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Old 05-31-2016, 06:53 PM   #1
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Update on Awning Fix

Last year I posted in this thread:
Awning Winder Shear Pin?

Well, I finally got around to fixing things this spring and got a pleasant surprise. I knew that the motor shaft was spinning inside the cap on my main awning tube. When I took it apart, the shaft has one flat side and it spun inside the aluminum cap essentially making a round hole (it was still tight, but when under tension, it would spin). I called Carefree of CO, but was told I couldn't just buy the cap (1. they don't make them any more, and 2. you have to buy the entire motor assembly ).

But Chris (tech support at C of C) said to check the other end. He said they should have the same shaft (non-motorized) and it might be interchangeable. Sure enough, it had the same shaft and I was able to just swap the two end caps and I am back in biz.

Hopefully this will help someone.

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Old 05-31-2016, 07:07 PM   #2
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Great tidbit to file in the "if it happens to me" list.

Glad it worked out for you and thanks for sharing.

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Old 05-31-2016, 07:12 PM   #3
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Is there anyway to add a reinforcement of some sort to the good end cap to prevent a reoccurrence?
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Old 06-01-2016, 07:48 AM   #4
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There are two things I can think of to prevent a re-occurence (ok, maybe 3). First, don't drive in crosswinds (Doctor it hurts when I do this--then don't do it!). Second, I'm going to look for a way to lock awning down with a hook or something to prevent it from ever unfurling while underway--there were a couple ideas posted on my original posting (see link in my first update post in this thread). And finally, I think one might be able to drill a hole through cap and shaft and put in a pin...but it would make future repair or removal harder.

And I just did a search and there are companies out there that do make locking mechanisms here's one:
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Old 06-01-2016, 09:42 AM   #5
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I had the same thing happen this winter. Bought the new motor assembly and saved the old one with the plan to drill and pin the end cap to the shaft. I had looked at a video about the possibility of swapping the end caps but did not do that. It is a shame that you have to buy the whole assembly just to replace a slide on part. Looks like (a few bucks Vs. $250+) this is a pure rip off by Carefree.
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Old 06-01-2016, 03:01 PM   #6
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I haven't had this happen on my Georgetown Awning but had it happen to one of my Slide Outs. I did email Keith and he gave me Wilson Forbes contact information. Keith believes they work also for these also.

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