New to the whole electric awning thing, and I haven't been able to find if I can retract the electric awning manually. Let's say if there's some sort of short in the awning electrical. I don't currently have the make of awning but trailer is in sig.
ours is an A&E electric awning, If we were to have A problem with the electrical system there is A plug at the top of the awning arm closest to the entry door that I can unplug and then plug A 9 volt battery (like in smoke detectors) in to it and whamo it will operate the awning to retract and stow it.
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If the electric motor fails, rather than a wiring problem, then manually closing the awning could be a problem. What I have seen is that the motor being off is the only brake or lock that keeps the awning from unrolling while under way. My motor did fail, but at the end of retracting, so it stayed closed until I returned home. Now, to answer the question, if the motor fails (again not a wiring issue) with the awning open, three bolts remove the motor/gearset. Then the awning would need to be rolled up manually by turning the roller tube and compressing the gas struts (probably needs two people on ladders). Finally, reinstall the motor/gearset to lock the awning in place for travel. Well, this is for a Carefree awning, don't know about A&E or Girard.
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There is always a manual method. ALWAYS.. However it may be destructive.
If you have an A&E Weather Pro then in the owner's manual bag should be a long wire pair, red/black, with a flat-2 connector on one end (Stripped leads on the other) this is the manual override cord.. If the control box fails you can get up on a ladder, unplug the leads near the motor (They are on the front arm) and connect this lead to the motor.. then hook them (Via jumper cables cause they are not long enough) to your house battery to roll it up... Provided the motor is not fried (The one time I had to do this, thankfully NOT on my motor home, the motor was fried)
If that fails the manual says to remove one bolt.. On the unit I had to manually retract it was two bolts, and then roll it up by hand.. OH.. Install the awning strap first.. When it's retracted replace at least one of the bolts to lock it in place.
Now if you have another make.. Then the directions will be different.
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