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Old 05-24-2014, 09:14 PM   #1
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12v motorized folding camper winch

How do you service the 12v camper winch?what kind of grease do you use and what is the worm drive? I do not know what I'm doing if someone could help that would be great
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:28 PM   #2
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What manufacturer and model of camper and I assume you mean the powerwinch that raises the roof.

If it is the powerwinch that raises the roof, there are numerous places that need lubricating of some type; either 30W oil or grease.
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:31 PM   #3
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I have a 2010 Rockwood Premier and yes it's a powerwinch
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:44 PM   #4
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OK.
If you get under the trailer, at each corner you will see a curved metal conduit that conduit needs to be pulled back and 30W motor oil needs to be squirted into the conduit around the large spring that pushes on the corner to raise the roof.
Just remove the two screws and pull the conduit down...



Then squirt some oil into the conduit...


After you are done, push the conduit up and secure with the two bolts.

Now, under the trailer in the center is the track area where the cables go though, on the front and rear are two zerk grease fittings. Pump a lot of grease into each fitting. If this has never been done before, you will probably use an entire 14 oz tube of high pressure lithium grease or synthetic) for each fitting.



It gets easier from here.
Under the winch motor on the trailer frame is a pan held in place by 4 screws. Remove those screws, drop the pan, and then spray a lube such as WD-40 onto the drum and bottom of the gear assembly you will see when looking into it. Then replace the cover.

Now, on top of the winch cover, on the left side as you are looking at it, is a round cover (about 1.5 inches in diameter). Pop that cover off, and make sure it is filled with grease (high pressure lithium grease is ok).


You should also have the axle bearing lubed too. You probably have the EZ lube system, and can just pump grease into the zerk fittings until the old grease starts to come out the outer edge of the axle.
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:48 PM   #5
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Forgot to add, when the roof is raised, you should carefully spray some "dry lube" on the upright posts to help keep them lubricated since sections slide into each other. I put a piece of cardboard behind the posts and spray with some Kent Moore dry lube;however, any type of dry lube will do.

The lubing of the cables with oil and grease are a yearly requirement for the roof system. And will help it to work easier; thus is should last longer.
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:50 PM   #6
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Thanks so much,this is just what I was looking for
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Old 05-24-2014, 10:08 PM   #7
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Moab- that was THE best breakdown of what to do I have seen for lubing the roof and components. Let me guess- first time? And you learned it all from the very informational owners manual? Lol-

Really good info- wish I had that info when I still had mine.
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Old 05-25-2014, 07:43 AM   #8
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Thanks, but I will credit Mark Roberts of Roberts sales; Denver CO. One of those business owners who knows the product he sells and informs the new owner on the required maintenance and answer emails from his customers. I took the photos the first time.
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Superb info, f5moab! Credit is due for very helpful posts! That is going to be my next project!
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I am definitely going to bookmark this thread....I just bought a new pop up this year, but know I will need to do this soon! Thanks for this very detailed instruction....
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I would concur. I was following another post on another portal on this very topic and this is by far the best description (with images even) I have seen. Almost think I can do it myself. Well done and thank you.

Quick question: is silicon spray and dry line you can use on the posts??
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Just a note: Make sure you have a winch motor that requires the grease. I have read on here that newer motors DO NOT require the lube inside the cover (last illustration). I guess if you pull the cover and there is NO grease, don't grease unless you call the dealer to make sure.)
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I would concur. I was following another post on another portal on this very topic and this is by far the best description (with images even) I have seen. Almost think I can do it myself. Well done and thank you.

Quick question: is silicon spray and dry line you can use on the posts??
Dry line? As for the silicone spray, I use Kent Industries, but there are many on the market. Just check at an auto parts store. Just make sure to place a piece of cardboard (or wood) on the backside of the posts when spraying toward the tent material. And make sure some gets into the joints where they slide together.

I usually spray when folding up the trailer after camping; that way it gets worked into the lower posts as it folds down.
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Sorry...that as to say "dry lube" ...not dry line.
Is silicon spray considered a dry lube as you referenced above.
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Yes, meant dry lube (too early when I wrote that). However some use silicone
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Just curious as to what kind of dry lube one uses on the support posts. Is it a Teflon based lubricant?
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I normally have used Kent Industries Super Slick Dry Lube, but can't seem to find it around here in ID, so I just ordered a can of DuPont Teflon Non-Stick Dry-Film Lubricant.

I liked the Kent and it was highly recommended by a few auto engineers I had as neighbors in MI, but that supply line ran out when I moved west.
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... but that supply line ran out when I moved west.
I had the same problem with my gr8 hardware supply when IH bit the dust.
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I had the same problem with my gr8 hardware supply when IH bit the dust.
You go back a looooong way
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I normally have used Kent Industries Super Slick Dry Lube, but can't seem to find it around here in ID, so I just ordered a can of DuPont Teflon Non-Stick Dry-Film Lubricant.

I liked the Kent and it was highly recommended by a few auto engineers I had as neighbors in MI, but that supply line ran out when I moved west.

Thanks. I just ordered the 14 oz. from Amazon.
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