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Old 01-11-2019, 09:28 AM   #1
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Awning Motor Issue

The main awning motor went out. I guess. As I was bringing it in and it reached it's all the way in limit, it seemed like it didn't turn off like it should have and then died. Is there a limit switch that should have turned the power off to the motor but didn't or is it possible that the relay stuck in the on position? So now I guess I need to replace the awning motor? Can I do it myself or is this something that the shop will need to do at anywhere from $350 to $600?
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:36 AM   #2
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The awning switch is what controls the awning in and out. No relays or limit switch. The awning switch just switches polarity. I have had my switch hang up in the retract position, it's not an expensive switch. My awning fuse is connected directly to the coach battery. You might check for a blown fuse. I see you posted that you checked the awning relay and if your awning is relay controlled then this post is a moot issue and disregard.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:42 AM   #3
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What kind of awning do you have? I replaced a Dometic 9100 awning myself and I'm not the handiest tool in the garden. There was 1 minor piece of 12v wiring that a buddy helped with but in hindsight, I'm sure I could have done.

For me, the motors came in either white or black. I couldn't find a white motor locally so I bought the black one and just switched the attached body pieces between the two.







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I have the Dometic awning. Black. I think I can do this with the help of the forum members and the tips and trick and pictures that have been posted here and on youtube. Do you recall what you paid for the awning motor and did you figure out why it died in the first place so that it wouldn't cause your new replacement motor to fail as well?
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I have the Dometic awning. Black. I think I can do this with the help of the forum members and the tips and trick and pictures that have been posted here and on youtube. Do you recall what you paid for the awning motor and did you figure out why it died in the first place so that it wouldn't cause your new replacement motor to fail as well?

It was something like $400 for the motor, though I could find them online for $300. We were traveling and at a place that didnít allow packages to be received. It was easier to just pay the extra than to try and figure out shipping.

As for why it died... I didnít explore it. I fulltime so it sees a lot of extra use. When it died, it was while I was ratcheting my awning poles tight.

It continued to work thru when I traded that rig 9 months later.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:46 AM   #6
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More then likely your switch stuck on. Had the same thing happen to mine. Replaced motor and switch. All good for the past 6 years.
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More then likely your switch stuck on. Had the same thing happen to mine. Replaced motor and switch. All good for the past 6 years.
Just for future reference. The Dometic awning on the Sunseeker is relay controlled?
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Not that I know of. Only switch, fuse , wiring and motor. Didn't find a relay. Switch is just like a power window switch, up/down no relay. Only use relays on heavy draw items where all that amperage would damage the switch. Awning motor is no stronger then a window motor just like some of the power steps.
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Not that I know of. Only switch, fuse , wiring and motor. Didn't find a relay. Switch is just like a power window switch, up/down no relay. Only use relays on heavy draw items where all that amperage would damage the switch. Awning motor is no stronger then a window motor just like some of the power steps.
The reason I asked is humblegoe indicated he checked the awning relay and am not familiar with any Dometic awning installation that includes relays. Thought the Sunseeker had done something different. Thank you.
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Surprise...Walmart has the part.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Dometic-A...lack/666560039

When did Sunseeker change to Dometic awnings? The ones I looked at a while back had the LCI Solera awnings. The motor for those is less than $50.
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Surprise...Walmart has the part.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Dometic-A...lack/666560039

When did Sunseeker change to Dometic awnings? The ones I looked at a while back had the LCI Solera awnings. The motor for those is less than $50.
I believe its the other way around or the size of your unit. Mine is a 2012 with a Dometic.
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Just for future reference. The Dometic awning on the Sunseeker is relay controlled?
He thought it had a relay.
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He thought it had a relay.
He had 3 issues and he posted this on one of the others when asked if he checked the awning fuse.

"I did check the fuse and power at the relay. I have not put dc power directly to the motor from an external 12vdc supply. I might try that next, bypassing all the controls".

Go figure.
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I never found a relay for mine, but he could have a non Dometic awning.
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Seems the motor is not the greatest! Mine went out at almost 2 years old with very minimal use. Luckily the awning was in the closed position & the dealer replaced it. It was def a job a handy person could have done.

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Awning Motor Issue

Search the forum for the motor replacement instructions. The biggest caution is to control spring tension
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Awning Motor Issue

Trying to get the link to,work.
Search for. Power awning stopped working You should see the instructions for motor replacement.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ml#post1644566
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Old 02-28-2019, 04:14 PM   #18
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I appreciate all the help. I was able to get my Dometic 9100 Awning Motor to work without having to replace it. It would make a thump sound when pressing the rocker switch to extend. It was stuck in the retracted position. I removed the awning motor and noticed it had a bunch of corrosion and rust all over the outside of it. I removed the plastic heatshrink type stuff from around it and removed the backside of the motor that is secured with the three allen screws, cleaned that part of it up real good, reseated all the electrical connections and sprayed with what I had on hand which was choke and brake spray cleaner, put it back together and twisted around on it some and it broke free. Reinstalled and works good again now. Saved $300+ which is what a new motor would have cost. Also the 15 amp awning motor fuse is located on a circuit board which is located to the left hand side of the entry step area, behind a small cover plate. The circuit board also has the fuses and relay circuits for the two slideouts. Also some sort of safety circuit to lock out awning and slideout function if the engine is running. So there is a lot more to the awning motor circuit on my Class C RV than just a rocker switch. 2013 Forest River Sunseeker 3010DS.
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