coleman roof goes up and down 3 times great, then...

Discussion in 'Lift Systems' started by kcormier19, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. kcormier19

    kcormier19 Member

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    Before i break something important, I thought I would ask what to look out for.
    1999 Coleman Cheyenne has been sitting for a couple for a coupe of years before i bought it. I raised and lowered the roof fine before I bought it, and raised and lowered the roof two more times with no issues when I got it home weeks later. 4th time, started to crank and after roof was up about 1/2 way, the crank was much harder to turn so i stopped before something broke. I was able to lower roof fine. The crank is in the lower rear of the camper. I checked the left cables and pulley's and all look clean and not worn but I didn't see any lubrication on them either, not sure if there should be or not.
    Also crank handle does not come off of the camper. i cant tell if it was welded on or just stuck on but it seems on there permanently. Should it be?
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  2. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Under your camper us a wiffletree under a black protective cover. It essentially looks like one big massive screw. This screw should be greased annually. When I bought my camper I found a mouse built a nest in the compartment so had a nasty surprise when it fell on me as I opened it. There are lots of YouTube videos on how to grease the coleman lift. As far as the crank, this should be removed unless the prior owner made it permanent. On my unit my stabilizers also use the same crank so it would have to be removed.
     
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  3. kcormier19

    kcormier19 Member

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    Thanks for the advice, i did think of the whiffle tree too but only discounted it because it worked so well before, but under the camper i will go. And double thanks for the heads up on something falling out of it on me.
    And as for the crank, the handle for the stabilizers is in the cabinet under the door so it looks like the crank for the lift is on there permanently.
     
  4. Sjm9911

    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    The pully system for the cables can be lubricated also. Look for them while under the pup. I would try not to get it on the cables.
     
  5. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    The crank doesn't belong in there. I would put some effort into trying to get it out.
     
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  6. kcormier19

    kcormier19 Member

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    i kind of figured that would be the right answer but i will have to tke a closer look to see if it is wended on there or if it does some apart somehow. This weekend i will also be looking over all of the cables, pulleys, and lifters, as well as the whiffle tree.
     
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  7. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    Our crank handle has to be hit with a rubber mallet to go in and out. It's very tight.
     
  8. kcormier19

    kcormier19 Member

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    it appears it was the same situation with mine, a couple of hits and it came off
     
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  9. kcormier19

    kcormier19 Member

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    So I wanted to update those who gave me some advice on my issue here. Yesterday I took the metal plate that encloses the whiffletree screw and look what I found - little grease and a leftover mouse home with some of it wrapped around the screw. After cleaning out the debris, cleaning off the screw and the metal plate, re-greasing everything, and putting it back together, it started to rain and I was not able to raise the roof up, but I will in a day or so when the rain stops.
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  10. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    I had a nest at least as big as that when I picked up my Mesa.
     

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