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Old 09-15-2006, 12:16 PM   #1
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Today when extending my Carefree OneTouch patio awning, I noticed the motor was dragging down and stopping part way out. After a couple of attempts, something popped loudly inside one of the arms. When it then fully extended, one arm was considerably lower than the other. The strap that runs down the inside of the awning arm has come loose from whatever it should be attached to inside the arm at the bottom. It raised back up fine, and then a pin 3/16" in diameter and 1 3/4" long fell out the bottom of the arm. I can't get to whatever the pin should be holding with the awning arm "cover" in place, and I can't figure out how to get the awning arm cover off ...it appears to be locked into grooves on each side. Can anyone tell me how to remove the awning arm cover?
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Old 09-15-2006, 12:16 PM   #2
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Today when extending my Carefree OneTouch patio awning, I noticed the motor was dragging down and stopping part way out. After a couple of attempts, something popped loudly inside one of the arms. When it then fully extended, one arm was considerably lower than the other. The strap that runs down the inside of the awning arm has come loose from whatever it should be attached to inside the arm at the bottom. It raised back up fine, and then a pin 3/16" in diameter and 1 3/4" long fell out the bottom of the arm. I can't get to whatever the pin should be holding with the awning arm "cover" in place, and I can't figure out how to get the awning arm cover off ...it appears to be locked into grooves on each side. Can anyone tell me how to remove the awning arm cover?
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Old 09-15-2006, 03:02 PM   #3
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My suggestion is to contact Carefree they have been very helpful when I had their awnings.
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Old 09-15-2006, 04:54 PM   #4
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I emailed Carefree. Their suggestion is I take it to a dealer, which I may have to do ...it is such a pain dealing with dealers when we live in the rig fulltime, I thought if someone can tell me how to get the awning arm cover/cap off I can at least see if this is something I want to tackle or not...
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Old 09-16-2006, 04:31 AM   #5
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Paul,
I have never had mine off but I will go out this afternoon and see if I can figure out how to remove the cap---two heads are better than one!
I will let you know if I get a solution.
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Old 09-16-2006, 04:48 AM   #6
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Don't know if this will help, but this pdf file is from their web site. It shows the construction and the part numbers.


http://www.carefreeofcolorado.com/pd.../One_Touch.pdf
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Old 09-16-2006, 05:08 AM   #7
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This pdf file may be better. It shows the 'strap guide'. Sounds like the pin in the diagram has broken. Mya not be much help in trying to get the arm out, but I think you may be able to tell what broke. Good luck

http://www.carefreeofcolorado.com/pdf/052964-001.pdf
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Old 09-16-2006, 05:30 AM   #8
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I also have a One Touch and it is nothing but junk! Carefree sells a conversion kit to convert the One Touch to an Eclipse arm set. The Eclipse uses a gear drive and is much stronger. Take a look at this web site:

http://rvwholesalers.com/catalog/man...nufacturerid=4
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Don't know why the web site I provided doesn't take you to the correct page, but when you get to the above page click on Carefree Of Colorado on the left side of the page.
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Old 09-16-2006, 06:47 AM   #10
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I got those files and others from the Carefree site yesterday. The parts explosion shows the rafter cover, but no indication of how it is held on. The strap guide might be helpful in figuring out where the pin came from. They don't show the strap in place from end to end, so I'll have to figure that out if I get the cover off. There is an allen head screw at the bottom of the rafter arm that may be part of the secret ...I don't see it on any of the diagrams!

Pat ...have you done the Eclipse arm conversion? $800 to $1,100 just for the arms, then they have to be installed! We've seen the Eclipse awning on other coaches, and always thought it was way to flat horizontal ...not sloping enough for desired shading of the side of the coach. They do say it has adjustable pitch, but we've never seen one with any downward pitch! The OneTouch is a little high sometimes, but not too bad. One nice thing about the Eclipse style would be that it works better than the OneTouch when partially opened.
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Old 09-16-2006, 09:40 AM   #11
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Paul, I think the slope issue is a good point BUT the fact that it is going out over the galley slide limits the amount of slope that you can have. I don't know if yours is like mine, the patio awning material is getting worn where it goes over the rear of the galley slide. I tried to adjust the slope to 44 degrees but the awning pulled out the rafter supports when I extended it.

Our awnings came with the remote auto retract feature and I don't know if it is transferable to the Eclipse. It consists of a limit switch and a remote tramsmitter in the arm.

I am going to make this one of my proposed winter projects this year. I am hoping to hire someone to help me as it is a two man job.

If you notice most new coaches with slides under the patio awning have awnings with little pitch and they are of the same general design as the Eclipse. You are right about it being a lot of money but in any wind the One Touch is useless, and if I continue with the One Touch and it wears a hole in the patio awning material over the slide it will be expensive to replace it.
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Old 09-16-2006, 11:48 AM   #12
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">the fact that it is going out over the galley slide limits the amount of slope </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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That would make a difference. I have a 40e ...galley/lounge slide on driver's side and no front slide on the passenger side to get involved with the patio awning. I've wondered how well those worked ...now I know.
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Old 09-20-2006, 04:19 AM   #13
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Paul,
I have looked at my Carefree arms a couple of times since your post and I still can not figure out how the cover comes off. Did you figure it out and get your awning fixed?
Sorry I couldn't help.
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Old 09-20-2006, 12:28 PM   #14
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Did you figure it out </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
We're at a rally this week so haven't had time to look at it. I'll have plenty of time next week to decide if I can deal with it, or if I need to find a dealer and go through the hassle of working with them. I'm really hopeful that I can do something with it myself. We won't be in one location for longer than 7 days for most of the next month...
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