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Old 04-04-2011, 06:32 PM   #15
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Hi fxdave,
If the awning extends and retracts fully, a tighter spring will not solve your problem. The awning motors are made just powerful enough to extend and retract the awning fully. The design is what it is. Maybe an after market device to help stabilize the awning would be a better solution.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:52 PM   #16
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rms so u have done it this way ? u were able to swing the arm around ? seems as though that would be the best way ! i tried yanking the end off that seemed dangerous !
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gary my awning is a manual one i believe a spirit ! when it rolls up sometimes doesn't seem to lock in position
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fxdave: If the awning retracts correctly, it is probably not the springs. There is a ratchet assembly inside the end cap that locks the awning retracted, and if that is slipping it will probably need to be replaced.
My ratchet broke and was replaced in 2006, The spring, locking ratchet and end cap came as a unit. The new rachet was more substantial and held the awning more firmly. (It had bigger/deeper teeth. Price to replace then by Grace & Son RV Repair here was $137, parts and labor.
I also installed an awning lock on the other end of the awning. This unit here.
Which RV Awning Travel Lock Do I Need?

hope this helps..
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the more im thinking about it maybe its the locking device ? hmmm
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I also did mine on my last coach by turning the arm.
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I had a Colorado Carefree window awning that would occasionally billow out. Tightened the springs two turns and solved the problem. Very easy to do. Remove the two screws at the roller bracket that hold the roller to the arm and wind the brackets by hand. Replace the screws.
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