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Old 08-02-2018, 04:16 PM   #1
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Awning stopped working

My awning retract/extend just made a quiet clunk sound when I tried to open the awning. After much research the general consensus was a bad motor.
Since nothing is cheap to replace on an RV I thought I'd play with it first.
I acquired the removal specs for the Dometic awning motor and followed them to a 'T'. After removing the motor I could not turn it by hand and applying power directly only resulted in the same clunk sound.
Instead of buying a new motor I took the old one to a local electric motor repair shop to have it looked at.
They took it apart and found that moisture had penetrated into the housing and caused the brake to corrode slightly- enough to stop it from releasing. They cleaned it up, resealed the housing and I had it out the door for 62 dollars.
I put everything back together again yesterday it everything works fine again!
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Old 08-02-2018, 04:19 PM   #2
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My awning retract/extend just made a quiet clunk sound when I tried to open the awning. After much research the general consensus was a bad motor.
Since nothing is cheap to replace on an RV I thought I'd play with it first.
I acquired the removal specs for the Dometic awning motor and followed them to a 'T'. After removing the motor I could not turn it by hand and applying power directly only resulted in the same clunk sound.
Instead of buying a new motor I took the old one to a local electric motor repair shop to have it looked at.
They took it apart and found that moisture had penetrated into the housing and caused the brake to corrode slightly- enough to stop it from releasing. They cleaned it up, resealed the housing and I had it out the door for 62 dollars.
I put everything back together again yesterday it everything works fine again!
Good advice.
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Old 08-03-2018, 01:54 PM   #3
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Have to remember this one for late, thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-08-2018, 11:26 PM   #4
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My awning retract/extend just made a quiet clunk sound when I tried to open the awning. After much research the general consensus was a bad motor.
Since nothing is cheap to replace on an RV I thought I'd play with it first.
I acquired the removal specs for the Dometic awning motor and followed them to a 'T'. After removing the motor I could not turn it by hand and applying power directly only resulted in the same clunk sound.
Instead of buying a new motor I took the old one to a local electric motor repair shop to have it looked at.
They took it apart and found that moisture had penetrated into the housing and caused the brake to corrode slightly- enough to stop it from releasing. They cleaned it up, resealed the housing and I had it out the door for 62 dollars.
I put everything back together again yesterday it everything works fine again!

Nice Work!
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My awning retract/extend just made a quiet clunk sound when I tried to open the awning. After much research the general consensus was a bad motor.
Since nothing is cheap to replace on an RV I thought I'd play with it first.
I acquired the removal specs for the Dometic awning motor and followed them to a 'T'. After removing the motor I could not turn it by hand and applying power directly only resulted in the same clunk sound.
Instead of buying a new motor I took the old one to a local electric motor repair shop to have it looked at.
They took it apart and found that moisture had penetrated into the housing and caused the brake to corrode slightly- enough to stop it from releasing. They cleaned it up, resealed the housing and I had it out the door for 62 dollars.
I put everything back together again yesterday it everything works fine again!
Thank you for the tip!!
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