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Old 06-02-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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Anyone with the power awning can you help

So, I picked up my new camper and honestly did not pay close enough attention to what the awning should look like when it is closed, we ran it out today and when I put it back in,,,, it just doesn't look right.... I ran it out and in a couple times but it does not look flush up against the camper at the top.. Is this normal and the way it is supposed to look? Or is something messed up, if so any clue on how I fix it without driving 2 hours back to the dealer?
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:25 PM   #2
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Run the awning back out and center it on the tube and pop rivet it to the tube on both ends thru the hem of the material.
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It that what is causing it? The material is off center? I tried to guide it with some sideways pressure on the rail as it was coming in, but that still didn't help. I'll try centering it and see if that does it, thanks for the reply!
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If I keep pressing the awning switch "out" it will extend and come back the wrong way, i do not now how to explain that but it does, lol.
Maybe that's the problem?
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:38 PM   #5
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It that what is causing it? The material is off center? I tried to guide it with some sideways pressure on the rail as it was coming in, but that still didn't help. I'll try centering it and see if that does it, thanks for the reply!
Just make sure you measure it and get it centered exactly. You might want to mark the edges of the material and try to stow it and if it stows good, then deploy it again check to make sure it is centered and then rivet both ends.
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It may be that the arms aren't closing properly. Ive had that happen. I just pushed on them some and then it would close all the way.
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If your awning is not pop riveted to the roller, a windy day can move the awning down the roller. Even 1/2 inch out is enough to prevent full closing.

Get on a ladder and look for the "dirt mark" and (while lifting the roller) "flap" the awning material till it lines up with the dirt mark. If all works well drill and pop rivet the awning material like Old Coot's photo.
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If I keep pressing the awning switch "out" it will extend and come back the wrong way, i do not now how to explain that but it does, lol.
Maybe that's the problem?
My Carefree power awning does the same thing, which I am told is normal. Just retract it slightly and it will tighten up. I don't think this is related to the original problem you discussed.
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I had the same problem after I hit the arm in the up position it stacked together correctly. I found that they didn't line up on 1 side only.
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If your awning is not pop riveted to the roller, a windy day can move the awning down the roller. Even 1/2 inch out is enough to prevent full closing.

Get on a ladder and look for the "dirt mark" and (while lifting the roller) "flap" the awning material till it lines up with the dirt mark. If all works well drill and pop rivet the awning material like Old Coot's photo.
This is a fairly common issue. The fix is as Herk described, however, if you have a long awning (ours is 21') it is quite difficult to persuade the lower end of the awning fabric to be re-located in the tube. It is a two-person job. One on a ladder at the end of the awning towards where the fabric has to be moved. #2 person lifting the tube to relieve the tension on the fabric. The "ladder" person then tugs the fabric towards himself until the fabric is lined up. This procedure may have to be repeated several times, until the arms nestle properly when retracted. An alternative to riveting the fabric in place is to mark the awning tube at both ends with a permanent black marker when the fabric is located properly. This will allow you to see when it is becoming mis-aligned, and where to re-align it to, when required.

I do not recommend living with the misalignment and forcing the arms to nest properly, as suggested elsewhere. Just my humble opinion.

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Thanks to all, I will try it out tonight and see what happens,

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Old 06-03-2013, 10:39 PM   #12
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So after messing with it and measuring it out. It looks like it is centered . After getting Ipr there and looking at it, it doesn't look like it is designed to go any further in than this. Looks like that big plastic piece at the top is designed to sit up against the rail on the camper but there is no recess in the back of the plastic piece so that it would go over top of the rail and sit flush. Is this what everyone else's looks like when it is in all the way? There is about 2 inches of awning material that is not on the roll.

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Old 06-03-2013, 11:28 PM   #13
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To be honest, I have never seen one where the awning material slopes down from the tube to the attachment rail on the camper wall.
Ours slopes down from the camper wall to the tube, and thus sheds water when closed. It looks like yours would collect water there, and that seems odd.
It's as if they mounted the awning too high, or the rail too low.
Not sure why that would be. Does anyone else have a similar setup?
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:14 AM   #14
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Mine doesn't sit that high. This is a real shot in the dark... the two lower arms may have a sliding screw knob that needs to be loose when retracting. See if maybe one or both of those are not loose. You can see those on mine if you partially extend the awning out. Yours may be different.
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In those pictures we can see that the awning arms are closed for sure so that's as "closed" as it's going to get. It looks like the roller is offset from the arms inside those black plastic pieces. Whether its supposed to be or not I certainly don't know. I would be concerned about wind grabbing that exposed fabric, but I guess the motor is supposed to keep it closed regardless.

Unless someone on here has an awning with the big plastic pieces on the end (unusual), I think you should just ask the dealer to verify that that's how it's supposed to look (and get that documented) and enjoy your new camper!
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:11 AM   #16
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Looks to me like it was installed incorrectly. I would be heading to the dealer or send the pictures to the awning mfg.
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Thx to all I will reach out to them
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I have what looks to be the same awning. Asked the question of is it closed a dealership. They said yes, that this brand of awning it was normal. LCI or Lippert brand. I am still working on the not wanting to roll up by itself problem. Let us know what you find out.
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Mine is lci I sent the dealer the pics and called and reminded. ;-) them I was waiting on an answer. The said they would get me an answer tomorrow. Will let you know.
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I guess their definition of tomorrow and mine are not aligned...... I should have answer Friday. ;-)
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