Extra Crank Handle

August 20, 20183

There’s only one way to get your popup camper’s roof cranked up or down and the socket for the lift system is often quite proprietary. For this reason, I always carry an extra crank handle in case the original was left on the camper and then rattled off during transit, or simply got left behind either at home or the campsite.

Late model Starcraft, Rockwood, Flagstaff, Palomino, Dutchman, and several other brands use this Goshen style popup camper crank handle that fits a square 11/16″ interior socket. Other styles may also be available for your model.

Having an extra one of these cranks on hand may be the difference between continuing your camping trip as planned or turning around right as you got to the campsite because you forgot or lost the crank!

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I've been camping regularly since I was a kid, from quick Cub/Boy Scout trips to week-long backpacking trips and everything else in-between. We got a popup camper when our kids were 1 and 3 years old to enjoy more time outdoors together alongside a few conveniences like heat and running water. Since then, we've spent over 75 nights together as a family in our popup camper. I've learned a lot about the intricacies of a popup tent camper during this time and love to share those lessons here for the benefit of others.


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  • Papa O

    September 9, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Well I should have read this 5 days ago…. Picked up a good used pop up on Friday forgot to remove the crank handle and lost it Saturday on my way to the campsite…. Got lucky that someone else’s fit my rig but have been hitting every RV shop for three days with no luck finding a Goshen in stock…
    So…, great tip – I think I’ll buy 2

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