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Old 02-28-2014, 05:56 AM   #1
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Girard Awning - learned something interesting yesterday

We stopped by the dealer yesterday on our way from Tampa to St Augustine to get a couple of things done, one of which was to lower the awning a bit both to provide more shade when the awning side is facing west and to get more downward angle to help minimize the chances for rain to pool on the awning.

While I appreciate yesterday was atypical because it was being adjusted, the adjustment process meant that the awning was run in and out several times in fairly rapid succession to check the adjustment. And, at one point, the main awning just stopped working. It wouldn't go out and it wouldn't go in. After speaking with Girard we learned that there is a "heat" switch built into the motor that will shut down the motor if it get's too hot because the awning is run in and out too much, which was the case yesterday. Girard suggested we let it cool for about 45 minutes, which we did, and it worked just fine after that.

Also learned that one end of the awning can be adjusted slightly, and the operative word is slightly, lower than the other which should help water run off the awning. It doesn't affect how it is stored in the fully closed position, but one end is a bit lower when the awning is fully opened.

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Excellent information OWV. Plan on adjusting our awnings down as you have when we get our coach.
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We stopped by the dealer yesterday on our way from Tampa to St Augustine to get a couple of things done, one of which was to lower the awning a bit both to provide more shade when the awning side is facing west and to get more downward angle to help minimize the chances for rain to pool on the awning.

While I appreciate yesterday was atypical because it was being adjusted, the adjustment process meant that the awning was run in and out several times in fairly rapid succession to check the adjustment. And, at one point, the main awning just stopped working. It wouldn't go out and it wouldn't go in. After speaking with Girard we learned that there is a "heat" switch built into the motor that will shut down the motor if it get's too hot because the awning is run in and out too much, which was the case yesterday. Girard suggested we let it cool for about 45 minutes, which we did, and it worked just fine after that.

Also learned that one end of the awning can be adjusted slightly, and the operative word is slightly, lower than the other which should help water run off the awning. It doesn't affect how it is stored in the fully closed position, but one end is a bit lower when the awning is fully opened.

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For those that get stuck with this issue when breaking camp, after girard unit overheats and will not function, you should be able to get it back into action and reset itself after about 5 minutes. This is based on my experiences having this happen to me a few times on the road. Just don't want you waiting for auto reset and wasting valuable drive time.
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