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Old 02-16-2019, 04:26 PM   #1
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Proper Technique For Opening Power Awning

Josh at Haylett RV recently posted this video. Has anyone ever heard this before?

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Old 02-16-2019, 04:59 PM   #2
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That guy has no clue what he is talking about.

First, the door closer at your home is an open system. As you open the door it sucks air in. when the door closes the adjustable metering valve allows the air to be released at a rate to not allow the door to slam shut. The shaft end is open to the ambient air. There is a adjustable screw on the closed end to allow for different closing speeds and force.

Second, the gas strut is a closed system containing a gas that is metered by a valve in the piston. This valve is not adjustable and allows the gas to flow from one side of the piston to the other. It does not suck in or expel air or gas. The main cause of failure is dirt/dust wearing out the seal surrounding the piston shaft allowing the gas to leak out. This strut works similar to the shocks on your car or truck.
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Old 02-16-2019, 05:21 PM   #3
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right, his description is a little off, as no one's awning somehow 'flys' out uncontrolled, but we all know it takes TIME for the awning to get all the way out - PLENTY of time for any gas strut to 're air' itself!

but, it also sounds like he's just looking for something the 'talk about' in a video - you run out after a while : ) Maybe he, himself, needs to go camping.
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To me the proper way is to first make sure there's enough room for the awning to extend into, that the door is out of the way (full open or full closed) then push the switch. The motor doesn't roll the awning out any faster than the strut can accommodate.

His explanation MIGHT be valid if it's -50 outside.

Then again, he did admit he only found out by reading a post on the Internet so based on that it's probably true.

Not only will I have to be more careful when extending my awning, I'll need to be more careful when raising the hood on my truck and opening the rear hatch on my Volt. Both have gas struts and I sure don't want to damage them. Of course the truck is going to be 15 years old this coming fall without strut issues.
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All I know is that on our TT one arm wouldn’t extend as quickly as the other and then eventually something would give and it would extend quickly and catch up with the other side. They both retracted at the same speed though.
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All I know is that on our TT one arm wouldn’t extend as quickly as the other and then eventually something would give and it would extend quickly and catch up with the other side. They both retracted at the same speed though.

Probably a slight bend in the strut rod. The bend may be so slight you don't notice and it doesn't take much to interfere with it's smooth operation.
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Of course the truck is going to be 15 years old this coming fall without strut issues.
You're lucky! I have a 14 year old Nissan Maxima and 16 year old Accord that gas struts are shot on hoods and trunks. I have to use a vice grip to clamp onto strut piston to keep hood from slamming shut on my head.
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Probably a slight bend in the strut rod. The bend may be so slight you don't notice and it doesn't take much to interfere with it's smooth operation.
Could be that. I don’t recall exactly but it may have started doing that after I installed the awning support poles. Could it have been a weakening motor on that arm?
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Could be that. I don’t recall exactly but it may have started doing that after I installed the awning support poles. Could it have been a weakening motor on that arm?
Mine was doing that on my GT (Dometic A&E awning) and I replaced the gas strut. Took care of the issue. The original strut was softer than the new one. It was a challenge for me to change the strut by myself.
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You're lucky! I have a 14 year old Nissan Maxima and 16 year old Accord that gas struts are shot on hoods and trunks. I have to use a vice grip to clamp onto strut piston to keep hood from slamming shut on my head.
You can get replacements for a few dollars.

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