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Old 03-06-2024, 07:41 PM   #1
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Electric Winch - Roof Going Up on It's Own

So....I've encountered the dreaded ghost roof issue. I was working on some electric stuff related to my solar stuff, unhooked everything and went to reconnect. As soon as I reconnected the electric winch wires to the battery, the roof started raising on it's own. The only way to stop it was by pressing down the button on the winch control assembly and holding it. Let it go, roof starts going up. As you can imagine this left me in a huge pickle. Fortunately a neighbor came out to hold the button for me while I jumped inside and disconnected from the battery.

My question now is, what in the world could have caused this? Everything was working just fine. Bad relay switch? I feel unsafe reconnecting it and am tempted to put in a manual winch for safety reasons.

I have a 2022 Rockwood Freedom 1940 LTD. Looking on the Goshen website, it appears I would just need the winch itself, crank handle and that's it? Has anyone installed a manual on this model and if so was it fairly simple? Seems like it from the few videos I could find and it's just a matter of disconnecting the electric one and rethreading the cable through the new one and bolting it down.

Thanks in advance for the help and info!
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Old 05-14-2024, 07:39 PM   #2
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I removed my electric winch before I even went camping after reading about the horror stories. I ordered the manual winch from Goshen (phone call). I can’t remember if I ordered the crank handle from them or not. The assembly was super easy. You just have to make sure the cable is routed correctly into the spool. I sold the electric winch on eBay so I pretty much broke even on the project.
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