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Old 06-21-2017, 01:33 PM   #1
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Awning arm won't stay lower

Once awning is extended, I can pull one side down Lower and it stays. The other side will not stay down lower. Suggestions?
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Old 06-21-2017, 01:42 PM   #2
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Hmmm I only have experience on a couple awnings... Does it have locking nuts on the arm? I assume you are tightening these?

I had mine out a couple months ago and doing a pole install. It was a bit windy and I was keeping an eye on it. All of the sudden a little burst cam through and whipped that awning up like there were not nuts holding it. I talked to Jesus after that...thanking of course.
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Old 06-21-2017, 01:43 PM   #3
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I'm not sure what awning you have, but on the Solera I used to have, it was just a matter of tightening up the nut and bolt at the pivot point to increase the friction.
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Old 06-21-2017, 08:10 PM   #4
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I have the same problem. Looking at the trailer, the left side will not hold position. I have tried tightening the pivot bolt, but still not holding
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Old 06-22-2017, 01:56 PM   #5
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X2 on mine with side nearest front of TT. The sticker says it is supposed to stay where you put it but I think it is just a gas strut problem. Don't know of a fix other than to change the gas strut out.
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Old 06-22-2017, 02:14 PM   #6
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Mine does the same thing. Seems like the parts that slide together should have some "teeth" on them so they hold together better when the knob is tightened.
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Old 06-22-2017, 02:21 PM   #7
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X2 on mine with side nearest front of TT. The sticker says it is supposed to stay where you put it but I think it is just a gas strut problem. Don't know of a fix other than to change the gas strut out.
Don't know if the strut or the bolt at the pivot point.
I noticed this after we picked up the trailer. A call to the service dept. told me to tighten the bolt. Didn't help. Was in storage and now it's out of warranty. Dealer won't help.
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You will be glad they don't hold too well if someone(kids) lower the awning for you and don't loosen them.
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Old 06-22-2017, 05:32 PM   #9
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One of ny arms on my Solera has always cone loose since new, also. I purchased a new screw to replace it. Now, if I can just remember to do it and see if that does the trick.
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Old 06-22-2017, 05:46 PM   #10
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What I would try is tighten that one down only to see if it holds, if it pops up it's the screw lock, Both sides of mine will hold, Make sure both struts are the same....
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Old 06-22-2017, 06:01 PM   #11
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I was thinking to drill a hole thru the channel once the awning is fully out......then inserting a pin/bolt thru to keep the awning from coming back in towards the unit....

Wind came up a couple weeks ago...went to put awning in and it tore at the roller end with motor.......$600.00 later I ordered a new awning!!!!!
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Old 06-22-2017, 06:07 PM   #12
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One side on mine will stay down. Sometimes I put a bungee cord from the pivot to the skirt under the side of the tt to hole them both down. Ive tried tightening. Didn't help. The gas springs seem a bit too strong and overcome the pivot even when super tight.
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What I would try is tighten that one down only to see if it holds, if it pops up it's the screw lock, Both sides of mine will hold, Make sure both struts are the same....
I tried that. As tight as it would go. Seems like it may be a shoulder bolt and belleville washer.
Just emailed Solera and waiting to see what they say.
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Following as I am curious as to the response. I have the same problem.
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Old 06-23-2017, 04:18 AM   #15
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Same problem with Mine.
Watching for answer.
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Old 06-23-2017, 08:10 AM   #16
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I think it bottoms out on the threads so you won't over tighten it. Try putting a washer under the nut to give it another 1/16 or 1/32 tightening ability?
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Old 06-23-2017, 08:14 AM   #17
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Since this point is designed to slip/slide for the auto dump feature and slip when the awning opens/closes, I would be hesitant to do anything that would inhibit that. If that was an issue for me, I think I'd try a fender washer under the knob to increase the clamping force between the knob and that channeled piece by making the area larger. Obviously,still has to be loosened to stow. My 2 cents FWIW
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Old 06-23-2017, 08:25 AM   #18
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Add the washer and tighten just enough to hold it in place. Not so tight that it won't dump water or restrict closing. BTW...Mine doesn't have a "knob", it has a lock nut. Adjust it with a wrench and leave it it alone.
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Has the Awning Linkage Type that the OP has ever been Verified? There are a least (2) Types being discussed Here! One has a Knob that Must be Tightened to retain location the Other requires just "Pulling down on the Arms for Retention! One is LCI the other is Dometic! Youroo!!
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Since this point is designed to slip/slide for the auto dump feature and slip when the awning opens/closes, I would be hesitant to do anything that would inhibit that. If that was an issue for me, I think I'd try a fender washer under the knob to increase the clamping force between the knob and that channeled piece by making the area larger. Obviously,still has to be loosened to stow. My 2 cents FWIW


I am completely certain I would forget all about the pin, close the awning and destroy something expensive.
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