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Old 05-04-2012, 07:15 AM   #1
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Awning, help, please

Hi everyone.
We bought our very first RV, a dream comme true, It is a Classe A Safari Simba 2008, 30 ft.
The awning is carefree Colorado, electric awning, no wind sensor

yesterday, we wash it, let it dry.

we push to button to retrack it.......... the awning retrack but not completely and wont enter the black tube, the plastic protecter.

Suppose to leave tomorrow for our first trip..... but cant take the road with this problem.

I search all night on the web........... but finally found this site.

I have read some topics, but our problem is still there.

Can you help please


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Old 05-04-2012, 07:30 AM   #2
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Is it winding up evenly? How about if you push the arms to give it a little 'help'?

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Old 05-04-2012, 07:31 AM   #3
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First thing I would do is to crawl up on the roof and look for an obstruction that is stopping it from full retraction. Have someone cycle it out then back in while someone on the roof is watching it. If you see nothing blocking it and it continues to stop in the same place, the next step is to remove the end cap and look at the mechanism. This is a process that if you are not comfortable with, needs to be done by a dealer/repair place. Carefree awnings can have 2 problems - loose fabric that needs to be re-rolled on the roller tube (this can take at least a couple of hours) or if the awning doesn't move at all, the motor arm has stripped which can be fixed by drilling a hole in the arm and placing a drill bit thru it. I hope you find your problem easily but if not, then I would recommend you take it in for repair. If you have never worked on one of these things it is kinda of difficult to figure out but doable. Good luck!
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:40 AM   #4
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If it's not quick fixable, Go to Lowes or Home depot and pick up a bag of 36' Duct plastic ties and shove it in and Ty rap it for temp fix.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:44 AM   #5
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ya, seems to be winding up envenly, until the end. We had push the amrs a little bit, but not to hard.

We can see that the roller is not straight, seems to be about two inches off the RV, on the end of the awning.

Every thing was find, before we wash it.

What do we have to look for in the end cap

thanks xxx
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:35 AM   #6
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A couple of things to check before you tear things apart.

1. Does your awning have a support bracket near the middle when it's rolled up? If it does make sure the curved part it rests on is aimed out to the side and not up.

2. My front arm hangs up. Just a very slight pressure on the bottom of my arm just before it closes lines it up. A small child could give the bottom of the arm a slight tug forward and line it up.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:17 AM   #7
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@ Old Chief -- no support bracket in the middle, or we dont see it

we try a little pressure.......... not work

we mesure the canvas......from front to end.. there.s is a 2 inches difference

we never mesure the canvas this morning before, so maybe it was like that.

We have this RV for a month, now, and everything was ok.
I have read about rivet ajustment.......... but we dont understand where they are

o boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.... first trouble, but still happy to be a RV owner.

thanks again to all of you
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:38 AM   #8
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just notice that the arms are not eqaul,
the awning is close, but not completely, and I can see tahts the arms are not eqaul.

there must be a way to fix that.

is that possible that the fabric is dommage du to the cleaning like, stretch

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Old 05-04-2012, 09:45 AM   #9
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1. Extend and try retracting again
2. Is the fuse blown?
3. Water on the awning not letting it retract due to weight issues
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:22 PM   #10
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Simple and stupid probable, but on ours (same model) is we hold down. Extend, it will go all the way out and then roll right up, but never ever will it roll all the way closed.
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:32 PM   #11
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I am sorry for your trouble, but want to welcome you aboard!!

I hope you can figure it out with all the fine folks on here there should be no problem finding all the great ideas needed to solve the problem!!

Keep us posted of your travels and the fix or repair to your awning.....
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:52 PM   #12
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Justed washed my awning and can't do a thing with it!

Sorry, couldn't resit.

I'm not that familare with power awings. Is there a length adjustment on the arms? Is the side with the longer arm the same as side with longer fabric? Does it roll up evenly or more on one end?

Washing it should not have done any damage ie. streach the fabric.
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:15 PM   #13
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On the outside of the motor housing cap (end of awing at the top of the arm) should be 2 electrical contacts.

Use a multimeter to measure the voltage while the awning is traveling in and out.

I had the same problem.

When measured it was 11.7 v moving out but only 10 v coming in. Found the outside plug running from awing to the socket above the entry door to be bad. Fixed the loose wire and pin inside the plug. WOrks like a champ now.

If you can't get it back in be sure to tie wrap it securely. Wrapping the arms alone is not sufficient, you have to wrap the awning as well. My awning unfurled while driving, $4300.00 in damage.

Carefree of COlorado has issues with the end cap on the moter end with the flats wearing out and letting the awning unfurl.

See this thread re. awning end cap/motor shaft repair C of C Awning Drive Repair
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:56 PM   #14
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You might want to see if the "angle arms" are even. Those are the settings that allow you to tilt the awning up or down slightlty so the water and/or dew will run off. Mine would do the same thing if I forget to release and even them up.

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