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Old 07-28-2007, 12:50 PM   #1
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My A & E 8500 manual awning is not rolling up as tight as it has been. Started having problems as we left Branson recently...seems that after being deployed in the heat for a week, it is different. I thought it was related to the fabric being misaligned but that is not the case. It rolls up fairly tight at the front end but more loose at the rear.

Is there a way to re-tension the spring in the roller without removing the awning from the coach? Or, at 5 1/2 years old, am I due a new one?
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My A & E 8500 manual awning is not rolling up as tight as it has been. Started having problems as we left Branson recently...seems that after being deployed in the heat for a week, it is different. I thought it was related to the fabric being misaligned but that is not the case. It rolls up fairly tight at the front end but more loose at the rear.

Is there a way to re-tension the spring in the roller without removing the awning from the coach? Or, at 5 1/2 years old, am I due a new one?
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Try spraying some lube in the end that is not rolling up tight spring inside may need lube or is rusty. Its a major job to take apart and if you do watch your fingers.
Would use two men to tighten spring to make easy.
There are holes that you can spray lube into on both ends of roll tube.
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I just had my A&E 9000 awning retighten while at the Newmar rally in Gillette, Wy by a dometic service tech. Took him and I less than 10 minutes to make the adjustment.
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Adjusting the spring tension is not hard to do, but would heartily suggest you find someone who knows what they are doing to show you. The spring tension can cause you some severe injury if you do it wrong. Yes it can be down without completely removing the awning from the coach.
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I tightened the rear spring myself using two step ladders. This was two years ago without any subsequent problems.

Extended the awning normally.

Took the tension arm (upper) loose from the coach (2 screws)and unhooked the lower arm while resting the roller tube on a step ladder and securing with rubber tie down strap.

Using the other step ladder, I windmilled the arm assembly in the proper direction to tighten the spring. Then reconnected it to the coach.

Mine was the rear also, and turning the arm two turns clockwise tightened it right up, without having to remove the end cap and risk my fingers.

Having a second person steady the tube would have helped, but it was fairly easy alone.
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