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Old 10-11-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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Does anyone else with electric awning, have the problem of it seems to hang up when you first put it out. Then it like bangs open, anyone know what causes it. Am I doing something wrong. The knobs are not tight.
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Check the gas struts for rust. Mine did the same thing. Found rust on the strut, cleaned it off and put some silicone on them. Regular part of pm now!
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Ours always hangs up and I usually open the door and push it out. It has done this since day 1.
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Does anyone else with electric awning, have the problem of it seems to hang up when you first put it out. Then it like bangs open, anyone know what causes it. Am I doing something wrong. The knobs are not tight.
I've noticed ours doing this as well our last couple trips out. I'll check the struts tomorrow. Thanks for the tip.
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I will check the struts also it is a new trailer. I don't think that's it. Been doing it since we got it. Drives me crazy. Going to check with dealer when we get home from this trip.
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I will check the struts also it is a new trailer. I don't think that's it. Been doing it since we got it. Drives me crazy. Going to check with dealer when we get home from this trip.
I had only owned mine a few months when it happened. It was brand new as well. Setting out at the dealership before purchasing is probably why/when mine rusted.
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Check the gas struts for rust. Mine did the same thing. Found rust on the strut, cleaned it off and put some silicone on them. Regular part of pm now!
krackeer has a good suggestion here. The struts if rusty can also get stuck when you are bringing your awning in, and cause all sorts of damage as the motor tries to crank it in, but it won't go. Something will break.

I think that a light oil is probably better than a silicone, as it will tend to retard rust. On the other hand, there may be seals inside the strut that will be damaged by oil. I use a light oil, but as the saying goes, YMMV.
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If you read the owners manual on the electric awning it states to use a dry spray lube on all the moving parts and struts. I bought a can of dry spray lube at wally world and use it every so often.
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