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Old 06-28-2016, 06:47 PM   #1
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Do the arms on an electric awning have to be equal length

We have an electric awning (unknown make and model). I have shortened one arm so it sheds water better. Do I need to ensure that the arms ate equal length before retracting the awning?

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We have an electric awning (unknown make and model). I have shortened one arm so it sheds water better. Do I need to ensure that the arms ate equal length before retracting the awning?
I would think so. The difference in length might cause it to bind. But, I could be wrong, since there are models out there with wind sensors, that will retract the awning if the wind begins to blow.

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Will depend on brand of awing. Dometic with the adjustable arms that are locked in place with the black screw knob have to be released before retracting. While the Carefree with the push button adjustment on the arms, can according the manual be offset by three holes and still retract normally. I run my carefree with both arms equal, but at max pitch so water runs off.
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My Carefree is offset by 3 notches and retracts fine.

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no, mine is a Carefree and one side is set always lower - it's designed to be able to retract with the difference within 3 positions of each other
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Thanks. From the information here, I was able to identify the model as a Carefree travel'r. Found the owners manual. 3 notches difference is fine.
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Thanks for the thread...ours was dumping at the door. Fixed�� Now will dump at rear. Will test in tomorrows rain

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