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Old 04-08-2015, 09:53 AM   #21
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If you carefully drilled a hole, so not to hit any wires or anything vital, through the arms couldn't you put a pin in to keep it from opening? Without going out and looking at mine I can't remember if this is possible.
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:03 AM   #22
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Thought they could only go out a till they were open. When I open mine it goes out and stops on it's own, thought there was a limit switch somewhere in the thing. Also thought the spring couldn't let this happen would have to think the spring is not connected anymore. Make sure and secure it somehow, so it can't open while going down the road, before you transport it for repairs since what normally holds it in probably isn't working either.
If a Dometic A&E awning:

Yep. the torsion spring (when working properly) will bog the motor.
Continuing to hold it down should pop the fuse as the motor overheats trying to overtighten the torsion spring.

The only way the OP's problem could occur, in my opinion, is for the pin that retains the torsion spring to be broken or missing (to allow the motor to continue to run - The wound spring would prevent it otherwise) AND the OP to have held the motor control switch to extend; not retract (extend will unwrap counter clockwise and continue wrapping counterclockwise; if he hit retract, the motor reverses and would have wrapped correctly even with a broken spring). Double failure
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:07 AM   #23
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If you carefully drilled a hole, so not to hit any wires or anything vital, through the arms couldn't you put a pin in to keep it from opening? Without going out and looking at mine I can't remember if this is possible.
Locking the arms does not lock the roller. The motor is what holds/locks the roller. I also made another lock that doesn't require drilling/tapping the end cap, it slips into the sun screen slot.
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:16 AM   #24
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Upon further diagnosis a lippert will in fact roll the other way if the button is continually pushed.
I in fact learned something new today .
I'm surprised there is no limit switch.
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:48 AM   #25
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I started thinking about this a little more in depth never thought about the roller unfurling even if the arms didn't move. Guess I will be looking for a way to secure mine so the roll can't turn unless I release it.
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I started thinking about this a little more in depth never thought about the roller unfurling even if the arms didn't move. Guess I will be looking for a way to secure mine so the roll can't turn unless I release it.
See post#17 & #23
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Old 04-08-2015, 04:49 PM   #27
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Old coot has it. When I bought my RV the sales guy warned me that it was real easy to reverse roll in the awning. I would imagine once or so you might be fine but it will become a repair if left or done too often I wager.
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Locking the arms does not lock the roller. The motor is what holds/locks the roller. I also made another lock that doesn't require drilling/tapping the end cap, it slips into the sun screen slot.
Coot, Dumb question....please tell me how this works to lock the roller.
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Old 04-08-2015, 07:45 PM   #29
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Tried mine this afternoon. If I hold the extend button long enough it will in fact start rolling in.
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Tried mine this afternoon. If I hold the extend button long enough it will in fact start rolling in.
What brand is it? If it is an A&E/Dometic or Carefree, you have a problem with the torsion spring.
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