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Old 07-07-2013, 09:20 PM   #1
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Electric awning sound

Does anyone else's electric awning make this sound:

When first deploying - maybe when only a foot or two out

From the arm closest to the front of the vehicle

A "pop" sound - almost like there is a part binding that springs loose

Does this every time when putting out

Trying to figure out if its normal or a problem
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:26 PM   #2
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Make sure the material is centered on the tube and lube all the pivot points on the arms including the gas strut pivots. Look for scuff marks on the support channel on the trailer and see if there is a matching scuff mark on the movable arm. Might have to bend the arm very slightly.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:27 PM   #3
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Ours just started doing that this year also, it never did it last year. On ours it is the front awning arm springing out after the awning extends about 2 ft. It only does this after the awning has been retracted for a week or more. Last time we were camping I sprayed some WD40 on the pivot points to see if that helps. If that doesn't do it then I am thinking that the gas strut may be getting weak. As I looked over everything and nothing appears to be bent, and also since it only does this after sitting for a period of time.

Maybe someone else will have some other ideas also.
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Remember, WD40 is not a lubricant.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:32 PM   #5
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Ours does it every time including if it sat for a month, week, day, or even just a couple hours. We got a lot of rain this weekend, opened / closed it probably six times, and it made the sound every time.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:38 PM   #6
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Oldcoot, what lubricant do you recommend in this scenario?
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:40 PM   #7
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Remember, WD40 is not a lubricant.
I know its not a true lube, but it was all that I had with me and I figured its better than nothing. Next time I pull the camper out of the shed I will hit the pivots with lithium grease.
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Oldcoot, what lubricant do you recommend in this scenario?
Lithium spray. I plan on getting some bronze bushings and installing them.
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:26 PM   #9
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Ours does it every time as well, and has done it from new.

Could be a design flaw, considering it seems fairly common. Maybe one component not made correctly. There is nothing visibly wrong with ours, no rubbing, awning fabric lined up perfectly, nothing obvious at all.
I just accepted this as just another minor problem I had to live with, but now might investigate further, measuring everything to see if one arm is different than the other.
Thanks for bringing this to the board!
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I am having the same concern...I need to take mine I. For another issue and will have them look at the awning and report back. Does anyone know if I can have warranty work done at any dealer or does it have to be a Rockwood dealer?
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