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Old 08-11-2015, 07:41 AM   #1
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Awning "popping" sound when extending

I could not find a post talking about this via search. So here is my question.

When extending my awning, the front awning arm will "pop" when the awning is about 2-3 feet away from the top of the camper. I do not see any point where the awning arm is sticking and it seems to come more from the awning shock/piston when it is extending than anything else. The rear awning arm does not do this.

My service department indicated that Lipperts (the awning manufacturer) said this is normal. I'm not buying it but I will see what this group says.

Thanks for your thoughts/experience on this...
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Old 08-11-2015, 07:54 AM   #2
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Mine has done it since new "5 years old" same arm.

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Mine has done it since new. Its in the second season and still doing it.
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Mine has done it since new "5 years old" same arm.

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Mine has done it since new. Its in the second season and still doing it.
Turbs & Mlangdn,
Is it just your front awning arm that is "popping"?

Appreciate hearing that people are having the same experience...
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Yes just the front.

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Same here, same explanation from the dealer. I just ignore it now.
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:08 AM   #7
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Thank you everyone. This question has been answered...
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Answered where? I believe the reason they function this way is the following; there are two mechanical functions contained in the "tube". The one with the wires contains a very small geared electric motor. The opposite end contains a long spring, similiar in design to what you see above an overhead garage door., but probably not as beefy. When you acuate the motor, the spring begins to "load" and the whole mechanism is aided by the two pistons attached to the awning arms. Those two pistons apply an extension force. The pistons are spring loaded to help the awning deployment, since the motor is very small. There is what I will call a transition point, where the entire system balances the opposing forces, (i.e. tube spring load and piston force). At that transition point is where you will incure the noise you hear.

One maintenance thing you can do to make it smoothe as possible, is to apply some silicone spray to the stainless steel portion of the pistons to mitigate chatter. Hope that explains it better. Oh, by the way, I slept at a Holiday Inn Express last night!
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Same as TURBS. Just the arm where the wires are.
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Answered where?
The answer for me was that this is something that others are experiencing and that they have received the same answer from their dealer/vendor.

Your detailed answer was VERY helpful and the suggested maintenance process is something I will try.

Love all the input this forum has....
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