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Old 05-04-2014, 10:07 PM   #1
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Carefree awning

So last fall when i put away the Salem Cruise Lite 281bhxl, the power awning worked fine... Now the awning is completely dead... Doesn't even try to open.

Verified i have power at switch, and out of switch... Can't check at motor as it is stuck fully closed, can't remove cover.

Any one have issue with the awnings? Any advice on how further to troubleshoot this thing?

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Old 05-05-2014, 09:47 PM   #2
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Hmmm... Anyone know where to find the fuse for the awning...? Bueler?... Bueler?

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You don't have a remote for it by chance? Not sure on the fuse, but it may be near the a-frame below the trailer. Follow the power back If possible. If all else fails, give your dealer a call and see if a service guy can help over the phone.

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Thanks JTStromsburg,

I don't have a remote for this awning... I have called the dealer, and they have yet to get back with me on the location of the fuse (I hope they are busy and just don't know!).

Its probably gonna end up going back to the dealer either way this week as I checked with my voltmeter last night and I have power to the switch.. I can't imagine there would be another fuse between the switch and the motor... or could their be?

I am going to try to disconnect the switch and use the emergency terminals tonight and see if it moves that way... if it does, that confirms fuse.

Thanks for your help JT.
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Hmmm... Anyone know where to find the fuse for the awning...? Bueler?... Bueler?

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I believe the fuse for my Surveyor's Carefree awning is right there in the fuse box with the rest of the fuses.
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Thanks JTStromsburg, ...I am going to try to disconnect the switch and use the emergency terminals tonight and see if it moves that way... if it does, that confirms fuse.

Thanks for your help JT.
I think it would confirm the switch is bad, which is what I think is the problem.
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I am going to try to disconnect the switch and use the emergency terminals tonight and see if it moves that way... if it does, that confirms fuse.
Out of curiosity, what are you going to use to power the emergency terminals?

I have the Carefree awing as well and it says in the manual to use a 12v drill battery to power the emergency terminals. All my battery powered tools are 18v or 20v.

Fortunately I haven't had a problem with the awing, but in case I do, I was wondering what options I have to power it with out having to run a jumper to the main TT battery.
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I think he said he had power to the switch. It should be a matter of jumping from the center wires to one on the end. The switch is a double pole, double throw with center off. Pulling a pr of wires off one end and touching them to the center poles will bypass the switch.
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Thanks yall... I did test the switch with my meter and it is good... I then disconnected the switch and powered the emergency terminals off a lawn mower battery... Nothing. The problem has to be the motor... Going to the dealer tomorrow.

Odd.. Worked fine when i put it away in the fall... Dead when i take it out....

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Thanks yall... I did test the switch with my meter and it is good... I then disconnected the switch and powered the emergency terminals off a lawn mower battery... Nothing. The problem has to be the motor... Going to the dealer tomorrow.

Odd.. Worked fine when i put it away in the fall... Dead when i take it out....

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Hope you get it sorted out.

What voltage is the lawn mower battery?
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Since it worked in the fall, it could be corrosion on the terminals. Too bad you can't get to the motor. Let us know what becomes of it.
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Here's a manual for the carefree awning. It looks like the cap on the extension arm comes off to the motor. See page 5 for more info. Maybe this helps.
http://www.carefreeofcolorado.com/do...e%20Manual.pdf
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Thanks yall... I dropped it off at the dealer last night... The warranty should cover it, so i am gonna let them deal with it.

I will let yall know what we find out!

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Dealer called this afternoon... Motor is shot...

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Ugh.. The saga continues... I have taken it in now 3 times... The dealer is telling me now that the awning motor is on backorder!

Has anyone else heard these dumb motors being backordered?
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