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Old 04-09-2015, 09:40 AM   #1
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Carefree awning padding?

We have two pads near the center of our big awning. One just out of the picture turned 90 from the one visible from below. What are these for other than to stretch the awning material into a strange pattern?

Anti vibration when traveling?
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Old 04-09-2015, 09:46 AM   #2
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Are you the original owner ?
A PO, may have installed, awning anti sag ribs when parked with the awning open , and the buttons are anti wear spacers between the tube and the ribs.
Are they evenly spaced ? Can you post a close up picture?
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I am original owner. The other "pad" is on the issue side and rotated.
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If there is a slot in the center of the long piece, and this awning is 18' or longer, I'm still thinking center support bow.
Is there anything in the same area mounted on the side of the coach?
Does the awning extend over a curb side slide?
Power awning ?


Edit: Ok, I got back in time to edit this post, with a second thought; I always have them; assuming power awning here .
I'll change my thought from bow mount , to, awning tube internal support webbing locator. To secure an internal component in the tube to prevent the torque of the awning drive motor from twisting the tube end to end during operation.
Note; the marks in the awning should disappear in a few hours , with the awning extended in the sun.
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I have the same pieces on my awning roller and they make the same bumps in the awning fabric. The bumps don't go away because the fabric is stretched in those spots. I've noticed this and decided not sure worry about it.
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I have the same pieces on my awning roller and they make the same bumps in the awning fabric. The bumps don't go away because the fabric is stretched in those spots. I've noticed this and decided not sure worry about it.
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There are no such pads on my 19 year old 16 foot awning roller.
I guess yours, (like the OP's), is be a "new and improved" version.
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I'm not sure why they are there, but I have the same pads on my Carefree power awning. They are both mounted parallel to the tube.

I just looked at my service manual for the awning, to see if there was some mention of their purpose. None of the drawings show them, and the parts list does not include them.

I wonder... maybe they are packing material to protect the roller during shipping? (To prevent rubs from something that's adjacent to it in the box? Maybe they were meant to be removed during mounting to the coach, before the fabric is installed, but since there is no mention of it in the manual it never got done?
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My Carefree Eclipse power awning (2004 edition) doesn't have them.
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I have a 2007 Safari Cheetah with the Carefree awning with the same pads on the awning tube. I have not figured out what they are for either. They do stretch the fabric and the marks do not go away with heat from the sun.
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So, the mystery remains unsolved.
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We have two pads near the center of our big awning. One just out of the picture turned 90 from the one visible from below. What are these for other than to stretch the awning material into a strange pattern?

Anti vibration when traveling?
I called Carefree about the pads. I was told they are for shipping and should be removed.
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