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Old 12-05-2010, 10:06 AM   #1
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Patio awning....slow !!!

Notice that my Dometic electric patio awning is getting slow and when fully deployed I have to play with the outdoor or inside switches to get it back........I did read the previous 2008 posts -

This is not a passenger awning problem like I had previously and was fixed with the help of GaryKD by replacing the faulty part-gear

I might take the cover off tomorrow, lube the motor if this appropriate and see if water is an issue
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:57 AM   #2
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I think these awnings are infamous for this. Mine certainly does it and I have to reach up and pull on the arms to help the motor retract it some times. From what I've read here the best minds think that the motor is just too small to reliably operate that size awning over the years.

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Old 12-05-2010, 11:40 AM   #3
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Same problem with our A&E!
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:49 AM   #4
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There is only one fix, that I know of, for this symptom. The fix is a new awning motor. I had Newmar install a new motor this past summer. The motor will eventually fail. When this happens, one will need to get on a ladder and loosen the screw at the top of the forward arm. The awning can them be rolled in to the stored position. Re-tighten the screw and one is good to go. There is a flat spot on the shaft the screw tightens down on. Try to tighten the screw so it is on the flat spot.

This problem will not go away. Consider installing a new motor at your convenience instead of waiting for the motor to fail.
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Tanks again Gary

Would you order from Dometic or Newmar ?? I did not check the prices of this motor

You know, once this 1st Winter in Florida is over, my 2006 DSDP with 22,000 miles will be just good to trade
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Gary, did you have to replace the spring also or just the motor? thanks, Dave
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I had the same problem on our '07 DSDP. Had the dealer service department take a couple of turns on the spring, and it helped quite a bit. A little harder to get it to deploy, but it comes in much quicker.
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Hi Renden,
Newmar service did the work parts and labor. We were there for other work so I just added this to the list.
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Hi Dav5942,
Nothing was done to the spring. Replaced just the motor.
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Tks Gary, Don't think my spring needs tightening as it is slow both in and out. Might try the hammer trick before going for a new motor.
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Final solution to assorted problems with electric awnings.............manual version !! Works for me.
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If you are able to remove the motor or even if you have a mechanic remove it take it to a motor shop and have it rewound. Might be cheaper than buying a new one.
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Had the same problem with our power awning that was installed by the selling dealer.
Had to help it roll up.

They tapped into a light switch by the entry door for power. Bad idea. I rewired the power pickup source and the now the awning works just fine.

Try running a heavier set of wires from your 12volt source to the power pins on the awning. You can do this temporarily by running them externally.

If that cures the problem you know what to do.
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