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Old 07-12-2012, 05:28 PM   #1
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Spare tire winch crank

Hi all,

Our recently acquired Jayco 3230 class C is missing the crank handle used to raise & lower the spare tire. Jayco says they no longer have this part nor the part number. I'm trying to find a used one or anything that will do the job. If nothing materializes, I guess I'll see about having something fabricated.

(I'm posting this here because the Jayco area seems all Entegra - hope I don't offend... )

The crank shaft would have to be a couple of feet long to get the handle part outside of the basement compartment. Here are a couple of pics of the winch shaft that the crank has to engage:





Thanks in advance for any help!
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If no one comes forward with the part you need, I'd be tempted to run the correct size die on the shaft , install a nut ; lock-tight it on, then use 3/8" drive ratchet, socket & extension, to lower the tire.
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:31 PM   #3
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I have a friend with a 2002 Jayco Class C with a Ford v10. If you think both RVs would use the same tool, I'll see what his uses.

Just let me know if you want me to look at his RV.
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Adding to what Skip426 suggests I've seen people use a battery operated drill to raise and lower scissors type jacks and that might be an option for you to consider.
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Find a socket or piece of metal tubing that fits over the shaft. Go to the local hardware store and buy a roll pin like this Coil Pins / Spring Pins on Innovative Components. Drill a hole through the shaft so that the roll pin is snug when you push it in. Push the roll pin in so that it protrudes evenly out of both sides of the shaft.

Take the pipe or socket and cut a slot in the end so it fits or the roll pin. Now you can just slide the tool over the shaft and pin and crank. This can be done with a minimum amount of tool.

Threading the nut on as Skip426 said would work well too, if you have the tools and room to do so.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:25 PM   #6
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I wonder if a drill extension (The kind with allen screws) will fit over it, these come in assorted lengths, then use your drill.
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Solution!

Thanks for all the suggestions. I ended up with a variation on the theme, and just in case anyone else has this problem in the future, here's what I did:

Ordered a 1/2" coupler with setscrews, bought a 3/4" hex head bolt, and a long 3/8" drive socket extension. Ground a "flat" into the threaded end of the bolt & clamped it into the coupler. Clamped the other end of the coupler on the tire winch shaft. Now I can use the long extension with a 3/4" socket and either a speed handle or a ratchet to raise & lower the tire. Could have used a shorter bolt, but didn't have the coupler yet when I bought it. Pics tell the story better:





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