Yes, yes, yes! That's the way to go!We had the very same problem with our Rockwood power winch. Apparently the power winches on the Rockwood's are very unreliable and fail often, so we decided to replace it with a manual winch from Goshen. You can get a socket Genie adapter that attaches to a good power drill, so you can use the drill to raise/lower the roof.
I also was glad to be rid of the electrical demon on my Rockwood. I bought a replacement winch off of Amazon that has a built in brake that holds the roof weight as it is cranked up and offers resistance as it is cranked down. I believe it was a bit over $100. It was an easy install.Replaced the one on my Rockwood with a manual winch once the power winch crapped out. The job was less than an hour from start to finish. Pretty hard to mess it up. Very happy I switched.
Thanks everyone for all your input. I went online and bought a goshen manual winch. I'll probably just replace it and be done with all my problems before next camping season kicks off. Did anyone have to do any crazy mods to the winch cover to make the crank handle fit properly?