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Old 04-24-2012, 12:41 PM   #1
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Awning extended whilst driving !!!!!!

Hiya,

Whilst driving back to our home base our Weather Pro power awning decided to fully extend whilst travelling at 60 mph, the first I knew something was wrong was when I heard a loud pop, one of those attention grabbing noises, my first reaction was to look in the drivers mirror, could not see anything wrong then looked in the passenger mirror, oh dear lordy what the **** is happening. The whole awning was fully extended and before I could stop the complete awning was ripped from the side of the coach with the exception of the front arm that holds the the wind sensor.

What you have to understand is that this happened in the UK so the awning was extended over the other driving lane, fortunately the following vehicles saw what was about to happen and managed to stop and avoid the mangled remains of the awning.

I have driven over 5,000 miles in the coach and have never had this problem before, has anyone had or heard of this problem happening.

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Old 04-24-2012, 12:56 PM   #2
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I've never have heard of that before. As it's a power awning, you could pull the 12V fuse in the control panel to prevent it from occurring again. I can't understand how it would open while in transit?

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in theory it shouldnt have but lets throw theory out !
sounds like the gear drive shredded and allowed it to unroll !
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:21 PM   #4
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The wind sensor must be set too high,or you were driving too fast! Youroo!!
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:23 PM   #5
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maybe he had his remote awning fob in his pocket ?
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Do you have an electric awning or a mechanical one?
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:38 PM   #7
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Do you have an electric awning or a mechanical one?

now thats a good question ! I was assuming a power !
if not it sounds like the in/out lever was switched the wrong way and or the latches werent latched !
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maybe he had his remote awning fob in his pocket ?
As soon as Herk showed the remote awing control to me I wanted one. After reading this I will be adding a kill switch if there is not one already. I can see it now someone will use some remote for something else or I will sit on it and out will come the awning
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now thats a good question ! I was assuming a power !
if not it sounds like the in/out lever was switched the wrong way and or the latches werent latched !
All that stuff, plus arms not properly seated. Known to happen on mechanical systems. Ask me how I know!
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I have seen this before on a manual system. Helped a person roll his back up after it had started to come unrolled.

When we purchased our last used 5th wheel from a neighbor, he used sections of 4 inch sewer pipe to protect his awning from unrolling. Basically he cut the sewer pipe into 5 inch sections then cut them lengthwise and popped 2 of these on the awning.
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