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Old 08-29-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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AutoMotion Shades

I have front windshield electric shades by AutoMotion in my 05 Mountain Aire that have both failed due to the drive gear fitted on the motor shaft. On the first failure, I attempted a repair and damaged the motor thus forcing me to seek a new replacement. Posted on another thread is our experiences with pricing at Newmar, AutoMotion and others.

For the second one, I successfully made a new drive gear from aluminum. However, there is a very reasonable alternative to either of these type failures if you don't have the skill to fabricate.

I just finished a home patio motorized shade project using RollerTrol tube motors (Google search for "RollerTrol"). They manufacture a tubular motor that is ideally suited to replace AutoMotion motors with little modification and at a fair price (approx $89/$99US +frt. They are in Canada also.). I used model TMDC-12-25-07-34-NR, Non-radio, fits a 1.5" OD tube and the drive gear is hard rubber that can be hand filed to fit the inside of a AutoMotion tube if the exact groves are not already there. This website also has a video showing a step by step motor replacement for AutoMotion shades. Contact Adrian for the most friendly Customer Service you have ever had anywhere. Know your tube ID when you make your first contact, he does the rest. The smallest motor will lift any shade we have in our RV.

The RollerTrol motor is a reasonable alternative to having to buy the entire shade for $300.
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Thanks for the information JLD will add to QT's # 3 shade department.
How did your rear camera work out??

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Old 08-29-2013, 06:33 PM   #3
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AutoMotion Shades

Thanks for asking "007". This is one I chose not to win. I found a used head for my Pioneer system and simply replaced what was there. I am 99% sure there is no current manufactured item that is a direct replacement for the Pioneer P6400. The real killer is the space the Pioneer occupies, ie, flip up screen. So current combo units, stereo, backup camera, GPS etc, are touch screen, thus much more dash space required. I can live with what I've got since the only alternative is a new Mountain Aire as my neighbor just did. Oh my.
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I have the same electric shades on our 2003 Dutch Star that we just purchased but have looked every where for the switch to see if they work....any ideas where that might be?
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Welcome to the forum gkostiuk and irv2.
Here is a Brochure and Owners Guide and in the three links below you will find much more info for your coach, in QT's # 3 you will find info on your shades.
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Thank you for posting. I'm going to link this thread in the FW section as they have used Auto Motion for their full windshield electric shades.

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I have front windshield electric shades by AutoMotion in my 05 Mountain Aire that have both failed due to the drive gear fitted on the motor shaft. On the first failure, I attempted a repair and damaged the motor thus forcing me to seek a new replacement. Posted on another thread is our experiences with pricing at Newmar, AutoMotion and others.

For the second one, I successfully made a new drive gear from aluminum. However, there is a very reasonable alternative to either of these type failures if you don't have the skill to fabricate.

I just finished a home patio motorized shade project using RollerTrol tube motors (Google search for "RollerTrol"). They manufacture a tubular motor that is ideally suited to replace AutoMotion motors with little modification and at a fair price (approx $89/$99US +frt. They are in Canada also.). I used model TMDC-12-25-07-34-NR, Non-radio, fits a 1.5" OD tube and the drive gear is hard rubber that can be hand filed to fit the inside of a AutoMotion tube if the exact groves are not already there. This website also has a video showing a step by step motor replacement for AutoMotion shades. Contact Adrian for the most friendly Customer Service you have ever had anywhere. Know your tube ID when you make your first contact, he does the rest. The smallest motor will lift any shade we have in our RV.

The RollerTrol motor is a reasonable alternative to having to buy the entire shade for $300.
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