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Old 06-13-2018, 08:02 AM   #1
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Dometic awning won't retract flush

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I have a 2013 Montana 3100RL. Last night I retracted the awning and the front support arm wouldn't go flush with the outside sidewall. The back arm is ~1/2" from the sidewall (top to bottom) but the front arm is about 1+" gap at the top. I don't think it's catching on anything - I got up on a ladder and could push it flush but it wouldn't stay that way. Nothing looks bent and I'm pretty sure that it has been flush in the past. I did loosen the black knobs before retracting. Any ideas would be helpful. Thank you, Sean
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Old 06-13-2018, 08:34 AM   #2
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My arms on my montana do not sit tight against the side of the rv either and both are a little different in where they are when retracted. Been this way for long time and no issues yet. My guess is that this varies from install to install across all the keystone products.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:12 AM   #3
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This is not terribly uncommon and is relatively easy to fix. Flapping and bouncing in the wind eventually causes the end of the awning to slide a little in the track on the roller. Then when it is retracted, it rolls up slightly crooked pulling the arms off center with the wall support bracket.

It takes me more time to figure out which way the awning has slid than to correct it. I *THINK* (don't trust this with out checking) that when rolled up, the exposed end of the awning (not covered by the rest of the rolled up material) is the part that has to be moved towards the rest of the rolled up awning mass (clear as mud eh?). Moving the awning in the slot is done by getting on a ladder on the side of the awning end which you want the material to move towards. Grab the awning material by the hanging flap and end of the material and pull towards you while bracing your body against the awning arm. A little movement is usually what is required. Roll it up and check how well it worked. Readjust as necessary. I put a felt tip marker line on the roller where the end of the material should be once it is aligned for next time.
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Thanks curtis934! My only concern is I don't think that my issue was that way at installation. I believe the front arm has been flush in the past with about 1/2" to the sidewall from top to bottom.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:21 AM   #5
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Try and do what carl said I just had to do that on mine last week we were in some heave winds up in the mountains!
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What Carl Said.
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:10 PM   #7
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What Susan told Carl to do.
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What Susan told Carl to do.
He doesn't or wouldn't listen to me anyway.
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Carl - thank you for your response and solution. I think I did it right because both arms are now completely flush. I pulled the awning material on the cylinder (a way from the RV side). It looks like the awning is threaded through a couple of channels in the motorized cylinder. I pulled the awning toward the back of the RV BUT it didn't hardly seem to move at all in the channel (I'm not sure if there are any screws to remove - but I didn't remove any). Put the awning back in and both support arms are completely flush again.
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Carl - thank you for your response and solution. I think I did it right because both arms are now completely flush. I pulled the awning material on the cylinder (a way from the RV side). It looks like the awning is threaded through a couple of channels in the motorized cylinder. I pulled the awning toward the back of the RV BUT it didn't hardly seem to move at all in the channel (I'm not sure if there are any screws to remove - but I didn't remove any). Put the awning back in and both support arms are completely flush again.
Great!! Just to clarify, there are no screws holding the fabric in place on the roller and you usually don't need to slide it very much (depending on how out of whack it is). A 1/4" makes a lot of difference.
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