Originally Posted by werunamuck
2005 Imperial Holiday Rambler
Have a Carefree door awning that will not extend. Need some help/suggestions on how to remove the awning from the coach.
Well Sir, I probably can help you here. But, it depends on which model of Carefree you have. There are a couple of different ways of securing the over-the-door awning to the coach from Carefree. On the model I have which by the way, may or may not be either a Mirage or, a Freedom, it has a rail which is permanently secured to the header of the door and, it has a sort of 1/2 cylindrical slot in it, for the full length.
Then, the door awning itself is held on with two screws, each one a few inches from the ends of the main structure of the awning. The awning MUST be extended at least a few inches in order to gain access to those two screws. Once you've gained access to them, you remove them but, the awning will not fall off the door. Instead, it must be tilted up to the point that, it will self-release from that 1/2 cylindrical rail that's attached to the coach.
But, do make sure you've disconnected the motor wires first or, you'll be battling those while trying to remove it. That's basically it. Now, you say yours won't extend? Well, I've got a test for you. If you can, which you should be able to, remove the motor cover (plastic shell 1/2). At that point, you should expose the motor wires. For this test, you'll need an outside source of 12V power.
Any 12V battery will work. You'll need to make up a set of "jumper cables" to attach to the battery and, at the other end, you'll want to be able to momentarily touch the ends of the motor leads. Now, here's the tricky part. There is no GROUND on that motor. Those leads, reverse their roles in the motor operation, depending on whether you're extending or, retracting the awning.
If, you touch those jumper cables to the motor leads and, the motor jerks a tiny bit but, does nothing else, you may have the leads hooked up to make it retract. In that case, all you need to do is, reverse the leads to the motor. Then touch them again. If, the motor is working, you'll now extend the awning. If this little test works, you will have extended the awning to the point that you'll expose the two screw heads that attach that awning to the rail. Let me know if this works.