WWYD: Replaced winch, not enough clearance for handle

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  1. Craigrazz

    Craigrazz New Member

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    I have a Rockwood 1640LTD where the power winch lift system failed on me and I figured it best to just replace with a handwinch DL WG1500. It was such a pain to install as the end of my cable was fraying and it required me to loop a knot around the spool reel, not easy let me tell you!!! Anyway, I loosely fitted it on to now realize the hex drive isn’t in the spot I imagined in my head for some reason and I have no clearance for a handle or a drill. I’m trying to get the tent trailer into a saleable condition where I feel comfortable with the future operator using the lift system safely and easily. Any ideas on a simple fix for me here or am I looking at changing my winch? I don’t have a whole lot of slack left on the cable either after a few trims to clean up the end...


     
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    firepit Well-Known Member

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    Oops...thats a tough one...maybe a 3/4 inch rachet and a socket?
     
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    Craigrazz New Member

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    Yeah not ideal, I’m thinking of trying to find a way to invert the drive so it’s vertical just need to figure out how I’ll mount it and make sure it still functions proper
     
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    Swival head socket and a drill? Not sure how well they work on drills.
     
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    I would go with the swivel head socket and extension bar, if the angle isn't too acute should be ok with a drill
     
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    Turn the worm drive 90 degrees, so the drive is up. It's only held on by 2 bolts. You'll have to make a slot for the worm drive. That's a cheap winch. No bushings, just metal to metal.
     
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    That's what i was thinking, have to see if i can get someone to carve out a slot on the side for me.
     
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    Drill a row of holes and connect with file. Done it many times.
     
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    Smart, ok while I got ya. Any idea how to get the drive pin out of the housing it’s in? The galvanized bracket that holds it with the 2 bolts doesn’t give me a way to take that drive shaft off of it
     
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    I can
    Looks like there should be a nut on the end of the drive. You may have trouble if the new slot intersects with an old slot. Guess the old slots could be welded closed. It would make it a hard area to file a new slot through.
    https://www.dutton-lainson.com/proddetail.php?prod=WG1500
     

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