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Old 10-17-2016, 06:26 AM   #1
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Hello....needing help with awning, locating and removing motor cover. I do know the motor is in the front arm of the awning. I can't seem to figure out how to remove the cover covering the motor. It will not deploy, causing the breaker to blow when the button is pushed. So, the is a short, needing to look at the motor area.

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Old 10-17-2016, 08:28 AM   #2
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Which brand of awning do you have ? Can you give us a pic of it ?

Most of the mfg's have manuals online for review...
like --> https://www.e-carefree.com/ecarefree30/product-library

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Old 10-17-2016, 02:52 PM   #3
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pic of power awning does have carefree logo....model unk

sorry for the sideways view.

trying to get into motor area to check for short...I can't seem to figure out how to remove the cover
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Old 10-17-2016, 03:04 PM   #4
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The awning needs to be unrolled to get to the back of the head where the screws are. Check online or get with carefree as there is a way to unroll or roll up in case you loose power to it
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Old 10-17-2016, 03:13 PM   #5
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Thanks for website

Well, not having model, I believe I have figured out how to gain access to motor (6 screws on back side). This is not so easy, as it is locked up against the rv. I can unscrew the motor head from the braces...its a balancing act.

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Norm it is probably the carefree traveller
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Old 10-17-2016, 03:46 PM   #7
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There should be a wire in your bag of crap you got from the dealer. Apparently you hook up the wires to the 2cotterpins visible and hook to a battery....not sure but maybe someone else knows how to emergency move it ..
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There should be a wire in your bag of crap you got from the dealer. Apparently you hook up the wires to the 2cotterpins visible and hook to a battery....not sure but maybe someone else knows how to emergency move it ..
According to the manual the cotter pins should have been removed after awning installed, DON'T connect power to them, they were for alignment only during installation.
There are 2 terminals under the plastic cover to connect power, but if you can't extend the awning I don't know how you connect to them.
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Is there a rubber plug on the end of the awning at the big part. If so the plug pulls out and you can use a cordless drill and usually a 7/16 socket to manually power the awning out.
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I had a Carefree awning on my previous Cruiser and when it failed when closed, the only solution was to take wire cutters and pliers and destroy the cover piece by piece. Then ordered replacement cover along with the new motor.
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let's see if I can upload the carefree manual - not all three - 3 mb upload limit reached

this is one type, but the others would be available on the carefree website...
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Old 10-18-2016, 05:22 PM   #12
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Well, as best as I understand the manual, release the head roller from the arm. There are 6 screws on the back of the motor head. Disconnect the house wires going to the motor. Re-secure the cover and put head back on arm. Take the 12v alligator clips to the two silver terminals on the back of the head. Connect to 12v power. This will get the awning open....as long as the motor is not shot. I need it open to located what I believe is a short on the house power line to the awning.

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Well, as best as I understand the manual, release the head roller from the arm. There are 6 screws on the back of the motor head. Disconnect the house wires going to the motor. Re-secure the cover and put head back on arm. Take the 12v alligator clips to the two silver terminals on the back of the head. Connect to 12v power. This will get the awning open....as long as the motor is not shot. I need it open to located what I believe is a short on the house power line to the awning.

Thanks all....
And I think that means you have to release it at both ends so you can unroll the tube a half turn to gain access to the screws. As I recall the arms may also need to be secured so the gas struts won't push them open, the struts are strong and force increases the further they open.

That is why I just trashed the plastic cover, with the front ripped open, the gear set is held in place with 3 screws, remove it, manually unroll the awning a few turns, then reinstall the gear set to lock everything, now the backside screws and back cover can be removed. It may be I damaged, but the covers are only sold as a set. It has been a few years so my info may be inaccurate today.
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Well, just like I had stated in my previous post.....once unpluged from house line, the 12v jumper to the rear of the housing opened the awning. I searched and searched for a pinched or short in the line along the arms to the motor.....negative results. And of course, it is working everytime now.

Now, the solution to the motor housing is to cut a square opening in the face of the motor housing. This way, accessing the wires to disconnect the motor from the house line would be much easier, should there be a recurrance of this nature. I am just figuring out a way to keep the cut hole in the housing water tight.
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I'd think you could find a rubber or plastic plug at Lowes or through McMaster Carr. One its plugged, seal it with clear silicone. Should be good to go.
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Great idea.....thanks
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So I have been reading all of these and of course, my awning now won't open.....
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