The roof lift system on a popup camper requires regular maintenance to remain safe and functional. Thankfully, the process is quite easy as described below.
Just under the frame from your camper’s crank handle is the actual crank. This device pulls on a steel cable to lift the roof and lets out the cable to lower the roof. Inspect this crank periodically to ensure that the crank remains properly mounted to the camper frame and that no debris has gotten into the steel cable spool.
With the cable let out fully, clean the steel cable to remove debris that could get caught in the crank or other areas where the cable passes through. When you get to the end of the accessibility of the cable, you can turn the crank to retract and expose more cable. Re-apply grease to any portions of the cable which were greased before cleaning.
There are often several zerk fittings located near where the cable enters the frame which need regular greasing to keep the cable moving smoothly.