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Old 07-01-2015, 05:36 PM   #1
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Anyone know the part number of an aviator wright flyer awning my motor went out and needed to be replace? Is it better to replace the whole awning or replace the motor? Any advise all new to this. Thank you. Camping World St. George Utah want to much for it.
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:16 AM   #2
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Mine also went out but it was before I even took it home so they replaced it under warranty. It was my understanding the original motors were defective. Try calling Carefree. They have a helpful service department. Look the phone number up online as it is not listed on their website as far as I could find. Good luck!
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:40 AM   #3
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Looks like you can buy a replacement from Carefree around $250 or so. Could not find the awning you mentioned tho. Takes a model num to find the right one. Later RJD
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Thank you all for the info
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:39 PM   #5
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The Carefree awning on my Aviator just broke the rear pivot pin bracket and they don't show a replacement part for it. Will have to remove the bracket, re-weld it with full-length welds instead of little spot welds and reinstall it. It's mounted with aluminum pop rivets!!!
Also having to replace the entire motor assembly [$350]as there is no replacement for the in-out limit switch which also went out and would not adjust. It's all one piece..... according to Carefree. We will see how this works out with Carefree. Spent close to an hour on the phone with them today just trying to explain what broke.
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After years of manual awnings I have been spoiled by the convenience of these automatic units. They really have some great features like the auto retract but I wish they would be build them a little more robust. They seem to have a high rate of failure and stories like yours makes me not want to use mine very much. But knowing how well you do things, you will fix it better than new!
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After years of manual awnings I have been spoiled by the convenience of these automatic units. They really have some great features like the auto retract but I wish they would be build them a little more robust. They seem to have a high rate of failure and stories like yours makes me not want to use mine very much. But knowing how well you do things, you will fix it better than new!
Kenhwy61 I can assure you the new welds will be stronger than the little spot welds that they came with. I just don't understand why they would cut such a corner. The welder that tacked these up would have only had to run a few seconds more to do a first class job. My problem is to correctly realign the brackets to do the welds right. Sometimes when you weld things together, they warp. These brackets are pretty thin already and not very strong. I'm surprised they lasted as long as they did with all the pressure they have on them.
My advice to others with these units is NEVER roll them all the way out. Way too much tension on the little flimsy brackets. I'm sure Carefree is aware of the problem.
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Hard to say if the welder cut corners or was following the build instructions as written. Either way it would take very little more to do it right. That is a good tip about not extending it 100%. I usually have to give mine a little push to get it going out although it retracts fine.
Now working on a screen door. My wife just has a little more sewing to make a magnetic Magic Screen fit just right. I think it is going to work good and will post pictures when finished.
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Since the day we bought the Aviator, I have been trying to figure out how to install a curved screen door to fit the curved opening of the doorway. I figured a draped screen would end up there sooner or later. Another day, another project!
BTW, the welds were done by a programmed welding machine, not a man. It was totally planned the way it turned out. Perfect little bead, but way to small AND too short.
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Old 07-22-2015, 08:21 AM   #10
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Our motor went out as well. We were camping and carefree was very helpful to help us so we could pack up. Luckily a camper next to us was an electrician. He had the ladder, correct size socket wrench, and zip ties. We had to manually retract the awning and zip tie to secure it. Everything with our awning was replaced but the casing so far. We now carry our own ladder and more variety tools with us. Still love our Aviator!
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We haven't had any issues with our awning yet. But... We worried about not having any real support. So he built support arms. Also figured it would help in supporting screen walls later on.

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Hope you turn off the automatic retract switch while you have the support poles in place. If a wind comes up, the unit will retract and both poles will strike the side of the unit. Ask me how I know???
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That's funny you said that I was just getting ready to say the same thing when your post popped up!
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:35 AM   #14
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Yes! Shoulda said that as well! It is turned off! Trying to make it last longer not shorter! Haha.

We do not use the support poles if it's too windy out. But we also pull the awning in as well.

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Yes! Shoulda said that as well! It is turned off! Trying to make it last longer not shorter! Haha.

We do not use the support poles if it's too windy out. But we also pull the awning in as well.

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I never leave the awning power switch on. Lesson learned the hard way. DUH
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I never leave the awning power switch on. Lesson learned the hard way. DUH
I misstated my actual answer to the awning switch. I never turn it OFF if the awning is extended. Since I no longer use support polls, I always leave the switch ON. I have no clue as to why I said I never leave it on. DUH!
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I misstated my actual answer to the awning switch. I never turn it OFF if the awning is extended. Since I no longer use support polls, I always leave the switch ON. I have no clue as to why I said I never leave it on. DUH!

Do you ever think it would be nice to screen the awning area? You would need support poles then. Correct??


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Do you ever think it would be nice to screen the awning area? You would need support poles then. Correct??


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For sure use support poles with a screen enclosure. Those arms are under enough stress already. Don't put any more on them without support.
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Old 08-18-2015, 10:21 AM   #20
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Hey Blackhat6mike it seems that within a week of reading this thread (all the while thinking my awning has been performing perfectly) my awning dies. It rolled itself back in never to wake up again. Fuse is fine so it must be the dreaded dead motor. I can't find mention of model name or number in any info we have with Aviator. Do you remember what to tell Carefree to order the part/s?
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