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Old 10-03-2016, 04:00 PM   #1
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How to manually close awning?

During our PDI I asked the tech how to close the awning if the motor failed while camping. He said it was not possible to roll it up manually. That seems like a big problem waiting to happen. Is this true or is there something he missed (he was completely wrong about how the Dometic fridge worked, so it's not beyond possibility).
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Old 10-03-2016, 04:56 PM   #2
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I had wife hold switch while I rolled it up.
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:05 PM   #3
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What brand awning is it?
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:06 PM   #4
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:11 PM   #5
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Mine is a LCI. I HAVE A RUBBER PLUG YOU CAN REMOVE AND USE A 7/16 socket and Rachet to crank it in.
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:04 AM   #6
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Dealer said during pdi ,that at the motor end there is a screw on the front side that needs to be removed and that will release spring tension and allow it to retract. But, first you need to install the strap like the manual awnings had. Mine was in the manuals bag. It's a two person job. One to hold onto the strap,the other to remove the screw an slowly let it retract into place
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Old 10-04-2016, 01:40 PM   #7
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Check the awning mfg website. I know AE has instructions.
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Old 10-04-2016, 06:30 PM   #8
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There is an excellent video on u tube about retracting the awning if the motor fails. Yes the strap is a must and you need to remove that screw at the motor end.,(sorry cannot remember the size) Anyway one person holds the strap tight and pulls the awning strap a bit to help release the screw because when it comes out that spring in the awning is really powerful, so don't let go !.
At least that will get you home and your awning will be stored as it was with the motor.


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Old 10-04-2016, 06:50 PM   #9
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The only screw I've seen on Dometic awnings is the one holding the motor in the strut. Not a good idea to remove it as the torsion spring on the other end will roll the awning very quickly and spin the motor end and motor housing and someone could be hurt.
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When my Dometic awning wouldn't close this summer, I inserted the strap in the channel, pulled my pick up near the forward part of the awning and removed 2 hex head bolts while advising DW to hold on tight to the strap. (This is all per the Dometic instructions that came with the camper).
Nothing happened. The motor was frozen. I then, standing in the back of the truck, managed to manually roll the awning in (during a lightning storm) and then braced it so it wouldn't open on the way home.
Dealer later replaced the motor under my 2nd year FR warranty.
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