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Old 01-02-2014, 07:56 AM   #1
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Carefree Eclipse Awning Operation

Our current rig is the first with an automatic awning (I've avoided them as long as I could ). It is the Carefree Eclipse. My question is about how the awning behaves when you deploy it.

When I activate the extend button/s, the roller starts to move and actually unrolls about 1 1/2" feet of the fabric before the arms start to move. So there is material hanging from the roller before the roller actually starts to move away from the side of the coach. Once the arms start to move and the roller starts moving away and down, the roller 'catches up' with the fabric so to speak. The movement of the entire mechanism is jerky until the roller clears the curbside slide room, then it seems to run smoothly.

Is this normal for the Carefree Eclipse?
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Yes that is the way they work when they work. deSanford
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Mine operates exactly as you have described.
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Hi. We had the same problem and there is a way to fix this if its the same model, you may want to email Carefree as there is an opening assist kit they have (I believe it was under $20) and it worked just fine. It stopped that jerking on the initial deployment.
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[QUOTE="Abclipper;1866698"]Hi. We had the same problem and there is a way to fix this if its the same model, you may want to email Carefree as there is an opening assist kit they have (I believe it was under $20) and it worked just fine. It stopped that jerking on the initial deployment.
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Ours does the same thing, only not quite as much of the unraveling of the fabric as yours seems to be. It is worse if the awning was wet last time it was rolled up. Personally, I think it's caused by the tension of the metal cover that the rolled up fabric has to overcome to start the extension. Once the internal spring overcomes the lack of leverage, everything works beautifully.
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Scenic route.

That kit from Carefree would lift the metal cover to assist with that it did for us and I don't know why the don't make it standard from factory.
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smlranger, you and I are having the same luck. My Carefree/Colorado awning has always worked fine. 2 days ago I experience the same problem. It unrolls but doesn't extend. I just read a post that stated that Carefree (800-621-2617) sell a modification part #901067 to assist the awning to lift the cover and assist in the start of the extension of the awning. $12 something

I'm going to hijack your post and hopefully we can both benefit.

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