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Old 03-18-2016, 03:51 PM   #1
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Awning Noise

Just purchased a new 212 qbw. Awning makes a terrible noise coming from the left arm when opening or closing. Sounds like it's binding somewhere on the track or the air prop is not operating smoothly. Also is very jerky on that side. Took it to the dealer and they said they called the company (Carefree) and everyone things it's just because it new and tight and will stop when it loosens up. I'm not convinced. Anyone have a similar experience?
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Old 03-18-2016, 04:06 PM   #2
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We don't have a power awning, but am familiar with the gas props they use, and it sounds like, what I like to call "sticktion". A combination of sticky, and friction. The dealer should be willing to check the shock for you, and maybe the alignment of the arms and pivot points under warranty. I'm surprised they didn't catch it during the PDI. That's the only idea I can give, not having owned one yet.
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Old 03-18-2016, 04:48 PM   #3
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Mine is the same. I figured out that the front most arm is catching on the very bottom corner. When I send it out, that corner catches and then finally lets loose and the arm springs out. It is usually just a few seconds after I start moving it out. I am headed to the dealer on Monday so I will see what they say.
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Old 03-19-2016, 12:39 AM   #4
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Mine Carefree awning initially made noise from the back arm. I found a slightly rough area in the channel. Used some rubbing compound to smooth it out and use a dry lubricant once or twice a year and have not had any more problems with noise.
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Crappy of Colorado will find any excuse to not fix something...(been there done that)
With the awning open spray a little silicon lube on the rails then run the awing up and down a few times .. that helped mine a lot.
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Mine does the same thing ....I put a little 3-1 oil on the strut and it helped for a short time but the noise and sticking came back. Mine is loud and it is the unpowered back arm
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In addition to lubing with silicon, I take a small piece of cotton rope and loop it over the gas piston arm and saw it back and forth the length of the strut with the awning open. This will clean and polish it. Then spray it with silicon too!
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Thanks. The more I play with it the more I do think its coming from the gas strut. I'll try the above and see what helps.
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:33 PM   #9
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Can a manual Carefree awning be converted to electrical.?
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