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Old 08-13-2012, 11:43 AM   #1
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Overwound awning

Hi there -- a newbie here. We have inherited a Coachmen Mirada 34' with one slide out. It's been inspected, tagged and titled and we'd like to take it out a couple of times before the winter months set in.

One thing we haven't been able to get working is the manual awning -- which is overwound and the black strap to help w/pulling it down has been ripped off.

Has anyone experienced something similiar or have any suggestions? We're trying not to take it to a repair shop. Many thanks!
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Old 08-13-2012, 12:07 PM   #2
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If you have pulled the lever down to release the lock and released the clips on each rail, one person on each rail should be able to pull simultaneuosly(sp) and get the awning open. This once worked on an older 5th wheel.
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Old 08-13-2012, 12:35 PM   #3
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On my Colorado Carefree, there is a slot that holds the pull strap. The end cap must be removed to remove and reinstall a new one. Or you might be able to fashion something to reuse the old strap. As mentioned above, you might need two people to get it unrolled.

Here's a link to my blog on how to work on it, page down several times: House repairs & fixes… | Chaos Leaves Town

Then here's Carefree's web site product manuals: Carefree of Colorado Product Technical Documentation

That's assuming your awning is a Carefree.

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Old 08-13-2012, 01:29 PM   #4
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One thing we haven't been able to get working is the manual awning -- which is overwound and the black strap to help w/pulling it down has been ripped off.
I should have mentioned that when we were being shown how to open the awning by the deceased survivors (unlocking, unlatching, releasing, etc) that it would drop out/open about 2 1/2 - 3 feet and stop ... so it would be rewound to the top. This occurred about 3 times and on the last one, it wouldn't drop at all and the black strap was pulled off -- thus coming to the conclusion that NOW it was wound too tight and leaving us to figure it out .
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YOu need two people with step ladders and a new awning strap

One person at each end, YOu will need to unroll the awning manually, When it's far enough down one person can hold it wile the other goes down and continues to work it down..

NOTE a couple of ropes or even belts on the end (top end as it sits, roller end ) of the awning arms can make it easier for the ground person to pull, once the ground person has it the other person joins them on the ground and pulls his end.

Once it is fully unwound, odds are you do not need to remove an end cap, the new strap should slide in from the REAR end of the awning, There are two tracks, pick the one closest to the RV if you can, If not use the other one (Which is used for screens and track lights and stuff too, Just slide the strip full forward when using those)
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I kept breaking the awning pull straps so one day I made a thin (1/16" or 3/64") stainless steel cable (sometimes called aircraft cable) pull "strap". It worked so well, I replaced all of the straps with stainless steel cables. Got so good at making them I made several extras and gave them away to friends at a rally once.
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I should have mentioned that when we were being shown how to open the awning by the deceased survivors (unlocking, unlatching, releasing, etc) that it would drop out/open about 2 1/2 - 3 feet and stop ... so it would be rewound to the top. This occurred about 3 times and on the last one, it wouldn't drop at all and the black strap was pulled off -- thus coming to the conclusion that NOW it was wound too tight and leaving us to figure it out .
If it use to fall and need manual winding, but now does not move, then it is broke. Most likely springs..
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