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Old 12-09-2016, 08:59 AM   #21
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Old 12-09-2016, 09:06 AM   #22
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I thought the arms were brought out by "Gas Struts " ! Not aware of spring struts? Youroo! !
Those struts are under spring pressure to extend the awning, upon unwind, the torsion spring in the tube builds potential energy. Both spings (struts, torsion) are in balance when all is well.
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Old 12-09-2016, 09:07 AM   #23
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...Check the motors output first. You can tell if the motor is starting to fail by either a water seal leakage issue, or the switch is sending constant current due to the rocker switch not resetting at rest, by feeling the motor after operation. Wait a few minutes and it should be cool to the touch.Guess will all know when it gets fixed, huh.
OP said motor is unrolling the awning, so switch an motor are working properly. The arms are in a bind or stuck on the rv mounting channels. It's not rocket science. Someone just has to pry the arms loose from the channels.
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I thought the arms were brought out by "Gas Struts " ! Not aware of spring struts? Youroo! !
Last I heard, the struts are "gas assisted" springs.
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Old 12-09-2016, 09:11 AM   #25
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Old 12-09-2016, 09:13 AM   #26
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Gas dampered. Think of it this way, the gas seals allow for a smoother deployment of the stored potential energy from the spring as it extends.
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Old 12-09-2016, 09:15 AM   #27
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OP said motor is unrolling the awning, so switch an motor are working properly. The arms are in a bind or stuck on the rv mounting channels. It's not rocket science. Someone just has to pry the arms loose from the channels.
Heck, use a crowbar then.
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Old 12-09-2016, 09:56 AM   #28
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Last I heard, the struts are "gas assisted" springs.
Just talked to a engineer at Dometic and the "Struts are GAS" no springs! Youroo! !
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Old 12-09-2016, 10:10 AM   #31
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Just talked to a engineer at Dometic and the "Struts are GAS" no springs! Youroo! !
No ya didn't, you're it!
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:05 PM   #33
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Awning Shocks (springs)

Does anyone know how to compress these springs? I dumbly took one off thinking it was why my awning was coming out but not extending unless I pulled on it....I have a 2007 Georgetown. Thought these might be getting old but I can't even budge it to put it back on the arm. Thankfully I only took one off....

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Old 02-09-2017, 02:34 PM   #34
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Did it spring un- wind?
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No, I just took it off thinking it had gone bad...didn't realize how stiff it was...Can't compress it to get it back on. Surely, since they are part of the awning system, there's a way to replace one...?
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:50 PM   #36
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If you are referring to the gas struts (sometimes called gas springs/shocks) they can be very stiff to compress. Make sure the awning is all the way out and up. I usually pin the rod end first and grab the thicker body with both hands to pull it into place.
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5Picker, I've tried to compress it, I can't get it to budge. I've had it out, pushing down while bracing it against the ground. All my weight won't move it a bit....
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5Picker, I've tried to compress it, I can't get it to budge. I've had it out, pushing down while bracing it against the ground. All my weight won't move it a bit....
Try a dead blow hammer on the cylinder end, it could be stuck.
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Same awning trouble

Our Flagstaff 30WFKSS with same size awning has done this since day it came home. Of course it works at stealer.

I see no solution has come after all the months since searching for a fix since Nov 2015.
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