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Old 05-15-2016, 05:42 AM   #1
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Anyone have experience diagnosing front windshield shade issues?

We have an Automotion motorized front windshield shade (black privacy only) that has stopped working. When we brought the RV back and parked it, DH tried to lower the shade, called me on my cell (I had gone inside the house) and asked why it wouldn't come down. I asked him if he still was running the engine, he said yes, I told him there was an interlock to prevent it. He turned off engine, but shade still won't come down. There is no manual for this thing, and nothing useful online as far as diagnostics. I really don't want to take the shade down until absolutely necessary (I don't see any way to just remove the shade roller portion without unscrewing the entire assembly), so I am hoping someone out there has some experience running diagnostics on these things. DH has changed what he thinks is the fuse for it. Thanks!

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Old 05-15-2016, 05:56 AM   #2
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Our front shade wouldn't go up. This youtube video shows how to reprogram. Not sure if yours is the same.


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Old 05-15-2016, 07:40 AM   #3
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One of our Automotion front shades quit too. Using a circuit tester found power was getting to the shade motor (the switch worked). Took it to an Automotion "dealer" (easily found by using their website) and they confirmed it was a burned out motor.
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Old 05-15-2016, 10:37 AM   #4
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Ours did the same thing and I think it is most likely a burnt out motor. Not wanting to take it all apart, I haven't addressed it yet. I do not see the adjustor buttons that other brands say they have so I don't think our shades have any adjustment. I went online as we have no manual for them either, but didn't find what I was looking for.

What I did was manually roll the shade down to fully cover the window. It is easy to do and won't damage anything, just slowly turn it from the middle of the shade. When we travel I roll the shade up and attach three of those small bungee type cords with the ball on one end, one in the middle, and one on each end to hold it up. Although not the best, it only takes me about a minute to put it up or down, and it is held securely so it cannot fall down while driving.
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Old 05-15-2016, 06:02 PM   #5
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Mine quit and I took the shade unit (2 shades)out of the RV and replaced the motor in the night shade. You can roll it down by hand a short distance and see if it will go back up. That will let you know that you have power to the shade.

There are several threads on the Tiffin RV network about replacing the Automotion shade motors. One person found that most likely the motor is good but that the electronics that control the limit switches goes bad. He bypassed the limit switches and the motor works fine. The only thing is that you just stop the shade when it get where you want it. You still have to remove the assembly from the RV and take the motor out.

Here is one of the threads. http://www.tiffinrvnetwork.com/forum...?f=119&t=80777
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