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Old 09-22-2003, 05:04 PM   #1
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Has anyone had a problem with spring tension for the awning roll-up mechanism? This weekend I noticed that the tension was so low that I had to manually roll it up. Mine is a Carefree.

If a spring broke, I would think it would have made quite a noise. It could have happened when no one was around I suppose.

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Old 09-22-2003, 05:04 PM   #2
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Has anyone had a problem with spring tension for the awning roll-up mechanism? This weekend I noticed that the tension was so low that I had to manually roll it up. Mine is a Carefree.

If a spring broke, I would think it would have made quite a noise. It could have happened when no one was around I suppose.

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Old 09-22-2003, 07:25 PM   #3
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As with most anything mechanical, lubrication really does prolong life and allow things to move freely. I use a aerosol spray lube with the extension tube to lube both ends of the awning pivots and the rewind mechanism. Perhaps some day a buildup of lube will require disassembly and a through cleaning of my A&E awning. You should find retensioning instructions on the Carefree website or your Carefree owners manual, but I'm sure someone here will provide them.

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This is the first I have heard about lubing an awning. Anyone else have a say on this?

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Old 09-23-2003, 01:35 AM   #5
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Hey George
Yes it is the spring inside the roller. I had the same problem with my carefree. It must have broke in trabsit so you did not hear it break. I did not fix mine,It fixed itself on I-95 In Florida-70 mph,Center lane it came down. Now I dont have the spring problem anymore(OR THE AWNING).
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Old 09-23-2003, 01:05 PM   #6
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Well, I removed the front end cap and found the spring was broken! I called Carefree and they're going to send a new one. I can istall it myself. I just need to know how much tension to put on it in the retracted (least tension) postion.

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You've discovered a broken spring is the problem. This website has detailed information on awning repairs: http://www.rvliving.net/leshome.htm

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Old 09-25-2003, 12:11 PM   #8
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Because the spring sprung you are in luck.
I worked on a A&E awning for a friend and i have 3/4" scar on my left index finger were the sring unsprung. Be very careful winding it back up because if it slips you will know it.. I had a friend helping me, he had to go sit down as I bleed like a hog.. Of course one of the few times in my life that I saw stars for a bit..
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> I just need to know how much tension to put on it in the retracted (least tension) postion.

Any ideas?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
5 if the awning is rolled up and 13 if extended. This is from Carefree for my 18 ft. Fiesta.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by GeoLilNash:
This is the first I have heard about lubing an awning. Anyone else have a say on this?

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I never heard of lubing the mechanism on a awning. There are two springs and the locking mechanism. Perhaps a little lube on the locking mechanism might help.. Beats me!!
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The maintenance instructions for my A&E say to lube with silicone spay lube now and then.
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