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Old 03-31-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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I have a dutch star with electric main awning, with wind sensor, i have replaced the sensor as the awning was not going in, with the new sensor if i blow on it with a compressor it goes in, if i leave the awning out in windy weather it does not retract. Are there any resets or anything i can do to test
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:28 PM   #2
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Hi Extreme limo,
The short answer is yes, the control board has dip switch settings that change the sensitivity of auto retraction.

The long answer is the settings depend on the level of your control board. What year is your coach? Has the control board ever been replaced? If so when?

Be aware your test with a compressor is the correct way to test the sensor. How that relates to the force of the wind to mimic the test, I have no idea.
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The wind also needs to be constant, wind gust will not always trigger the awning to close.
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I was told, the other day by a Newmar dealer, that everyone calls them a "wind" sensor, but they are actually a "temperature" sensor... for what thats worth.

If that is true, Is it possible that there are times when the wind temp is too close to the ambient temp to read a differential and actuate the retraction?
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If I were you I would forget the wind sensor. I have one on my MADP and it was a total mess. They don't protect aginst anything in my opinon.

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This is the latest model, it is a 2009 Dutch Star, the wind sensor can be adjusted with a switch that brings on different leds. I just wondered how dealers test it
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I was told, the other day by a Newmar dealer, that everyone calls them a "wind" sensor, but they are actually a "temperature" sensor... for what thats worth.

If that is true, Is it possible that there are times when the wind temp is too close to the ambient temp to read a differential and actuate the retraction?

If that is correct why do they spin?
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Hi John,
The ESSEX has Girard awnings with a spinning wind sensor? The Star line coaches have A&E awnings with a sensor inside a plastic chimney, on the roof (not all but most). How it senses when to retract the awning has changed but the process remains that the sensor detects a drop in pressure due to wind passing through the slot at the top of the chimney. When this drop in pressure gets to the trip point, the awning retracts. There is also a temperature sensor so the awning will auto retract around 32 degrees or 132 degrees F . Nothing spins on the roof mounted sensor for the A&E awnings.
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Hi Extreme limo,
The test you made with compressed air is the correct way to test the sensor. I am happy to see the setting can now be changed with a switch and LEDS. The dip switch thing was a PITA.
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