Coleman Crank-Up Ratchet Failing

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Repairs & Maintenance' started by Mr_Custom, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. Mr_Custom

    Mr_Custom Member

    Jul 14, 2006
    Antigonish, Nova Scotia
    On a Coleman 2003 Sun Valley I had some problems getting the crank up ratchets to engage the first time out this year. I hit it with some silicone spray as best I could around the opening to the crank and they caught and worked fine both up and down.

    Next time out once again, they did not engage and I tried the lube trick again with no luck. Eventually with the help of some hammer tapping and rattling I got them to click in.

    Looks like the crank assembly may need some more TLC but before I start taking apart the camper to expose the workings I thought I would check to see if anyone had experience with a similar problem?

    Thanks in advance!

    Antigonish, NS
    2005 Chev Trail Blazer
    97 F-150
    03 Coleman Sun Valley
  2. backwoodzbum

    backwoodzbum New Member

    Jun 15, 2007
    I would go to an auto parts store and by some of the electrical contact type cleaners(CNC brands are great)). They are very good for greasy dirty cleanups and they evaporate to a clean metal finsh. Then reapply the silicon spray. I am almost sure it is just dirt grime buildup causing your problem.

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  3. achurch2k

    achurch2k New Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Glendale, Arizona
    I would agree, it is probably an interference problem of some sort. I suspect that the 'heavy' grease and dirt/dust mixture from driving down dirt roads (if you do) could likely be the culprit. Although, after your experience I am going to closely examine my 96.


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    1999 VW Eurovan
  4. mi_hiker

    mi_hiker New Member

    Jun 18, 2007
    I had a problem with the crank & lift on my '95 Coleman Cedar. The clutch would engage for about six inches of lift then slip completely.
    I was ready to tear into it and make repairs.
    I did my research and examined my owners manual, the lifts system manual and finally my warranty.
    To my surprise, my warranty stated that the lift system has a lifetime warranty.
    Well, I towed it down to the local dealer, who is still a Fleetwood dealer and they fixed it for free!
    If I remember correctly, they replaced the gear box and the drive shaft/socket, all at no cost to me. (The drive shaft/socket sleeve where the crank slip into had split about four inches.)
    Now I do not know how different the lift mechanism is between a '95 and an '03, nor if the warranty has changed, but it's worth looking at.
    Good Luck
  5. Fairview 2001

    Fairview 2001 New Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Did it crank up quietly or not crank up at all? This is common for Coleman ratchets and all you are supposed to do is crank all the way up then over crank it just a little and the ratchet resets itself.

    The solution, as should be described in your owner's manual, is to crank the roof to full extension and then overcrank it slightly. Assuming nothing else is amiss, this will re-engage the lift system ratchet and operation should then be normal. The key to having this not happen again is to not overcrank it when you lower the roof ... just lower it enough so you feel the cables go slack, no further, even though there still may be a couple of turns potentially left.

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  6. Patrick Charb

    Patrick Charb New Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    thank you so much

    it's work !!!!
  7. crackerJack

    crackerJack Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2014
    Scottsville, KY
    My chain had developed slack over time and would slip occasionally. Removing a link solved it.

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