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Old 03-24-2020, 01:47 PM   #1
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Awning Help Needed

Here is my issue:
I have a 2018 Thor ACE 30.3 with a 19' side awning. When I try to extend the awning it starts to unwind but will not open without a little persuasion from me pulling on the hinges. I have tried lubricating them but no help. Is there some adjustments that can be made to help with this issue?
Thanks in advance
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Old 03-24-2020, 01:56 PM   #2
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A 2018 ACE, did you just purchase the coach and find this issue or have you had the coach since new and the problem just surface?

Have you checked to ensure the awning pitch is within 2 or 3 clicks from end to end? If the pitch is excessive it could cause the awning to bind. Also a bent awning arm could cause the problem.
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Old 03-24-2020, 01:59 PM   #3
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A 2018 ACE, did you just purchase the coach and find this issue or have you had the coach since new and the problem just surface?

Have you checked to ensure the awning pitch is within 2 or 3 clicks from end to end? If the pitch is excessive it could cause the awning to bind. Also a bent awning arm could cause the problem.
It's a new purchase. I know it's under warranty still but I really hate taking it to the dealer if its a simple fix I can do myself.
I will check the positioning to make sure it's 2-3 clicks from the end.
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Old 03-24-2020, 02:07 PM   #4
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Here is my issue:
I have a 2018 Thor ACE 30.3 with a 19' side awning. When I try to extend the awning it starts to unwind but will not open without a little persuasion from me pulling on the hinges. I have tried lubricating them but no help. Is there some adjustments that can be made to help with this issue?
Thanks in advance
Sounds like you have lost pressure in one or both gas springs assuming you have a Carefree of Colorado Latitude patio awning.
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Old 03-24-2020, 06:54 PM   #5
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We are in Florida. The little tree frogs frequently stuck in mine along with leaves. I clean them with a pressure nozzle on garden hose the dry and spray with RV silicone.
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Old 03-25-2020, 03:23 AM   #6
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Here is my issue:
I have a 2018 Thor ACE 30.3 with a 19' side awning. When I try to extend the awning it starts to unwind but will not open without a little persuasion from me pulling on the hinges. I have tried lubricating them but no help. Is there some adjustments that can be made to help with this issue?
Thanks in advance
There are several adjustment points, here's a link to Carefree where you can download a pdf for your awning. They are easy to adjust unless it's broken, our used one was.
The pdf will also have part #'s.
https://www.e-carefree.com/ecarefree30/product-library
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Old 03-25-2020, 12:13 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the input. I'll check it out this weekend and post my results.
Thanks again
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Old 04-02-2020, 05:10 PM   #8
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Awning binding

My 30.3 has the same awning and I had the same problem. It was the lower arm binding at the top when it was closed. One arm covers the other and on the front one it was dragging, scraping a little on the one it closes on. I went to the other end and gave it a good shove and it has worked fine since. You might have to bend that top open a little where it covers the other arm.
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