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Old 03-25-2015, 09:14 AM   #1
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Awning keeps popping the 15 amp

Last trip of 2014 awning popped the fuse didn't come out
We talked about it at length on another thread
Dealer replaced switch
First trip of 2015 popped fuse didn't come out
Dealer replaced fuse (hell I coulda done that) and says it's fine
Oh it will work great in my driveway till I get to the beach and can we pretty much agree Ill have a hat trick
3rd failure
It's gotta be a short or a bad motor
Anyone with similar problem
How can I get the dealer to dig into this problem deeper as a warranty item
I know I could pay someone to "make it work" but this is a 2014 2860ds and I've only had it out on 6 trips
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:21 AM   #2
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Sounds like the torsion spring needs tightening/replaced OR the motor is getting ready to shoot craps.

Torsion spring should have from 8 to 12 turns on it depending on the length of the awning. Page 7 of the following.
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:24 AM   #3
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Maybe your unit falls within this recall?

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Old 03-25-2015, 09:26 AM   #4
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2860DS Awning problem revisited

Posted on tech but decided to post here to get other input
Awning Popped fuse (2) on last trip of 2014 didn't come out
Dealer replaced switch
First trip of '15 awning popped fuse didn't come out
Dealer has it now replaced fuse says it's good to go
It's gotta be a short or a bad motor
How can I get them to understand that this system needs to be looked at deeper cause I'll bet the farm it's gonna pop again
Any thoughts or experience with a bad awning on a new class C?
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How can I get the dealer to dig into this problem deeper as a warranty item

Howdy trdutch, hate to hear about your problem. We are a forum of do-it-yourselfers, but I'm not sure that anyone here will be able to offer correct advice on how to "get" a dealer to dig deeper. If you are not satisfied with their lack of depth on it, you might could contact Forest River.

They might could assist you in offering advice on other authorized repair facilities. However the drawback to that is, these other places may not put you at the top of the food chain since you didn't originally purchase from them.......then you would be back to contacting Forest River yet again.

Back to the DIY aspect, have you noticed the awning arms kinking or the motor sounding like it is getting into a bind while the awning is going in or out? I had a buddy whose electric awning was doing this, and it would pop the fuse. We were able to straighten his out, and he has been good to go since.
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:36 AM   #6
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No
Not having a binding problem
When it works (after dealer had it) it operates smooth and correct
But obviously after it sits, pop
Will mention the the recall and tension
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If the awning is binding as wmtire mentioned, try opening the awning completely and measuring from ea. end of the tube to the edge of the material. The material should be centered within about 1/8". Once it is centered, run it in and out a couple of times, make sure it is centered, run it out completely and pop rivet it on both ends thru the side hem into the tube.
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Would be interesting to know if the fuse was blown before hitting the switch to deploy. This would indicate a short to ground that may be happening due to a rub while driving. The switch just reverses the polarity of the motor for in and out. My unit had the wires routed against a sharp metal flange that rubbed through the insulation and would make contact while driving and blew the fuse. Tough to run down but did. Anyway, you may have something similar. A long shot but could have happened during the install.
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:43 AM   #9
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Thanks bubbles
If I end up taking the unit as is
I have a 20 ish mile ride back to storage and I will check the fuse before I attempt to deploy
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Old 03-25-2015, 11:34 AM   #10
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I'm going to agree with bubbles to find yourself a short in the wiring. I shared my similar experience when our 232IS was new. Funny thing was, I knew exactly what it was and about where to find it (where it entered - poorly done through an aluminum framing member).

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