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jgrayjr 08-02-2012 03:05 PM

A&E Power Awning
 
My power awning will extend just fine but needs help in retracting. One tech says it might be the switch but you can extend it half way out and it will retract just fine. It only needs a little help in retracting if it is extended all the way out? Need some help.

TURBS 08-02-2012 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by jgrayjr
My power awning will extend just fine but needs help in retracting. One tech says it might be the switch but you can extend it half way out and it will retract just fine. It only needs a little help in retracting if it is extended all the way out? Need some help.

Sounds like the gas shocks may be to stiff.
Welcome to the forum!

realebill 08-02-2012 04:01 PM

my power awning was sluggish when i retracted it . i looked at the main brackets when it finally did retract and noticed they were not aligned at the trailer. brackets on each side were about 1/2" off center.i ran the awning back out and centered the awning fabric in the slot on the roller so each side was equal. retracted it again and it rolled up with no problems.i don't think that 12 volt motor has enough power to wind back up if there is any resistance especially winding the fabric back up off center.


welcome to the forum !

Herk7769 08-02-2012 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by realebill (Post 231457)
my power awning was sluggish when i retracted it . i looked at the main brackets when it finally did retract and noticed they were not aligned at the trailer. brackets on each side were about 1/2" off center.i ran the awning back out and centered the awning fabric in the slot on the roller so each side was equal. retracted it again and it rolled up with no problems.i don't think that 12 volt motor has enough power to wind back up if there is any resistance especially winding the fabric back up off center.


welcome to the forum !

Ditto! Look at the awning material. If it is "racked" even a little bit the arms will bind when retracting. (it will "un-bind" going out) and will work better going in that direction.

OldCoot 08-02-2012 04:28 PM

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Originally Posted by realebill (Post 231457)
my power awning was sluggish when i retracted it . i looked at the main brackets when it finally did retract and noticed they were not aligned at the trailer. brackets on each side were about 1/2" off center.i ran the awning back out and centered the awning fabric in the slot on the roller so each side was equal. retracted it again and it rolled up with no problems.i don't think that 12 volt motor has enough power to wind back up if there is any resistance especially winding the fabric back up off center.


welcome to the forum !

Once you get it straightened and centered, you need to pop rivet the hem to the tube on both ends to eliminate it from "racking" again. Herk has a picture of how it looks after it is finished.

jgrayjr 08-02-2012 04:40 PM

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Originally Posted by dunnnc (Post 231474)
Once you get it straightened and centered, you need to pop rivet the hem to the tube on both ends to eliminate it from "racking" again. Herk has a picture of how it looks after it is finished.

The awning fabric is going back on straight as far as I can tell and it is already pop riveted to the tube on both ends. Another person said my gas shocks might be too stiff. If that is the case how did it work just fine a month ago and now it won't?

jgrayjr 08-02-2012 04:43 PM

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Originally Posted by f1100turbo (Post 231435)
Sounds like the gas shocks may be to stiff.
Welcome to the forum!

If they are too stiff how would I get them to be less stiff. Would I take them off and work them or lubricate the dickens out of them? Afraid to take them off because they might be stronger than I think?

TURBS 08-02-2012 05:36 PM

If you look close to the shock it has numbers and writing on them.

Part of the part number is the poundage.
Let me know what you find.
Check both by the way.
Ron

jgrayjr 08-02-2012 05:57 PM

[QUOTE=f1100turbo;231501]If you look close to the shock it has numbers and writing on them.

Part of the part number is the poundage.
Let me know what you find.
Check both by the way.
Ron

The 5th wheel and the power awning are only 2.5 years old and the shocks have never been changed out but I will check both shocks and let you know what I found out. It might be a couple of days before I can move the 5th wheel out to where the awning can be extended. Thanks

jgrayjr 08-02-2012 06:02 PM

[QUOTE=dunnnc;231474]Once you get it straightened and centered, you need to pop rivet the hem to the tube on both ends to eliminate it from "racking" again. Herk has a picture of how it looks after it is finished.

I went out and checked the awning again and found that the vinyl has shifted to one side both at the trailer and on the tube. There is about six inches between the vinyl and the end of the tube on one end and about a couple of inches between the binyl and the end of the tube on the other end. Is that enough to cause friction to not retract very good?
I will pull the trailer out tomorrow and extend the awning and see if I can center the vinyl both at the trailer and on the tube. I think I can put a small screw at both ends of the vinyl at the trailer and pop rivet the vinyl on the tube once it is centered as well. I will let you know if your idea works. Thanks


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