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Old 04-17-2016, 10:08 AM   #1
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AWNINGS...do these look correct?

Since the coach is seasoned, can I assume that these are the proper way for our awnings to be? We........rarely.....use them, and I just noticed the main awning during our last trip, when it was raining.

The main awning is a Carefree. It looks like there are different slots in the arm that would eliminate that bend in the upper arm, but is that bend supposed to be there?

The small awning can extend more, but the fabric begins to sag. Is there a way to increase spring tension on the fabric?
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Old 04-17-2016, 01:41 PM   #2
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I have the Colorado One-Touch main awning, this is the way mine looks. The design really doesn't allow for the upper scissor arm to fully extend, it relies on a strap system to pull everything tight.

FWIW,

Right after we first got out coach in 2009 we were parked the event center in Perry Ga, we had the awning out. I was in the coach at the kitchen table when all of a sudden a wind gust blew the awning up and bent the back arm set. The 2 pieces that slide in and out when the awning extends was bent and would not work. When I tried to retract the awning it would not come in. I had to go to the hardware store and buy some heavy clamps and piece of iron bar that I could use to try and straighten.

I was able to get it straight enough to retract with some help and when I got home had to do some more work to get it worked fairly freely. I have to keep it well lubricated with silicon spray to keep it working.

The awning model is discontinued so you can't buy parts. Colorado didn't have this on the market that long which leads me to believe there is/was a design flaw.

Since the first time the awning failure we've had the same thing happen a couple other times, not quite as bad. As a result we really don't trust it enough to leave it open without us being present. Any sign of winds we will bring the awning it.
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We don't deploy it much, but want to know that it's good the way it is. Thanks for the lubing suggestion, since this awning's nylon straps and aluminum arms wouldn't suggest that.

Ours has Wind sensor (haven't tried to use it). Does yours have one, too, and if so, did it just not work when the gust hit?
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No, we don't have a wind sensor, wish we did. We have to be diligent about watching the wind and never let the awning out while we are gone.

We had a manual awning on our Class C that was pretty much bullet proof, never had a problem with it and we would leave it out pretty much all the time.
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