On my 2004 Bus I've never seen my A&E awning retract automatically either. The dealer tested it with the air hose and it did work but I don't see it as a practical application. My 2007 Bus has the same awning. It's a decent awning but just not a very good wind sensor.
For one thing, it does not sense wind speed. It senses a temperature drop in the wind. Theoretically the temperature will drop as the wind speed increases and the sensor is supposedly calibrated for this. I also have to turn my sensor switch off when parking it in winter because it'll beep error messages at me because it's too cold.
I prefer the Carefree awning myself. They work on a awning arm switch. If the wind causes the awning to lift or bounce, it'll retract. It'll also auyto-stop if you extend (or retract) and it hits anything. A much better system in my opinion.
Then again, Girard is the ultimate awning but it's priced at a higher level also.
Mark & Leann Quasius
2016 Cornerstone 45A
2007 Allegro Bus 42QRP (Sold)
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - Rubicon