We are in northcentral Pennsylvania (USA) and just bought a '90 Coleman Newport 2485.....our first camper ever. It has been a wild ride already. I didn't have the seller put the top all the way up when I looked at it, just enough to see that the canvas was in great shape and all the interior was in good shape. Excited about my new purchase, I brought the camper home and started cranking it up inside the garage where I knew it was level. It got really hard to turn, so I cranked harder....and harder.....until it STRIPPED OUT THE THREADS on the wiffle tree. It turns out there was a mouse nest all stuffed inside the wiffle tree case and I compressed it as far as it would go. $175 later (almost what I paid for the camper to start with), I had a new wiffle tree and we were ready for our first adventure. I didn't know how hard the crank was supposed to turn, so in our first trip out, I was cranking away....not as hard as when I stripped the wiffle tree, but still pretty hard....and sheered off one of the pins that go through the sleeve that connect the wiffle tree to the crank shaft. I thankfully was only an hour from home and got what I needed to replace the pin and save the trip. Now I know to bring tools and some spare hardware. Now I know that the pulleys needed to be lubricated with silicone spray!!! Now I know how EASY THE CRANK IS SUPPOSED TO TURN. I'm surprised I didn't break a cable or worse. Moral of the story, if you're new, come here and read first. I wish I would've found this forum about a month ago and saved myself a lot of hassle and money. I can't wait to look back at this and laugh.....too soon.