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Old 07-14-2019, 07:25 AM   #1
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Awning wind sensor on or off ?

New to me coach and found a control box with a switch that has an on off for the wind sensor.
Can't find a manual. It's presently off and I'm wondering if it should normally be in the on position.
Haven't taken the time to try and track down a manual on line yet.

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New to me coach and found a control box with a switch that has an on off for the wind sensor.
Can't find a manual. It's presently off and I'm wondering if it should normally be in the on position.
Haven't taken the time to try and track down a manual on line yet.

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I have mine turned off and just retract it if winds are going to be a problem. On ours, the wind sensor retracted the awning at will, and at various random times and then did not retract when the winds picked up.
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Old 07-14-2019, 09:14 AM   #3
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Good to know. Won't be leaving the awning out when gone so I guess leaving the control off is the way to go.
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There are ways to calibrate the sensor and set it to be either more or less sensitive , but I never took the time. For me it is just as easy to do it manually.

If I were you I would give it a try. Yours may work better than sliced bread!
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When I get the time I might play with it but there's just so much to learn now.
Trying to go through the manuals and find copies on line for the ones I don't have.
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Wind sensors have saved both our awnings when walking around the campgrounds and having gusting winds come up

Really nice feature

If you choose manual it is best to retract them when leaving

The new style awnings without support braces don't handle wind gusts well
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If you post the make of the awning, someone likely has a manual and can advise.


I have an Atwood with the automatic sensor. Last week, I found that it is very sensitive and would not let me extend my awning even though I did not feel it was too windy. At that time, I was unaware of the ability to adjust the sensitivity, so I switched the automatic retract OFF, and extended it manually. All it took was a sudden gust, a "snap" of the awning material, and a bounce of the extension arms, to get me to retract, manually. Though your unit, like mine, is out of warranty, it is clearly stated in the manual that any damage to the awning would not be covered in the auto-retract feature was switched OFF.


I never leave the awing out if I leave the MH, but sometimes I have an "idiot" moment. With my last rig, I was moving to an adjacent campsite--a simple pull forward, and back in next door. I unhooked, pulled in slides and jacks, but got distracted and forgot to retract the awning. Pulled forward, a gust came up and tore the awning, assembly and all, off the side. Lesson learned. Now, I leave the auto-retract feature engaged on my new MH--just in case.
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ON, ON, ON... only off if it starts to malfunction, may SAVE awning/ rig one day
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Our rule is when we walk away from the RV we retract the awning. It only takes a moment.
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Have a Girard 2000 with wireless remote sensor. Has saved my bacon several times, but still retract if I am leaving the coach alone.
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I have a manual awning, but I saw several of my neighbors last winter lose their awnings when the wind gusted over any weather predictions. If I had the wind sensor I would definitely leave it on. The local mobile repair guys did quite well.
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I have always left mine on, have never had it retract even in gusty winds. Maybe mine does not work.
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Always on and it works well. I have a two position sensor switch, Low and High.
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