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Old 07-25-2021, 04:58 PM   #1
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power awning travel lock?

I am looking for ideas on how to secure our Dometic 9100 series power awning for travel. I have seen several RV's alongside the road and have been able to stop and help one get their awning back in place after a gust of wind unrolled it. What does everyone use for their power awnings for going down the road?
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Old 07-25-2021, 05:33 PM   #2
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I've towed our TT over 25,000 miles and have never had a problem.
Did the folks you helped give a reason it unrolled other than wind?
I guess if your worried you could strap it with a bundle tie or tie-down strap.
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Old 07-25-2021, 05:42 PM   #3
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Well, I am not real worried. The others I have seen were not power awnings. I always used to strap my manual awning, but this power awning does not have a means to lock the arms. I thought there might be something out there that would lock the roller.

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Old 07-25-2021, 05:44 PM   #4
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I guess if your worried you could strap it with a bundle tie or tie-down strap.
I agree... If the roll will not UNROLL the awning cannot pull out... alternatively drill a hole through one or both awning arms and insert a bolt or stiff wire thru all of the holes to bind the arms together...

personally I have not done this with my 9100 series awning
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Old 07-25-2021, 05:45 PM   #5
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The motor locks it.
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The motor locks it.
Yep. I think your correct, but didn't want to say that as I wasn't sure.
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Just what I know from my Dometic. Without something to spin the motor, it's going nowhere! I think you have to use a drill and proper bit/socket to run it if motor fails.
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Just what I know from my Dometic. Without something to spin the motor, it's going nowhere! I think you have to use a drill and proper bit/socket to run it if motor fails.
Yep and remove the rivet/set screw on the power side.
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I put one of these on our awning:

https://www.awninglock.com/index.shtml

Oh, and if I remember, I also pull the awning fuse to prevent burning up the motor.
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I understand that the motor is supposed to lock it, however, I read somewhere that the brake in the motor can be overpowered by a strong gust??

Just trying to hedge my bets.
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old manual awnings YES . NEW awnings prob. not.
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Man, if it's that windy, I'm not towing! Mine is TIGHT when retracted, can't imagine wind unfurling it. If it makes you feel better, get on step ladder and tug at it. Mine does not budge.
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Thanks to everyone for the feedback.
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I put one of these on our awning:

https://www.awninglock.com/index.shtml

Oh, and if I remember, I also pull the awning fuse to prevent burning up the motor.
How is the motor going to get burned up unless you are holding the out/in button in after the awning is already retracted all the way in? And even then the fuse should blow before the motor burns up, that is the purpose of having a fuse in the circuit.

And a properly adjust motor that is not slipping should be all that is required to keep the awning in the fully retracted position regardless of wind gusts - except maybe in a hurricane or tornado.
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Awnings unrolling while going down the highway has been discussed several times on the forum. Here's one thread:

https://www.forestriverforums.com/fo...tml#post612396

The manual for my awning states that power to the motor circuit should auto disconnect whenever the 7-pin connector is plugged in...but in testing this, I found it to be untrue...so, I pull the fuse.
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Awnings unrolling while going down the highway has been discussed several times on the forum. Here's one thread:

https://www.forestriverforums.com/fo...tml#post612396

The manual for my awning states that power to the motor circuit should auto disconnect whenever the 7-pin connector is plugged in...but in testing this, I found it to be untrue...so, I pull the fuse.
Interesting, I have never heard of a power awning disconnect with the 7-pin connector connected. There would be no need for it. There is no power going to the awning motor unless the switch is held in either the in or out position. But, anyway, to each their own. Some people disagree with me turning off the circuit breaker at the power pedestal before plugging in the shore power cable....
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Interesting, I have never heard of a power awning disconnect with the 7-pin connector connected. There would be no need for it. There is no power going to the awning motor unless the switch is held in either the in or out position. But, anyway, to each their own. Some people disagree with me turning off the circuit breaker at the power pedestal before plugging in the shore power cable....
No matter what you do someone is going to disagree with you and have a reason for doing so. So far Iíve never heard a valid reason NOT to flip the breaker prior to connecting/disconnecting the plug.
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No matter what you do someone is going to disagree with you and have a reason for doing so. So far Iíve never heard a valid reason NOT to flip the breaker prior to connecting/disconnecting the plug.
Just like I guess there is no valid reason for not pulling the fuse for the awning when travelling....as long as you are willing to go though the effort of doing it.
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The motor locks it.
I'm quite certain that's right. Over 20,000 miles and I have not had an issue. If I was concerned, a piece of insulated 14 or 12 gauge wire could be slid behind near the top of each arm and given a couple twists.
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I've never had an awning unroll while going down the road, manual or electric. But I have seen it happen, I just don't know the specifics of why it happened.
I have a friend who delivers RVs all over the country and he always zip ties the top of the awning arms just for safety as he never knows the condition of units from the factory. Just his habit. He has picked up factory units with loose rims, flat tires, loose hitch bolts, flapping roofing material, a/c that falls off, slide outs that migrate out, windows that fall out on the first bump. The list goes on and on. They give him crap about how long it takes him to get ready to leave, but there is a lot he checks to save himself headaches on the road
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