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Old 10-23-2015, 11:42 AM   #1
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Awning Winder Shear Pin?

Hi (again) Guys.

We were coming across Kansas on I-70 last week and hit 50mph cross-winds. The winds were so strong that they got under my awning and unfurled it while we were underway. Amazingly, it didn't rip off the entire thing as we were going 65mph. I got it re-wound (on the side of the freeway), duck taped the thing and got going.

I finally got to a stopping point this week and had time to look at things. The motor runs, the gears all turn, the small shaft going to the 3 inch tube is turning, but its spinning inside the large 3" tube the fabric rolls onto--hence, it won't rewind itself.

Can someone tell me if there's a shear pin inside the 3" tube or something that I can repair?

And if anyone can point me to an online instruction manual/pdf, etc that would show how this thing works, I'd really appreciate the info.

Thanks!
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Old 10-23-2015, 12:00 PM   #2
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I have 3 spare motors and they all look like this with a 5/16" nyloc nut, nylon washer and a hub with 2 flats in the center. Don't see any shear pins and don't want to take one any farther apart. Possible that the pop rivet or screw in the bracket is sheared or missing.
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Old 10-23-2015, 12:31 PM   #3
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I bet the plastic gear shattered. Happened with my door awning this year. You can buy new motors with gears. With the door awning they did not sell the gear separately. Rather than paying the $150 I made one out of a hockey puck and fender washer. Still working and cost $10.
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The ones I showed are A&E/Dometic, I have no idea what your awning mfgr is.
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Old 10-23-2015, 01:02 PM   #5
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Berkshire have Carefree of Colorado awnings but the motor assemblies work the same. That is not saying they are the same.
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Old 10-23-2015, 01:26 PM   #6
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Hi (again) Guys.

We were coming across Kansas on I-70 last week and hit 50mph cross-winds. The winds were so strong that they got under my awning and unfurled it while we were underway. Amazingly, it didn't rip off the entire thing as we were going 65mph. I got it re-wound (on the side of the freeway), duck taped the thing and got going.

I finally got to a stopping point this week and had time to look at things. The motor runs, the gears all turn, the small shaft going to the 3 inch tube is turning, but its spinning inside the large 3" tube the fabric rolls onto--hence, it won't rewind itself.

Can someone tell me if there's a shear pin inside the 3" tube or something that I can repair?

And if anyone can point me to an online instruction manual/pdf, etc that would show how this thing works, I'd really appreciate the info.

Thanks!
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What happened to you is my biggest fear those cheap motors can let go at any time. I use awning locks designed and made by OC, there is no possible way for that to happen now. He made me a set and tapped the motor end for the top connector then it go's to the bottom of the awning arm. I hope the pictures will load.
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Old 10-23-2015, 01:30 PM   #7
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next picture the bottom connection I think it 3/8" all thread with a turnbuckle and plastic white tubing over it. That puppy will not come lose even if I hit my motor to extend. Works great would not travel without them anymore.
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Will you quit show'n that stuff....got enough to do already!
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Will you quit show'n that stuff....got enough to do already!
You should have been more observant when you were here.
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Easy way to reduce work OC west is to trade the Ram in for newer truck!
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Then I'd just wear it out .......one I got is still a 'puppy'. Might bark loud, but only eats little.....I can 'commute' to points East now......cheaply! And, I spotted the awning retainer, just stored in my photo memory bank, thank you.
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That, my friend, would makeit it to easy to 'comute . to over yondr!
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'Barney' seems to get to the 'wrong'coast'OK,
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I don't think purple trucks are available any longer. Maybe special order Fiat Grape color now!!
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[QUOTE=smo99;1017826]Hi (again) Guys.

We were coming across Kansas on I-70 last week and hit 50mph cross-winds. The winds were so strong that they got under my awning and unfurled it while we were underway. Amazingly, it didn't rip off the entire thing as we were going 65mph. I got it re-wound (on the side of the freeway), duck taped the thing and got going.

I finally got to a stopping point this week and had time to look at things. The motor runs, the gears all turn, the small shaft going to the 3 inch tube is turning, but its spinning inside the large 3" tube the fabric rolls onto--hence, it won't rewind itself.

Can someone tell me if there's a shear pin inside the 3" tube or something that I can repair?



It could be the motor shaft is turning but the end cap is the problem. If the shaft has a flat side and the end cap has the same flat spot to make the awning roll up the cap metal might be soft and has worn enough to let the motor shaft turn without making the awning roll in either direction.

I fixed a mh with this problem in March by driving a brass rod I flatten to skim into the flat part of the shaft. He has the problem fixed as it was found to be a poor design .

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