What is the pop when raising the roof?

Discussion in 'General Camping Discussion Forum' started by Eskimorob, Sep 2, 2017.

  1. Eskimorob

    Eskimorob PUP life

    Jul 5, 2016
    I've been curious about this noise ever since I've had a popup. Was told by my father-in-law to expect it and it is nothing to worry about. My guess is it's the whiffletree twisting under load about 1/2 way up.
  2. campagain

    campagain Active Member

    Jun 24, 2017
    I hear it on mine too. I guess it's normal, as mine was just serviced.
  3. matwiyj

    matwiyj Member

    May 17, 2011
    Winnipeg, Canada
    When you are winding the cable up (or letting it out) the cable may start to wrap on top of previously wrapped cable, but then jump off to the next smaller-diameter winding on the winch. It is normal and to be expected.
  4. JPBar

    JPBar Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2016
    X2 ^^^^^^
  5. crackerJack

    crackerJack Active Member

    Jan 6, 2014
    Scottsville, KY
    My coleman doesn't pop.

    At one time, the chain was loose. It would pop and slip during the last quarter of the way up. Supposedly, over time they develop slack. Removing a link solved the problem.
  6. generok

    generok Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    Anchorage, AK
    Mine does it on the way up EVERY time at crank #36 or #37. It is the exact pop the exact same spot, so I just expect it and slow down at crank #35 and pick up again once it pops. 1996 Jayco Eagle 8.
  7. Mausinn

    Mausinn Member

    Jun 1, 2017
    The only thing that makes a pop sound when I crank my top up or down are my old joints.
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  8. campagain

    campagain Active Member

    Jun 24, 2017
    My pup just pops at the very beginning but after that it's fine.
  9. RockyRoo

    RockyRoo Just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD

    Jun 8, 2012
    Just wondering, where exactly do you think the pop is coming from? On my 2007 and 2008 Viking pups the lift arm covers were made in segments and could slip up and down freely as it was raised. Every so often one would go up prematurely and at some point in the process slip down till it was needed, and as it hit bottom would emit a "popping" sound.
  10. Aladin Sane

    Aladin Sane I'd rather be camping

    Jul 3, 2008
    This is correct.
  11. Eskimorob

    Eskimorob PUP life

    Jul 5, 2016
    The pop comes from near the winch inside the winch cabinet, so cable slipping as it wraps seems to be the correct answer.
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  12. crackerJack

    crackerJack Active Member

    Jan 6, 2014
    Scottsville, KY
    I don't know if it applies to your camper, but a loose chain is a common coleman issue. Google portal search will show plenty of threads.

    I assume you have a coleman. There is no "winch cabinet". The wiffletree under the camper doesn't have a big spool with cable that wraps around it. Possibly, other posters are thinking of other manufacturers. I suggest you remove the cover plate to clean and grease it. Do not try to crank it with the cover plate off.

    On one trip, my DD re latched the roof before I began cranking. She thought she was helping The lift system popped and slipped a few times. Every time after that it also popped and slipped. After a lot of research, I discovered that I stretched the chain and it was slipping on the sprocket. After removing a link, it has never popped again.

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