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Norm & Deb

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I have a 5' slide-out that is covered with an awning when it is extended. I had the fabric replaced a few months ago and all was well. (Slideout has been in and out possibly 2 dozen times since then). However, today when I put the slide-out in, the awning rolled up about half way and then stopped rolling, leaving slack in the awning. Using a step ladder I was able to help roll it up by hand as DW put the slideout in.

Is there maintenance that needs to be done on the mechanism? My first thought is that the spring may be weak as it is 12 years old, and if that is the case off to the RV shop we go. Replacing the spring myself may be beyond my capabilities. I'm sure I am not the first to have this problem, and all comments will be helpful.


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Norm,

What brand awning?


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Slide out toppers are pretty much maintenance free. There are instructions from the various manufactures describing how to increase tension but from your description I suspect the spring could be broken. If you have the make and model finding a replacement assembly isn't hard even for a late model coach. If the work is beyond your skills a mobile RV repair service, if locally available, might save at bit in labor costs.

Also if the roller has no tension you need to somehow secure the roller when traveling. There is the potential for it to unroll while going down the road.


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Chances are good, one of the springs that rolls it back in has broken. Same thing has happened to me twice. You can order the springs and they aren't to bad to replace, you just have to be really careful when you are winding the arms to put tension on the springs. By the way a word of advise if it is the spring replace BOTH of them or you'll be doing the same thing again soon.

* This post was edited 08/05/13 12:11pm by 03 RoadKing *


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03 RoadKing wrote:

Chances are good, one of the springs that rolls it back in has broken. Same thing has happened to me twice. You can order the springs and they aren't to bad to replace, you just have to be really careful when you are winding the arms to put tension on the springs. By the way a word of advise if it is the spring replace BOTH of them or you'll be doing the same thing again soon.


Agree. This is pretty simple. Dometic/A&E/Carefree all have good website documentation and with a call very helpful. There is a hole in the axle to lock the good spring to roll it out. If you are careful and just a little bit handy you can do this. Step ladder and a helper are needed.


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Mine was doing the same thing your did. If you are as lucky as I was, get yourself some CRC Marine 6-56 Multi-Purpose Lubricant. That freed up everything for my awning. Thought I needed a new spring, or that the spring had slipped. The CRC spray took care of it. And forget all the other products, cause I tried them first - they did not work. I threw out all the various lubricant products around the house and use nothing but the CRC Marine 6-56 Multi-Purpose Lubricant!!! It works great.


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