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Old 02-19-2016, 11:54 AM   #1
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Awning won't roll up

I have an older HR and when we took it out to Goose Island State Park in Texas the other day, I rolled the patio awning out but it would not retract. It is a manual Carefree of Colorado. The tension was good coming out but it seems like the latch mechanism will not release. I have searched the web for information and or parts breakdown but could find nothing. All there is is deathly warnings about man eating springs. I have been a mechanic for many years and am not afraid of some wild springs. Does anyone have information on the latches and lubrication of these?

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Old 02-19-2016, 11:59 AM   #2
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Does it have the slide lever that you push up or down to change from unroll to retract? If so, are you confident that the slide lever is fully moving the little arm at the end of the roller?

Maybe with an assistant holding the awning strap (to prevent sudden retraction), you could get up on a ladder or table and play with the arm?

Good luck!
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Old 02-20-2016, 09:15 AM   #3
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I already did that. It seems like the latch mechanism is not releasing inside the hub area. I was trying to find a parts breakdown of this mechanism so I can see what I want to do to it. All I can find is information on the man-eating springs!!!!

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Old 02-20-2016, 09:21 AM   #4
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If you go on the Carefree site you can type in the serial number of your awing and find the parts list.

I have also contacted them with email and found the staff is knowledgeable.
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Mine was making an incredible racket when winding up...WD40 on the gas spring fixed that...but your model may be different.
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This may sound like a dumb suggestion, but try having someone pull down on the awning strap, rolling it out as far as possible, while you try to move the locking arm.
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Like Joe stated above, grab the awning roller tube, standing next to the direction flip lever, roll the tube in the "Out" direction, and try moving the lever then. It might just have to much tension on it to flip easily.
I use this method on mine every time I roll it up, and the direction level releases a lot better to roll it up.
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Actually, like Joe and palehorse89 mentioned above, my awning locking lever seems to work better when doing this procedure. My awning; however, is an A & E. I also wound my springs a couple of turns tighter which seemed to help as well. May even try a couple of more turns.


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I have an older HR and when we took it out to Goose Island State Park in Texas the other day, I rolled the patio awning out but it would not retract. It is a manual Carefree of Colorado. The tension was good coming out but it seems like the latch mechanism will not release. I have searched the web for information and or parts breakdown but could find nothing. All there is is deathly warnings about man eating springs. I have been a mechanic for many years and am not afraid of some wild springs. Does anyone have information on the latches and lubrication of these?
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The latch and the spring come as one unit.
You may need to order a replacement.

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The latch and the spring come as one unit.
You may need to order a replacement assembly.


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Old 02-20-2016, 06:26 PM   #10
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Thanks for the help. The picture of the latch and spring was very helpful. You "Guys" are great!

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Old 02-29-2016, 06:01 AM   #11
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Refusing to rewind--Carefree awning

I had a like problem a couple of years ago. Turned out to be a lubrication problem.

The [as you face the awning] left spring had just been replaced and the awning rolled out but, would not retract. The left shaft, inside the spring was binding up. Hard to explain as time has fogged the memory but, the tech took the end cap off and used some oil and freed the shaft and all was well again.

Hopefully your repair is as simple as mine was.
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