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Old 09-16-2018, 09:08 AM   #1
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electric awning problem

My electric awning will not retract sometimes and ive tried using the remote to retract the awning but that doesnt work either so its not a bad switch on the control panel. I just have to keep pushing the switch several times until it finally decides to retract. Any ideas what is wrong?
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:06 AM   #2
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If you have a DC meter, or DC electrical trouble light you could check if you have current between motor and switch when switch is pushed, if so then its closer to the motor, maybe motor connection, brushes, or armature,
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Old 09-16-2018, 02:37 PM   #3
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If you have a DC meter, or DC electrical trouble light you could check if you have current between motor and switch when switch is pushed, if so then its closer to the motor, maybe motor connection, brushes, or armature,
I can hear a click sound when I push the switch in but I will check the current. Thanks
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I had trouble two different times with the rear slide awning on our 2015 Cruiser. The awning failed to retract. I was able to perform an emergency closure both times by standing on a picnic table and connecting jumper cables to the motor feed wires.

Both times I tracked the problem to improperly installed wire blade crimps. The first time the crimp was under the slide directly behind where the motor wire passes through the slide wall and the second time was at the base of the awning slide arm. The wiring was manufactured with a short 2"-3" length of wire fed through the slide wall and then crimped to the wire feeding the awning motor and the wiring to the switch. I soldered the two connections and protected the connections with shrink wrap and have not had any problems since.
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Old 10-04-2018, 05:35 PM   #5
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Good info share.

Mine acts up too. Very upsetting, I was thinking, when it fails me, I will get a spring loaded awing. But now I have a place to go troubleshoot and see if I have the same issue. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-19-2018, 01:14 PM   #6
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Where would you do this test

For those of us new to this troubleshooting idea Where would you put the DC Light or meter to check for the electric?

Pull the switch out. Or on the Arm someplace?
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I had trouble two different times with the rear slide awning on our 2015 Cruiser. The awning failed to retract. I was able to perform an emergency closure both times by standing on a picnic table and connecting jumper cables to the motor feed wires.

Both times I tracked the problem to improperly installed wire blade crimps. The first time the crimp was under the slide directly behind where the motor wire passes through the slide wall and the second time was at the base of the awning slide arm. The wiring was manufactured with a short 2"-3" length of wire fed through the slide wall and then crimped to the wire feeding the awning motor and the wiring to the switch. I soldered the two connections and protected the connections with shrink wrap and have not had any problems since.
Same here- I have a pic somewhere and it was the wife and I standing on the picnic table, holding our batter jumper, with screwdrivers in the jaws of the clamps. Pretty hilarious.

It turned out that my installers did not attach the wiring securely to the motor head. It had been installed a year prior. They were idiots.
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Old 11-12-2018, 08:25 AM   #8
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my awning quit working after several yrs of working fine..... fuse was loose, fixed problem and have no idea how fuse worked itself loose after several yrs, but it did.
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Expansion/contraction, hot/cold. that constant movement is likely the culprit in working things loose, like that fuse. It's the nature of the beast between metal and electric current (heat). All we can do is play along and hope the whole camping weekend isn't shot when physics throws us a curve ball.. Then Mother Nature also like to be included into the mix and likes to contribute to a weak spot every chance she gets.. lol...
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