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Old 02-19-2019, 12:29 AM   #1
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Awning Question

I need a little advice, while putting out our awning the last couple of times we've experienced nothing happening initially. We have to hit the switch a couple of times to get it moving. This happens in either direction, putting it out or bringing it in. I'm "hoping" it's just a bad connection at the switch or the switch itself is bad. I want to test the switch.

The question is how do I pull out the switch to check it? We have a '15 38RSSA, the awning is a Dometic which I believe is the "standard" on DRVs

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Old 02-19-2019, 12:59 AM   #2
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OMG, I just looked at the (awning) switch, it comes out with two screws! When I initially looked in the control center I was looking at the WIFI Ranger switch!

Geez, I feel pretty stupid right now......

NOT the brightest diode on the board today.




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Old 02-19-2019, 02:49 AM   #3
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OMG, I just looked at the (awning) switch, it comes out with two screws! When I initially looked in the control center I was looking at the WIFI Ranger switch!

Geez, I feel pretty stupid right now......

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Old 02-19-2019, 02:56 AM   #4
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Dan,
You just let me off #1 spot on the stupid list, thanks.
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Old 02-19-2019, 04:52 AM   #5
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Have to love when you can answer your own question before anyone can chime in. . WTG Dan.
I hope that you get your issue solved in a timely matter.
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:02 AM   #6
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That's something I might do also. Hope you fix the problem.
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:59 AM   #7
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:24 PM   #8
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The above cover simply pops off and the two securing screws are under the cover, typical for many switches in the RV.
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:15 PM   #9
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My awnings do the same thing on a 2019.

It is at DRV now, hopefully it will act up while there.
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Old 02-19-2019, 11:12 PM   #10
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I'm 95% sure my problem is the switch. I took it out of the cabinet, looked a little dirty to me. I don't have any dielectric grease with me (we're in Navarre right now, didn't bring my grease with me) so I'm going to pick some up and pull the switch apart (I hope) and clean up the contacts and lube the connectors.

After wiggling the contacts and wires the awning seems to be operating "normally". I WILL clean up the switch before putting it back together or buy a new one.



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Old 02-19-2019, 11:17 PM   #11
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I'm 95% sure my problem is the switch. I took it out of the cabinet, looked a little dirty to me. I don't have any dielectric grease with me (we're in Navarre right now, didn't bring my grease with me) so I'm going to pick some up and pull the switch apart (I hope) and clean up the contacts and lube the connectors.

After wiggling the contacts and wires the awning seems to be operating "normally". I WILL clean up the switch before putting it back together or buy a new one.



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I'm 95% sure my problem is the switch. I took it out of the cabinet, looked a little dirty to me. I don't have any dielectric grease with me (we're in Navarre right now, didn't bring my grease with me) so I'm going to pick some up and pull the switch apart (I hope) and clean up the contacts and lube the connectors.



After wiggling the contacts and wires the awning seems to be operating "normally". I WILL clean up the switch before putting it back together or buy a new one.







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Where are you staying in Navarre? We were there last month and liked it so much we booked a month for next winter as well.
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Old 02-22-2019, 12:44 AM   #13
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We're staying at Navarre Beach.

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We're staying at Navarre Beach.



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Old 02-28-2019, 06:40 PM   #15
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An Update: (sorry I almost forgot to let you guys know) I pulled out my awning switch, looked to see if it could be taken apart. I didn't see how it could, it appears to be sealed. I did clean up the tabs on it and applied some dielectric on the connectors. Tested it, it works with no apparent issues, I put it all back together. So far so good.

Oh, BTW Pete, it's been more RAINING here than sunny. Just like you had!

Thanks for the help.

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Glad to hear that you've got it back up and running better!
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Old 02-28-2019, 07:00 PM   #17
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An Update: (sorry I almost forgot to let you guys know) I pulled out my awning switch, looked to see if it could be taken apart. I didn't see how it could, it appears to be sealed. I did clean up the tabs on it and applied some dielectric on the connectors. Tested it, it works with no apparent issues, I put it all back together. So far so good.



Oh, BTW Pete, it's been more RAINING here than sunny. Just like you had!



Thanks for the help.



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Well wet or dry it has to beat where I am (Indianapolis). Predicting several inches of snow tomorrow and a high of 14 degrees on Monday! Glad youíre fixed.
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We're looking at about 8" of snow Sunday night: it must be from the storms that have been giving you guys trouble...
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