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Old 07-07-2013, 09:20 PM   #1
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Electric awning sound

Does anyone else's electric awning make this sound:

When first deploying - maybe when only a foot or two out

From the arm closest to the front of the vehicle

A "pop" sound - almost like there is a part binding that springs loose

Does this every time when putting out

Trying to figure out if its normal or a problem
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:26 PM   #2
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Make sure the material is centered on the tube and lube all the pivot points on the arms including the gas strut pivots. Look for scuff marks on the support channel on the trailer and see if there is a matching scuff mark on the movable arm. Might have to bend the arm very slightly.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:27 PM   #3
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Ours just started doing that this year also, it never did it last year. On ours it is the front awning arm springing out after the awning extends about 2 ft. It only does this after the awning has been retracted for a week or more. Last time we were camping I sprayed some WD40 on the pivot points to see if that helps. If that doesn't do it then I am thinking that the gas strut may be getting weak. As I looked over everything and nothing appears to be bent, and also since it only does this after sitting for a period of time.

Maybe someone else will have some other ideas also.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:29 PM   #4
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Remember, WD40 is not a lubricant.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:32 PM   #5
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Ours does it every time including if it sat for a month, week, day, or even just a couple hours. We got a lot of rain this weekend, opened / closed it probably six times, and it made the sound every time.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:38 PM   #6
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Oldcoot, what lubricant do you recommend in this scenario?
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:40 PM   #7
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Remember, WD40 is not a lubricant.
I know its not a true lube, but it was all that I had with me and I figured its better than nothing. Next time I pull the camper out of the shed I will hit the pivots with lithium grease.
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Oldcoot, what lubricant do you recommend in this scenario?
Lithium spray. I plan on getting some bronze bushings and installing them.
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:26 PM   #9
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Ours does it every time as well, and has done it from new.

Could be a design flaw, considering it seems fairly common. Maybe one component not made correctly. There is nothing visibly wrong with ours, no rubbing, awning fabric lined up perfectly, nothing obvious at all.
I just accepted this as just another minor problem I had to live with, but now might investigate further, measuring everything to see if one arm is different than the other.
Thanks for bringing this to the board!
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I am having the same concern...I need to take mine I. For another issue and will have them look at the awning and report back. Does anyone know if I can have warranty work done at any dealer or does it have to be a Rockwood dealer?
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Loosen the black knobs. May be binding.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:19 PM   #12
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OP here - They are loose. Generally about a quarter to half turn less than just loose (if that makes any sense).
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Mine does it too and my trailer is only 6 weeks old. I guess I'm gonna have to look into it now. Btw I have a 2013 stealth 2812
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Mine are loose too, probably about 2 full turns
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Make sure the material is centered on the tube and lube all the pivot points on the arms including the gas strut pivots. Look for scuff marks on the support channel on the trailer and see if there is a matching scuff mark on the movable arm. Might have to bend the arm very slightly.
Neil is right on. The awning material only needs to slide about 1/4 inch to twist the arms enough to bind on opening or closing. Wind flapping from the other direction can actually "fix" this problem; only to have it recur again.

The solution is to get on a ladder and "flap" the awning while tugging it until it retracts with no binding; then pop rivet it in place like so...
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Today I looked into this issue a little harder since I had time to. The arms of the awning are catching on the bracket that is bolted to the outside of the camper. For me it is the leading edge, the backside there is a 1/4" gap between the arm and the mounting bracket. I took some measurements of the awning to the mounting brackets and also the awning on the tube. It looked like there was some sort of a spacer in the awning tube so that the awning couldn't slide towards the front of the camper anymore than it already was. Then I centered the awning up according to the measurements, it was about 3/16 towards the front of the camper, I retracted the awning it did the same thing. So I slide the awning another 1/4" towards the rear of the camper, I retracted it again and it still did the same thing.

Should I try and slide the awning on the tube more towards the rear? I just don't want to go too much and screw something up. Any suggestions on what to do?
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The way I do it is extend the awning out and shift the awning material on the tube until it is the same distance from both end caps. Over the time it has been off centered, it could have stretched the material a little. If it is still hitting on the front, have someone hold that arm very lightly and retract it. An easy way is to loop a rope over the tube and hold it to put a little tension on the material while you retract it.
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The way I do it is extend the awning out and shift the awning material on the tube until it is the same distance from both end caps.
I tried that on my camper, then I realized the awning fabric was not evenly spaced from the support arms up at the gutter where it attaches to the camper... So I made the measurements from the support arms to the awning fabric the same at the top and bottom when the awning is out.
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I tried that on my camper, then I realized the awning fabric was not evenly spaced from the support arms up at the gutter where it attaches to the camper... So I made the measurements from the support arms to the awning fabric the same at the top and bottom when the awning is out.
That works too. I always just centered it at both places. It takes a lot more work as you have to remove the screw at each end of the awning at the trailer.
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The way I do it is extend the awning out and shift the awning material on the tube until it is the same distance from both end caps. Over the time it has been off centered, it could have stretched the material a little. If it is still hitting on the front, have someone hold that arm very lightly and retract it. An easy way is to loop a rope over the tube and hold it to put a little tension on the material while you retract it.
Since mine was off center to the front 3/16" and it is now 1/4" off center to the rear maybe sitting like that for the week will help stretch the material back a bit.

The tube seems to come up to the camper at the same time both front and rear. What is happening is the U of the awning arm is hanging up on the lower front edge of the wall bracket, so right now the U arm is tight on the front edge and 1/4 gap on the back side.

Just wondering how holding back on the tube would help correct my problem?

On a different note: I had someone on a different RV site email me about the awning poles, wondering who made them and were they could get a set. They were disappointed when I told them that the "business" closed its doors...
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