My awning is a Carefree of Colorado and had a spring on each end inside the tube. Several years ago, the spring on the one end broke and, like you, I had to roll the awning up by hand. Rather than replace the spring, I purchased the Carefree of Colorado Pioneer Upgrade Kit. In a nutshell, the kit eliminates the springs altogether by converting the awning to the old fashioned "crank-up" system. Personally, I've never been happier since I installed the kit. I no longer have to fight with that silly direction changing lever that always seemed to stick. The worm drive crank mechanism works smoothly, gives me complete control over the unwinding/winding process, eliminates that annoying pull strap and prevents any rolling of the awning once you stop. It allows me to tighten my awning against the trailer much better than the spring method. The installation of the kit basiclly involves removing the spring and replacing the end cap on each end of the awning tube. Carefree recommends two people to do the job but I was able to do it myself.
The upgrade kit is compatible with 1997 and newer Carefree Spirit, Fiesta and Simplicity awnings.
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