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Old 07-12-2015, 05:34 PM   #1
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Electric Awning on Seneca

Hi Everyone--does anyone know if the electric Awning tilts on a 2015 Seneca RB and if so how that works? Thanks, Howard
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Old 07-12-2015, 05:41 PM   #2
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If it is the same as the class C Jayco, when fully opened you will see the push pin and hole slots for your desired awning "slant" position. It is a manual adjustment and you may need a step stool to safely adjust.
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Old 07-12-2015, 05:55 PM   #3
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Thanks. You forgot to tell me we also need a person over 6 feet tall. We can see the push pin and the holes but even with a step stool we can't reach it
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Old 07-12-2015, 07:11 PM   #4
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Got it!!! Thanks. Now for the next question--do you k ow if the Seneca Awning will auto retract in a bad storm. Soneone told me they thought it did.
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Good question. My 2015 31FS (class C) is not "Automatic" there is a switch on the inside that when pushed extends or retracts the awning. If there is an auto option out there I am unaware.
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I have a 2014 37TS and from the factory it will NOT retract automatically. It only came with a single switch, push in one direction for "Extend", the other for "Retract". And to get it to retract I had to hold the switch in the retract setting until it came all the way in. In that original configuration from Jayco you have no high wind protection.

However I installed Carefree's "Direct Response Electronics" setup in my Seneca to give me that protection. It also converts the system to "one-touch retract". Tap it in the "retract" direction and it puts itself away. No holding the switch down. It was about $93.00 through Amazon.com, and then a bit of work to get it in. Here is a link to the product: Amazon.com: Carefree (SR0093) 12V Direct Response Upgrade Kit: Automotive

I am handy and the install went great, but you need a tall stepladder to get up to the top front corner of the awning to run the wire and install the module in the awning head. You may wish to have it dealer-installed if you are not very "handy" or afraid of standing high off the ground.

Be advised this aftermarket setup is different than some O.E. installations in that this kit does not have any sensitivity settings. My understanding is that it is a "medium" setting, which has worked great for me so far.
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Now for the $3,500 (which is the cost of a new electric awning installed) question. Do you have to reset the awning back to its original position before retracting it or can you retract while it is in the tilted position
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You absolutely can leave it in a "tilted" position and extend and/or retract the awning.

There is a caveat however, you cannot have the two ends set more than 3 "clicks" apart and then then try to retract it. More than 3 clicks difference can bind up the awning as it moves. If the awning is 12' long or less, Carefree says you must retract it with both arms set to the same position. I guess longer awnings must have more "give", hence the ability to have each end somewhat different yet still retract it.

I leave mine tilted at the lowest setting all the time for maximum shade, and have taken it in and out many, many times without incident.

Does your unit indeed have just one switch, and as such you have to hold in in the retract position the whole time during retraction?
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Yep we have the one switch that you have to hold to retract. Going to look in to installing a "weather sensing" awning
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You don't need an awning, just the electronics add-on, and then the system installed!

On my 37TS, the control panel (jacks, front slides, tank levels, generator, etc.) is right inside the entry door. Behind the panel was a chase that led to the top of the awning arm. So running the new wire for the Direct Response system was relatively easy. But for other floor plans I have no idea what it might take to route the required wiring.

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