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Old 08-27-2019, 04:53 PM   #1
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Motion sense awning retract

2019 Bounder 35K. Bounder/Southwinds in prior years came with a wind sensitivity setting so the awning would retract on its own if it became to windy. When I bought mine the dealer said the setting is now set from the manufacturer and no longer adjustable. I had a pretty good sudden wind gust that lasted for about a minute, the awning should have retracted but it didnít. Wondering if it even has this feature, manual doesnít mention it, Fleetwoodís manuals donít seem to updated much in the last 8-10 yrs.

Anyone know if the awning has the auto retract feature built in and if so how much wind or awning movement does it take to activate?

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Do you see a sensor on the roof or anywhere?
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Old 08-27-2019, 06:23 PM   #3
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My wind sensor is in the end of the extended awning. Just take a broom and flop the outer edge of the awning and away it goes, very slowly.
Out in AZ last year, a Dutch Star with the newer single arm awnings had his out when a sudden wind came up. Wrapped both awnings up over the top of the coach before they could retract.
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My wind sensor is in the end of the extended awning. Just take a broom and flop the outer edge of the awning and away it goes, very slowly.
Out in AZ last year, a Dutch Star with the newer single arm awnings had his out when a sudden wind came up. Wrapped both awnings up over the top of the coach before they could retract.
Can you see it? I looked at both ends and donít see anything that looks like a sensor. Is yours on the front or rear?
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If you have a Dometic awning, the wind sensor would be mounted on one arm where it connects to the roller tube, and would look like this:


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2019 Bounder 35K. Bounder/Southwinds in prior years came with a wind sensitivity setting so the awning would retract on its own if it became to windy. When I bought mine the dealer said the setting is now set from the manufacturer and no longer adjustable. I had a pretty good sudden wind gust that lasted for about a minute, the awning should have retracted but it didnít. Wondering if it even has this feature, manual doesnít mention it, Fleetwoodís manuals donít seem to updated much in the last 8-10 yrs.

Anyone know if the awning has the auto retract feature built in and if so how much wind or awning movement does it take to activate?

Thanks!
I have a 2018 35K and it will retract automatically. Not sure what the wind speed is but it takes a pretty good gust.
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We have a 2015 Excursion 33D and our wind sensor is adjustable, but it has never retracted due to wind. It does however ofter retract in direct sunlight and at night when the temperature falls into the 40s or 30s. Itís pretty much useless and we often turn it off on hot sunny days.
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We have a 2015 Excursion 33D and our wind sensor is adjustable, but it has never retracted due to wind. It does however ofter retract in direct sunlight and at night when the temperature falls into the 40s or 30s. Itís pretty much useless and we often turn it off on hot sunny days.
Sounds like my 2014 Bounder. There's a gremlin in there somewhere. I have the Dometic system.
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If there is a gentle breeze, that gradually gets stronger, and the sensor brings in the awning that's fine. However, the problem with those wind sensors is when you are in an area with gusty winds or unforecast strong winds, by the time they sense the wind and start bringing in the awning...it's way too late, your awning might be on the other side of the coach, or totally gone.
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2019 Bounder 35K. Bounder/Southwinds in prior years came with a wind sensitivity setting so the awning would retract on its own if it became to windy. When I bought mine the dealer said the setting is now set from the manufacturer and no longer adjustable. I had a pretty good sudden wind gust that lasted for about a minute, the awning should have retracted but it didnít. Wondering if it even has this feature, manual doesnít mention it, Fleetwoodís manuals donít seem to updated much in the last 8-10 yrs.

Anyone know if the awning has the auto retract feature built in and if so how much wind or awning movement does it take to activate?

Thanks!
The sensor you are referring to is a bounce sensor. When the wind starts bouncing the awning up and down then it will retract.
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