Jayco Swan widing mechanism

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 13, 2011 at 19:51
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Hi All

Put up my Swan for guests to sleep in, went to pack up today and van would only wind down about 300mm then stop. would wind back up but stop at same place when winding down. Winch handle still turns and fells like cable slackens. Maybe cable jammed somewhere but not sure. Any suggestions?
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Reply By: Hairs & Fysh - Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 13:42

Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 13:42
Hmmm, If it's coming down about 300mm and stopping I would have a guess at a cable as become slack, eg, an eye bolt has opened up or a cable has given way, either broken or the cable clamps have let the cable slip through it.
You will find Manuals on this page HERE
Have a look at the Jayco manual and the Eagle Manual.
They may vary just slightly to yours, but they are basically the same.
At Brooms Head this year, one of our eyebolts had opened up, it let the left hand back cnr drop about a foot and that is where it stayed. I carry 4X pieces of timber 2x1 F/J pine about 1190mm long, I lifted the roof up with these and I was able to pull the front seating apart and found the opened up eyebolt.
A WARNING,, take the weight of the roof with the timber props before doing any work on the winching mechanism.
Refer to the manuals and you should be right.
Hope this helps.

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Follow Up By: PradOz - Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 21:38

Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 21:38
x 2 with Jons advice.

I have sold my swan now but i always carried a set of props to support the roof but mine were made from 20 x 20 gal angle with a chamfer on top edge to protect the canvas from me going crazy when using them. i used them anytime i had a lengthy stay so i could take weight of winch and hopefully protect it.

when you wind it down to point it stops, have you then tried to lift the corner that wont go down, then drop it, then try winding it? it got me out of trouble twice and all seemed ok after that.

get yourself a copy of the repair manual for the jayco and i would recommend you become intimate with the winding mechanism of the swan if you plan on keeping it for any length of time. its all quite simple when you find out about it. just wear gloves when handling the cable. sometimes they have splintered and if you run your hands on them they can slice your hand open. what area are you in? cheers mick
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