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Old 02-22-2022, 10:19 PM   #1
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Winch issue?

New to us 2010 Jayco Jay Series 1206, manual crank raises the roof but if we let go of the crank, roof lowers and once raised has homemade safety bars to keep it up. We know the roof should stay in place if we stop cranking and arenít sure the problem?
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It has been a long time since I had a PU and it was a 1970(??) model. I am not familiar with your particular PU. Is the winch (crank) hidden within the PU or is it exposed on the tongue? Ours was exposed on the tongue. My brothers is stashed inside the PU, with an access hole to reach the handle in to operate it.

There are two styles as I recall. One has a lever that has to be flipped. This is very similar to a boat winch. I think this is what we had, can be very scary as if you accidently release the handle the roof with drop down quickly and could hurt someone. Then there is a geared unit that has some internal mechanism that allows you to crank either way. I believe this is what you should have. Here is an example from etrailer.com of what I think you should have. https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Win...IaAluMEALw_wcB

Otherwise you might have a boat style winch with a manual lever to switch from lift to lower.

Can you post an image of the winch? You first have to upload the image, than go back in and attach it to the thread.

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Old 02-23-2022, 04:11 PM   #3
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Thanks Jagiven, I’ll see if I can get a picture. I believe we have L&W lift system.
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New to us 2010 Jayco Jay Series 1206, manual crank raises the roof but if we let go of the crank, roof lowers and once raised has homemade safety bars to keep it up. We know the roof should stay in place if we stop cranking and arenít sure the problem?
I would contact Pop-up Parts. They should know where you should start looking.
Could be the winch, I think some had a friction brake

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Old 02-24-2022, 06:46 AM   #5
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We had a similar issue on our winch (still unresolved) - on our there is (should be) a ratchet spring on the winch that flips the pawl over when you start cranking up and catches when you let go. Seems like this ratchet is full open, allowing the winch to free wheel when you let go, from the weight of the roof.

This is a similar winch from a older Starcraft:


You can see the pawl (L-shaped piece) that catches on the inner gear teeth. Look for something similar on yours, and see if there is a loose spring that needs to be re-attached.
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On the picture I have of my L&W winch, there is a clip spring that should flip a pawl over to engage the the smaller gear teeth. That clip spring could be disconnected, allowing the winch to "free-wheel" when you let go.

Without seeing your setup, You'll likely have to open up the hatch take the cover off the winch system from the interior, and observe the winch operation from the inside and see if you can flip the pawl over manually to hold the gear teeth (like a ratchet system).
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Generic of what the L&W Winch should resemble
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