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Old 04-02-2012, 07:38 AM   #121
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still don't have time to do anything.
If you think retirement will fix that think again.
I have no idea how I found time to go to work.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:24 AM   #122
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Thanks to RJHuser, I finally got my remote installed and it works like a charm. Mr. Huser was a godsend for the detailed instructions he so graciously wrote out for me making it possible to use 4 automotive relays. RJ is indeed a "Gentleman & a Scholar". Thank you again Rick.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:31 AM   #123
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Its satisfying to see these remotes being installed and used!
I really appreciate that my mod is now being modded!
I hope you guys are enjoying this and get a lot of use.
I never thought this would go over spooking well!
I half expected people to say this mod is worthless and a joke.

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Old 04-02-2012, 08:45 AM   #124
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I did discover an issue with the way I implemented the mod. I stapled the green antenna wire to the ceiling of the compartment. This has effected the range of the remote. I might have to rethink that. (maybe not)

I found out by trying to show my DW the awning remote from inside the house. It jerks the awning like crazy when it is at the limit of the range.
The relay keeps dropping in and out.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:54 AM   #125
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Thanks to everyone and especially f1000turbo for the idea and RJHuser for the special wiring instructions. Even an electrical dummy like me was able to implement the mod with great success.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:39 AM   #126
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Its satisfying to see these remotes being installed and used!
I really appreciate that my mod is now being modded!
I hope you guys are enjoying this and get a lot of use.
I never thought this would go over spooking well.
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Ron, this is a joke :-P
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:41 AM   #127
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I tried this mod and failed at the hardware store where DW said you have got to be kidding you can get your butt out of the chair and push the button in the camper.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:48 AM   #128
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I tried this mod and failed at the hardware store where DW said you have got to be kidding you can get your butt out of the chair and push the button in the camper.
My issue is I can't see the awning when running it in and out from inside.
I have hit a tree more than once and over-extended it just about every time I run it out and have to go back inside to bump it back.

FYI, over extending the awning causes a "gully" at the roller where water accumulates in a rain. This can overload the awning. Correctly extended, the material of the awning is on the top of the roller.

The awning in the photo is over extended.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:53 AM   #129
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My issue is I can't see the awning when running it in and out from inside.
I have hit a tree more than once and over-extended it just about every time I run it out and have to go back inside to bump it back.

FYI, over extending the awning causes a "gully" at the roller where water accumulates in a rain. This can overload the awning. Correctly extended, the material of the awning is on the top of the roller.

The awning in the photo is over extended.
I could tell her this but I think the answer is still going to be put down the beer and leave the camper the way it is.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:39 AM   #130
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Lou according to my awnings--------

Lou according to my awnings instructions, the seam or groove nearest the RV should be on the very top of awning tube when extended.



Correct me if I'm wrong?
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:02 AM   #131
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Lou according to my awnings instructions, the seam or groove nearest the RV should be on the very top of awning tube when extended.
Correct me if I'm wrong?
You are exactly right! That is what my post was explaining.
The photo's caption states it is over-extended.
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:42 AM   #132
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Agree the awning is overextended, it was put in that position in the picture to install the rivets in both ends of the material to keep it centered.
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:47 AM   #133
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Agree the awning is overextended, it was put in that position in the picture to install the rivets in both ends of the material to keep it centered.
LOL,

Once again "caught" reusing other's material from the "Herkbrary" to make my point.
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:59 AM   #134
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Not a problem Herk, we learned the over-extending lesson on awnings in 1976 on our first camper. Ended up having to remove it and straighten the tube from also not having it tilted enough. Had only had the awning about a week and had sweat bullets installing it by myself. It was only a 14', but still a handful for one person. Was an all day project installing it and about 1/2 day straightening it.
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Your awning mod was a big hit this past weekend. Had a few requests to have my DH help our friends install one on their unit. They're not very handy........
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:32 PM   #136
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Your awning mod was a big hit this past weekend. Had a few requests to have my DH help our friends install one on their unit. They're not very handy........

Awesome to hear!!! How many did the dh cough cough sell !!!!!!!!!?????????
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:43 PM   #137
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Bound to happen

and I knew it would.

While I was the "hit" of the campground with my "Lazy man's Awning" remote control, what I had feared came to pass.

No issues driving to the campground; on the way back home I forgot to switch the remote control back to "Normal" (NOT in the pre-departure checklist yet).

I must have had an inadvertent key press on the FOB in my pocket, because the awning was about 8 inches deployed when I got home.
It shocked the daylights out of me. Since it was on the curb side of the camper and only 8 inches deployed, no help from passing trucks or motorists who would not have seen it.

Good news was the motor prevented the awning from unrolling in that 65 MPH wind. It was as taught as it is normally. Lesson learned the hard way and has applicability to the "tie it down crowd" threads. If it had just had the spring tensioner it surely would have unrolled the entire awning.
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:49 PM   #138
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That's the reason I keep the remotes for the porch light & the awning on a hook inside the trailer. I have inadvertantly hit the horn button on the key fobs on our vehicles several times. I am a firm believer in Murphy's law. "If it can go wrong, it will" especially if I am involved.
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Sounds like the thread title should be changed from "Lazy man's" to "Smart man's"....
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:35 PM   #140
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Sounds like the thread title should be changed from "Lazy man's" to "Smart man's"....
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