How to Repair Bent Winch Assembly

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  1. Sel Cee

    Sel Cee New Member

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    Hello! I've got a 2015 Rockwood Freedom 1940LTD popup camper, and I'm trying to figure out what I can do to fix the winch area. The winch area was damaged before we purchased the camper, and is dented in a bit (see pictures). We've been using the manual override on the winch to raise and lower the camper, but I'd like to get it fixed. The electric raise does not work. If I remove the winch, and then try and bend the metal back up to be flat again will it stay that way if I put the winch back on, or install a new one?

    Thanks for any advice!
     

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  2. Bradley E Dixon

    Bradley E Dixon Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Just a thought.....

    Take the mounting nuts off the winch assembly and set out of the way as much as possible

    Get a small bottle jack and some small 2x4 & place in the opening at a slant.

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Pro-Lif...DnswvM61W3IkFQsi9x4aAn_zEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Use the jack to then "push/bend" the winch mounting plate back into position ( may take a few tries as you may need to reposition the jack) - go slow as this is a "backyard - hmmmm...let's see if this works" idea and in no way is this an expert fix. [!][?:~{][HH]

    When your satisfied re-install the winch.

    Goodluck!
    My2cents.
     
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  3. Tom Jordan

    Tom Jordan Active Member

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    Another redneck engineering brainstorm would be to get enough washers under the street side to square it up with the frame. But that might need a longer bolt.
     

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