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Old 07-10-2009, 06:41 AM   #15
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To the original poster: The cycle you describe is very familure to me (But on other hardware, not my awning) this is a thermal overload sensor cycling and indicates the motor is overloaded.

How to fix it.. I do not know, but likely a new motor will be needed A recent thread suggested tha'ts about $400.00. I've only seen one motor replacement (job is fairly easy it appears) and that was under warranty... I did not do it, and I only watched half of it.

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Old 07-13-2009, 05:03 AM   #16
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I Guess I fixed it.

Hi All,

It finally got to check on my efforts to get the awning to close under rainy conditions last night. We got a good (?) hard storm last night. I waited for the awning to get really wet and go through it's dump sequence the first time. Then I timed it so that just before it dumped again I hit the button and it came in perfectly! Tried 3 more times through the storm and it worked liked it was supposed to, in and out. While the WD40 may have helped I think it was the increased number of turns on the torsion spring that made the difference. So for now, I'll call this one Fixed! Thanks for all your help Okay now what's next..............?

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Old 07-13-2009, 06:04 AM   #17
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Good to hear of some well deserved success. I stuck with the tension that they had set from the factory when I installed my new one. Hopefully they are setting them up properly these days. I did notice my new one came with the gas springs on both sides. I've seen other versions of this same awning with the gas spring on one side only.

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Old 07-13-2009, 09:48 AM   #18
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I had the same problem, 5 years ago, with my A&E Weather Pro. Took it to the dealer. They used a rubber mallet and tapped on the forward end of the tube (that's where the motor is), while they worked the awning in and out. Problem went away and hasn't come back. they said that the motor has electrical brakes (or something like that) the brakes tend to bind.
They called up Dometic to get the motor replaced. Dometic said that it should operate fine now that it is unstuck and refused to replace it.
A year or so later, I used my rubber mallet to free up another MH's awning that was sticking.

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