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Old 09-02-2019, 11:09 AM   #1
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Changing from Power Lift Winch to Manual

Hello all, new member here.

I searched, but couldn't find an answer to my specific question.


I just bought a 2006 Rockwood 256HW, and set it up for the first time over the weekend. I was only able to raise the top an inch of a time before I would trip the thermal relay, and then would have wait before I could raise it up another inch (and then trip the relay, etc.) It probably took me an hour to get the roof raised.

After reading posts on the issue, it seems that a lot of people have had this issue. So I think I'm just going to switch to a manual lift winch.

But this is a big, heavy roof, with an air conditioner on top of it. Will the roof be to heavy for a manual winch?

Also, how difficult would the conversion be?

Thanks in advance!
Rick
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Old 09-02-2019, 11:22 AM   #2
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Hello all, new member here.

I searched, but couldn't find an answer to my specific question.


I just bought a 2006 Rockwood 256HW, and set it up for the first time over the weekend. I was only able to raise the top an inch of a time before I would trip the thermal relay, and then would have wait before I could raise it up another inch (and then trip the relay, etc.) It probably took me an hour to get the roof raised.

After reading posts on the issue, it seems that a lot of people have had this issue. So I think I'm just going to switch to a manual lift winch.

But this is a big, heavy roof, with an air conditioner on top of it. Will the roof be to heavy for a manual winch?

Also, how difficult would the conversion be?

Thanks in advance!
Rick
Scroll down near the very bottom of the page you will see a section that says:

Can I exchange my powered winch for a manual one?

Wicked Winch - Lift System Troubleshooting for Flagstaff Camping Trailers | Roberts Sales

Basically you replace the electric winch and its gearing with a manual one and its crank. Remove the wiring and switch of course too....

Adding:
I should have probably said there may be a reason such as binding or abnormal wear conditions that may be causing the thermal link to trip....
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Old 09-02-2019, 11:25 AM   #3
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I replaced my electric winch for a manual one and it was an easy conversion. I suggest you call Goshen Stamping, have your camper model # and they can tell you if a manual lift will work. I imagine it will, people used manual lifts before the electric one came along. I would also recommend you check your lift cable for wear and replace it if needed since your going to replace winch. Cable replacement is not that bad, just take your time and remember how it came apart. There are several youtube videos on cable replacement. The cost of the manual winch, the handle was less then $100. shipping included.
They cable for my camper was $21 plus $21 dollars for shipping.
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