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Old 07-22-2013, 09:35 AM   #1
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Carefree Power Awning

Good Morning All,

The motor for our power patio awning on our 2008 42' Scepter is operating very slow.
The motor extends the awning under its own power however to retract it I have to get it "started" by putting down pressure on one of the awning arms. Once I do that the awning retracts normally by itself!?

I was wondering if I might have a bad ground or is this a sign of a tired motor?

Any input would be appreciated.

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Old 07-22-2013, 11:34 AM   #2
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Did you lubricate all moving parts in order to keep resistance at a minimal?

Just a thought.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:23 PM   #3
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The simplest place to start is to pull the exterior plug near the awning arm and clean the contacts. Reconnect and see if that helps your problem.
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:23 PM   #4
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Adam, mine is also slow (been that way since I bought it) and I've even tried running power directly to the contact points by the motor with no noticeable improvement. Not sure there is really much to lube but if it would help would be willing to try. Would you use a dry type silicone lubricant?
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:49 PM   #5
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I keep the assembly well lubricated with a water resistant lithium grease. I will have a look at the contacts as Don as mentioned.


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Old 07-22-2013, 07:24 PM   #6
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Mine has little rubber wheels that roll in the vertical track they will drag if not siliconed.
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Adam,

If you have to replace the motor, here is how I did mine back in the spring. http://www.irv2.com/forums/f115/care...or-152800.html
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Old 07-26-2013, 02:29 PM   #8
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Just a quick update.

Lubricated the awning arms and rollers along with the meshed gear next to the electric motor.
I also put dielectric grease on all the connections at the motor, at the remote switvch outside on the awning post plus at the cannon plug where the wiring goes inside the coach.

The awning still runs slow, but at least it retracts without me helping it!


Thanks for everyones help.


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Old 07-26-2013, 06:28 PM   #9
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Most of them have a "helper spring" on the back end of the awning. Maybe you need a few turns of tension added to that. We have to do that pretty often to electric awnings as the springs weaken when they age (like us!).
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:06 PM   #10
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Ray,

Are you referring to the internal spring that is attatched to the riveted roller?
Or is there another spring that you are referencing.

On a manual awning there is a special tool that is used to tension the awning spring.

On this Scepter the awning is a electric Carefree Eclipse.

What type do you have?

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The Carefree Eclipes doesn't use a spring in the normal sense. When opening, it is the gas struts on both arms that really do the work of extending the awning, the motor simply unfurls the fabric. But when closing, the motor has to over come the force of the gas struts as it winds the fabric on the roller. So, it is harder for the motor to close the awning than to open it. If the struts leak, the fabric will sag. But you have the opposite issue. If you have lubed everything well, it may be time for a new motor/gear box assembly. Have you tried connecting to the two contacts on the back side of the motor cover with solid 12v source and heavy gauge wires?
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The simplest place to start is to pull the exterior plug near the awning arm and clean the contacts. Reconnect and see if that helps your problem.
This fix worked for me
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Most of them have a "helper spring" on the back end of the awning. Maybe you need a few turns of tension added to that. We have to do that pretty often to electric awnings as the springs weaken when they age (like us!).
Please tell me where this "helper spring" is located. When I removed the motor on my Carefree awning, it extended to the max.. Maybe the helper spring would help.
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The Eclipse XL has the spring.
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