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Old 06-04-2018, 08:40 AM   #1
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Carefree Travel'r Tractioner?

What is this for and why is it breaking the O-rings?
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What is this for and why is it breaking the O-rings?
I (and I suspect most others) have no idea what you're talking about. A little more detail or a picture may help.
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I tried to post several pictures, but could not. I found them on Amazon. Below is the link. Apparently this has something to do with the metal awning cover for the awning. But why I keep getting the o-rings broke I cannot figure out.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...F7G8DU3K&psc=1
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Looking at Carefree's install diagrams I think the tractioner is only used on the alumi-guard and uni-guard models and provides gap when the awning rolls into the metal cover, perhaps to eliminate friction wear on the fabric.....I could be wrong, there is no explanation to their purpose. I'm not sure what o-rings you refer to, I don't see them in the diagram.
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http://www.carefreeofcolorado.com/ca...sst=tractioner
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Well it does say the traction'r assists with kicking out and pulling in the alumi-guard. But I don't know what the o rings do, never looked on mine. Where do they fit in? I'm not near my rig for the next couple of days so can't take a look.
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Got me curious so I looked at the Amazon page. These were two questions and answers that were posted.

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Are these used to secure the awning to keep in place while traveling? I have a Carefree 20' power Latitude awning

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No, they do not secure the awning. They insure the metal cover lifts on extension and retraction of awning. Nothing to do with securing the awning
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What, exactly do they do?

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It helps the roller tube push out from under the weather shield.
Also lifts the weather shield when closing the awning. To be used on power awnings.

I've never had an awning with a weather shield but I would think it would work fine from the factory without the addition of a gizmo like this. Or is this a replacement for oem parts that have broken?
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If the rubber (or soy based) O rings are exposed to the sun they will disintegrate in a pretty short amount of time. You might try to find O rings made out of silicone. They would probably hold up better.
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Got me curious so I looked at the Amazon page. These were two questions and answers that were posted.

Question:
Are these used to secure the awning to keep in place while traveling? I have a Carefree 20' power Latitude awning

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No, they do not secure the awning. They insure the metal cover lifts on extension and retraction of awning. Nothing to do with securing the awning
By Ronald LaRue on June 13, 2017


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What, exactly do they do?

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It helps the roller tube push out from under the weather shield.
Also lifts the weather shield when closing the awning. To be used on power awnings.

I've never had an awning with a weather shield but I would think it would work fine from the factory without the addition of a gizmo like this. Or is this a replacement for oem parts that have broken?
It is an original part. I had one of the o-rings break about a year ago. I was able to get replacement from an auto parts store. That replacement has now broken. It was dry-rotten.
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