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Old 12-25-2016, 01:13 PM   #1
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We're new to hear but not new to camping!
Purchased our 2016 27' BH sunset trail and love it!
But,,,,,
The auto awning is not lining up on the right side as you look at it to completely seat correctly in/on the bracket mounted on the side of coach.
Question,
Is the tube spring loaded on an auto awning?
Seems like I could just loosen the set screw and push motor in a little to move left some for better alignment?

Curious...
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Old 12-25-2016, 02:00 PM   #2
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If it's a Carefree make sure they took the 2 cotter pins out of the head unit, they are on the back side & were to be removed after installation, just pull them straight out & that allows the heads to float while rolling in & out.
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Old 12-25-2016, 03:55 PM   #3
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I think you would need to remove the screws that secure the fabric in the awning rail and shift it to the left, then reinstall them. It is the fabric that affects where the arm lands.
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Old 12-26-2016, 07:34 AM   #4
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Hello
We're new to hear but not new to camping!
Purchased our 2016 27' BH sunset trail and love it!
But,,,,,
The auto awning is not lining up on the right side as you look at it to completely seat correctly in/on the bracket mounted on the side of coach.
Question,
Is the tube spring loaded on an auto awning?
Seems like I could just loosen the set screw and push motor in a little to move left some for better alignment?

Curious...

I don't have the automatic awning, but do experience the same issue at times.
My answer has been to slide the awning in the grove on the tube. That has always remedied the problem. I thought at first about moving it up on the upper end, but found this to work for me.
I almost think either the awning material isn't cut square, or the upright support rails/arms are off some how. Whether it's the position they are mounted on the side of the trailer is off a little, either up or down to far, holes in the arms not exact, or what, but something is definitely off a little.
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Old 12-26-2016, 10:47 AM   #5
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We have the Soera power awning and it does the same thing, my theory is that the drive motor is on one side causing a slight twist causing the fabric to roll up off center slightly. ???
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Old 12-29-2016, 11:47 AM   #6
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i had the exact same problem. when rolled up, was 1" or so off center, and was a bear to push on arm while wife "tapped" retract button. got worse over time. fed up, i took out set screw so awing could slid a little when retracting. rolled up like a charm. was gonna reset screw, but never got around to it and has worked fine ever since. so awing will slide back and forth an inch or less when extending or retracting, and works perfect
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Old 12-29-2016, 12:00 PM   #7
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my theory why awing gets out of square and won't roll up tight. i always have the same end of awning a few inches lower for rain run off and over time, awning got a little out of square. just an educated guess, but removing set screw worked.
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Old 03-28-2017, 12:47 PM   #8
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Awning repair

We recently experienced something I hope no one else ever will. While camping in Florida, a strong storm came up quite suddenly and before we could get our awning in, the wind tore the roller out of the bracket. Hubby and I were in a panic trying to hold up the awning to keep the other end from coming loose. The wind and rain were relentless and we almost reached the point of dropping the whole thing when I remembered the Duck tape in our tool box. Hubby was able to tape the dislodged roller to the arm just enough for us to roll it in. Our awning is 18 feet long and it was not an easy job but the tape did the trick. The next day, we headed to Home Depot to purchase a rivet gun. There were only two screws holding the awning roller in place before they failed. We now have rivets at both ends of the rollers and our awning goes in and out without any wobble. Check your awning and if it's only being held to the roller arm with a couple of screws, reinforce it with rivets. And don't forget to add a roll of Duck tape to your rv repair kit! I hope this helps someone else avoid what we experienced.
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Old 03-28-2017, 05:45 PM   #9
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Mine only had a screws on each end and both were loose...now there are 4 each end and lock washers on all. That was done before maiden voyage.
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Old 03-28-2017, 08:07 PM   #10
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I'm glad you caught this before you had trouble. Lock washers would be a simple fix and certainly make more sense than screws.
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