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Old 08-08-2019, 01:44 PM   #1
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So, we discovered our Vegas' awning automatically retracts!

My wife took our granddaughter to one of the campsites the other night. She lives on a campground but of course, never gets to go camping because Mom and Dad are always busy running it! Anyway, overnight a big thunderstorm hit and she jumped up to put the awning in. When she opened the door, it was already in!

We know that awnings have this available but neither of us had been told (nor have we seen mention of it on these forums or on Thor's website) that our awning would do this in windy conditions. The next morning, I opened the awning up and climbed up on a picnic table that was right under it. I lifted the arm a couple of times to simulate the wind and, sure enough, the thing brought itself in!

I guess I am kind of surprised that Thor spent the extra money on this as a standard feature, not an option.
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Old 08-08-2019, 02:03 PM   #2
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Yuuup!
The armless awnings are suppose to have this windy/auto retract feature
The older models with the side arms, like my 17, do not

So I assume that yours is an 18, 19, or 20
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Old 08-08-2019, 02:05 PM   #3
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Yuuup!
The armless awnings are suppose to have this windy/auto retract feature
The older models with the side arms, like my 17, do not

So I assume that yours is an 18, 19, or 20
Yes, a '19. I am surprised that Thor doesn't play this up in their literature. It's a nice feature!
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Old 08-08-2019, 02:13 PM   #4
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I agree

The sensor must be built into it on all armless awnings
If the awning vibrates too much, the auto close feature turns on

Now that you know you have it, you can probably test its auto retract operation with a gentle nudge up and down
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Old 08-08-2019, 04:44 PM   #5
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Although the awning may retract automatically, I would not completely rely on this feature if a storm approaches or the wind starts to kick up.
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Old 08-08-2019, 05:07 PM   #6
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I got caught in a wind front that came 15 minutes before a wicked downpour and had the awning out. The awning tried to retract, but caught too much wind to be able to pull it in. With the gusts battering us, it started whipping the awning/sail up and down pretty violently. So much so, I moved the picnic table over, stood on top and grabbed the main bar to steady it. Eventually, in between bursts and with someone holding down the retract button, the motors were able to engage enough to pull it in.

Thankfully, no damage done other than making the awning hang lower (6.5’ off the ground). I now have learned how to adjust Colorado Carefree awnings. It’s back to original height, with a nice 6” drop towards the back for run-off.

So, lesson learned. I’m not afraid of breezy days like most of my friends. But if it even looks like a storm’s a-brew-in,—in goes my awning.
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Old 08-08-2019, 05:41 PM   #7
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Although the awning may retract automatically, I would not completely rely on this feature if a storm approaches or the wind starts to kick up.
Why? What could go wrong???
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Old 08-08-2019, 05:43 PM   #8
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I got caught in a wind front that came 15 minutes before a wicked downpour and had the awning out. The awning tried to retract, but caught too much wind to be able to pull it in. With the gusts battering us, it started whipping the awning/sail up and down pretty violently. So much so, I moved the picnic table over, stood on top and grabbed the main bar to steady it. Eventually, in between bursts and with someone holding down the retract button, the motors were able to engage enough to pull it in.

Thankfully, no damage done other than making the awning hang lower (6.5 off the ground). I now have learned how to adjust Colorado Carefree awnings. Its back to original height, with a nice 6 drop towards the back for run-off.

So, lesson learned. Im not afraid of breezy days like most of my friends. But if it even looks like a storms a-brew-in,in goes my awning.
Yeah, not good. Luckily for you, it wasn't at 2 AM! Hopefully, this is set at its highest sensitivity to pull in early. I'd rather have a few false positives than what you went through.
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