how to swap out the hand crank to electric winch for raising roof on 95 polomino

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  1. Lowboy

    Lowboy JUST BLAZE!

    May 30, 2013
    [?:~{] im having thoughts of swaping out my hand crank to electric winch but its my first pop up and havent had it out yet,i bought it last year at the end of the season.the hand crank handle skips and the bolt behind it keeps getting lossen. the roof goes up and down smoothly but i just wanted to know have anyone done this type of converting yet, and if so please steer me in the right direction,because i was looking at electric winchs online and needed to know what kind to get and how to convert it. thank you. and yes im a new member and i got so excited when i ran across this site..havent slept since :)just found out how to post [RTM] thank you for reading and look forward for reply/help/new friends :)
  2. pafree

    pafree New Member

    Jan 17, 2013
    i have had thoughts about doing the same but not sure to use 12 volt or 110 volt. my pup doesn't have a battery but one could be added to work the winch. it does have a ac to dc power invertor but it doesn't put out many amps. a battery would be nice if i camped off the grid.

    there is this style that would fit better in the place of the original crank.

    there is another 12 volt version but would take up a little more room.

    this is the 110 version

    the second and third would take more room but my brainstorm ideal would be to put a pulley where the orginal crank is and have the winch in the first compartment. i would loose compartment space but less hand cranking. replace the cable coming from the orginal crank to the square plate (has a name but can't remember it) with a eyebolt that the hook with lock from the power winch could hook on to. the con would be if you didn't have power then there would be way to get the roof up.

    with the first one, you would have the option of power or hand cranking. the hand crank on that winch might not be in the same hole but things could be modified.

    all my theories are still in design stage but you know about idle minds.
  3. Starcraft Away

    Starcraft Away New Member

    Feb 10, 2012
    Why not get a fitting from custom cylinders , you just put it on high tourqe drill and voila . They work great with no work or retro fitting

  4. Nordic440

    Nordic440 New Member

    Aug 4, 2009
    Welland, Ontario.
  5. brianbigdogsmith

    brianbigdogsmith Camp more Camp more often

    Feb 20, 2012
    Melviindale MI.
    I checked out putting a electric crank on my Colman and they run 300 just for the part and another hundred to install it
  6. snyjim

    snyjim New Member

    Jun 9, 2013
    did you ever think of using a cordless drill . that's what I use on my coleman pop up. use a deep well socket put tw slots in the socket so it fits on the crank shaft .works great .craftsman 18 volt

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