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Old 09-12-2014, 11:04 PM   #1
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Dometic power awning question

The owner's manuel on my Dometic power awning states if the awning will not retract it will require a "strap" and two people to close the awning (gives the directions on how to do this and it did not look easy) after doing this you must take it in for service. I do not have the awning info as it is in the trailer which is in for service (factory). The strap was not supplied to me when I bought the trailer, now I am told the awning manuel is "generic", not current (as in does not apply to my awning) and the only way to retract a defective awning is to get a service tech. This does not sound right, the slides and the stab jacks all have manuel methods to bring them in/up.

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Ours does not have any straps that I have seen, and I really don't know where they could be. I really haven't read the manual as to how to get it in if power part fails...it seems to me though there is tension on the roller and you could probably manualy retract it if you had to by releasing the sides somehow and push it back in. Good question though.
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Old 09-13-2014, 10:03 AM   #3
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The owner's manuel on my Dometic power awning states if the awning will not retract it will require a "strap" and two people to close the awning (gives the directions on how to do this and it did not look easy) after doing this you must take it in for service. I do not have the awning info as it is in the trailer which is in for service (factory). The strap was not supplied to me when I bought the trailer, now I am told the awning manuel is "generic", not current (as in does not apply to my awning) and the only way to retract a defective awning is to get a service tech. This does not sound right, the slides and the stab jacks all have manuel methods to bring them in/up.

Any information is appreciated.
1010,

There was (is) a small black strap in our awning's manual. I've never used it, thank goodness! This topic has been discussed in iRV2 before but I couldn't find it with a quick search. The strap is about 1 inch wide, 6 feet long and has a 3/16" dia, 3" long (approx) rubber like "rod" sewn cross ways to the length of the strap. This rod slides into the slot on the awning. So, all this strap does is allow one to control the spring tension while returning the awning to its traveling position.

I looked at my manual and to do a manual return, one person securely holds the strap and another removes two screws at the upper right hand end of the awning. And that's all there is to it, at least according to my manual.

Hope this helps!

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1010,

There was (is) a small black strap in our awning's manual. I've never used it, thank goodness! This topic has been discussed in iRV2 before but I couldn't find it with a quick search. The strap is about 1 inch wide, 6 feet long and has a 3/16" dia, 3" long (approx) rubber like "rod" sewn cross ways to the length of the strap. This rod slides into the slot on the awning. So, all this strap does is allow one to control the spring tension while returning the awning to its traveling position.

I looked at my manual and to do a manual return, one person securely holds the strap and another removes two screws at the upper right hand end of the awning. And that's all there is to it, at least according to my manual.

Hope this helps!

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The strap was an option you could buy when you ordered your awning. Now 95% of us didn't order our awnings so there are a lot of awnings out there without a back up strap. My suggestion is that you contact Dometic and order a strap or take IdahoBobs measurements from above and build yourself a backup. Dometic builds a very good product so you'll likely never need this tool, but great to have if you do need to use it.
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Well I cant answer your question however you have answered one of mine. For the life of me I could not figure out what the 4' long black strap with a small round metal pin at one end was for.
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You can get a replacement strap at any rv parts department. Just a standard awning strap.
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Strap is a standard awning strap used for manual awnings, sold at most R stores as a replacement for the manual awning.

When I had to roll one up by hand (A&E weatherpro) I did it by myself, But that's me... IT would be easier with two people.

NOTE: On the A&E (Which I think is much like the Dometic) if you remove the screw and roll it up manually.. IT DOES DAMAGE. (Easily fixed but still damage)
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A&E is Dometic, for any wondering.

Now, it depends on your electric awning. But basically, you loosen a screw, and hand roll it up.
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