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Old 07-27-2017, 07:59 PM   #1
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We have a 2017 challenger 37yt. ever since we took delivery in march we have had problems with the awning. It opens slowly and when we try to close it it keeps stopping,and I have to keep running it open and close to get it back to the closed position.It also has a wobble on the motor . The dealer changed the motor and still the same.It looks to me like the motor is not getting enough power to pull it back in,any one else have this issue?
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Old 07-27-2017, 08:43 PM   #2
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Mine opens ok but retracts slowly or not at all on battery alone. It is slightly better (i.e. I can get it in) if the generator is running or I'm on shore power. I think the extra voltage of being on the charger is just enough to make the difference. I want to check the voltage at the motor but haven't done so yet. In the meantime I carry the tools to do a manual retract if necessary. I spoke with Lippert and they think a motor replacement is the cure. We'll see.
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Old 07-27-2017, 08:48 PM   #3
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My awning retracts slow also, but I haven't got to use it that often. Does yours have the auto retract ?
As you said, wife and I are starting to love our coach more and more as the issues get resolved.
One thing I'll never get over is the whining of that motor going down a hill. The ole sphincter muscle doesn't relax for days after a few down hill trips. Lol
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Old 07-27-2017, 08:57 PM   #4
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I was told the awning issue ie due to using too small gauge of wire for such a long run, too much voltage drop.
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Old 07-27-2017, 08:58 PM   #5
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Old 07-27-2017, 10:34 PM   #6
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Does that mean overheating in the wire and chance of melting?

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Old 07-27-2017, 10:42 PM   #7
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Going on tour again next week (Michigan UP) but I'll check my voltage at the motor when I can. Running a new wire might be a challenge but probably is doable if that's what's needed. My awning is an 18 foot Solera.
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Old 07-27-2017, 11:12 PM   #8
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Does that mean overheating in the wire and chance of melting?

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Wouldn't think so as it's a voltage drop.
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Old 07-27-2017, 11:12 PM   #9
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Does that mean overheating in the wire and chance of melting?

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Probably not much risk inasmuch as the circuit typically is not in use for very long.
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Old 07-27-2017, 11:52 PM   #10
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I was told the awning issue ie due to using too small gauge of wire for such a long run, too much voltage drop.
And engineers do what?
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Old 07-28-2017, 01:17 AM   #11
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Thanks, ours has always worked on our Vegas, but that is one less thing to worry about.

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Old 07-28-2017, 01:27 AM   #12
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thanks for the replys. I had the motor replaced did not change a thing. the dealer also thought it is because of under sized wire. Heis trying to get help from thor tech but they have not helped as of now. I would like to run a jumper wire to a 12 volt battery and see if it works better.
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Old 08-02-2017, 06:34 PM   #13
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I'm also having the same problem. The plan is to go to the dealer soon to see what they say, but judging from the post I read from you and all you guys I think I know what the answer will be.
Well, if I find a solution I will let you know.
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Old 08-02-2017, 06:48 PM   #14
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It helps to occasionally lubricant all the hinge points. My awning was getting a little slow, shot of lube worked great. Also remember the awning has to retract against the springs which also give it an assist when going out.
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Old 08-02-2017, 07:57 PM   #15
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Have a 2016 Thor Windsport 34F with Carefree Latitude single stage awning. Retracts fine but extending, I have to continually push switch to get it to extend. Only goes 1 or 2 feet at a time. Could this be a faulty wind sensor switch. Thx
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