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Old 07-13-2015, 10:51 AM   #1
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Carefee Eclipse dead

Lots of posts on this topic with great leads to follow up on however...

First, some history. The awning has been tempermental. The last two uses, I've had to go on the roof and wiggle the wires and/or connector while the DW operates the switch. The retract has always been slower than the extend.

Since I do not hear the motor trying to operate, I'm 90% sure it is an electrical issue and not a mechanical one (bad motor or rounded out hub). Now comes my challenge. Since the awning is currently fully retracted, I cannot access the motor cover screws or the motor emergency-use leads to apply direct 12v power to diagnois. The motor cover butts up against the pin connector on the HM wall so accessing the plug to clean the connectors does not appear to be possible either.

Any new suggestions?
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No good solution for this. The Carefree manual says to break the two halves of the motor cover apart by prying with a screwdriver. That's not as bad as it sounds - the screws should strip out of the plastic seats and can be replaced with a larger screw later. But you should be able to get at least two of the four screws out, and the other two can be done with an offset screwdriver and a lot of patience. Might even be able to get a flat ratchet type screwdriver in there.
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The motor is a car window electric motor and you can get a replacement from Dorman, the motor manufacturer. It's a bit undersized for the job, so retract is slow. If there is a corroded connection anywhere, or if the system voltage is low, it won't work at all. The Dorman Part # is 742-141.

There are two metal buttons on the surface of the motor housing. These are electrical contacts for emergencies, e.g. to connect a 12v battery. If the motor still works, you can open the awning by jumping 12v to those contacts. Reverse the direction by reversing the Plus & Minus wires on the4 contacts. Won't help if the motor is dead or the wiring inside the head is bad.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:57 AM   #3
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WE have a One Touch by Carefree and are continually having trouble with the wiring connector that is on the side of the motorhome. When it happens I just disconnect and put back together and it works. The connector seems to be lite duty compared to what you would think would be required.
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A friend had something similar happen. We took the cover off the bottom of the awning arm and were able to pull the wires out. Rigged some heavy jumper wires and pulled his toad up close. Connect jumpers to awning. Voila. His problem was actually the awning controller, but at least he had an awning while waiting for a new controller.
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Anyone know the AMPs? I am going to try the switch under the arm disassembly jumped by my Sears battery charger. I have two choices: 2amp and 10amp.
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Cant help with your power issue, but, you should seriously consider drilling and pinning that old eclipse, before it bite's you in the behind, like mine did this past winter.
Climbing on the roof, with 50mph gusts and semi's screaming past you a few feet away, to cut the fabric off and tie up the arms, aint much fun !
Awning was a total loss!
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Mine draws a lot of amps during retraction, especially initially when the load is heaviest. Maybe 20A? Electric motors are variable torque and the amp demand increases as the torque rises. The first second or so after you start it is probably going to exceed the battery charger's capacity enough to cause it to shut off. Use a 12v battery instead, or in parallel with the charger to act as a reserve current source.
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working off a ladder I was able to loosen the wall conector up against the awning frame. once apart, I sprayed contact cleaner and re assembled. Man, the connection has a lot of play. If I wiggle the wire, it works. So either I have a poor connection from the wires (2) to the connector OR between both halves of the connector.
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