’ve noticed that the mounting bracket starts to bounce/flex near the end of the roof lift cycle. With that said, I believe your roof is of the same construction as mine, just longer therefore heavier. Sounds like FR needs to beef up the brackets on the HW296 possibly assuming your cable or lift system isn’t binding in some way upon lifting the roof.
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Old 06-19-2019, 08:37 AM   #4
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That's insane!

The load the motor is pulling must be to too much for that frame?

I'll assume you have lubed the under carriage tubes with NLGI 2 and the 4 lift pillars with 30 weight oil as recommended?

If the dealer can't fix I would suggest better bracing for that thing?! Some extra steel straps maybe.
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Old 06-20-2019, 09:57 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone. Power winch identified the cause as not stopping the lift system when it fully up or fully down. Likely limit switches incorrectly set. Hard lesson.
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Have set your start and stop points on the winch?
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Old 06-22-2019, 03:50 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone. Power winch identified the cause as not stopping the lift system when it fully up or fully down. Likely limit switches incorrectly set. Hard lesson.
Well wouldn't you have to break your roof height indicator cable before hitting the High limit switch? Seems if the limit switch didn't take the motor out, you'd have a lot more damage to your tent and maybe roof and lifter posts?

If you're letting it down, you'd just have slack in your cable if you went to far.

Doesn't make sense to me.
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Cigar Mike ... paid the selling dealer, Campers Inn (Kings Mountain, NC) to do just that after they replaced the crushed mounting plate (was delivered with a crushed mounting plate).

Mike91 ... the top "powers down" so the cable is under a load coming down. It will continue if the stop is not set correctly

Thanks everyone for the comments. I have a new mounting plate on the way and a competent independent serviceman doing the replacement and setting the limit switches for both the "up" and "down" motion on the system.
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Cigar Mike ... paid the selling dealer, Campers Inn (Kings Mountain, NC) to do just that after they replaced the crushed mounting plate (was delivered with a crushed mounting plate).



Mike91 ... the top "powers down" so the cable is under a load coming down. It will continue if the stop is not set correctly



Thanks everyone for the comments. I have a new mounting plate on the way and a competent independent serviceman doing the replacement and setting the limit switches for both the "up" and "down" motion on the system.


I think Mike91 is referring to this cable (red) in the picture. Even without limit switches set, you release the main winch switch when it’s taut.Click image for larger version

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Thanks for your comment OttieJB. The failure occurred in the "down" mode, as the individual did NOT release the switch when the top was fully down, but instead "tightened up" the down position ... bummer, since the individual was not me.
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