thanks Neinta... I have that part open and that works!!! We were told that it did not have a manual crank by the seller, so glad you are right and he was wrong.
Update as far as my issues. Seems that battery is OK but seems the entire lift mechanism simply needed cleaning and lube. Opens and closes fine now. What had me confused was that it seems the extra friction caused the fuse to pop, but it didn't pop completely. I got a little power to the winch but not full power, which made me think it was the battery. Never seen that with one of those fuses, a partial pop....???
Thanks so much for the help and I am sure I will become a nuisance with all my dumb questions here... LOL !!!
Stephen and Shonne