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Title: Electric awning
Post by: Leexlt on December 04, 2017, 02:57:56 PM
I have a 2007 32' Southwind and last week I hit the electric awning on a tree branch (guess my wife's flashlight didn't go that far). Another story but nothing looks seriously damaged but the awning motor is not working. I saw several on line for under $250. How hard are they to replace?

Lee
Title: Re: Electric awning
Post by: Howard Kelly on December 04, 2017, 02:59:26 PM
Have you checked the wiring and fuse ??
Title: Re: Electric awning
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on December 04, 2017, 03:06:39 PM
Usually not hard, if you have a helper.  If the wiring & inside control has to be changed, that can be anywhere from simple to daunting.

But why replace the whole thing if the only issue is the motor? Motors are replaced easily enough (most awnings use electric window motors), and you may have only a wiring or fuse problem.
Title: Re: Electric awning
Post by: Leexlt on December 04, 2017, 03:07:39 PM
it did move a few inches back and forth while still at the camp site but a wire may have come loose on the way home. I'll check thanks.

Lee
Title: Re: Electric awning
Post by: Leexlt on December 04, 2017, 03:09:01 PM
I'm sure I only need to replace the motor but on Amazon they're $250.00

Lee
Title: Re: Electric awning
Post by: Leexlt on December 04, 2017, 03:11:04 PM
I'm pretty sure it's just an outside motor issue. I have the regular control and the remote.

Lee
Title: Re: Electric awning
Post by: lynnmor on December 04, 2017, 04:10:01 PM
I'm sure I only need to replace the motor but on Amazon they're $250.00

Lee

Like Gary said, a window motor might be the same thing.  Take the motor to an auto parts store and compare.  Should be 1/5 the price of the marked up RV price.
Title: Re: Electric awning
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on December 04, 2017, 04:23:19 PM
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I'm sure I only need to replace the motor but on Amazon they're $250.00

Keep shopping. You need to find the equivalent part number from the motor manufacturer and not pay Carefree or Dometic parts prices. The motor for my Carefree Eclipse comes from Dorman via Amazon and cost under $50. It's a Dorman # 742-141.

Neither Carefree nor Dometic/A&E make motors - they just use available parts from vehicle industry suppliers.
Title: Re: Electric awning
Post by: catblaster on December 04, 2017, 04:46:44 PM
    Just a pointer, IF you can get a replacement Dorman part from NAPA it will likely come with a lifetime warranty. File the receipt with the rest of your manuals for the RV and when a new one is needed they will honor it with no questions asked. I have done this twice with my step motor, saving a couple of hundred dollars.
Title: Re: Electric awning
Post by: Leexlt on December 07, 2017, 02:33:41 PM
thanks to all, I will look.

Lee :))
Title: Re: Electric awning
Post by: blw2 on December 07, 2017, 02:51:33 PM
just thinkin' out loud here....
but if it worked before you smacked it
smacking it wouldn't seem to likely damage a motor to make it just not work, unless you can actually see physical damage....bent housing, bent shaft, etc...
I'd guess more likely culpruits might include
cut wires, shorted wires, or unplugged wires
bent awning "hinges" jaming them and making it so the motor doesn't have enough torque to overcome and open
blown fuse or switch because of a or b above....

I guess what I'm saying is how do you know it's the motor, and not something else just preventing the motor from working?
Title: Re: Electric awning
Post by: skydivemark on December 08, 2017, 04:40:18 PM
A agree with others. First check the wires & fuses. I've noticed manufacturers often don't use the best care when routing the wires and a good bump can cut a wire or cause a short.