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Old 07-17-2010, 01:01 AM   #1
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We have a 15' A&E Sunchaser awning on our fifth wheel. I had it extended for a few days and went to put it back up the other day and it would not go. It had worked fine up until now. I can't get the silver lever to flip forward to the roll up position. I am pulling on the roller with the rope/leash(?) and it still does not move. Any suggestions. Thanks
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Old 07-17-2010, 01:32 AM   #2
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Sounds like the release lever has tension on it or it broke. Try pulling on the tether a bit harder while releasing the lever. I have had this issue before but every time, releasing tension has done the trick.

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Old 07-17-2010, 04:24 AM   #3
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I also had this happen to me once with the old Cruiser. Finally, as I was pulling on the tether with one had, I gave the lever a pretty good hit with a small hammer and it released. Never had any problems with it after that, but don't know why it did that!
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:14 AM   #4
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This must be common I'v had this problem also. Same solution pull harder to release tension
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Old 07-17-2010, 08:28 AM   #5
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I have taken the tube in hand and rolled it to get the tension off and the lever works better.Maybe some WD 40.
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:55 AM   #6
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I just had this happen this past week. I just did like the others said and rolled the awning a little bit more out, while using a pair of pliers to pull gently down on the lever to release the awning to roll up.
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:07 AM   #7
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Well it went from bad to worse. The right side tension arm completely broke at the top. I assume there was a small crack in it and my pulling just made it worse until it broke.The good news is I wasable to roll up the awning after it broke. So now my question is where to get a new arm. Looking on line I see some things that I will have to call on Monday. Anyone have to purchase parts for the awnings.Like I said, it is a A&E Domestic Sunchaser. Thanks
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:29 AM   #8
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I had to replace the slider piece that is at the end of the "secondary rafter". The original was cast, the replacement was machined.

http://www.marksrv.com/sunchaser_parts.htm shows all the parts but I ordered mine thru my local RV service place. One of these days I'll probably be kickin' myself for not ordering a spare.

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