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Old 11-19-2013, 05:03 PM   #1
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Weather Pro Awning operation

Okay, here's one I never experienced before. I have a Weather Pro Electric Awning (A&E Dometic with rain dump and wind sensor functionality) on my coach. When the outside temperature is 70 deg F or below it works fine and goes out and in effectively. However, when the Temp approaches 75 or above it WILL NOT move (in or out). Any suggestions as to why and what I might look at? I am going to check the voltage at the motor tomorrow, but other than that I'm at a loss .
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:13 PM   #2
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I would think you might have a wind sensor seeing a bad temp. They are two thermisters; one heated, one not.
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:53 PM   #3
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Okay, I really don't understand the wind sensor. It is turned off but what looks like a phone wire is plugged into the control box. When I unplug this wire I get a beeping sound. Where are these thermistors? What do they look like? Are they replaceable?
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Okay, I really don't understand the wind sensor. It is turned off but what looks like a phone wire is plugged into the control box. When I unplug this wire I get a beeping sound. Where are these thermistors? What do they look like? Are they replaceable?
I have the 05 Meridian. In 05, the sensor is on the roof front. The phone wire connects to the sensor. When unplugged it thinks the sensor isn't working and beeps.

The wind sensor idea is nice, but these units are problematic. Mine has been replaced several times.
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:18 PM   #5
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I have the 05 Meridian. In 05, the sensor is on the roof front. The phone wire connects to the sensor. When unplugged it thinks the sensor isn't working and beeps.

The wind sensor idea is nice, but these units are problematic. Mine has been replaced several times.

Same thing here. Sometimes when I sneeze it will go up and on other occasions a hurricane won't make it budge !!
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:41 AM   #6
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The early sensor models did not have anything special on the top and reacted to the heat. The manufacturer added what looks like a shiny piece of foil to the top to reflect the heat. Does yours have the shiny top?
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Yes my sensor unit has a reflective foil on top that I added when at the Tampa Suoer Show, Dometic gave them out. This was done quite a few years ago.
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The newer version has a wind sensor on the awning arm and the sensor control box is adjustable. I have been trying to figure out how to convert.

Also another brand uses a motion sensor on the awning rather than a wind (which is really a temp variance) sensor. Motion seems more reliable.
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Yuh???
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Never trusted the wind sensor on my '05 Vectra 40FD. Got the rear basement door pinned open once too often.

On the righthand awning arm is the power plug. Have emery cloth or something similar and some antioxidant grease on hand. Can be found at HD or Lowe's in the electrical department. Open the awning and shut the power off to it. Unplug the connector and clean the prongs. Very sparingly apply the grease to the prongs. Check the female connectors for spreading. If the gap in the terminal seems to be opened too much pinch the connector with pliers just enough to tighten the ports. Plug it back together and put everything back in place. I hope this fixes your problem.

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When I first bought my 06 Meridian, I thought I'd give the wind-sensing awning a try...I took the coach to a very windy area and put out the awning. I had winds in excess of 35 mph and the awning never even tried to come in. I read and checked all of the electronics but still no movement. From that day forward, I treat my awning just like it was a manual awning: If I'm going to be there, it's extended. If I leave the coach, it's retracted. Better to be safe than sorry.
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Sensor was pulled and it comes in any time we leave. The automatics never proved themselves to me
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The old style Dometic wind sensor, as mentioned above, checks for temperature differential, and using an algorithm, attempts to determine sustained wind speed over a 30 second period. Short brisk gusts will not be detected properly. Dometic recommends testing the wind sensor by using a hair dryer on high speed, no heat, 4-6" away from the sensor for 30 seconds sustained. As mentioned above, it's entirely possible your sensor needs replaced.
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