Can't lower the roof on our Coleman Niagara

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  1. Kstgelais4

    Kstgelais4 New Member

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    We are getting ready to head out for the weekend, and my husband was starting to lower the roof and it won't move. When you turn the crank it swings freely. We've had it up for a few weeks because my kids have been using it for sleepovers, but we are at a loss to get it down.
    We are fairly new pop up owners and haven't even towed it anywhere. When I Google the issue, I'm overwhelmed with the terminology that's being used. I also can't find someone who's had a problem with this particular camper. PS, I called our local RV service center and they were less than helpful, so I'm feeling pretty hopeless with the situation.
     
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    YellowCityGuy New Member

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    Is everything out of the way of the roof closing? Door stowed properly?
     
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    JiffyPopJunkie Active Member

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    Welcome to the Portal! Hopefully we can get you on your way. Need more info:
    The crank swings freely but does it make any noise? Grinding/chatter?
    Is the crank at knee or waist level?
    Will it crank up at all?
    When it was cranked up, did the crank "skip" as it went up?
    I dont have answers yet but you asked and they will come..
     
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    Kstgelais4 New Member

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    Thanks! Happy to be here!
    The crank makes a clicking noise the first one or two rotations and then makes no noise. The crank is at waist level. It’s all the way up already, so it doesn’t go any further. I don’t remember anything being off when we cranked it up.
     
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    Dingit Well-Known Member

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    I can't help but I'm glad you're at home getting ready to head out and not out getting ready to head home...
     
  6. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    Kstgelais4 New Member

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    The link isnt coming up for me.
     
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    Someone crawl under it. Se if you can see the shift from the crank that goes to the whiffle tree. It may have a coupling like in he pic, my Columbia has 2 pins if 1 fell or broke the crank will spin
     

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    Kstgelais4 New Member

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    You might have to explain to me what the whiffle tree is. Lol
     
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    Sorry for the typos. I’m thumbing this on my phone.

    The whiffle tree is under the camper, probably in a steel case. It has a long threaded rod in it that pulls the cables that lift he 4 corner post to raise the roof. One end of the rod attaches to the cables the other end to a shaft that should exit the front of the camper. That that’s should strategize to the crank to raise and lower the roof

    The pics I posted are of mine from 2 days ago. 1 pin was replaced with a steel cotter pin the other is just a roll pin and wa sliding out.
     
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    That happen to me once, turned out I hadn't removed the door.
     
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    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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