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Old 10-30-2016, 02:56 PM   #1
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Need help - what is this for?

New to the forums! Bought a used 176LTD - previous owner left two of these cranks in the pop up and I have no idea what they're used for! I do have a separate crank for the stabilizers - been out several times and can't figure it out.

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Old 10-30-2016, 03:11 PM   #2
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Crank down handle for the spare tire.
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Old 10-30-2016, 03:35 PM   #3
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Our spare is mounted to the back bumper.
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Old 10-30-2016, 03:37 PM   #4
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Need help - what is this for?

Looks like the crank to manually lower and raise the roof.
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Old 10-30-2016, 03:43 PM   #5
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Stabilizer jacks?
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Old 10-30-2016, 03:48 PM   #6
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Looks like manual awning cranks to me.
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Old 10-30-2016, 04:04 PM   #7
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Need help - what is this for?

It looks like the manual hand crank for my stab jacks except the one in the picture has a longer handle so maybe it is for the awning.
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Well I believe the OP has a manual awning if any. I would say stabilizer jacks


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Old 10-30-2016, 04:36 PM   #9
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What's puzzling me now is that a friend had a tent camper and the item in question looks so familiar (aside from looking like my stab jack crank). I can't remember what she used it for. I'm thinking roof but I'm guessing. Maybe it would be best to wait for someone with this type of RV to provide feedback.
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Old 10-30-2016, 05:20 PM   #10
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Thanks for the replies! I have a Dometic awning but only tried putting it up once - I have the instructions for it - no mention that it uses cranks.
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Old 10-30-2016, 05:21 PM   #11
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Well I believe the OP has a manual awning if any. I would say stabilizer jacks


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Actually popups come with bag awnings, not like awnings on other types of RVs.
So no crank needed.
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It is the manual crank handle for lifting the roof in case your electric winch stops working. The hole on top of the winch cover is were it goes if you ever have to use it that way.
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JPBar is correct. It is to manually lift the roof if the electric winch fails.
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Old 10-30-2016, 11:51 PM   #14
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X3. Manual crank for the roof. Have fun.
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Old 10-31-2016, 12:11 PM   #15
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If you pop-up had a slide. I would have guessed manual crank for your slide.
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Old 10-31-2016, 01:49 PM   #16
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Power Roof Lift

Our Flagstaff Tent Trailer has a automatic roof lift. It does also have a hole in the side of the motor housing opposite the auto switch where you can insert the crank (picture you provided) should the motor fail. Luckily I have never had to use mine before but I am glad it is there in case it does fail. Hopefully you never need to use it, but keep it with you when you are camping just in case.
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I have one for my Wildwood and it is used to manually cranking in the slide if needed, also fits the stabilizers
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We have 2 cranks that came with our Rockwood Freedom 1940. One is for cranking stabilizers. The other (which looks like yours) is for manually raising the roof should the electric lift not work. On one occasion I left the 12v electrics on when storing the trailer. Two weeks later we took the PUP out camping and when I went to raise the roof, the battery was pretty much dead. I pulled out the crank (thinking this will be easy) only to find that it only raised a few inches after considerable cranking. I pulled our SUV around to the tongue and used battery cables attached to the dead battery to raise the roof. It went up in seconds. With staying a few days and 120V service, the battery soon came back to a full charge.

I now double check all power switches on the PUP are off when storing the trailer and never go camping without jumper cables.
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Looks like the crank to manually lower and raise the roof.
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X2 on the jumper cables
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